National Treasure #8: PEI Red Soil

It’s red soil and sandstone, even on a grey, grey, grey day in PEI at the tail end of a tropical storm.

It isn’t the Grand Canyon, nor the canyons of Utah, nor the Red Centre of Australia.

But it’s ours.  And yes, it really is red, just like Anne’s hair.

Red sandstone along the coast on a stormy day.


This is one of a series on Canadian national treasures – my sesquicentennial project. They reflect people (living and dead), places and things that I think are worth celebrating about our country, and are done in no order of precedence.

 

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2 Responses to National Treasure #8: PEI Red Soil

  1. John Whitman

    And it is red because of its iron oxide content. Iron oxide being also called rust when its on the surface of some valuable piece of iron.
    When I was last in PEI, I was actually in the factory where they produce “PEI dirt shirts” – by putting clean white T-shirts in a washing machine and then adding some actual PEI red dirt. There must have been 50 0r 60 washing machines in that factory, all turning out rusty brown T-shirts.
    John W

    • Isabel Gibson

      John – “When you have a bug you can’t fix, highlight it and call it a feature.” Various attributions within the software industry . . .