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Old 01-13-2013, 12:58 PM
 
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Hey guys! I'm an American citizen who recently traveled to Prince Edward Island for a vacation. I loved it and thought it was so, so beautiful. I would move there if I could, but since I'm a teacher and teaching jobs are few and far between on the island (especially for foreigners), I'm trying to find a place in the US that looks similar to PEI.

The weird thing is, from my (limited) experience traveling in the Northeastern US, I feel like the countryside looks a whole lot different. This doesn't really make sense, because Maine, for example, is so close to PEI. I'd assume they'd be the same geographically. Again, I really haven't traveled in the Northeast that much. Do you think I may be making up differences in my head perhaps?

Anyways, for those of you who have been to the US, do you have any suggestions of places that look similar to PEI? (I'll be cross posting this to US forums too.)

Thanks a bunch
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Tough one. PEI is pretty unique. I think you're right though, coastal Maine would probably be as close as you could get.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Montreal
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I think Maine looks more like coastal Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. It does not look like PEI. To me the closest that it comes in atmosphere to PEI in New England is parts of Vermont. There is no sea but it is very similar, close knit communities, rural, quaint. No sea however and more expensive than PEI.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:34 PM
 
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I haven't been there but based on the Google Earth imagery I've seen, PEI looks like it's designed a bit more like Europe. The northeastern US still mostly has a modern style grid though the Amish country of Pennsylvania has a Europe type layout going on.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Canada
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PEI is geologically distinct from the mainland because it floated to NA from across the ocean millions of years ago. That's why the soil there is red, but it's black in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

The architectural styles for houses and the layout are also distinct because of the different human history as compared to the USA.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:15 PM
 
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PEI is geologically distinct from the mainland because it floated to NA from across the ocean millions of years ago. That's why the soil there is red, but it's black in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
That's very interesting. It reminds me of how in J.R.R. Tolkien's Silmarillion, the gods uprooted an island called Tol Eressea and ferried the Elves over it to Valinor, planting it in the bay once it crossed the ocean from Middle-earth to their realm.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I'm not sure about the houses being different, but I think maybe Martha's Vineyard, Mass. would be very similar in many ways.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Montreal
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Most of my family is from PEI. I go visit pretty much every year. In PEI, getting employed is all about who you know (and this moreso than most places). My aunt trained to be an English teacher, but had a really hard time finding a job. All she could get was a class full of "troubled children" in Summerside (an hour west of Charlottetown where she lived). I don't think she particularly liked the experience, as she did not stick with it.

Out of the New England states, I find Vermont to be the most similar. Maine is more of a wilderness feeling like New Brunswick. Vermont doesn't look identical to PEI, but I find the vibe similar. Burlington and Charlottetown also resemble each other a bit.
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