Time Flies: A History of Prince Edward Island from the Air

Joshua MacFadyen

Time Flies offers an unprecedented view of one island province’s journey into modernity through a unique blend of aerial photography and historical synthesis. The book presents images of iconic landscapes on Prince Edward Island and traces how those communities and natural ecosystems have changed over 85 years (1935–2020). Each site history illustrates and reflects on the nature of modern land use and land cover change in one of four chapters organized around primary resource economies, rural communities, urban development, and islands and coastal change. Time Flies offers a visually rich discussion of one island as the world and offers lessons that we can learn from the social and ecological transformation of PEI.

October 31, 2023
Paperback 10.5 x 8, 240 pages, 175 images, $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-988692-64-7

In the News

UPEI Faculty Member Wins Publication for Book – Time Flies Wins a Publication of the Year Award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.

Stephen Brun and Alex MacIsaac. “PEI from above: What a new book tells us about the Islands past and future.” CBC News, Dec 9, 2023.

Listen to the CBC Mainstreet interview with Matt Rainnie here.

Vivian Ulinwa. “UPEI’s professor’s book on coastal development draws many to Island Studies lecture.” Saltwire, January 25, 2024.

Watch Joshua’s January 23, 2024 lecture “Time Flies: An Aerial History of Coastal and Ribbon Development on Prince Edward Island” at the Island Lecture Series.

Dr. Joshua MacFadyen is the Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities and an associate professor in the Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture program at the University of Prince Edward Island. His previous books include Flax Americana: A History of the Fibre and Oil That Covered a Continent and Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island.