Catch sight of PEI’s wild foxes

I spotted this curious fox in Cavandish, PEI. (Julia Pelish/

Anne of Green Gables is the most famous attraction in Cavendish, PEI. But this fox — with red and black fur — may convince you to seek out some of the province’s wildlife too. (Julia Pelish/

Photo and Story by Julia Pelish Visuals Editor

CAVENDISH, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND — Living in Toronto the only animals I regularly interact with are smart-dressed condo dogs strolling out of the elevator on their way out for their urban walks. The background soundtrack to my daily life is often a cacophony of  all types of traffic. So when I am out in nature and listening to the music of the countryside I am alert and craning my neck trying to capture that elusive animal or bird through my lens.

Last summer I was surprised to see quite a few foxes as we drove through Prince Edward Island. Not all were as accommodating as this handsome dude in the photo above. Most certainly he was looking for some free snacks and paused to see if he might be in luck.  We locked eyes in a mutually curious stare when he realized he was wasting his time with me and skedaddled away. Luckily I had the camera ready and got one quick shot before he had disappeared into the brush.

When I got home, I did a little research and discovered that fox farming was once a lucrative industry on this gentle island. Their coats were coveted by fashionable woman from Russia to London. “During the 1920s, silver fox was prized as an item of high fashion. One of the earliest fox fashions worn was a single-pelt scarf. The scarf fastened to one shoulder by a small spring clip set. It allowed the full length of the pelt to flow down its wearer’s back, obscuring none of its beauty. Prices for the single-pelt scarf ranged anywhere from $350.00 to $1000.00.” You can read more about this time in history from the PEI Public Archives and Records website.

Foxes are still sold for their pelts but the industry is no longer a booming business. The taste for fox pelts died in the 1950s. Take a drive on the tranquil back roads and keep your eyes open. You will be delighted when you spot these sleek foxes as they roam freely throughout the woods, parks and towns of PEI.

Camera Info: Photo was taken with a DSLR D7000 at ISO 100, f10 at 1/60 of a second. Lens used was a 70-300 shot at 195mm. All Nikon!


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A photographer who has worked in the largest media markets in Canada and the U.S., Julia’s travel photos and videos have been featured prominently in the Toronto Star and been exhibited in galleries in Toronto, New York and Vancouver. Her new line of photo jewelry was inspired by her travels. Even though she is an American, one of her favourite travel experiences was spending Canada Day 2000 on Parliament Hill, joining in a parade with then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien and others. Julia is’s Visuals Editor. See her work at

One Comment

  • Robert Gardiner

    September 20, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Hi Julia, thanks for your photo. I have just travelled from Australia to PEI and after the obligatory visit to the AOGG display and the lovely walk along Lovers Lane. I also found a fox, which i stalked for a while. They a beautiful and this one allowed me to get close with my 300 mm before the Fox made ‘his’ way off into the bush. Regards Robert


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