CHARLOTTETOWN — The Vancouver Airport Authority has put Prince Edward Island on the map – literally.
According to The Canadian Press, P.E.I.-resident Marie Gilchrist noticed a glaring mistake on a map at Vancouver’s airport: the absence of Prince Edward Island, also known as the “Cradle of Confederation”.
The Islander quickly cried foul, bringing the snub to the attention of the airport authority and, consequently, the entire country. The airport authority swiftly responded, updating the map to include Canada’s smallest province.
“The new map has been updated to reflect new routes from YVR and of course now includes P.E.I.,” wrote Christopher Richards, spokesperson for the Vancouver Airport Authority, in an email. “We sincerely apologize for the omission and are happy the map has been updated to be more accurate.”
Shockingly, this isn’t the first time the tiny island has been overlooked. The Hudson’s Bay Company recently had to drop a line of t-shirts and onesies that depicted an incomplete map of Canada, while the Canadian Automobile Association’s magazine also found itself in hot water after forgetting to label P.E.I. on a map of Canada’s top historic destinations.
But the destination has found an upside to being perpetually forgotten: the national coverage it has received has put P.E.I. squarely in the spotlight. It was even the subject of a spoof on ‘This Hour Has 22 Minutes’, in which an incensed Island politician held a press conference over the snub.
When Gilchrist saw the skit, she said that’s the moment she knew P.E.I. has “arrived”. It only took a proud and determined Islander for it to get there.