Safety Tips in Prince Edward Island

  • 271 Winston Barlow Road, Prince Edward Island
    271 Winston Barlow Road, Prince Edward...
    by burnedinpei
  • La Dolce Vita, PEI
    La Dolce Vita, PEI
    by burnedinpei
  • 271 Winston Barlow Road Beach
    271 Winston Barlow Road Beach
    by burnedinpei

Most Viewed Warnings and Dangers in Prince Edward Island

  • Careful When Renting A Private House in PEI

    by burnedinpei Written Aug 20, 2008

    If you are thinking about renting a private home/cottage in PEI - be careful. We rented two this summer (one from a local) who was fabulous and the house was fabulous.

    And one from an owner based in Montreal - who mislead us on his property - particularly the beach on the property (we emailed back and forth to confirm details because his pictures were ariel photos) and he assured us that he had a beach suitable for five children to play and swim on.

    The reality is - our rental home (coined La Dolce Vita) on Winston Barlow Road was not conducive and a real disappointment - don't fall prey to the pretty pictures and assurances that we did - do your homework and try and get reviews from people who stayed there. The pictures that I have posted are of the 'promised beach'

    271 Winston Barlow Road, Prince Edward Island La Dolce Vita, PEI 271 Winston Barlow Road Beach La Dolce Vita Executive Cottage Rental, PEI La Dolce Vita Five Star Cottage, PEI
    Related to:
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Mostly harmless

    by vickiv Written Oct 20, 2007

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Generally a very safe place, however, a few cautions:
    1) no you can't leave your car unlocked even if it seems to be a deserted rural area - locals are just waiting to see some dumb tourist walk off and leave a bunch of expensive cameras or cash in their car
    2) if you buy a cottage, count on it being broken into and robbed over the winter - eg. appliances, water pumps etc. might be ok if you get a local to watch it for you - or if a year round resident lives right across from you. The local ethos is that if you can afford to buy one microwave, then you can afford to buy two. Keep in mind the real unemployment rate here is about 40%.
    3)weather is COLD - bring warm jackets even in August, although days can be warm
    4)mud roads in the spring. if you don't have 4 wheel drive be careful of wet "clay"(as the locals call dirt roads) in the spring - they can have all the traction of chocolate pudding, and it can go down a foot and a half.

    Related to:
    • Camping
    • Music
    • Birdwatching

    Was this review helpful?

  • fairy_dust's Profile Photo

    Beach safety

    by fairy_dust Updated Sep 8, 2007

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    At many of the beaches, there are sand dunes, but don't walk on them. They are created by a natural process, and stepping on them destroys them. Also, some endangered birds lay their eggs in the dunes so you don't want to crush the eggs. And don't pick the maraam grass on the dunes - the grass is what anchors them and keeps them from being blown away by the wind.

    Watch out for jellyfish and crabs.

    The government-owned beaches have lifeguards, but the private beaches don't.

    If you're at a private beach and you see a roped-off area with a sign telling you not to tresspass, it's likely because the area is nesting ground for the piping plover (an endangered bird). Obey the signs and do not tresspass - getting too close can threaten the birds and upset their environment.

    If you go swimming, watch out for the undertow, and don't go swimming at night - the current is too strong and I've heard there are sharks. Beaches on the north shore especially have dangerous rip currents (in both day and night time).

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Water Sports
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Coyote's will attack

    by 5181271011045769 Written Aug 16, 2007

    My Rottie/Pit got attacted in our yard. We have 2 boy's 9 & 6 thank god they were not out at the time. The Coyotes are comming in our yard at night, but this was at about 9 a.m. Our poor dog was bet up bad, no stiches, but his face was tore, and he has 2 puncture marks in his neck. (I never thought they would go after a big dog) He saved our boys the Easter before when a Raccoon was in there play building, my 8 year old at the time thought it was our cat, face to face reaching for his squirt gun my Rottie jumped over him and Growled for the first time. Our boys came running to say Traz was acting weird. Our dog was 5 years old at the time and our kids or us never heard hin growl till that day. He didn't want Steven or me near that playhouse. A dog is the way you bring it up, but a wild animal is a wild animal. I have a pack of Coytes in my woods behind us, I have 2 kids, I want them gone. This is one example I have, I do have picitures to show how close they are in my yard.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Coyote's will attack

    by 5181271011045769 Written Aug 16, 2007

    My Rottie/Pit got attacted in our yard. We have 2 boy's 9 & 6 thank god they were not out at the time. The Coyotes are comming in our yard at night, but this was at about 9 a.m. Our poor dog was bet up bad, no stiches, but his face was tore, and he has 2 puncture marks in his neck. (I never thought they would go after a big dog) He saved our boys the Easter before when a Raccoon was in there play building, my 8 year old at the time thought it was our cat, face to face reaching for his squirt gun my Rottie jumped over him and Growled for the first time. Our boys came running to say Traz was acting weird. Our dog was 5 years old at the time and our kids or us never heard hin growl till that day. He didn't want Steven or me near that playhouse. A dog is the way you bring it up, but a wild animal is a wild animal. I have a pack of Coytes in my woods behind us, I have 2 kids, I want them gone. This is one example I have, I do have picitures to show how close they are in my yard.

    Was this review helpful?

  • fairy_dust's Profile Photo

    PEI highway traffic

    by fairy_dust Written Sep 2, 2006

    Traffic isn't very bad, but here are a few things you might want to watch out for on the highways:

    -If you see a vehicle moving slowly with an orange triangle sign on the back, it will NOT speed up no matter how many times you honk at it (the orange triangle indicates that it is a slow-moving vehicle). Most of these are farm tractors. Just pass it when you have the chance.

    -No need to watch out for deer or any big animals (we don't have those on the Island), but small animals often end up as roadkill on the highways. Usually skunks, foxes, birds, etc.

    -Be very careful of driving in winter. The roads are icy and the car crash rate is much higher at that time of year.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • fairy_dust's Profile Photo

    Winter

    by fairy_dust Written Aug 29, 2006

    2 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    In winter (especially after Christmas), PEI is completely dead. The weather is snowy and cold, and many shops and restaurants are closed until summer. It gets boring, and I always anticipate the summer - that's when the province comes alive. If you're planning a trip to PEI, don't come in the middle of winter - you'll get bored out of your mind because there is nothing to do at that time of year.

    Also, if you MUST come in winter, be careful of the roads. The ice on the roads increases the number of road accidents.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • School Holidays
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • Do never attempt to climb the coastal cliffs!!!

    by skywarp Written Sep 5, 2004

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Prince Edward Island cliffs appear to be easy to climb but they might transform into deadly traps! Me and my brother-in-law decided to climb one to work as a shortcut to above. We soon regretted our foolish mistake- not far from the top, we discover that the rock (clay) is not very solid to grip on. Pieces of rock start rolling down from the places where I was holding my hands and feet. We suddenly can't make any movement, we even have to breathe very calmly because any harsher movement would make the rock to collapse and we would fall to our deaths. We really feared for our lives I tell you. Luckily we managed to escape but I wouldn't recommend this scary experience to anyone.

    Was this review helpful?

  • RACCOON1's Profile Photo

    PEI Foxes

    by RACCOON1 Written Jun 20, 2004

    There is an abundance of foxes on PEI .

    In the early 1900 there were fox farms on the island . The industry no longer exists but this was probably the source of the foxes that now populate teh island .

    They are quite bold and one even came onto our deck while we were using teh BBQ.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Cabana_Boy's Profile Photo

    Slow moving farm machinery...

    by Cabana_Boy Updated Jun 5, 2004

    If you happen to be driving around PEI, be careful of all the tractors and other farm machinery using the roads... A "traffic" jam can often occur in the middle of nowhere simply because the road isn't wide enough for cars to pass a combine or tractor towing a plow.....reminds me of back home in Indiana....

    Stuck behind a tractor pulling a wagon.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Lisser's Profile Photo

    One thing to be careful of on...

    by Lisser Written Aug 25, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    One thing to be careful of on the island, especially in park and wooded areas, is the presence of wild animals. They aren't present in the city areas, but if you're out in the country then beware of deer, foxes, wild rabbits (not really a threat but they are quite common!) and most importantly the coyote. The coyotes on the island are starting to become less afraid of people. I have seen sightings of these animals during my some of my visits. It's nothing to worry too much about. Just know that these animals are in the forests of the island, and you could meet them too if you go into their homes :)

    Was this review helpful?

Prince Edward Island Hotels

Top Prince Edward Island Hotels

Charlottetown Hotels
108 Reviews - 119 Photos
Summerside Hotels
3 Reviews - 6 Photos
Wellington Hotels
1 Hotel
Victoria Hotels
16 Reviews - 45 Photos
Tyne Valley Hotels
1 Review
Surrey Hotels
1 Review
Souris Hotels
2 Hotels
Saint Peters Hotels
1 Hotel
Rustico Hotels
9 Reviews - 15 Photos
Prince Edward Island National Park Hotels
3 Reviews - 14 Photos
Prince Edward Island Hotels
3 Reviews - 6 Photos
O'Leary Hotels
1 Hotel
Murray Harbour Hotels
2 Hotels
Mount Stewart Hotels
1 Hotel
Montague Hotels
3 Hotels

Instant Answers: Prince Edward Island

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

101 travelers online now

Comments

Prince Edward Island Warnings and Dangers

Reviews and photos of Prince Edward Island warnings and dangers posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Prince Edward Island sightseeing.
Map of Prince Edward Island