Today, agriculture, tourism and fishing are the major industries in Prince Edward Island. Its rich, red, sandy soil is ideal for growing potatoes, which are the most important farm product. Most of the industrial activity has to do with food processing.
The island's 800 kilometres of beaches attract many visitors for relaxation and water sports, including bluefin tuna fishing. The bright colour combinations, with red soil, blue sea and sky, and green crops make it a photographer's delight. Anne of Green Gables, the lead character of the stories by Lucy Maud Montgomery, made into a television series syndicated around the world, also draws lots of tourists.
The waters off Prince Edward Island provide a bounty of lobster and 30 other fish and seafood specie, notably cultivated mussels, herring, bluefin tuna and the renowned Malpeque oysters.