2015 Prince Edward Island Visitor's Guide
What’s in your guide? This is your complete vacation planning package. We hope you will enjoy the gorgeous photos and interesting articles in the first 60 pages, where you can learn about Island culture, experiences, outdoor adventure and touring routes. Look for Visitors’ Tips and Insider Tips in the Guide. We asked visitors to tell us some highlights from their visit and we’re passing them along.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND ı 2015 VISITOR’S GUIDE Life is simply better when you add a little PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND ı 2015 VISITOR’S GUIDE Life is simply better when you add a little ABOUT THE COVER Prince Edward Island is famous for its beaches. On the Island you’ll find warm white-sand beaches and dunes on our north shore and red-sand beaches along our south shore that are perfect for exploring. Photo of Greenwich, PEI National Park, by Stephen Harris. Prince Edward Island was voted the #1 Top Island in Continental US and Canada by Travel & Leisure Magazine in 2013. DRIVING TO THE ISLAND Bangor, Maine to PEI - 542 km (337 miles) Boston, Mass to PEI - 943 km (586 miles) Montréal, Québec to PEI - 1143 km (710 miles) Toronto, Ontario to PEI - 1682 km (1045 miles) North Cape Coastal Drive For easy touring, the Island is broken into five distinct regions as shown on the map below, and so is this Guide. You should note that the maps illustrated in this Guide do not contain all the place names and roads on the Island. For more detailed information refer to the official full-size PEI Highway Map. Points East Coastal Drive PAGE 150 PAGE 82 Green Gables Shore PAGE 98 © 2015 Tourism PEI The Prince Edward Island Visitor’s Guide is published by the PEI Department of Tourism and Culture. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy; however, the Department bears no responsibility for errors. Red Sands Shore PAGE 130 Charlottetown PAGE 136 the Anne explore Anne ’s house of G re e n G A b l e s P A c kA G e tM celebrate in Anne ’s home town see Anne come to life then watch Anne fall in love AT THE GUILD Package includes tickets to: ˜ Green Gables House ˜ Site of L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish Home ˜ The Anne of Green Gables Museum ˜ Avonlea Village Shindig ˜ Anne & Gilbert, the Musical ˜ L.M. Montgomery Birthplace 57.97 ALL FOR ONLY $ PLUS TAXES AND FEES To purchase your package* visit Anne of Green Gables, Anne Shirley, Gilbert Blythe, Anne and Gilbert characters, titles and other indica of Anne are trademarks and/or Canadian official marks of the AGGLA inc. anneandgilbert.com *Limited number of packages available. START HERE What’s in your guide? This is your complete vacation planning package. We hope you will enjoy the gorgeous photos and interesting articles in the first 60 pages, where you can learn about Island culture, experiences, outdoor adventure and touring routes. Look for Visitors’ Tips and Insider Tips in the Guide. We asked visitors to tell us some highlights from their visit and we’re passing them along. Don’t forget to take a look at this year’s Festivals & Events schedule, and remember that for the latest up-to-the-minute information, call us toll free 1-800-463-4PEI or visit www.tourismpei.com. In the second part of the guide you’ll find categories for Services, Things to do, Food & Beverage, Shopping and Places to Stay, grouped and organized in the five colour-coded Touring Regions. The listings within each category are arranged alphabetically by community, then alphabetically by the name of the establishment. Accommodations are grouped in four main categories: Camping; Hotels/Motels/Resorts; Cottages /Houses / Apartments; and Inns /Bed & Breakfasts. See page 64 for an explanation of the symbols and abbreviations used in this Guide. Speaking of symbols, look for the open-off-season symbol (N) which identifies establishments open before June 15 and/or after September 15. 82 98 130 136 150 North Cape Coastal Drive Green Gables Shore Red Sands Shore Charlottetown Points East Coastal Drive Like us on Facebook facebook.com/tourismpei Follow the tweets twitter.com/tourismpei Follow us on Instagram instagram.com/tourismpei Find us on Pinterest pinterest.com/tourismpei Photos: Inset / PAUL BAGLOLE PEI video channel youtube.com/tourismpei 1-800-463-4PEI in North America www.tourismpei.com on the web Call Tourism PEI, Box 940, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, C1A 7M5 Call 902-368-5540 Fax 902-368-4438 firstname.lastname@example.org Contents Welcome.................................. 2 Islandness................................ 4 Culture..................................... 6 Golf ............................................ 8 Culinary................................... 12 Beaches................................... 14 Crafts ...................................... 16 Attractions............................ 22 Family..................................... 24 History.................................... 26 Museums............................... 28 Theatre.................................... 30 Experiential .......................... 32 Anne ...................................... 34 Outdoor Adventure ........... 36 Lighthouses.......................... 40 Taste our Island.................... 43 Coastal Drives...................... 44 Seasons.................................. 46 Parks....................................... 48 Local Essentials ................... 50 (includes information on transportation, beach safety, weather, health and emergencies, road safety, golf courses, fishing and hunting, marinas, trails, the environment and more!) Symbols and Ratings.......... 64 Festivals & Events................ 66 Tour the Island..................... 76 Authentic PEI Experiences.. 78 North Cape Coastal Drive.................. 82 Green Gables Shore......... 98 Red Sands Shore............. 130 Charlottetown................. 136 Points East Coastal Drive................. 150 The Index.............................. 164 k 1 WELCOME On behalf of the Province of Prince Edward Island and the Department of Tourism and Culture, I invite you to our province for your 2015 vacation. Prince Edward Island is Canada’s premiere vacation destination and a truly unique location for travelers. Our coastline offers some of the most stunning vistas in the world. It is also home to many of the country’s best beaches including Basin Head Provincial Park which was recently voted Canada’s Best Beach by travel website vacay.ca. Further inland, our rolling green hills and scenic farmland will keep your cameras busy. Our tremendous local cuisine, including some of the freshest seafood available anywhere in the world, will make your mouth water for more. And if golf’s your game, Prince Edward Island has courses to suit all skill levels and budgets including several courses considered among the best in Canada. Add in our unique Island culture and world-famous hospitality and you get a one-of-a-kind vacation destination. We look forward to seeing you in 2015. Add a little Island to your vacation plans this year. Hon. Robert Henderson Minister of Tourism and Culture Want to find the best places for live music, local eats or where to catch the perfect sunset? Who better to answer your PEI questions than people who live here? Connect with our team of Islanders: chefs, artists or outdoor enthusiasts who’ll share their Island secrets. Find out more by visiting our website www.tourismpei.com. Potato fields in blossom 2 Photos: Potato Fields Park Corner / Orwell Cove / JOHN SYLVESTER; Souris / Oyster Fishers / HEATHER OGG; Canada Day / STEPHEN HARRIS Add a little Island to your 2015 vacation plans! Canada Day Orwell Cove Oyster Fishers Souris Come for a visit, and get a taste of hospitality. 3 ISLANDNESS What is it? There’s something special about an island. Naturally There’s no other place like Prince Edward Island. Here are a few ideas for exploring this unique place: o ne • You can find over 50 lighthouses, of all shapes and sizes, scattered across Prince Edward Island. two • Explore PEI National Park. You can experience the dunes and cliffs by car– or better yet, by bike or foot. three • The Island is famous for its food. From freshly-caught lobster, mussels and oysters to newly-dug potatoes. four • Prince Edward Island Culinary Adventures take food enthusiasts on a chefdriven experiential food journey across the Island. f ive • Find incredible vistas with rich reds, vivid greens and deep blues while touring our three coastal drives. Northumberland Ferries Whether you approach PEI by land, sea, or air, you’ll feel a strange excitement begin to stir as you wonder, “What will it be like there?” No guarantees, of course, except that your heart rate will slow, your smiles will last longer, and you’ll sometimes forget where you left your shoes. Find to 4 Darnley k more on how g et here on page 50 Photos: Darnley / YVONNE DUIVENVOORDEN; Ferry / JAMES FIELDING; Inset-Northport / HEATHER OGG Facing page: Springbrook / PAUL BAGLOLE; North Lake / North Cape / JOHN SYLVESTER; Park Corner / YVONNE DUIVENVOORDEN Visitors’ Tips separated and self-contained, it’s disconnected from the rest of the world – but only in the most alluring ways. Rhythm, for one thing. Prince Edward Island will draw you into its comfortable, relaxed pace. Freed from the stresses of your regular routine, you’ll soon find yourself living on Island Time, with too many unforgettable things to do, yet no pressure to do them. Personal interaction, for another. Just as the surrounding waters carve and mold the land, our people will shape your experience. A trip to PEI goes beyond the jagged red cliffs, peaceful sandy beaches, and rolling green hills. It’s more than impossibly-fresh seafood, creative artisans, and world-class golf. It’s all of those things, and something a little harder to identify. As you board our boats, tour our studios, and visit our homes, you’ll realize that you’ve also been welcomed into our hearts. And that’s what will keep pulling you back for yet another taste of life here, another sampling of our unique islandness. Yes, you’ll be glad you came, and so will we. Visit www.tourismpei.com/the-island. Just a little islandness can Park Corner North Cape North Lake Springbrook change your view of the world. 5 Visitors’ Tips Experience Prince Edward Island culture first hand! o ne • Take in a live play, concert, ballet, or comedy show at the intimate Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside. two • The Festival of Small Halls features internationally-acclaimed performers from PEI, Atlantic Canada and abroad. three • The Charlottetown Festival is always a favourite. This year they’re adding the Atlantic-Canadian premiere of Alice Through the LookingGlass to their lineup with Anne of Green Gables –The Musical TM. four • Take in the outdoor concerts at the PEI Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Festival. f ive • Attend the Victoria Playhouse Festival as they celebrate their 34th season. Come share our heritage! All groups of people are defined by the things they celebrate and the traditions that endure. Prince Edward Island is brimming with a heritage all its own. The Highland Storm Festival in Summerside offers a slice of Scottish culture, and features fiddle and bagpipe music, drumming, and step-dancing. The Scotchfort Pow Wow is an enjoyable glimpse into the customs and practices of the Mi’kmaq – the earliest residents of this beautiful Island. L’Exposition Agricole et le Festival Acadien is a four-day agricultural and musical extravaganza, highlighting the Acadian component of our past and present. Victoria Playhouse presents a new slate of plays and concerts every year, and is a leading showcase for PEI talent and creativity. Studio Tours feature hands-on arts & crafts workshops. The Lighthouse Treasures Festival shines with artisans and musicians at lighthouse locations. Culinary Boot Camps welcome you into the world of master chefs. The Festival of Small Halls presents over 50 performances in more than two dozen rural communities. And these are just a few of the many events taking place this year. All over the Island, musicians, dancers, storytellers, actors, and artisans will demonstrate their gifts and bring to life the rich culture that took root here long ago – and continues to flourish across PEI. See more at www.tourismpei.com/pei-culture. Charlottetown Attending a performance or visiting a studio in one of our Island’s quaint cultural venues gives you the opportunity to experience a piece of our history as well as the beautiful scenery that surrounds it. k more See about our on page 66 festivals 6 Festival of Small Halls Photos: Festival of Small Halls / LOUISE VESSEY; Charlottetown / STEPHEN HARRIS; inset / YVONNE DUIVENVOORDEN Facing page: North Rustico / STEPHEN HARRIS; New London / YVONNE DUIVENVOORDEN; Clyde River / BARRETT & MACKAY; Abram-Village / HEATHER OGG CULTURE Our island is alive with from tip to tip. Abram-Village Clyde River New London North Rustico culture 7 8 Mill River Golf Course Belvedere Golf Club Glasgow Hills Links at Crowbush Cove It’s the only place on earth where you’ll heaven. find golf GOLF Pure golf heaven! Facing page: Crowbush Cove / Glasgow Hills / JOHN SYLVESTER; Mill River / CLIVE BARBER; Belvedere / GOLF PEI Photos: Green Gables / CHRIS REARDON; Inset / JOHN SYLVESTER; Crowbush Cove / RUSSELL MONK When the earliest Scottish settlers arrived on Prince Edward Island in the eighteenth century, they had no time to think about golf, a game their ancestors helped invent. Nor could they have imagined that PEI would one day become Canada’s most popular golf destination. But pros and amateurs from all over North America have been enjoying our courses for years. And now the rest of the world is starting to take notice. Is it our breathtaking scenery, the quality and variety of our courses, or the value and convenience of playing here? All of the above, and more. Whether you’re a beginner, a regular player, or dreaming of turning professional, you’ll find just the right course, and fees lower than you might expect. And remember, PEI is Canada’s smallest province, so you’re never far from beaches, restaurants, theatre, or any of our stunning courses. Traveling in a large group or planning a convention? No problem! Our golf facilities are able to accommodate your needs. We’re sure that no matter where you’ve played before, your favourite round of golf is waiting for you somewhere on Prince Edward Island. Visit www.tourismpei.com/pei-golf. Green Gables Golf Course Visitors’ Tips You can’t play all our courses in one trip, so you’ll just have to come back! o ne • The Eagles Glenn Golf Course in Cavendish is both challenging and scenic with its inspiring views and Graham Cooke design. two • Green Gables Golf Club was originally designed by legend Stanley Thompson and recently renovated by Thomas McBroom. three • Challenge yourself on each of Mill River Golf Course’s 18 unique holes. four • The Stanhope Golf & Country Club is a superb course with stunning views. f ive • For a quick, but challenging 9 holes of golf, Red Sands Golf Course provides tricky variations in elevation that are guaranteed to satisfy. You may have heard of Green Gables, The Links at Crowbush Cove and Mill River. These three impeccable courses, and 29 others, are part of what makes PEI the favourite destination of so many Canadian golfers. Book tee times online at www.golfpei.ca. See for k more info golf courses on page 56 Links at Crowbush Cove 9 ONCE UPON A TIME THE FERRY WAS THE ONLY WAY TO VISIT PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. SOME SAY IT STILL IS. TRAVEL BY SEA. SAVE TIME. DRIVE LESS. NOVA SCOTIA | PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND 1-877-882-8089 FERRIES.CA 10 CULINARY Time to eat! There are many advantages to a small island, especially Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or fine dining, the right meal is right here. o ne • Order the seafood– the lobster, mussels and oysters can’t get any fresher! two • Find the most succulent lobster, fresh rolls, potato salad and local produce at a traditional PEI Lobster Supper. three • The Fall Flavours Festival in September features celebrity guest chefs and a wide range of unique culinary experiences. four • Everyone loves our ice cream. Try one of 60 delicious ice-cream flavours at Jewell’s Country Market dairy bar. f ive • Potatoes, yes potatoes! The PEI potato has a unique flavour because of our rich red soil. Roadside stand There’s no better way to inspire envy among your friends back home than to tell them you dined on the freshest possible PEI shellfish. But if you’re looking to really impress them, discuss the distinction between Malpeques and Raspberry Points, or between Colville Bays and Lucky Limes. These and other “boutique” oyster brands can be enjoyed at many of our local restaurants and pubs, along with scallops, clams, and world-famous Island mussels. Visit www.tourismpei.com/culinary-pei. k more about food experience See our 12 Oyster fishing on page 43 Photos: Roadside stand / Oysters / JOHN SYLVESTER; Inset / STEPHEN HARRIS Facing page: New Glasgow / North Shore / Bay Fortune / YVONNE DUIVENVOORDEN; Charlottetown / STEPHEN HARRIS Visitors’ Tips this one. The land here is rich and our waters teem with fish, as well as lobster, oysters, and other shellfish. Ask almost anyone in the world where the best mussels come from, and they’ll tell you: Prince Edward Island. And because the distance between any two points on the Island is small, food doesn’t have to travel far from source to plate. Our farmers and fishers provide the ingredients and our award-winning chefs turn those fresh ingredients into culinary masterpieces. But it’s about more than a meal. We also have food experiences and events. Culinary Boot Camps bring you into state-of-the-art kitchens, where you’ll prepare and enjoy your own creations (www.culinarybootcamps.com). Or explore The Culinary Trail, an Island-wide series of itineraries complete with guidebook and map (www.peiflavours.ca). Try a traditional PEI Lobster Supper for a unique dining experience. This fall, don’t miss the PEI International Shellfish Festival, and more than 60 other events at the annual Fall Flavours Festival (www.fallflavours.ca). As we said, it’s about more than a meal. It’s about local and fresh, traditional and innovative. And it’s about time to eat! Bring your appetite for unique experiences. Bay Fortune North Shore Charlottetown New Glasgow culinary 13 BEACHES Choosing a beach presents a challenge when you’re on an island surrounded by them. Here are a few ideas: o ne • Cabot Beach Provincial Park. Stroll from your campsite to the beach. two • Cavendish Beach in PEI National Park is a very popular family beach close to Cavendish attractions. three • At low tide explore the warm tidal pools at Argyle Shore. four • The many beaches from Brackley to Dalvay in PEI National Park. f ive • Canadian travel website vacay.ca has named Basin Head Provincial Park the best beach in Canada. Take a walk along the beach and listen for the Singing Sands. Cedar Dunes Provincial Park Protected by the Northumberland Strait, the south shore tends to have the warmest water and reddish sand. The north shore faces the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with rolling surf and white sand. Over on the eastern shore there’s even a beach with singing sand! Be beach safe, see page 52. k more about beaches See our 14 Basin Head on page 52 Photos: Cedar Dunes / Basin Head / JOHN SYLVESTER; Inset / STEPHEN HARRIS Facing page: Basin Head / Lakeside / JOHN SYLVESTER; Park Corner / YVONNE DUIVENVOORDEN; Chelton / LOUISE VESSEY Visitors’ Tips Where sea meets shore. PEI and beaches. They’re practically synonyms. When visitors think of Prince Edward Island, many immediately imagine the smooth warm sand, red sandstone cliffs, soft blue sky, and the white-capped waves of the surrounding seas. We have eleven hundred kilometres of shoreline, much of it in the form of pristine beaches. It’s what English, French, Scottish, and Irish settlers first saw when they arrived here centuries ago. And often, it’s still the first place visitors head when they arrive today. Whether you prefer napping in the sun, splashing in the water, building a sandcastle, enjoying a leisurely stroll, or capturing that unforgettable sunset, there’s a beach that’s perfect for it. This Island is filled with many wonders – scenic beauty, cultural richness, diverse history, and a welcoming spirit. Wrapped around it all are those beaches. They are the boundary of Prince Edward Island, and what separates us from the rest of the world. Visit www.tourismpei.com/pei-beaches. This island is surrounded by fun, and Chelton Beach Lakeside Park Corner Basin Head beaches! 15 16 Pastimes PEI Fire & Water Creations McAskill Woodworking Local are pieces of life you can hold in your hands. crafts Play in Clay Experience CRAFTS Photos: Island Traditions / Malpeque Fine Iron / Inset / JOHN SYLVESTER Facing page: Play in Clay / STEPHEN HARRIS; Fire & Water Creations / ALANA JANKOV; McAskill / Pastimes PEI / JOHN SYLVESTER One of a kind. People visit Prince Edward Island looking for unique experiences, and that certainly applies to the artwork and crafts created here. If it’s something specific you’re after, you’ll likely find it being made somewhere on the Island. Our skilled craftspeople are busy year-round, producing one-of-a-kind treasures you simply won’t find anywhere else. Our mills have woven creations made from the wool of their very own sheep and alpaca; the assortment of sweaters, mittens, hats, scarves, blankets, and rugs is breathtaking. Pottery studios display and sell decorative and functional items. Seasoned woodworkers are turning cups and bowls, and producing carved masterpieces, even as you read this. Stained glass, wrought iron, handmade soaps? It’s all here. Painting, sculpture, photography, prints? How much time do you have? Watch the artisans as they work. Tour their workshops. Take a PEI Studio Tour (www.peistudios.ca). Or sign up for an Authentic PEI Experience (see page 78) and try your hand at creating your own unique reminder of this one-of-a-kind place. Island Traditions When you buy a souvenir, you’re purchasing a reminder of the place you visited. When you acquire something from a skilled artisan, you’re taking home a real part of the place – its history, culture, and people. The number of artists producing masterful works of creativity here is startling. Each is waiting to share a piece of their beautiful Island. Visit www.tourismpei.com/pei-arts-crafts. Visitors’ Tips You can find the perfect take-home memory, or try a hands-on craft project. o ne • Gateway Village in Borden-Carleton promises a unique experience as you savour Island food products and shop from local artisans. two • The PEI Preserve Company in New Glasgow has everything from Celtic family tartan blankets to locally-made pottery and jewellery (and preserves!) three • The Dunes Studio Gallery in Brackley (pictured above) – fine Canadian art plus items from around the world. four • Visit Spinnakers’ Landing in Summerside to check out hand-made jewellery at Celtic Mist and MaiYa Pearls. f ive • In Charlottetown visit the craft shops and gallery on Victoria Row, stroll down historic Great George Street, then head to Peake’s Quay for more great Island crafts. k more Find on going on page 53 shopping Malpeque Fine Iron Products 17 18 Charlottetown PRINCE EDWARD ISL AND l Top Notch Lobster Tours 2 Prince Street behind “Lobster on the Wharf” (902) 626-6689 www.markscharters.com Anne of Green Gables: The Musical ™ Confederation Centre of the Arts Corner of Queen & Grafton Streets (902) 566-1267 or 800-565-0278 www.charlottetownfestival.com A truly unique Island experience! Become a ﬁsherman. Embark on an adventure from the Charlottetown Harbour aboard the “Top Notch” - an authentic lobster boat with a genuine lobster ﬁshing crew. A Canadian Signature Experience and TripAdvisor® Certiﬁcate of Excellence winner in 2014. Daily cruises: 10:30am-12:00pm, 1:30-4:00pm & 5:00-7:30pm. Lobster served 1:30pm & 5:00pm cruises (Licensed). July 1st - August 31st. The Guinness Record-holding, longest-running annual musical returns for its 51st season at The Charlottetown Festival. A true Canadian classic, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ has delighted more than two million audience members over its stellar run! Jessica Gallant stars as the sensitive and imaginative red-haired orphan who is prone to mishaps, but who eventually wins the hearts of Avonlea. June 10th - August 29th at Confederation Centre of the Arts. Photo credit: Anne cast, Charlottetown Festival 2014 (Louise Vessey). Peakes Wharf Boat Tours Historic Charlottetown Waterfront (902) 566-4458 www.peakeswharfboattours.com Lobster on the Wharf Historic Charlottetown Waterfront (902) 894-9311 or (902) 368-2888 www.lobsteronthewharf.com Northern Watters Knitwear 150 Richmond St., Victoria Row (902) 566-5850 or 800-565-9665 www.nwknitwear.com Cruise the harbour, watch seals in their natural habitat, or take part in a lobster hauling excursion! An unforgettable Prince Edward Island Experience, Peakes Wharf Boat Tours are available for up to 35 people. Located on the Historic Charlottetown Waterfront behind the Delta Hotel and PEI Convention Centre, the MV Fairview is a Transport Canada approved charter with a licensed canteen and washrooms on board. Open June - September 30th. Savour the best lobster and the best view in town! Licensed waterfront restaurant specializing in seafood while oﬀering something to satisfy all food tastes. Enjoy a drink while watching the action in the busy port of Charlottetown. Travel pack service for lobster available in our adjoining seafood market. Open daily for lunch and dinner. May 1st through October. Home of the world-famous Island handcrafted British Wool sweaters & accessories, the ﬁnest of Island crafts, sheepskin products, yarns, preserves & so very much more. You are welcome to view our on-site workshop and see our skilled knitters at work. We are the largest PEI craft store. Open all year. www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/win Win a Triopttetown! toigChtshataTrhel Holman Grand Hotel 3N Pass tion Bridge Confedera kets Theatre Tic ars ll Dining Do ur & More Historic To Enter You are almost there ÎLES DE LA MADELEINE - THE FERRY AWAITS YOU IN SOURIS, P.E.I - TheMaggies.ca/pei ferryctma.ca | 1 888 986-3278 20 AT TRAC TIONS From water parks to sandcastles, this is the place for family fun. o ne • At North Cape Wind Energy Centre get up close to the giant windmills and visit the interpretive centre to learn about wind energy. two • At Avonlea Village travel back in time and surround yourself with PEI’s favourite story, Anne of Green Gables. three • Basin Head Day Park features a lifeguarded white-sand beach, a gift shop and ice cream stand. four • Step back in time, get cozy, and catch a movie at Brackley Drive-in Theatre (Atlantic Canada’s #1 drive-in). f ive • At the COWS Creamery Factory, take the tour to see COWS Ice Cream being made and, maybe best of all, have a sample! Lakeside There are lots of fun activities on PEI that may not spring readily to mind. Like dressing up in period costumes and posing for an old-fashioned photograph. There’s free outdoor theatre at the Confederation Centre. You can climb to the top of a lighthouse. Or, how about learning all about wind energy! k more about attractions Find our North Cape 22 on page 62 Photos: North Cape / Inset / JOHN SYLVESTER; Lakeside / PAUL BAGLOLE Facing page: Shining Waters / Mill River / JOHN SYLVESTER; Burlington / YVONNE DUIVENVOORDEN; Orwell Corner / EMILY O’BRIEN Visitors’ Tips Let’s just play! As young children, we lived to play. Having fun was our job and we were good at it. Then we grew up, and play became recreation – hiking, camping, sailing. All great activities, but there’s still that child inside of us who just wants to play. Prince Edward Island is the perfect place for family vacations because it’s easy to find the right balance. Birdwatching and nature walks? Of course. But we also have bumper boats, waterslides, and go-karts. When was the last time you went horseback riding? Have you ever taken a ride on a mini-train? We have paintballing, laser tag, and even hot air balloon rides. Do you remember the excitement when you were about to board your first ferris wheel or roller coaster? You can relive that magic at one of several amusement parks. Finish your day with a round of mini-golf or an evening at the drive-in theatre. Recreation? There’s plenty of time for that tomorrow. Today, let’s be kids again. Let’s just play. Visit www.tourismpei.com/pei-activities. Mill River Fun Park Orwell Corner Burlington Shining Waters Family Fun Park Theyâ€™re called attractions because their pull is irresistible. 23 24 Confederation Trail New Glasgow Point Prim Deep-sea Fishing, Souris Memories we build are the with ones we treasure forever. family FAMILY Facing page: Deep-sea Fishing / Confederation Trail / JOHN SYLVESTER; Point Prim / RUSSELL MONK; New Glasgow / YVONNE DUIVENVOORDEN Photos: Sandcastle Building / Inset / JOHN SYLVESTER; Charlottetown / STEPHEN HARRIS Endless discovery. Even while the warm summer sun on Prince Edward Island lulls visitors to our slower pace, the cool ocean breezes beckon them to explore. In the process, families rediscover how to relax as one, and how to grow as individuals. Where do they find such gifts? Over every hill or on the other side of every dune, or aboard a lobster fishing boat that’s gently tossed by the sea. In museums that celebrate our nation’s history or a culture’s rich traditions. Immersed in the magical world of Anne of Green Gables. Building masterpieces of sand on a secluded beach, or climbing the stairs of a lighthouse and feeling the silent awe pull you together as you catch that first glimpse of the view from the top. Learning how to shuck oysters, or harvest potatoes, or prepare a gourmet meal. These are just a few of the countless ways our guests discover our Island, our way of life, and most important, each other. It’s all here, waiting to be explored. What unexpected and priceless gifts will your family take home from their trip to Prince Edward Island? Visit www.tourismpei.com/pei-family-fun. Charlottetown Visitors’ Tips Family fun is found on the Island from tip to tip! o ne • Climb to the top of East Point Lighthouse. The view is magnificent, and more than worth the effort. two • The Bottle Houses in Cap-Egmont feature life-size buildings made of 25,000 bottles! three • Spinnakers’ Landing is well known for shopping. But you can also stroll the boardwalk along the water’s edge, wave to the sailboats and watch the sunset. four • Have a unique family picture done at Grandpa’s Antique Photo Studio. f ive • Sandspit Amusement Park in Cavendish features a roller coaster, ferris wheel, and more than 15 other carnival favourites. “It doesn’t matter what we do, as long as we do it together!” On PEI, there’s no need for such carefully worded declarations. Whether you’re pushing yourselves to the limit or taking it slow, feeding your stomachs or devouring the scenery, you’ll be glad you’re doing it here. And, yes, very glad you’re doing it together. k more family See activities for your on page 62 Sandcastle Building Experience 25 HISTORY Our past comes alive. Experience Prince Edward Island culture first hand! o ne • Visit Green Gables Heritage Place. This home inspired famous author Lucy Maud Montgomery to write Anne of Green Gables. two • Get a taste of PEI in the 1890s by learning to make ice cream at Orwell Corner Historic Village. three • Visit the Elmira Railway Museum to learn the story of railroading on PEI. Ride the miniature train! four • The West Point Lighthouse Museum displays an extensive collection of lighthouse artifacts. f ive • Finish your tour of the Wood Islands Lighthouse Museum in the Tower Top, with an amazing 360º view. Victoria Row, Charlottetown In 1764-65, surveyor Samuel Holland, on orders from the British Crown, created the first truly modern, accurate map of Prince Edward Island. Holland’s map has had an enormous impact on the evolution of our Island. The Samuel Holland 250 celebrations will celebrate Samuel Holland, the historical significance of the map, and how it continues to define us today. Visit www.samuelholland250pei.ca. Abegweit Pow Wow 26 Photos: Victoria Row / Abegweit Pow Wow, Panmure Island/ JOHN SYLVESTER Facing page: Confederation Players / Acadian performer / Doucet House / Roma at Three Rivers / JOHN SYLVESTER Visitors’ Tips History is a link to the people who lived before us, and who can still teach us a great deal. Prince Edward Island is a small stretch of land with a broad and diverse past: First Nations, French, English, Irish, and Scottish. Archeologists have found evidence of Mi’kmaq settlements that date back thousands of years. Be sure to visit the Lennox Island Mi’kmaq Cultural Centre, as well as the annual Abegweit Pow Wow, to learn more about PEI’s aboriginal heritage. The earliest European settlers began arriving in the sixteenth century, and their influence is still evident in the names found on mailboxes, as well as the prevalence of Acadian and Celtic music and dance. Trips to the Acadian Museum in Miscouche and Roma at Three Rivers will introduce you to the tumultuous history of the French pioneers. Then relive the dramatic birth of Canadian Confederation at Founders’ Hall, where you’ll see and hear how the new nation began to take shape in Charlottetown in 1864. Or take a tour of historic Charlottetown with the Confederation Players, a troupe of costumed young Canadians performing as the Fathers of Confederation. See more on www.tourismpei.com/pei-history. Roma at Three Rivers Doucet House, Rustico Acadian performer Confederation Players To know the Islandâ€™s is to understand who we are today. history 27 MUSEUMS Step back in time. There is a lot to see, hear and learn at PEI museums. o ne • When you spot the biggest potato you’ve ever seen, you’re at the Canadian Potato Museum in O’Leary. You can’t miss it! two • The Anne of Green Gables Museum at Park Corner is dedicated to the life and works of author Lucy Maud Montgomery. three • Visit the Acadian Museum in La Région Évangéline for a taste of Acadian history and culture. four • The Basin Head Fisheries Museum (pictured above) depicts PEI’s inshore fishing industry. f ive • The Farmers’ Bank of Rustico and Doucet House Museums tell the story of PEI’s oldest Acadian settlement. Orwell Corner Historic Village The PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation comprises of seven museums and historic sites, located across PEI. 2015 celebrates the 250th anniversary of Samuel Holland’s survey of Prince Edward Island. Based on this survey, the 67 lots, parishes and many of today’s Island communities and their names were established. For more information on what’s happening in 2015 and a list of museums and events go to www.peimuseum.com. k more See about our on page 54 heritage 28 Roma at Three Rivers Photos: Roma at Three Rivers / JOHN SYLVESTER; Orwell Corner / EMILY O’BRIEN; Inset / BRIAN SIMPSON Facing page: Potato Museum / Elmira Museum / JOHN SYLVESTER; Beaconsfield / BRIAN SIMPSON; Bideford Museum / LEONA ARSENAULT Visitors’ Tips Wherever you wander on PEI, you’re retracing the steps of long-ago people. How far back do you want to go? Although the Acadians settled here in the early 1700s, the British, French, Irish and Scottish were all playing major roles two centuries earlier. But even they might be considered newcomers: by the time the Europeans arrived, the Mi’kmaq had already been here for thousands of years. Want to become absorbed in these and other stories? Begin in our provincial and community museums. At the Acadian Museum, experience 300 years of struggle and survival. At the Green Park Shipbuilding Museum and Yeo House, relive the glory days of that once-booming industry. At the newly-renovated Canadian Potato Museum, take a farm tour and walk the same fields our forefathers did. From one corner of PEI to the other, you’ll find hidden gems, such as the Garden of the Gulf Museum, Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Birthplace, and Beaconsfield Historic House. Whether you’re interested in planes, trains, or automobiles, one-room schoolhouses or elegant mansions, Mi’kmaq culture or the silver fox industry, we have a museum that brings our history to life. Visit www.tourismpei.com/museums. Bideford Parsonage Elmira Railway Museum Beaconsfield Canadian Potato Museum Visit our and travel through time. museums 29 30 Young Company Victoria Playhouse Evangeline Cast Anne of Green Gables â€“The Musical TM cast, 2014 We take very seriously. And humourously, too. theatre THEATRE All the Island’s a stage! Facing page: Cast of Anne / Evangeline 2014 / Confederation Centre Young Company 2014/ LOUISE VESSEY; Victoria Playhouse / PAMELA PRICE Photos: Anne & Gilbert / LOUISE VESSEY; Watermark Theatre / MIKE NEEDHAM; Kings Playhouse / JAMIE GALPIN Well, maybe not all of it, but if you love live theatre in any of its many forms, prepare to be enthralled. Our varied venues for the performing arts run the spectrum, from world-famous blockbuster to best-kept-secret status, and everything in between. If it’s musical theatre you’re after, Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™ will have you singing and dancing for days. This year The Charlottetown Festival will launch a world premiere musical version of the fun and popular Bitter