Frequently Asked Questions about PEI Nature
Why is the soil red?
The Island is formed from sedimentary bed rock of soft, red sandstone which produces the rich, red soil. The redness of the soil is due to the high iron-oxide (rust) content.
The aboriginal peoples of P.E.I., known as the Mi'kmaq, inhabited the Island long before European explorers traversed the area in the 16th century. The Mi'kmaq referred to the Island as "Epekwitk" - a name which means 'Cradle on the Waves.' According to their rich tradition, the god Glooscap, after he had finished all the beauties of the globe, mixed the colors with his paintbrush and created Epekwitk.
Does PEI have earthquakes, tornados or hurricanes?
PEI is not in an earthquake zone. On occasion, the province may receive the tail end of some wind systems.
PEI always seems to have a breeze. The Atlantic Wind Test Site monitors and tests the winds of the province.
Are there icebergs off PEI?
There are no icebergs off PEI.
Are there seals off the coast of PEI?
There are seals off the coast of PEI. Some Island companies offer seal tours.
What types of animals are there on PEI?
Animals of PEI include coyotes, foxes, skunks and raccoons. There are no bear or moose on PEI.
What about the hunting and fishing? There is lots of hunting and fishing.
Is there good bird watching on PEI? PEI is a great place to bird watch.
Is there hiking on PEI? There are many beautiful trails for hiking, walking and cycling.