The Confederation Bridge opens a new chapter for P.E.I.
Almost since Confederation, a link between Prince Edward Island and the rest of Canada was a lively possibility. But would a fixed link sacrifice the island's stand-alone charm or just make life more convenient? And could a link disrupt the delicate ecosystem of the Northumberland Strait? From fishermen to farmers to ferry workers, the island's prospects were debated and protected. In 1988, after a referendum with 60 per cent in favour, the inevitable came to pass. It wouldn't be a tunnel or causeway; it would be a curvaceous, 12.9-kilometre bridge.
• P.E.I. is 224 kilometres in length and ranges in width from 6 to 64 kilometres, giving it a total area of 5660 square kilometres.
• Prince Edward Island is known for its red soil, sand dunes, many small lakes and rivers, and 800 kilometres of beaches. Its nickname is the garden province, because half the land is under cultivation.
• Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest province, by population and landmass. It is 0.1 per cent of Canada's total area and 0.004 per cent of Canada's total population.
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: May 28, 1997
Guest(s): Mike Cassidy, John Eldon Green, John Eldon Green, Ray Keenan, Joy Mackenzie, David Weale, David Weil
Reporter: Tom Murphy
Last updated: February 8, 2012
Page consulted on September 10, 2014
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