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Verified travelerJan 5, 2020
The jewel of North America without any hassels.
Enjoy the historic waterfront, charming streets, entertaining theater, diverse dining options and rich art and cultural scene of Prince Edward Island’s capital city.
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.
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If you're spending some time in Queens Square, The Guild and Confederation Centre of the Arts are top sights worth seeing.
You'll enjoy the museums and live music in Parkdale. You might want to make time for a stop at Eastlink Centre or Red Shores Racetrack and Casino.
Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020
Reviewed on Jan 1, 2020
Find exhibitions about Canadian confederation, admire artwork by national artists and attend entertaining theater productions at this cultural center.
You can learn about the history of Charlottetown when you stop by Historic Charlottetown Waterfront. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.
During your visit to Charlottetown, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at Victoria Row. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.
Explore the great outdoors at Victoria Park, a lovely green space in Charlottetown. Stroll along the area's waterfront, or simply savor its top-notch restaurants.
Explore the great outdoors at Confederation Landing Park, a lovely green space in Charlottetown. Stroll along the area's waterfront, or simply savor its top-notch restaurants.
Find out about the history of Charlottetown with a stop at Province House National Historic Site of Canada. Stroll along the area's waterfront, or simply savor its top-notch restaurants.
View a variety of different landscapes along the Points East Coastal Drive, including coastal cliffs and beaches, forests, rolling farmland, pastoral rivers and the ever present sea. Visit Point Prim Lighthouse, built in 1845, the Point Prim Lighthouse is the first and oldest lighthouse on Prince Edward Island.
View rolling farmlands, stunning seascapes, tiny villages and bustling harbours along the Green Gables Shore (scenic drive) as we get ready to tour the North Shore area. Brief photo stops at quaint little fishing villages, lighthouses and the world class – Cavendish Beach.
The Best of our Little Island Tour in less than a day!Begin with a memorable city tour of historic downtown Charlottetown followed by a stop at PEI Preserve Company in New Glasgow. Continue on to the coastal fishing village of North Rustico and the famous PEI National Park, home of Cavendish and Anne of Green Gables.
Verified travelerSep 28, 2019
PEI is beautiful. You really need a car to see all the lovely landscapes this island has to offer.