Local traditions and culture in Prince Edward Island

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    Cows Ice Cream

    by easterntrekker Written Jul 30, 2009

    Along with being a real tradition Cows ice Cream is a real success story . It began in 1983 as a small operation using traditional ice cream methods that date back to the turn of the century . But boy did it take off ...and now is almost as big a symbol to PEI as Anne . Be prepared to line up but it is worth the wait!! It's a hard chocie too withy 34 different flavours!!

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    Rural Postbox

    by tvor Written Oct 17, 2006

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    This was along a side road that we took to get back to route 6 on the north shore area. The mail box and yellow newspaper box (on the other side of the while post box) were "held" by a sort of scarecrow/dummy. He had an old tree in his other hand and there was a stuffed raven on the top. This was a couple of weeks before halloween. I think they change the shirt and decorations for the seasons.

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    Local lingo

    by fairy_dust Written Aug 29, 2006

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    The Islander accent is sometimes hard for foreigners to understand, but here is a guide to slang terms that are common on the Island that you won't likely hear anywhere else in the world:

    From away - someone from outside the Island.
    Islander - someone who was born and raised on PEI.
    Slippy - slippery.
    Stormstayed - snowed in.

    If you go to the Evangeline region in western PEI, you'll probably hear more French than English, but don't expect Parisian French or even Quebec French - Acadian French often has English words mixed in and Anglicisms (Frenchified English words). And I have a friend from Tignish - that village (in north-western PEI) seems to be so isolated from the rest of the Island that people there practically speak their own language. Many people have to ask him to repeat what he says because they don't understand his thick Tignish accent! (or the language of Tignishian, as I like to call it).

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    Weird Island mailboxes!

    by Jefie Written Jan 7, 2006

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    For some reason finding a mailbox outside of Charlottetown wasn't easy and the one I found (in Cavendish) was, well, kind of weird looking...! But just so you know, my postcards did make it all the way to Europe so no worries!

    Gotta love the rustic mailbox!

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    Rasberry Cordial

    by Arial_27 Written Sep 17, 2005

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    Rasberry cordial is a soda sort of drink with sugar, and rasberry flavouring. Its very sweet, but good! If you've read the Anne of Green Gables books you'll be familiar with the drink.. its the one that Anne's friend Diana accidently got drunk with. (But they dont really make them with alcohol - at least not the ones you buy from the store.)
    You can buy a bottle of this drink from the Anne store for $1.49, and its also sold at most souvenir shops, or variety stores all over the province. You can also buy them in a case of four.
    Not everyone likes Anne's drink, but I personally loved it. And its worth trying because you won't find the exact one anywhere else in the world.

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    Recycling

    by carmire Written Dec 24, 2004

    Because the Island is so small, there are some new ways to dispose of waste. Recycling is a way of living there. Everywhere you go, on the streets or even on every single garbage can at McDonald's, you need to follow the instructions to properly dispose of your waste. The main categories are regular waste, paper and cardboard, compost, plastic, glass, and so on. If in doubt, feel free to ask, they'll be glad to help your sort it out. You can actually pick up an information booklet about recycling at major tourist attractions. Here's a picture of a garbage on main street.

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    Shopping Spree

    by carmire Written Dec 24, 2004

    By the way, if you're desperate to go shopping, please get up early 'cause stores close early and nothing is open on Sunday. Even if the store hours are 9-9, remember that the store might close earlier without notice... It happened to me a couple of times already :) You're best bet is to go to shopping malls where they are some regulations about store hours.

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    Funeral Processions

    by Lisser Written Nov 7, 2002

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    You learn something new everyday...the last time I was in P.E.I. I learned that when there is a funeral procession driving from the church to the cemetary, all cars on both sides of the road pull over. It's just a sign of respect and common decency between people.

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