Land of the Red Soil: A Popular History of Prince Edward Island. 2nd ed.


190 pages
Contains Photos, Maps, Index
ISBN 0-921556-72-1
DDC 971.7





Reviewed by Edward L. Edmonds

Edward L. Edmonds is a professor of education at the University of
Prince Edward Island and honorary chief of the Mi’kmaq of Prince
Edward Island.


Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, is known as the
“Cradle of Confederation” and perhaps even better known as the home
of Anne of Green Gables. This second edition of Land of the Red Soil, a
popular history of Prince Edward Island, updates the 1990 original with,
among other things, new information about the Confederation Bridge,
which opened in 1997 and extends 14 kilometres across the Northumberland
Strait between the Island and New Brunswick.

Couched in an easy, natural style, with several new chapters added, the
book is well illustrated with a number of contemporary black-and-white
photographs; a brief index for ready reference is provided. With over a
million visitors to the Island every summer (including 25,000 from
Japan), Land of the Red Soil is certain to remain a bestseller. The
inset cover photograph by Wayne Barrett and Anne MacKay is particularly


Baldwin, Douglas., “Land of the Red Soil: A Popular History of Prince Edward Island. 2nd ed.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 21, 2024,