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Visit Charlottetown

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.

Where to stay in Charlottetown

Charlottetown featuring a house and snow

Queens Square

4.5/5Wonderful!(118 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Queens Square, The Guild and Confederation Centre of the Arts are top sights worth seeing.

Queens Square
Trying out the local brewery.

Parkdale

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.

Parkdale

Top Hotels in Charlottetown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rodd Royalty
Rodd Royalty
4.5 out of 5
14 Capital Drive, Intersection of Highways 1 & 2, Charlottetown, PE
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$56
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Situated in Charlottetown, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Charlottetown Mall and University of Prince Edward Island. That Fun Place and Ardgowan ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,732 reviews)

"Rodd has a very good reputation as a reliable place to stay. The Royalty is clean, casual with a very competitive rate. Would definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

Rodd Royalty
Charlottetown Inn & Conference Centre
Charlottetown Inn & Conference Centre
3.5 out of 5
238 Grafton St, Charlottetown, PE
$61
per night
Feb 17 - Feb 18

Located in Queens Square, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Historic Charlottetown Waterfront, St. Paul's Church, and Public Archives and ...

3.5/5Good! (628 reviews)

"It was close to where we wanted to go.parking was satisfactory"…"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2020

Charlottetown Inn & Conference Centre
The Sydney Boutique Inn
The Sydney Boutique Inn
5 out of 5
55 Weymouth Street, Charlottetown, PE
$89
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Located in Queens Square, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Historic Charlottetown Waterfront and St. Paul's Church. Public Archives and Records ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (678 reviews)

"This is a first class place with a breakfast that’s made with love. I was there in Jan 2020 and I felt like I owned the place Wahoo"…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

The Sydney Boutique Inn

Popular things to do in Charlottetown

Confederation Centre of the Arts
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Confederation Centre of the Arts

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Find exhibitions about Canadian confederation, admire artwork by national artists and attend entertaining theater productions at this cultural center.

Historic Charlottetown Waterfront
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Historic Charlottetown Waterfront

4.5/5(86 reviews)

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.

Victoria Row
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Victoria Row

4.5/5(19 reviews)

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.

Victoria Park
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Victoria Park

4.5/5(38 reviews)

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.

Confederation Landing Park
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Confederation Landing Park

4.5/5(14 reviews)

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.

Province House National Historic Site of Canada
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Province House National Historic Site of Canada

4/5(6 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Charlottetown

Private Shore Excursion Lighthouse and Winery Tour
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Private Shore Excursion Lighthouse and Winery Tour

$51

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.

Private Shore Excursions Island Drive and Green Gables
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Private Shore Excursions Island Drive and Green Gables

$51

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.

Shore Excursions Best of P.E.I.
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Shore Excursions Best of P.E.I.

$103

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.

Reviews of Charlottetown

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 5, 2020

The jewel of North America without any hassels.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 30, 2019

The mist beautiful place !!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 27, 2019

Good facilities, but very hard to navigate.

5/5 - Excellent

Kristen

Oct 10, 2019

The people are very friendly and welcoming

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 6, 2019

Very small city with friendly locals. Tourism is big here. Local pride in being an "Islander" is palpable, and it's a nice feeling.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 28, 2019

PEI is beautiful. You really need a car to see all the lovely landscapes this island has to offer.