PEI falls off the map

I love it. The Canadian Travel Commission decided to make some new travel guides — highlighting such national marvels as the new, Inuit-controlled territory Nunavut, and the country’s famously gorgeous maritime provinces.

So the government hired Fodor’s to produce maps. When the maps came in, as the National Post recently reported, there were a few problems:

Among the errors: Nunavut is spelled as “Nunavit,” the cities of Fredericton and Halifax are absent, and Prince Edward Island and Yukon are omitted entirely. The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is also misidentified — the official name of the province was changed to include Labrador in 2001 …

“This is not our finest hour,” said Stuart Applebaum, a spokesman for Random House Inc., the publisher of the popular guides. “We’re very sorry about the errors and we’re making every effort to correct them as quickly as possible.”

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