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Charlottetown is known as the Birthplace of Confederation, where Canada’s Fathers of Confederation gathered in 1864 to discuss forming a nation stretching between the oceans. See the picturesque cottage home of William Henry Pope, one of the founding fathers, at the Ardgowan National Historic Site of Canada. Interestingly, Prince Edward Island remained independent until 1873.
Follow some of the 250 miles (400 kilometers) of the Confederation Trail, with hiking, cycling and picnicking along woodland paths that were once train tracks. Rent a kayak or sailboat to enjoy Charlottetown Harbour. Play on the beach or try lobster fishing.
Visit diverse museums and galleries ranging from the military artifacts in Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum to artisan boutiques featuring sea glass, pottery, jewelry making and glass blowing. The region also hosts festivals and performing arts events. Performance spaces at the Guild in downtown Charlottetown feature plays, musicals, lectures, improvisation and more. For Celtic appreciation, attend the Highland Games at Lord Selkirk Provincial Park in Belfast, about a 30-minute drive southeast.
Drive north for 30 minutes to Cavendish to view the green-gabled house, haunted woods and trail that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s much-loved series of novels, Anne of Green Gables. See a musical performance of the popular story at the summertime Charlottetown Festival.
Explore the downtown area on foot, with a wide range of restaurants reflecting the diverse ethnicities in the community. Sign up for a culinary bootcamp at Holland College. See if you’re lucky at Redshores Racetrack and Casino. Gaze at the historic buildings along Victoria Row. Find fresh produce at the summer farmers market and enjoy some great golf nearby.
Fly into Charlottetown’s airport, just a few miles from downtown or drive across the Confederation Bridge to New Brunswick. Moncton is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west. For a pleasant journey over the water, take the ferry across the Northumberland Strait to Nova Scotia. Charlottetown is about a 4-hour drive northeast from Canada’s border with Maine.Accommodation in Charlottetown
Before you head off, lock in your reservation for one of the 30 Charlottetown accommodations that can be found on Expedia's hotel website.
The Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward and The Holman Grand Hotel will appeal to those who enjoy a little a little luxury and want to maximize their relaxation time on the island. At the lower-budget end of the accommodation spectrum are the popular Super 8 Charlottetown PE and the Canadas Best Value Inn & Suites.
This family-friendly Charlottetown hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Charlottetown Mall and University of Prince Edward Island. That Fun Place and Confederation Court Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Charlottetown Mall and University of Prince Edward Island. That Fun Place and Ardgowan are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Charlottetown, this romantic hotel is steps from Charlottetown City Hall, Confederation Court Mall, and St. Peter's Anglican Cathedral. Confederation Centre of the Arts and The Guild are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Charlottetown, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Confederation Court Mall, The Mack, and Province House National Historic Site of Canada. Charlottetown City Hall and Confederation Centre of the Arts are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Charlottetown, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Province House National Historic Site of Canada and The Mack. Confederation Centre of the Arts and St. Dunstan's Basilica are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Charlottetown hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gahan House, The Guild, and Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum. Confederation Court Mall and Confederation Landing Park are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Charlottetown, this guesthouse is steps from Beaconsfield Historic House and Government House of Prince Edward Island. St. Peter's Anglican Cathedral and Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Charlottetown hotel is located by the ocean, steps from Confederation Centre of the Arts, The Mack, and The Guild. Confederation Court Mall and Province House National Historic Site of Canada are also within 5 minutes.