English is the most commonly spoken language across most of Prince Edward Island except for the province’s Evangeline region, where French is the most dominant language. However, many of Prince Edward Island’s tourism workers speak both of Canada’s official languages. Japanese signage appears alongside English and French signage on some tourism attractions to accommodate Prince Edward Island’s growing numbers of Japanese tourists.
The Canadian dollar (C$) is Prince Edward Island’s official currency, but some businesses, especially those catering to tourists, also accept American dollars, often at par. Although ATMs are widely available on Prince Edward Island, many retailers can advance cash from debit cards when ATMs cannot be found. Most major credit cards are accepted across Prince Edward Island.
The Atlantic Time Zone containing Prince Edward Island is four hours behind GMT (-4 GMT).
Type B plug sockets and 110-120V are Prince Edward Island’s standard electricity settings. Transformers are necessary to operate electrical appliances using different voltages, while plug adaptors are required to use appliances with different plugs.
Canada’s dialing code is +1 and Prince Edward Island uses the same 902 area code as neighboring Nova Scotia. Cell phone reception is easily available throughout Prince Edward Island, which contains no fewer than six major cell phone providers. Internet access is also widely available across the province, but some of Prince Edward Island’s more rural regions may only have dial-up internet.
Prince Edward Island has no duty-free shops.
Tourism Prince Edward Island: +1-800-463-4734 or http://www.tourismpei.com.
Consulates in Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island has no consulates, with the nearest consulates in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Emergency services: 911