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Welcome to

CHARLOTTETOWN

Discover Charlottetown

We are excited to share our Island hospitality with you and pleased to help you plan an unforgettable visit to Charlottetown. Our coastal city is charmingly small, incredibly safe, and delightfully walkable. It bursts at the seams with fresh culinary offerings, a vibrant cultural scene, and colourful celebrations. Don't let our smallness fool you, the dense variety of offerings is just one of the things that makes us special. With striking waterscapes and a rich history to explore, Charlottetown is a magical place to discover. Here, you are minutes from breathtaking beaches in every direction and within walking distance of beautiful green spaces, delicious culinary options, and a wide selection of live entertainment. Charlottetown embraces its coastal qualities and has managed to find the sweet spot - perfectly balancing old world charm and hip Island vibes. While we are well-known for our summer season, don't overlook the colourful, fresh and activity-packed charms of fall and winter. Many trails are even more enchanting during these months and a number of our accommodations offer complimentary snowshoes and trail guides for guest use. Have a wonderful trip and please share your Island adventures with us at #DiscoverCharlottetown, Heidi Zinn Executive Director, Discover Charlottetown

Greetings from the Mayor! On behalf of City Council, I am pleased to welcome visitors to Charlottetown, the Birthplace of Confederation and the capital city of Prince Edward Island. Charlottetown offers big city amenities, such as major cultural and sporting events, award­-winning restaurants, and arts and culture that only a cultural capital of Canada can provide. Our boardwalks stretch along one of the finest deep-water harbours in Canada, and our city is rich with people who are enthusiastic about sharing those beautiful landscapes, our unique heritage, and the vibrancy of our community. While visiting Charlottetown, we hope you will experience all that our great city has to offer. Yours Sincerely, Phillip Brown Mayor, City of Charlottetown

MEET THE TEAM! HEIDI ZINN

CHRIS MACDONALD

Fearless yet laid-back leader, idea activator, slightly obsessed with historic homes, chocolate fiend, most likely to make her coffee and forget to drink it

Master of all things tech-related, spreadsheet maven, cool under pressure, refiller of office water cooler, most likely to be at the office before anyone else

ASHLEY GREEN

SHANNON COURTNEY

Brilliant-yet-humble creative, in-house imagineer, always on top of the latest trends, world traveller, most likely to dress up for Hallowe’en

Curator of all the words, in-house spell checker and grammar fanatic, does a mean Irish accent, local food advocate, most likely to suggest an after-work glass of wine

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

ASHLEY GREEN, HEIDI ZINN, CHRIS MACDONALD, SHANNON COURTNEY

OPPERATIONS MANAGER

CONTENT CURATOR

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Table of

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Welcome to Charlottetown

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Getting Here & Around

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19 REASONS TO VISIT 19

NEW KIDS & LOCAL FAVES

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8 Reasons to Make Charlottetown Your Home Away from Home Accommodation Listings A Brief History Island Vibes 19 Reasons to Visit in 2019 New Kids on the Block and Local Favourites I Do PEI Wedding Listings Island Time Road Trippin'

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Island Through & Through Activity Listings Fall's True Colors Local Shops Shopping Listings Spend the Day at Confed Centre


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Meet the Makers Brewin' it Up - Your Caffeine and Craft Beer Fix Best of Winter Peakes Wharf Take a Stroll Walking Map Top 9 Green Spaces Free Family Fun

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WALKING MAP 69

EVENTS 70

Event Listings

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Creative Spirit

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Anne & Gilbert - The Musical

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A Rainbow of Fun for Everyone

FREE FAMILY FUN 80

FOOD & DRINK 80

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

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Food & Drink Listings

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Buy it Fresh

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Local Market Listings

FOOD & DRINK

Visitor Information Centres CHARLOTTETOWN VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 6 Prince Street 902.368.4444 800.955.1864

CITY OF CHARLOTTETOWN VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 199 Queen Street 902.566.5548

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Getting Here & Around CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT

Start Your Island Adventure Here! By sea, air, or land (ok it's a bridge, but still), getting to Charlottetown is a breeze. We've got everything you need to plan your perfect itinerary - or play it by ear. We like the sound of that.

902.566.7997 www.flypei.com The Island’s commercial airport with air service provided by Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing. Non-stop flight options to Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa (seasonally) and thousands of connections world-wide.

CONFEDERATION BRIDGE

888.437.6565 www.confederationbridge.com A 12.9 km (9 mile) bridge, connecting Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick to the town of BordenCarleton, PEI. Open 24 hours, year-round. Bridge tolls are collected when leaving the Island at the toll plaza in Borden-Carleton.

CTMA TRAVERSIER (FERRY)

888.986.3278 www.traversierctma.ca A five-hour ferry crossing between Souris, Prince Edward Island and the port of Capaux- Meules in the Îles de la Madeleine.

NORTHUMBERLAND FERRIES LTD.

94 Water Street 877.762.7245 www.ferries.ca Separated by a strait, connected by the sea. Embrace all that Nova Scotia and PEI have to offer with an unforgettable ferry journey. Operating from May 1 - December 20. Book online.

DISCOUNT CAR & TRUCK RENTALS

Enjoy unlimited kilometres on practically everything we rent!

GO WHEELIN’ BIKE RENTALS

Downtown Charlottetown 902.316.1214 www.gowheelinpei.com For all of your bicycle rental needs. Located at Charlottetown’s most convenient location - the Charlottetown Visitor Information Centre! Full day and weekly rentals available!

T3 TRANSIT

902.566.9962 www.triustransit.ca Look for the T3 sign featuring several city transit routes. Operating daily. Hop on and try out Charlottetown’s public transit system.

CITY BEACH EXPRESS

902.566.5259 www.CityBeachExpress.com Your link between the city and the beach. Daily departures from Charlottetown & Cavendish. Reservations required.

PEI CAR RENTAL COMPANY

18 Queen Street 902.894.7797 www.peicarrental.ca PEI Car Rental Company is a local business aiming to add value and comfort to your visit to PEI. We hope to share the hospitality of the Island with you during your stay. Standard, intermediate, full size & minivans available.

Charlottetown, Airport, Summerside 310.CARS www.discountcar.com

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8 Reasons to Make Charlottetown your Home Away from Home

IT’S MADE FOR WALKIN’ - Charlottetown’s historic downtown was built pre-car era and its walkability is part of its enduring charm. Many of the city’s accommodation providers are located in the heart of downtown, while others are a short and easy drive or bike from the core. All you need to explore the downtown is comfortable footwear and a walking map (see pages 64-65). SYDNEY BOUTIQUE INN & SUITES

ISLAND HOSPITALITY - Our hosts take great pride in sharing their beloved Charlottetown with every guest and offering warm hospitality that’ll make you feel at home right away. Be sure to ask your hosts for tips on their favourite local spots! EASY DAY TRIPPIN’ - Its central location makes Charlottetown the ideal base from which to explore eastern and central PEI. A short drive brings you to the Island’s famed white sand beaches, world-class golf, family attractions, picturesque villages, and stunning red cliffs. See pages 28-33 for Road Trip inspo! THE NIGHTLIFE - After busy days spent adventuring, Charlottetown’s nightlife awaits. From top-notch theatre to exquisite dining to picturesque sunsets on the waterfront to live music at unique venues and more, there’s plenty on offer in the capital until the wee hours of the evening. Best of all, your comfy bed is a mere walk or short drive at the end.

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COMFORT + LUXURY - With no shortage of accommodation providers, you’re bound to find a place that suits your every wish and fits your budget too. From campgrounds to boutique hotels to cozy B&Bs to luxurious suites, the choice is yours! THE FOOD & DRINK - Whether you’re craving an early morning coffee, fine dining, or late night snacks, the Island’s capital is replete with places to eat and drink to your heart’s content, all within easy access of your accommodations. Most accommodation providers offer breakfast in-house and several boast full-service dining rooms loved by locals. IT’S CYCLE FRIENDLY - Cycling enthusiasts take note, Charlottetown’s central location makes it the perfect place from which to explore the Island via the Confederation Trail, and the city’s flat(ish) terrain and biking lanes make it cyclefriendly too. Many accommodation providers offer bicycle parking/storage to guests - be sure to inquire!

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PERFECTLY PACKAGED - If planning out your day’s itinerary sounds daunting, take note that many of Charlottetown’s accommodations offer packages tailored to your interests and budget. Whether it's romance, an ‘Anne’ immersion, a foodie experience, Island adventure, or a digital detox, there’s a package for it (and others!). Visit DiscoverCharlottetown.com/packages for a list of current packages! WWW.DISCOVERCHARLOTTETOWN.COM

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ACCOMMODATIONS 1 WEST STREET INN

1 West Street 902.892.8597 www.1westinn.com B&B located on Charlottetown's beautiful waterfront with magnificent views of Victoria Park and marine activities. Relax and watch stunning sunrises and sunsets on our semi-circular columned verandah.

ALOHA TOURIST HOME

234 Sydney Street 902.892.5642 | 855.892.5642 www.alohapei.com Family business open year-round in historic Charlottetown. Affordable private rooms with shared or private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee/tea & kitchen use. Walking distance to theatres, restaurants & the waterfront. Celebrating over 33 years!

THE BLACK HOUSE

12 Upper Hillsborough Street 647.388.1357 www.charlottetownaccommodations.com This luxury 1880’s shingle manse in historic Charlottetown features an elegant 3 bedroom Garden Suite, a vintage 2 bedroom + Captain’s Quarters, and an airy 2 bedroom + Attic Atelier. Enjoy Charlottetown - The Black House welcomes you!

CANADA’S BEST VALUE INN AND SUITES

20 Capital Drive 902.892.2481 | 877.890.2481 www.canadasbestvalueinnpei.com Canada’s Best Value is ideally located in the heart of Charlottetown’s shopping district. Newly renovated, offering accommodations to meet the needs and budgets of all guests. Free hot continental breakfast.

CHARLOTTE’S ROSE INN

11 Grafton Street 902.892.3699 | 888.237.3699 www.charlottesrose.ca Award winning B&B with an ideal downtown location. Enjoy the premier amenities of a boutique hotel, with the personalized service and authenticity of intimate accommodations. Private ensuites, A/C, sumptuous breakfast and the extras you expect.

CHARLOTTETOWN INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE

CORNWALL/CHARLOTTETOWN KOA

208 Ferry Road, Cornwall, PEI 902.566.2421 | 800.562.4194 www.cornwallkoa.com Uniquely situated on the West River just 15 minutes from downtown Charlottetown. Familyfriendly with lots of activities for the whole family and ideally suited for everything from tents to large RVs. Cabins, lodges, and trailer rentals are also available.

DAWSON HOUSE B&B

238 Grafton Street 902.892.2461 | 855.937.8734 www.charlottetowninn.com Downtown location. This 143 guest room hotel has a pool and fitness centre and is within walking distance to entertainment, shopping, restaurants, and the waterfront. Enjoy free hot breakfast, parking, and Wi-Fi.

122 North River Road 902.628.3886 | 877.628.3886 www.thedawsonhouse.com Caring innkeepers offer charming 4-star, heritage B&B. Home to the late Premier Joseph Ghiz. Elegant guest rooms with modern amenities and spacious grounds. Stroll to restaurants, shops, and Victoria Park. Bilingual.

COLONIAL CHARM INN

DELTA PRINCE EDWARD BY MARRIOTT

9 Euston Street 902.892.8934 | 866.892.8934 www.colonialcharminn.com 4 star B&B downtown with ground floor rooms and suites with balconies. All rooms with queen or king bed, private ensuite, TV/DVD, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. Full breakfast included.

COMFORT INN

112 Capital Drive 902.566.4424 | 800.424.6423 www.choicehotels.ca/cn320 www.charlottetowncomfortinn.com This completely renovated hotel features a full hot breakfast, modern lobby and lounge, free Wi-Fi, parking, morning newspaper and coffee. Pet-friendly. Drive up rooms available. Special rates. Collect CP Points or Aeroplan. Exceptional guest service!

18 Queen Street 902.566.2222 | 800.268.1133 www.marriott.com/yygdp Charlottetown’s only waterfront hotel. 4 Diamond, 4.5 Star full-service hotel in the heart of historic downtown Charlottetown. Steps away from shops, restaurants and nightlife! Featuring 211 guestrooms with stunning harbourfront views.

DUCHEMIN'S OL' BLOCK SHOP

66 Prince Street www.blockshop.ca In 1852, the workshop of "genius" inventor, Watson DuChemin. Now a property of local jingle writer, jingleGuS. Historically-preserved, eclectically decorated, personall hosted by jingleGuS. Catering to the musically-inclined. Fully serviced housekeeping apartments - musical B&B.

Genuine Island Hospitality in the heart of Downtown Charlottetown

58 Great George Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

1.800.361.1118 | reservations@thegreatgeorge.com | thegreatgeorge.com

146 Pownal Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 1.800.268.6261 | reservations@thehotelonpownal.com

Complimentary Continental Breakfast, Parking, Wifi, & Weeknight Guest Reception

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ACCOMMODATIONS THE DUCHESS OF KENT INN

218 Kent Street 902.566.5826 | 800.665.5826 www.duchessofkentinn.ca 4 Star 1875 restored Heritage B&B in downtown Charlottetown. Three “turret” suites with 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms. One spacious guest room with 2 beds. AC, Wi-Fi, guest kitchen, bicycle storage & parking. Open year round.

DUNDEE ARMS INN

200 Pownal Street 902.892.2496 | 877.638.6333 www.dundeearmspei.com Be enamoured by the charm of this Queen Anne Revival Mansion and modern annex. The property features our highly-recommended dining room, lounge and beautiful outdoor patio. Open year-round.

THE EDEN HALL INN

12 West Street 902.800.8550 | 888.424.3190 www.edenhallinn.com Built in 1897, this historic house contains beautiful character rooms, all showcasing various, unique features and original design. We are committed to providing a luxurious atmosphere, coupled with good old-fashioned PEI hospitality.

ELMWOOD HERITAGE INN

121 North River Road 902.368.3310 | 877.933.3310 www.elmwoodinn.pe.ca Selected as one of Canada’s Top 20 B&Bs by Trip Advisor and Top 10 by B&B.com. Five Stars for 21 Years! Secluded 1889 estate exquisitely updated for today. Great beds, food & people. Friendly, private, personal service.

FAIRHOLM BOUTIQUE INNS

230 Prince Street 902.892.5022 | 888.573.5022 www.fairholminn.com

A five star National Historic Property located in the heart of downtown Charlottetown. This collection of historic architectural masterpieces consists of 32 uniquely decorated suites available in Fairholm Inn, Hillhurst Inn, Carriage House, and Cranford House, as well as fully equipped apartment units.

FITZROY HALL

45 Fitzroy Street 902.368.2077 | 866.627.9766 www.fitzroyhall.com An elegant historic home in the heart of historic downtown Charlottetown. Featuring full hot breakfast, extra large rooms with ensuites, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV, parking. Deluxe suites have fireplaces, jacuzzis, balconies. Suited to your needs for pleasure & business.

THE GLENDENNING

331 Grafton Street 902.367.7702 | 866.740.7702 www.stayathollandcollege.com The Glendenning is an affordable, clean and comfortable home away from home offering one, two, and three bedroom apartment-style units. Located in downtown Charlottetown, it’s the perfect place to stay for vacations, weekend getaways, conferences, reunions, golf trips and sporting events.

THE GREAT GEORGE

58 Great George Street 902.892.0606 | 800.361.1118 www.thegreatgeorge.com The Great George is an award-winning, historic, boutique property unlike any other in downtown Charlottetown. Home to PEI’s only Les Clefs d’Or Concierge, this unique cluster of artfully restored heritage buildings exceeds the expectations of even the most discerning traveller.

THE HARBOUR HOUSE

9 Grafton Street 902.892.6633 | 800.405.0066 www.hhhouse.net Located in the heart of Charlottetown, in a quiet residential area, this modern inn is within easy walking distance to all downtown attractions, shops, restaurants, the waterfront, and Victoria Park. Come see what makes us one of the best hotels in PEI!

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES CHARLOTTETOWN

200 Capital Drive 902.892.1201 | 866.977.7466 www.hiexpress.com/princeedward Holiday Inn Express and Suites is conveniently located on the way into Charlottetown and includes complimentary Express Start hot breakfast buffet, indoor pool, local calls, highspeed internet and parking.

THE HOLMAN GRAND

123 Grafton Street 902.367.7777 | 877.455.4726 www.theholmangrand.com This boutique hotel in the heart of the city features spectacular views, superb dining at Redwater Rustic Grille, pool & fitness facilities, an on-site Aveda spa, and connectivity to Confederation Centre of the Arts.

THE HOTEL ON POWNAL

146 Pownal Street 902.892.1217 | 800.268.6261 www.thehotelonpownal.com The Hotel on Pownal offers a fresh take on what it means to be a 3.5-star property with modern décor and personalized guest service in a stylish and relaxed atmosphere. This downtown hotel is just steps from local shops, restaurants, the historic waterfront, and the Confederation Centre.

www.CharlottetownInn.com 238 Grafton Street, Charlottetown | 902.892.2461 | 855.937.8734

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ACCOMMODATIONS PEI FLOATING COTTAGES

1 Great George Street 902.629.9806 www.facebook.com/peifloatingcottages PEI's only floating cottage rental units, located at Peakes Quay on the Charlottetown waterfront in downtown Charlottetown. An absolutely unforgetable experience. Enjoy all the activity and the boats coming and going.

QUALITY INN & SUITES CHARLOTTETOWN

150 Euston Street 902.894.8572 | 800.INN.4PEI www.innonthehill.com Newly renovated and located downtown within walking distance of theatre, dining and shopping. Free hot buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free parking, fridge & microwave in all rooms, full-service restaurant on site.

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RODD ROYALTY

14 Capital Drive 902.894.8566 | 800.565.7633 www.roddroyalty.com Rodd Royalty is a full-service hotel with spacious guestrooms and drive-up units, each tastefully decorated with a modern style. Parking, wireless internet and hot breakfast are complimentary with your stay.

ROYALTY MAPLES MOTEL & COTTAGES

89 Malpeque Road 902.368.1030 | 800.831.7829 www.royaltymaples.com A unique property within the City of Charlottetown. Featuring motel rooms, 1, 2 and 4 bedroom cottages. Minutes to downtown. Air-conditioned, kitchens in all units, free parking, Wi-Fi, pet-friendly.

SHIPWRIGHT INN

15 York Point Road, Cornwall PEI 902.892.7900 | 877.892.7900 www.choicehotels.com Relax & enjoy the newly upgraded guest rooms and complimentary hot breakfast, wireless internet, sparkling indoor pool, water slide, exercise room, local phone calls, Choice Rewards & more!

51 Fitzroy Street 902.368.1905 | 888.306.9966 www.shipwrightinn.com Rated “Best Bed and Breakfast on PEI” and one of the “Top Ten B&B’s in Canada” by Frommer’s, this 5-star award-winning heritage inn offers a unique experience.

RODD CHARLOTTETOWN

3 Grafton Street 902.370.0066 | 888.908.0066 www.sonatainn.com Immerse yourself into the rhythm of relaxation at The Sonata Inn in downtown Charlottetown. Rooms suited to soothe the weariest of travellers coming to Prince Edward Island.

75 Kent Street 902.894.7371 | 800.565.7633 www.roddcharlottetown.com Rodd Charlottetown is a historic downtown hotel within walking distance to shopping, theatre and nightlife. Guestrooms are elegantly decorated with replicas of period furnishings highlighted by modern amenities.

THE SYDNEY BOUTIQUE INN & SUITES

55 Weymouth Street 902.367.5888 | 855.372.0888 www.sydneyinn.com The Sydney Boutique Inn and Suites has successfully retained the traditions of the former 1857 Notre Dame Academy while incorporating 18 distinctive, elegant suites and 22 executive apartment suites that are sure to exceed even the most discerning visitor’s expectations.

UNIVERSITY OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

550 University Avenue 902.566.0442 | 877.734.7327 www.upei.ca/conference Minutes from downtown Charlottetown, and a short drive to beaches, golf, and attractions. UPEI offers clean, affordable accommodations in well-appointed suites, 2-bedroom apartments or traditional dorm rooms.

THE SONATA INN

AMOS PEWTER EST. 1974

The Sydney Inn has incorporated luxury and modern amenities into its beautifully detailed design, set in a downtown location

11B Great George Street, Peake’s Quay Charlottetown amospewter.com | 1.800.565.3369

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Discover the excitement of where it all began... Découvrez l’endroit captivant où tout a commencé…

Birthplace of Confederation

Charlottetown Le lieu de naissance de la Confédération

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A Brief History When a small group of gentlemen gathered in Charlottetown the first week of September 1864, they likely didn’t realize they were about to make history. It was at this fateful meeting, known as the Charlottetown Conference, that the Fathers of Confederation, as they would come to be known, first conceived of the idea of forming a nation. Three years later, Canada was born on July 1, 1867, and Charlottetown’s legacy as the Birthplace of Confederation was cemented. But how exactly was it that the smallest colony in British North America came to be the setting for one of the most significant moments in Canadian history? Well, we could tell you the tale here, but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun as learning about Confederation while exploring the very streets and buildings that the Fathers did during the Charlottetown Conference.

Ways To Learn 5 About Confederation 1

The Story of Confederation - Province House, where the Fathers met in 1864, is currently closed to allow for important restoration work, however, replica chambers of Province House have been created in the upper foyer of Confederation Centre of the Arts. Here you can discover the Story of Confederation and enjoy the short film, Building a Destiny, which will take you back in time to that pivotal week in September, 1864. Free entry.

2 Take a Historical Walking Tour - Join the Confederation

Players, a troupe of costumed, bilingual Canadians, trained as the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation. Through their portrayal of key figures such as Sir John A. Macdonald, George Coles, and Sir George-Étienne Cartier, the Confederation Players provide a glimpse into the cultural and historical context of the Charlottetown Conference. Check with Confederation Centre of the Arts for the daily schedule.

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Catch a Vignette by the Confederation Players - If a walking tour doesn’t suit your style or schedule, simply plan to take in a free vignette performed by the Confederation Players. Check with Confederation Centre of the Arts for the daily schedule.

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4 Explore the Historic Downtown - The downtown core is replete with nods to Charlottetown’s colourful and notable history, including several statues and public monuments that pay homage to the Fathers of Confederation. Be sure you visit Sir John A. Macdonald at the entrance to Victoria Row, the TWO John Hamilton Grays on Great George St., and William Henry Pope (in a rowboat) at Peakes Wharf.

5 Pay a Visit to Confederation Landing Park - This is

where it all began, with a grand steamship carrying delegates from Upper and Lower Canada (plus a hefty amount of champagne!) into the Charlottetown Harbour on September 1, 1864, where they were rowed to shore to begin discussions on the formation of a new nation.

HISTORY BUFFS TAKE NOTE

While being the Birthplace of Confederation is surely the city’s biggest claim to fame within the history books, Charlottetown’s past is rich with people and events that have left an indelible mark on the city. To learn more about the city’s storied history, consider including the following in your itinerary: • • • • • •

A tour of Beaconsfield Historic House (2 Kent St.). A Taste the Town walking tour with Experience PEI (the perfect pairing of history + food!). A visit to the PEI Regiment Museum (3 Haviland St.). A guided historic tour (by bus/van) of the city with Prince Edward Tours or Target Tours Atlantic. A cruise around the downtown core (by land and water!) on the Harbour Hippo, where you’ll learn about Charlottetown’s history along the way. A self-guided walking tour of historic Charlottetown. Be sure to take pause and read interpretive signage and monument plaques along the way for insight into historic events such as The Great Fire. A visit to St. Dunstan’s Basilica, an architecturallystunning church with a history that includes a tragic fire and Islanders of all religious persuasions coming together to restore it. Take a Secrects of Charlottetown Walking Tour to hear the lesser-known stories of Charlottetown's past.

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Island Vibes CORK & CASK

No matter where you find yourself in the city, you’re never far from water. Without fail, you’ll find yourself drawn to the historic waterfront, where there’s always plenty to see and do, yet no one ever seems to be in a hurry. Perhaps it’s the lulling qualities of the ocean or the gentle reminder from a sea breeze—whatever it is, the luxury of time is an Island quality to be cherished. There are many ways to embrace these coastal vibes, choose the ones that suit your style. GET YOUR PADDLE ON Those with a seafaring heart can get up close and personal with the Charlottetown harbour, thanks to kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding rentals at Paddles. Thrillseekers can try their hand at flyboarding or hoverboarding with Flyboard PEI for an airborne experience over the harbour. ROCK THE BOAT If cruising the Charlottetown harbour by boat sounds like bliss you’re in luck, because there are plenty of tours departing from Peakes Wharf and the Charlottetown Marina. Choose from several options including a solar eco-tour with Ride Solar, a lobster fishing excursion with Top Notch Tours, a land-andsea tour of the city aboard the amphibious Harbour Hippo, seal watching with Adventure Marine or Peakes Wharf Tours, or an immersive experience aboard an

authentic Chinese Junk Boat. Whatever floats your boat! WALK THE WALK Prefer to stay on solid ground? Much of the city’s historic waterfront is now linked by a series of boardwalks that provide the best vistas of the harbour and stunning cityscapes as well. You’ll find that each season has something special to showcase on the harbourfront. Sunset strolls are, of course, highly recommended, along with a stop at the big red 2019 numbers you’ll encounter as you take the boardwalk around the Delta Prince Edward hotel. BEACH IT UP! You’re never more than twenty minutes from a beach on PEI, and there are several within an easy drive from Charlottetown. From national and provincial park beaches with amenities to beaches with barely any road signs to direct you to their location, your perfect beach day is mere minutes away. Check out our online blog for the Top 10 Beaches Loved by Locals. FILL UP ON THE WATER There’s nothing quite like waterside dining to remind you that life’s simple pleasures are often the most magical. A warm sea breeze is the perfect accompaniment to a feast of fresh seafood and other culinary delights from the land and waters of PEI. There are plenty of dining options along the Charlottetown waterfront or you can always pack a picnic and make your way to a favourite waterside vista.

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19 Reasons to Visit in 2019 1 Shakespeare Reimagined, a Greek Romance, and PEI’s Favourite Redhead - Big, bold, and brilliant musicals take centre stage at the Confederation Centre in 2019, with the line-up featuring Kronborg - The Hamlet Rock Musical, Mamma Mia!, and Anne of Green Gables - The Musical™!

2 “The Row” - Victoria Row (affectionately referred to as

‘the Row’ by locals), offers the perfect patioing experience, with restaurants serving up fresh seafood, local brews, and people-watching perches all along the charming, pedestrian street. In search of a bird’s eye view? Make your way to Fishies on The Roof, Charlottetown’s only rooftop patio.

4 Shopping Made Easy - Against downtown

Charlottetown’s stunning backdrop of red brick and waterscapes, you’ll discover an assortment of independent shops that make shopping a pleasurable pursuit. Friendly shopkeepers, food purveyors, and artisans abound and are happy to help you find the perfect keepsake, gift or edible treat. Flip to pages 46-49 for more on the city’s local shops.

5 Victorian Christmas Weekend (Nov 29 - Dec 1) - Step

back in time at this magical three-day festival featuring an open-air market, horse & wagon rides, Santa visits, a Christmas parade, petting zoo, carolling, ice sculpting demos, and more. It’s the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit!

6 Farm Day in The City Presented by the PEI Potato

Growers (Oct 6) - A much beloved and eagerly anticipated event, Farm Day in the City features over 150 farmers, food producers, artisans, crafters, and exhibitors in the largest open-air market of the year. Live music, a beer garden, children's activities, a petting zoo, and some good ol’ fashioned competitions round out this joyous celebration of all things local.

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Art in the Open (Aug 24) - Magical, intriguing, interactive, inspiring - Art in the Open is all these things and so much more. For one extraordinary day in late summer, the historic downtown is transformed into a fanciful open-air art gallery. Exploration and engagement are encouraged. Free and family-friendly! 16

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After Dark Entertainment - Charlottetown is the hub of nighttime entertainment on PEI throughout the year. Musicals, plays, comedy acts, and headlining bands grace the city’s many stages, while DJs and local bands create party vibes and bumping dance floors at venues including Peakes Quay Restaurant & Bar, The Factory and Hunter’s Ale House. An added bonus - it’s an easy walk between any of your chosen destinations!


8 Tara MacLean’s Atlantic Blue (Jul 10 - Sep 8) - Island

native and award-winning musician Tara MacLean will take you on a journey through Atlantic Canada’s deeplyrooted music scene. Through storytelling and her renditions of songs from East Coast legends such as Gene MacLellan, Stan Rogers, and Rita MacNeil, Tara weaves a compelling story of the music and musicians that have shaped the region.

9 Snowshoes in the City - Get out of your comfort zone

and embrace winter with Snowshoes in the City! Stay with one of our participating Charlottetown accommodation providers and you can enjoy complimentary (loaner) snowshoes for all the snowy adventuring your heart desires.

where Anne & Gilbert - The Musical plays from the end of April to October. Be sure to visit the Anne of Green Gables store and get some of Anne’s Chocolates for memorable edible gifts to take home too!

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Confederation, Charlottetown pays tribute to its storied past through engaging storytelling, monuments, and art. Take a historic walking tour with the Confederation Players or catch one of their free daily vignettes. Be sure you also visit the upper foyer of the Confederation Centre to discover the Story of Confederation.

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racing, agricultural exhibitions, carnival rides, a massive parade, and more! Old Home Week is deeply rooted in the Island way of life and has something to entertain everyone in the family - young and old. Don’t miss the final horse race on August 17, where the Gold Cup & Saucer winner is crowned!

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Free to the public, this ever-growing festival celebrates the sights, tastes, sounds, and impressive talents of the many cultures and ethnicities that make up the fabric of the city and Island. And yes, there are always plenty of food vendors at this festival!

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Serious Culinary Chops - As the capital of Canada’s Food Island, Charlottetown’s food scene is ever-evolving. An impressive selection of locally focused restaurants, farmers’ markets, and artisan food shops, along with a never-ending roster of food festivals and events make the city an epic foodie destination. For more on Charlottetown’s food scene, flip to pages 80-87.

might have had to work a bit to find local craft beer in Charlottetown, but now the city’s bursting with options for the craft beer lover. With 3 breweries in the city and just as many within a 40-minute drive, you’ll find plenty of IPAs, lagers, stouts, and reds on tap at bars, restos, and the breweries’ taprooms. Check out pages 56-57 for more on the city’s beer scene.

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PEI International Shellfish Festival (Sep 19 - 22) Don’t miss the Island’s biggest kitchen party and an unforgettable celebration of the shellfish that have made PEI world famous, including lobster, oysters, mussels, and clams! From an epic night of feasting and frolicking to intense chef competitions to culinary demos to late night revelry with some of Atlantic Canada’s favourite party bands, you’ll need to pace yourself for this unforgettable weekend of shellfish indulgence.

12 Harbour Feast (Oct 5) - Join the biggest patio party

of the year and experience city vibes, Island-style on Charlottetown’s picturesque harbourfront at this Signature Event of the PEI Fall Flavours Festival. Hosted by a celebrity chef, this casual-yet-upscale fete will feature an epic Island feast and high-energy tunes from one of PEI’s favourite bands.

13 For the Love of Music - No matter when you’re visiting, music is always in the air. Festivals including the East Coast Music Awards (May 1 - 5), Festival of Small Halls (June 9 23), PEI Jazz & Blues Festival (June 28 - 30), and Music PEI Week (late January) are musts for music lovers. Of course, you'll always find local, live music on tap at the city’s bars and pubs, including The Old Triangle, Fishbones, Olde Dublin Pub, PEI Brewing Co., Water’s Edge, Baba’s Lounge, Hunter’s Ale House, and John Brown Grille.

14 Anne with an ‘E’ - Yes, she’s 111 years old, but PEI’s

famous, feisty redhead remains as popular as ever. Anne takes centre stage at Confederation Centre of the Arts in Anne of Green Gables - The Musical™ and at The Guild,

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quintessential part of Island life. With plenty of white sand and red cliff beaches within a twenty-minute drive, Charlottetown is the perfect home base from which to set out on your beach day adventures. Check out the Insider’s Scoop on our website for the Top 10 Beaches Loved by Locals.

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Province House Virtual Reality | Province House : réalité virtuelle

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The building may be closed but there are still many ways to learn about Province House!

Même si le bâtiment est fermé, il y a tout de même de nombreuses façons de découvrir Province House!

Take a peek inside with the Province House Virtual Reality experience and don’t miss the Story of Confederation exhibit at Confederation Centre of the Arts!

Jetez un coup d’œil à l’intérieur grâce à la réalité virtuelle et ne manquez pas l’exposition sur l’Histoire de la Confédération au Centre des arts de la Confédération!

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New Kids on the Block & Local Favourites NEXT DOOR LOUNGE

Old and new, quirky and classic - Charlottetown’s vibrant and unique character has been shaped, in large part, by the numerous shops, restaurants, and other enterprises that make up its urban centre. Pay a visit to some of the newest kids on the block and enduring local favourites to gain an appreciation of the entrepreneurial spirit and passion infused in the city’s business community.

NEXT DOOR

23 Queen Street

Its cozy interior, sprawling sun-kissed patio, and enticing food and drink menu have cemented Next Door’s popularity amongst the locals, who gravitate to this chill spot all year-round. Visit during the summer and you’ll have a chance to check out the unique outdoor bar and play lawn games on the grass. On weekends, the patio also hosts local musicians, adding to the space’s summer vibes. In the winter, Next Door is the perfect place to embrace ‘hygge’, with its comfy couches, fireplace, and intimate ambience. And no matter what time of year you visit, you’ll discover a menu featuring all manner of tempting seafood dishes and exquisite cocktails.

TRUCKIN’ ROLL

Church & Grafton Street Intersection and Founders' Food Hall & Market

Southeast Asian-style ice cream, a turquoise H van from the United Kingdom, and two of the biggest smiles are all rolled into one epic dessert experience. Say hello to Truckin’ Roll. When this unique ice cream truck first opened its window to customers in 2018, the concept of hand-rolled ice cream was a bit of a mystery to many, but not for long! Islanders and visitors quickly became enamoured with this delightful, unique treat, which is made by putting a liquid cream base down on a -22° cold metal plate, cooling it into ice cream, then rolling it into an edible, artistic creation. Using only WWW.DISCOVERCHARLOTTETOWN.COM

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natural and local ingredients such as strawberries and homemade vegan brownies makes for an authentic artisan ice cream experience. And yes, they have vegan-friendly ice cream to go with those vegan brownies!

CHUCK HATCHETS

236 Kent Street

Rainy day? No problem, go chuck some hatchets. Birthday celebration? Awesome, go chuck some hatchets. Got roped into planning the family reunion? For the love of family, go chuck some hatchets. Really, when it comes down to it, there’s always going to be a good excuse to throw wood chopping tools around isn’t there? Lucky for you, Chuck Hatchets is ready to make all your axe throwing dreams come true. New to the city in 2018, this 19+ licensed lounge features wooden bullseye walls and small axes (hatchets). It’s the perfect place to ‘throw down the gauntlet’ and challenge your friends or family to a winner-takes-all game! Importantly, the lounge is located in the same space as the Sports Page, a local bar with bottles and pints of the good stuff to help celebrate your hatchet wins or ease the pains of losing.

ONE WEST INN

1 West Street

Breathtakingly beautiful, charming, and classy without pretense, Charlottetown’s newest accommodation has plenty to offer visitors to the city. Its prime downtown waterfront location offers unparalleled views of the city’s harbour and easy access to most everything by foot. The Inn’s warm sunrooms and grand living room, replete with south-facing windows, offer comfortable spaces to gather with fellow guests or take a reprieve from everything with a book and a cuppa. Built in 1939 in classic Greek-revival style, the Inn retains many of its original features and boasts delightful guest rooms, each with its own unique character and design. Be sure you take time to enjoy the Inn’s lovely semi-circular columned verandah overlooking the waterfront - it’s the perfect way to begin your day or enjoy a nightcap while the sun sets over PEI.

THE PILOT HOUSE

70 Grafton Street

One part casual eats, one part fine dining, and all parts delicious, The Pilot House has been a mainstay eating and drinking spot amongst Islanders for many years. Housed in a gorgeous heritage building, the restaurant features three distinct spaces: the pub, the dining room, and the bistro. Its large menu ensures there’s something for everyone in your party, with plenty of pub favourites as well as enticing entrees, desserts, and after dinner drinks. Its proximity to Confederation Centre of the Arts makes it a popular dinner choice amongst summer theatre-goers, but you’ll find it packed with Islanders during the cozy winter months. For a quintessential pub experience, sidle up to the handsome wooden bar and order up a refreshing drink. @ALEXORASUK

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BABA’S LOUNGE

181 Great George Street

Once you find Baba’s Lounge, above Cedar’s Eatery, you may never want to leave. Such is the understated charm of this beloved watering hole and live music venue, that it has become an institution of Charlottetown’s nightlife. While it may be small in size, Baba’s has never let that tiny detail get in the way of hosting big name bands and epic dance parties that quite literally shake the walls. You needn’t be a nighttime reveller to appreciate the allure of Baba’s - with an enticing menu of Lebanese and Canadian dishes, happy hour specials, and cozy booths, it’s got plenty going for it during the day and early evening too. Ordering up Baba’s infamous Sweet O concoction of liquors is a must if you want to have a true Island experience!

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MY PLUM, MY DUCK

218 University Avenue

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PEI’s first vegan restaurant has been winning over omnivores and vegans alike with its dedication to using locally-sourced and organic ingredients to create delicious and innovative dishes. From twists on familiar classics, including vegan burgers, vegan nachos and ‘schteak’ dinners, to out-of-the-box menu items such as the vegan charcuterie board and macrobiotic plate, there’s something for everyone at My Plum, My Duck. Owned and operated by Chef Sarah Forrester, the restaurant’s name represents words of endearment her father called her mother - isn’t that sweet?

TUCK N ROLL VINTAGE CLOTHING

10 Prince Street

The 80s and 90s were an era of bold fashions, epic music, and questionable hairdos. With the opening of its Prince St. shop in late 2018, Tuck N Roll has quickly become a favourite destination for those in search of vintage clothing from these trendy decades, which featured everything from oversized sweatshirts to Nike pumps to neon leg warmers. Rest assured the shop’s owner, who also happens to be a well-known Island actor and screenwriter, has an eye for timeless style that is reflected in the shop’s curated selection of clothing. Tuck N Roll also features new streetwear brands that’ll keep you lookin’ cool on hot nights.

GREEN EYE DESIGNS

160 Richmond Street

This unique boutique located on Victoria Row is a favourite amongst locals with an eye for style and a ‘buy local’ sentiment. Showcasing an assortment of scarves, jewelry, and accessories made exclusively by PEI artists, Green Eye Designs is the perfect spot to pick up a timeless and wearable keepsake of your Island visit. The shop also sells a selection of swoon-worthy vintage clothing items and home accents that you may just find irresistible. Take your time exploring the shop, there are plenty of treasures to unearth!

PEI COFFEE COMPANY

150 Kent Street

In search of locally roasted, on-the-go coffee that will knock your socks off (in a good way)? Make your way to the corner of Great George and Kent St. and you’ll arrive at the PEI Coffee Company’s vintage-inspired coffee stop, a red 1950 Dodge Fargo truck. Serving up fresh small-batch coffee and tea from their pour over bar, the PEI Coffee Company is your easy answer to a refreshing wake-up call. With an iced drink menu and nitro coffee options, there’s something for every type of coffee drinker and every type of weather (because, really, what’s better than iced coffee on a hot summer’s day?)

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Say ‘I DO’ in PEI Whether you’ve got roots in PEI, visited before and fell in love with it (or your soon-to-be spouse!), or want to host your wedding in a never-before-seen destination, you’re sure to be smitten with your Island wedding. There are just so many reasons to say ‘I Do’ in PEI! EVERYTHING IS CLOSE

Want to say your vows against a dreamy beachscape and host an extraordinary reception in the city? No problem, the Island’s small size and easy pace make it a breeze to get from here to there. Who says you can’t have it both ways, it’s your wedding day after all! SIMON REID PHOTOGRAPHY

REMARKABLE HOSPITALITY

The Island’s seaside capital of Charlottetown is abundant with host hotels, inns, and B&Bs that will sweep you off your feet with exceptional hospitality. The combination of big-city energy and small-town charm, as well as its easy walkability, make Charlottetown the perfect home base for you and your guests as you prepare for your big day.

TALENTED PROFESSIONALS

As you plan your wedding, rest assured you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to talented makeup artists, wedding planners, chefs, hair stylists, officiants, musicians, artisans, videographers, and other professionals. Passionate and skilled, they’ll help make your wedding unforgettable by showcasing our Island paradise and celebrating your unique love story.

IT’S A PHOTOGRAPHER’S DREAM

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A wedding photographer’s dream, Charlottetown makes it easy to capture stunning, candid moments with a backdrop of dreamy streetscapes, rich in art and steeped in history. And should you want to slip away for photos in an idyllic, rolling pastoral setting, a quaint fishing village, or spectacular beachfront, it’s just a short drive to these magical Island settings.

UNIQUE VENUES SUITED TO YOU

An elegant Victorian-style ballroom, a hip urban brewery, a white tent on the beach, a rustic barn, a restored historic church - no matter what your dream venue, PEI is bound to have it! With a wide variety of indoor and outdoor spaces to suit every budget and capacity, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

IT RADIATES ROMANCE

The province’s seaside capital, Charlottetown radiates romance with its abundance of colourful and historic buildings, stunning waterfront views, charming character homes, and pristine green spaces. And, of course, rural PEI’s gorgeous water views, picturesque lighthouses, and fields of gold are the stuff romantic dreams are made of.

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Who has the time or energy to plan a honeymoon after all that wedding planning? No worries, when you get married in PEI you’ve already arrived in paradise. Why not spend your honeymoon relaxing on the beach, indulging in culinary delights, taking in the local arts and culture scene, and cuddling up to the love of your life under the stars? WWW.DISCOVERCHARLOTTETOWN.COM

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WEDDINGS

BARBARA MCDOWALL

www.barbaramcdowall.com Uniquely authentic, sacred ceremonies that reflect who you are resulting in an awesome experience and delicious memories. I love what I do and the couples I work with. Been doing it for 15 years!

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www.caleyjoy.com Caley is a wedding and lifestyle portrait photographer who is passionate about natural light, fun poses, and loves getting creative!

CASELEY'S TENT & PARTY RENTALS

www.caseleys.com 1633 Blueshank Road, Kelvin Grove, PEI Equipped to assist you with your event, no matter the size! Whether it is a family function, an elaborate wedding, a corporate event or a monumental outdoor festival, we can accommodate all of your rental needs.

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DAN MACKINNON PHOTOGRAPHY

www.danmackinnonphotography.com 506 Main Street, Montague, PEI We provide studio & location portrait photography and photo booth services for Prince Edward Island.

DANIELLE GILLAN PHOTOGRAPHY

www.daniellegillan.ca Danielle's striking images reveal the beauty of special celebrations. She is known for her professionalism and ability to create a calm & casual experience while creating cherished memories to last forever.

ELYSIAN WEDDINGS & EVENTS

www.elysianwedvents.com PEI's passionate wedding planner, a fullyequipped WPIC Certified team offering wedding management, full & partial wedding planning, and corporate event planning Island-wide.

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GREEN ISLAND GETAWAYS

www.greenislandgetaways.com 1132 Rattenbury Road, Breadalbane, PEI A rustic event space with glamping, accommodations, and acres of trails to walk. Beautiful getaway in the country.

MARSHA E. WEEKS

Marriage Commissioner/Wedding Officiant www.yourpeiwedding.com Are you planning Your PEI Wedding ceremony, elopement or vow renewal? I LOVE weddings and it reflects in my work. My style is light, airy, personal and romantic. I also play the fiddle if you would like a jig or a reel played when you're announced newly married! 24

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HAZELBROOK HOMESTEAD

www.hazelbrookhomestead.com 9811 Trans-Canada Highway, Hazelbrook, PEI A newly-restored historic estate nestled between a private freshwater lake, rolling fields, and country gardens. Located 10 minutes from downtown, this is an ideal country wedding location.

MELLOW DOUGH

www.instagram.com/mellowdough Makers of handcrafted, gourmet doughnuts! Available through catering orders, pop-ups, and markets. We work in small batches to produce irresistibly chewy and fluffy doughnuts with a variety of fun toppings. We can work with you to make the perfect custom donut for your event!

LAVIE IN PICTURES

www.lavieinpictures.ca Freelance photographer Shawn LaVie, specializes in weddings and commercial photography. Based out of Charlottetown, PEI & available worldwide!

MELISSA HARDING PHOTORAPHY

www.melissahardingphotography.com Melissa Harding Photography is a wedding & family photographer who loves to have fun with her clients and documents them from a candid perspective.


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PAYNTER CO.

www.paynterco.ca A two sister photography duo. We divide and conquer your wedding day, making sure that everyone gets the attention they deserve to make sure your wedding albums are a treasure you’ll view time and time again!

PEI BREWING COMPANY

www.mhgcatering.com 96 Kensington Road, Charlottetown, PEI An extraordinary event space that can accommodate groups of many sizes. Featuring on-site catering, 25-foot ceilings, a brewery, exposed brick and lots of natural light, this space has everything you need.

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RIVERSHED EVENTS CENTRE

www.mhgcatering.com 5033 Route 6, Oyster Bed Bridge, PEI PEI’s newest events centre located in beautiful Oyster Bed Bridge. Approximately 25 kms from Charlottetown, the venue is located on the water with stunning riverside views.

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Makeup Artist www.tayloredbeautypei.ca Charlottetown makeup artist, Tara Taylor provides professional makeup services all over Prince Edward Island focusing on weddings, special occasions, and TV/film.

THE GRAND VICTORIAN

www.grandvictorianpei.com 106 Nelson Street, Victoria, PEI Boutique destination wedding venue in VictoriaBy-The-Sea, PEI. Restored historic 141 year-old church. Ceremony & reception all in one location. All-inclusive wedding packages available.

THE PERFECT PEAR BRIDAL

www.perfectpearbridal.com Suite 101, 65 Queen Street, Charlottetown, PEI The Perfect Pear Bridal goes above and beyond. The Perfect Pear Bridal strives to provide brides with top-notch style, selection and experience at all appointments from bridal to bridesmaids to quick accessory visits.

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TAYLORED BEAUTY

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Island Time Once you’ve got your bearings and spent some time getting acquainted with Charlottetown, be sure to explore the rest of our special little island. From beaches to golf courses, picturesque fishing villages to lighthouses, PEI is bursting with enticing day trips. So whether you’re heading for the beach, in the mood for a day of culinary adventure, or looking to hit the greens, the Island awaits. BEACH TIME

Charlottetown is the perfect base from which to explore the Island’s spectacular coastline, which includes over 800 km of beachfront. Blessed with provincial and national parks along the north and south shores, PEI has some of the most stunning, undeveloped, and well-kept beaches in the world. From secret, secluded beaches to supervised, pristine stretches of paradise, there are plenty of beaches to fall in love with, all within an easy and scenic drive from Charlottetown. Visit our blog for the Top 10 Beaches Loved by Locals (DiscoverCharlottetown.com/insider).

BY FOOT OR BY BICYCLE

Beginning two blocks east of the Charlottetown Visitor Information Centre at Founders’ Hall, the Confederation Trail offers opportunities for exploring both on foot and bicycle. PEI’s tip-to-tip trail was developed on abandoned railway lines and will take you through diverse and distinct landscapes. The trail intersects with many tiny villages as

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well as larger commercial centres such as Summerside, Kensington, and Montague. Get a trail guide from the visitor centre and plan a day trip by bicycle or explore a small stretch of the trail by foot and enjoy the fresh air and pastoral scenery at a leisurely pace.

A GOLFER’S PARADISE

Prince Edward Island is truly a golfer’s paradise, boasting over 400 fairways, all within 90 minutes of Charlottetown. From links-style courses to the more traditional, there are a number of both challenging and forgiving courses for golfers of all levels. With affordable rounds and packages, it’s easy to fit a round of golf into your PEI family vacation or plan a full-on golf getaway. And no matter which courses you choose to play, breathtaking waterscapes and gorgeous pastoral scenery are pretty much guaranteed. Visit golfpei.ca to start planning your golfing adventures.

COASTAL DRIVING

Exploring the Island by car is a treat unto itself, especially if your route takes you along one of the Island’s three coastal drives: Points East Coastal Drive, Central Coastal Drive, and North Cape Coastal Drive. Each of these coastline-hugging drives showcases the Island’s stunning red cliffs, pristine waterscapes (complete with lighthouses!), and sweet pastoral scenery, yet each drive also has its own unique flare and vibe. Regardless of where you decide to roadtrip, you can be sure you’ll happen upon marvellous scenery, friendly locals, and postcard-worthy villages.

Psssst - turn the page for the ultimate guide to PEI day trips from Charlottetown!

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Road Trippin’

SANDSPIT AMUSEMENT PARK

GEORGETOWN

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Charming historic streets and quirky shops will woo you in this small seaside town. For an unforgettable Island experience, visit Tranquility Cove Adventures and try your hand at deep sea fishing, bar clamming, or starfish searching. If you’re hungry, be sure to check out the Wheelhouse for amazing food and views or Maroon Pig for a tasty homemade treat. The Kings Playhouse Theatre offers exceptional community entertainment and, for the brave, plenty of tales of paranormal visitors they’ve had over the years.

MONTAGUE

Lovingly referred to as ‘Montague the Beautiful’, this lively town in Eastern PEI boasts tree-lined streets, stately historic buildings, and stunning views of the Montague River. The waterfront is teeming with activity - from riverboat cruises to kayaking to outdoor movies in the summer, while Main Street musts include Artisans on Main and Copper Bottom Brewing. Book a historic homes walking tour and see a side of Montague treasured by its residents and often overlooked by visitors.

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SOURIS

From St. Peter’s Bay, continue east to Souris. Originally settled by Acadians in 1727, this port town is a seafood lover's dream come true. Make lunch or dinner plans at one of the many restaurants in the area, including 21 Breakwater, The Poke Shack, and The Lobster Shack. If having an unforgettable, unique eating experience is on your bucket list, reserve a seat at Chef Michael Smith’s Fireworks restaurant in Bay Fortune. During the summer months, Souris’ biggest claim to fame might be nearby Basin Head Provincial Park, a popular beach destination beloved for its ‘singing’ sands, warm south shore waters, and bridge jumping.

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ST. PETER’S BAY

Drive 45 minutes east of Charlottetown along the North Shore, and you’ll happen upon the small, charming community of St. Peter’s Bay. Discover the ‘singing sands’ at Greenwich, part of the PEI National Park, and explore the extensive trail systems. After venturing along miles of unspoiled beachfront, indulge in a dining experience at The Inn at St. Peter’s or, for more casual eats, check out Rick’s Fish & Chips. If you’re in search of a unique keepsake or road trip treats, check out the Shops at St. Peter’s Landing.

Come as guests and leave as friends Welcome to our Inn in our 28th year! Share this exquisite home with guests from around the world. Located on a quiet, secluded acre just a dozen blocks from downtown. We offer candlelit gourmet breakfasts, personal concierge service, and a quiet oasis in the heart of the city. Now with a newly renovated a new tea room on first floor with antique furniture. 121 North River Rd, Charlottetown | elmwoodinn.pe.ca | 1.877.933.3310

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THE NORTH SHORE FOODIE TOUR

If food is your true love, a road trip along the North Shore is a must. You can do this looped route in either direction with equally satiating results.

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BRACKLEY BEACH

Heading back to Charlottetown on Route 6, make a stop at the Great Canadian Soap Company in Brackley Beach for soap and samples of goat’s milk ice cream and cheese. Finally, visit The Dunes Studio Gallery & Cafe on Route 15 for an elegant meal, Richard’s Fish & Chips in Covehead for the ultimate beachside meal, or spoil yourself with high tea or dinner at the majestic Dalvay by the Sea. TOURISM PEI

NEW GLASGOW

Heading west from Charlottetown, make your way to New Glasgow via Routes 2 and 7, then 224. Here you’ll find an abundance of deliciousness - from homemade jams at the PEI Preserve Company to unique gouda cheeses at Glasgow Glen Farm. Experience a traditional Island lobster dinner at New Glasgow Lobster Suppers, or enjoy exquisite Island fare with water views at The Mill.

CAVENDISH

Famed as the home of Anne of Green Gables, Cavendish is a kid’s dream come true—from waterslides at Shining Waters Family Fun Park to classic amusement park rides and go-carts at Sandspit Amusement Park. If hunger strikes, Avonlea Village and the Cavendish Boardwalk offer plenty of food options, as well as family entertainment and shopping. Just off the main strip, there are many not-to-bemissed natural wonders. Explore the trails and landscapes that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s vivid descriptions of PEI at Green Gables Heritage Place (and visit the famous house, of course!) or pack a picnic and head to the trail systems and forests of Cavendish Grove.

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NORTH RUSTICO

Next up, head to picturesque North Rustico, where a thriving Acadian culture continues to shape this working fishing village. Pay a visit to the bustling Blue Mussel Cafe, try your hand at deep sea fishing, or visit the Olde Village Bakery for to-go treats. Be sure you explore the boardwalk and visit the nearby Farmers’ Bank in South Rustico while you’re there. Free access to a beautiful public beach at one end of the town. At the other end, is the entrance to the stunning Gulf Shore Parkway and National Park. WWW.DISCOVERCHARLOTTETOWN.COM

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MORE OF THE NORTH SHORE

West of Cavendish, along the North Shore, you’ll discover exquisite scenery, unique dining options, and plenty of hidden gems. STANLEY BRIDGE & NEW LONDON

Take Route 6 to Stanley Bridge and visit Gallant’s Shellfish & Seafood on the pier for fresh seafood and picnic treats. Next, stop in at Village Pottery in New London, where you’ll find a large selection of unique, handcrafted pottery and a super cute ice cream parlour adjacent to the shop that beckons on hot summer days. Just around the corner, The Table Culinary Studio offers hands-on culinary classes and intimate dinners in a converted church. More great waterside dining can be found at Carr’s Oyster Bar in Stanley Bridge and Sou’West in New London.

MALPEQUE & KENSINGTON

A short drive past Darnley and you’ll land in Malpeque, where you’ll find, amongst many of its treasures, the Malpeque Oyster Barn, the O’Neill Home Gallery, Cabot Beach Provincial Park, and Thunder Cove (home of the famous ‘teapot’ rock). Finally, make your trek back to Charlottetown via Route 2 taking time to stop in Kensington, where the Island Stone Pub serves up traditional pub food with a local flare in the Kensington Railway Station, a National Historic Site. Handily, the station also houses a liquor store and hosts a farmers’ market on Saturday mornings in the summer. A visit to the Frosty Treat Dairy Bar in this little town is a quintessential experience - try the chocolate-dipped cone for guaranteed bliss on a hot day.

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If stunning scenery and historic lighthouses paired with food and drink sounds up your alley, head ‘down east’ along Route 1. POINT PRIM

Set your GPS for Point Prim, where the Island’s oldest lighthouse stands majestically at the water’s edge. Pay a visit the Point Prim Chowder House for delectable Island chowders and exceptional water views.

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FRENCH RIVER & DARNLEY

From New London, head north along Route 20 and revel in the stunning vistas that greet you on your way to the picturesque fishing village of French River. If the mood strikes, take a detour to the quirky Kitchen Witch on Route 234 for a hearty meal and tea leaf reading. Continuing along Route 20, you’ll pass through Darnley, where you can grab a bite to eat at Ship to Shore and/or take a detour to Cousin’s Shore, a quiet beach favoured by locals. TOURISM PEI

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WOOD ISLANDS

Continue east along Route 1 and pay a visit to the Wood Islands Lighthouse and Interpretive Museum. A short 8 kms east of Wood Islands on the Shore Road, you’ll happen upon Rossignol Winery, which serves up tasty fruit wines as well as spectacular views of the Northumberland Strait.

MURRAY HARBOUR

Next, head to the small fishing village of Murray Harbour and visit the Murray Harbour Range Lighthouses. Check out the unique shops on Main Street while you’re there. From Murray Harbour, you can head back to Charlottetown or continue searching out lighthouses and exploring the eastern end of the Island.

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VICTORIA BY THE SEA

This tiny, historic village on the south shore was built for exploring by foot. Charming shops and eateries line the streets and waterfront, while fishing boats come and go from the small harbour. Must-visits include The Landmark Cafe, Island Chocolates, Stanley Pottery, and the Ewe & Dye Weavery. If you enjoy live theatre, check what’s playing at the Victoria Playhouse and make time for pre-theatre drinks at Beachcombers on the Wharf or the Lobster Barn. If kayaking floats your boat, rent one at the wharf and paddle the gentle waters of the Northumberland Strait.

An urban centre with strong rural roots, Summerside’s prominent role in PEI’s fox fur industry during the early 20th century has left an indelible mark. Explore the downtown residential neighbourhoods and you’ll discover many grand homes built in this era that retain their heritage features. Down along the waterfront there’s plenty to explore, including 7km of scenic boardwalk, Spinnaker’s Landing, Samuel’s Coffee House, South Central Kitchen & Provisions, the Summerside Farmers’ Market, and OpenEats. Be sure to visit the city’s first microbrewery, Evermoore, located in the historic Summerside railway station. Off the Wallz trampoline park and outdoor waterfront splash park are perfect spots for kids to burn off some energy, and Holman’s Ice Cream Parlour on Fitzroy St. is a must for kids of all ages. Stay into the evening and treat yourself to an exciting performance at the Harbourfront Theatre or College of Piping, where bagpipers, drummers, and step dancers showcase their impressive talents.

EVANGELINE

Rich in Acadian history and culture, the Evangeline area is considered by many to be the hub of this closely-knit French-speaking community, which first settled on PEI in the early 17th century. Pay a visit to the PEI Acadian Museum to learn the fascinating history behind this founding culture. A must for all ages, the Bottle Houses in Cape Egmont are like nothing you’ve seen before. If time allows, stop in at the Village Musicale Acadien in Abram’s Village for a free afternoon concert filled with fiddles, guitars, step dancing, and singing.

BONUS - FOR CYCLISTS!

The quaint community of Mount Stewart is a popular stopover for cyclists exploring the Confederation Trail for good reason. The trail, which extends tip-to-tip across the Island offers stunning vistas east and west of Mount Stewart. You can make a day trip of it by starting from Charlottetown for the 68 km loop, hop on at one of the Trail’s intersections (Route 6 at Bedford Station is a good halfway point), or drive to Mount Stewart and explore the Trail from there. The latter is the best plan of action if you want to experience Mount Stewart’s small-but-mighty music scene. Book tickets ahead of time for The Trailside Music Cafe, where musicians from across Canada and beyond play to an intimate crowd. Be sure you also make time to stop in at the Eco Centre, where you can learn more about the Historic Hillsborough River and purchase tasty bakery treats for the ride back to town! VICTORIA BY THE SEA

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Island Through & Through To truly experience PEI, you’ve gotta ‘do as the locals do’. No problem, check out the boatload (because it’s an island eh!) of uniquely Island activities that’ll fast track your initiation to being an ‘Honourary Islander’. Of course, they’re just plain fun too!

RED SHORES RACETRACK & CASINO/GOLD CUP & SAUCER

HARNESS RACING Forget the Kentucky Derby, here in PEI harness racing is almost as old and deeply rooted in the Island way of life as our potato fields. In this type of racing, the horses must race at a specific gait (a trot or pace) and pull a two-wheeled cart (a sulky), that’s driven by a skilled jockey. Redshores Racetrack & Casino is the Island’s premier destination for live harness racing, which runs April through to January each year. For a truly unique experience, make reservations for the Race Night Buffet at Top of the Park.

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LOBSTER FISHING A quintessential Island experience that just happens to end with a feast of fresh shellfish! Lobster fishing is a must for seafarers and seafood lovers. Sailing out of the Charlottetown Harbour daily during the summer, Top Notch Lobster Tours offers an authentic experience aboard its bonafide lobster fishing boat. Captain Mark Jenkins and his brother, Cody, will explain the ins and outs of this very important Island industry. Once in deep waters, you’ll have the chance to haul lobster traps and, if you’re brave, hold a live lobster! Then it’s time for a lobster dinner you’ll never forget on the waters of PEI.

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DAIRY BARRING Is ‘barring’ a word? Maybe, maybe not, but heading to a favourite dairy bar is a summertime rite of passage for Islanders. To be considered a ‘dairy bar’ on PEI, three things are required: a roadside location; hard AND soft ice cream on the menu; and a sliding take-out window. Aside from that, it’s up to each place to make its mark in the PEI Hall of Legen-DAIRY Bar fame, whether it be with a signature dish, ginormous portions, super cute decor, or some other whimsical offering. Your best bets within easy driving/walking distance of Charlottetown are Kiwanis Dairy Bar in Victoria Park, Deckers in Cornwall, and (arguably) the most famous dairy bar of them all, the Frosty Treat in Kensington.

KIWANIS DAIRY BAR IN VICTORIA PARK

BEACHING Sure, sure, PEI doesn’t have a monopoly on beaching, but with +800 km of pristine beachfront, Islanders have definitely mastered the Art of Beaching. What’s involved in this mastery? First, you’ve got to know where to go to get away from it all (check out the Insider’s Scoop on our website for the Top 10 Beaches Loved by Locals). Next, you’ve got to find the right company for all your beaching pursuits, whether it be your beau, the fam, or a really good book. Finally, and most importantly, you’ve got to learn how to disconnect from your phone, so you can connect with the stunning beauty of sand and sea mingling. Happy beaching!

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WATERSIDE DINING Nothing says Island life quite like enjoying a spread of seafood and cold craft beer by the water. Charlottetown’s harbourfront has plenty of dining options to woo you. For a casual drink and local eats, check out Cork & Cask, PEI’s only floating restaurant. Looking for a quick-but-delicious bite? Visit the new Founders’ Food Hall & Market, where you’ll find everything from street eats to sweet treats. Craving a lobster dinner? Head to Lobster on the Wharf, where the waterfront deck views are on point. Peakes Quay Restaurant & Bar also offers a sprawling deck, cool cocktails, and a large menu. Keep the whole fam happy with a visit to Brakish!, where several craft beer options will tempt the adults and their ‘BrakYard’ lawn games will keep everyone entertained.

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OYSTER TONGING Get yer rubber boots on and get ready for some tonging fun! PEI oysters are world-renowned for their high quality and exceptional taste. Today, fishers use a number of methods to harvest oysters from the ocean, but tonging is the oldest method. As the name suggests it, involves using tongs with long handles and curved teeth in a scissor-like fashion by hand from a dory. You can try your hand at harvesting and shucking oysters with Experience PEI’s Tong & Shuck experience. And, yes, you’ll get to slurp fresh oysters to your heart’s content after you’re done tonging! EXPERIENCE PEI

THE WORLD OF ANNE OF GREEN GABLES It's been over 100 years since the spirited, redhead orphan who put PEI on the map was created by L.M. Montgomery, and she continues to win over hearts left, right, and centre. In the city, you can catch her on stage in Anne of Green Gables - The Musical™ or Anne & Gilbert - The Musical. A visit to Green Gables Heritage site in Cavendish is a must, but there are plenty of other places to visit including the Anne of Green Gables Museum, L.M. Montgomery’s Birthplace, and the site of L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish home. Whether you’re an Anne fan or not, you’ll want to visit one of the Anne of Green Gables Chocolates locations (on Queen St. or at their flagship store at 15 Milky Way) for delectable treats made by hand.

ANNE IN CAVENDISH

HELICOPTER VIEWS OF PATCHWORK PEI The Island’s stunning pastoral scenery is one of its most endearing and enduring characteristics and while day-tripping by car or bicycle is a ‘must’, getting a birds’ eye view of the Island elevates the sightseeing experience to a whole new level. Book a helicopter tour with Green Isle Air and take off on an unforgettable, exhilarating flight from the Charlottetown waterfront. Marvel at the patchwork of bright greens, golds, reds, and blues that speak to the Island’s rich rural life, shaped in large by farming and fishing. And, hey, it doesn’t get much cooler than riding in a helicopter right?!

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PEI INTERNATIONAL FALL FLAVOURS FESTIVAL

KITCHEN PARTYING Admittedly, kitchen parties are more so a Maritime tradition than distinctly ‘PEI’, but Islanders will tell you that nothing compares to a PEI kitchen party. The essential ingredients for a bonafide kitchen party are good food, good drink, live music (preferably featuring at least one fiddle) and, most importantly, good company. While a kitchen is the preferred venue, barns, pubs, and other such spaces have most certainly proven capable of holding their own for a kitchen party. Make friends with locals to snag a kitchen party invite, or head to the Old Triangle on any Thursday night to experience a traditional music session paired with tasty food, drinks, and new friends. The biggest kitchen party of the year takes place under the big white tent at the PEI International Shellfish Festival (Sep 19 - 22), where fresh shellfish, live music, plenty of brews, and a crowd of 2,500+ come together for two epic nights of revelry, Island-style. WWW.DISCOVERCHARLOTTETOWN.COM

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ACTIVITIES ADVENTURES MARINE

1 Great George Street, Peake’s Wharf 902.394.7903 www.adventuresmarine.com Get out on Hillsborough Bay in our 24ft Zodiac and experience a one-of-a-kind seal watching adventure. Our vessel accommodates small groups (up to 12), providing a more personal atmosphere while enjoying Charlottetown’s spectacular coastal scenery.

ALL ABOUT GOLF

172 Queen Street Confederation Court Mall 902.367.3467 www.allaboutgolf.ca Charlottetown’s premier indoor golfing destination. Opened in the fall of 2014, we have 4 HD Golf Simulators and an 18 hole professional putting/chipping course. Open seasonally November to April.

THE ALLEY

200 Richmond Street 902.892.7311 www.thealley.ca A unique entertainment destination in downtown Charlottetown, The Alley is the place to grab drinks with friends, savour a delicious meal or enjoy local craft beer while playing 5-pin bowling. 19+ after 10pm.

ANNE & GILBERT - THE MUSICAL

111 Queen Street, The Guild 877.566.3346 www.anneandgilbert.com Anne of Green Gables is in love… Awardwinning songs, memorable comedy and drama make Anne & Gilbert unforgettable family entertainment. It’s the critically acclaimed story of Anne of Green Gables in love. April 30 - October 20, 2019

BEACONSFIELD HISTORIC HOUSE

Corner of Kent & West Streets 902.368.6603 www.peimuseum.com Beaconsfield Historic House is a very fine example of Victorian architecture with many original features intact and a fascinating story to tell. Open year-round for tours - admission charged. Small bookstore & gift shop on site. Call for hours.

BELL ALIANT CENTRE

560 University Avenue 902.569.4584 www.bellaliantcentre.ca Your entertainment destination with a 25-meter competition pool, leisure pool with waterslide, hot tub, toddler pool, Tarzan rope, and diving boards. Aquafitness and lane swims 7 days a week.

BELVEDERE GOLF CLUB

1 Greensview Drive 902.566.5542 www.belvederegolf.com Belvedere Golf Club is located 5 minutes from downtown Charlottetown. Belvedere offers 18 holes of championship golf and is open for play to all golfers, including visitors, members and non-members. Driving range, pro shop & restaurant all available onsite.

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Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets Confederation Centre of the Arts 902.566.1267 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com Join us in our 1,100-seat theatre for the classic, Anne of Green Gables - The Musical™, the hit 38

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musical Mamma Mia!, or Kronborg - The Hamlet Rock Musical. At The Mack, experience Tara MacLean’s Atlantic Blue and the song-and-story show, Spinning Yarns. June 28 - September 28, 2019.

CHUCK HATCHETS

236 Kent Street 902.394.4020 www.facebook.com/chuckhatchets PEI's first and only indoor axe-throwing fully licensed lounge

CITY CINEMA

64 King Street 902.368.3669 www.citycinema.net Unwind by enjoying a movie at City Cinema, downtown Charlottetown’s quaint cinema featuring current independent films and a few mainstream hits. Visit our website, check out The Buzz or call for our current schedule.

CONFEDERATION CENTRE ART GALLERY

Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets Confederation Centre of the Arts 902.628.6142 www.confederationcentre.com/artgallery The Art Gallery presents an exciting mix of traditional and contemporary exhibitions yearround. Featured this summer is our Canadian art collection, along with Shuvinai Ashoona: Mapping Worlds and recent work by Philippa Jones. Admission by donation.

CONFEDERATION CENTRE OF THE ARTS

Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets 902.566.1267 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com A bustling hub in the heart of the city, this national arts centre showcases the finest in Canadian visual and performing arts. Open year-round, the Centre is home to a musical theatre festival, art gallery, walking tours, kids’ art camps, Mavor’s Restaurant, and so much more.

CONFEDERATION PLAYERS WALKING TOURS

Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets Confederation Centre of the Arts 902.566.1267 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com Attired in striking Victorian costumes, the Confederation Players interpret the roles of the delegates to the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference. Join downtown walking attend short historic vignettes, or join in a game of croquet. July and August.

CONFEDERATION CENTRE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Corner of Queen & Richmond Streets 902.368.4642 www.library.pe.ca Hours of Operation: Sunday 12:30pm - 5:00pm Monday, Friday & Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:30am 8:30pm

CONFEDERATION CENTRE YOUNG COMPANY

165 Richmond Street Next to Province House 902.566.1267 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com/theatre The Young Company is one of Canada’s leading performance-based training programs. This year’s production is Aqsarniit, the Inuktitut word for the Northern Lights. This high-energy, musical

re-examines Canada’s past through the varied lenses of today’s youth. Daily in the outdoor amphitheatre. July and August, 2019.

CONFEDERATION TRAIL

800.463.4734 www.tourismpei.com/pei-confederation-trail With 435 km of walking and biking trails covering PEI, every trip is a different journey, with breathtaking scenery and wildlife close at hand. From Charlottetown, you can easily access the Confederation Trail, taking you into parts of PEI unknown to those touring by automobile.

COWS CREAMERY

12 Milky Way 902.370.3155 www.cowscreamery.ca COWS Creamery is a fun and delicious FREE tour experience for all ages. Our self-guided factory tours offer an inside look at how we make our world-famous super premium ice cream, our award-winning cheeses and our famous t-shirts.

CULINARY BOOTCAMPS

4 Sydney Street, Culinary Institute of Canada 902.566.9305 | 877.475.2844 www.culinarybootcamps.com Foodies in search of authentic, delicious, and hands-on award-winning culinary experiences need look no further. Under the guidance of expert chefs, explore themed culinary camps while enjoying $7.2 million in newly renovated facilities. Starting at $65/pp + tax. End of May through September.

DOOLY’S

157 Kent Street 902.894.7665 www.doolys.ca We offer a fun, comfortable atmosphere with a touch of competitiveness. Enjoy a game of pool, watch a game on the big screen, relax by the fireplace or enjoy a drink at the bar.

DYNAMIC - YOGA, FITNESS, BOUTIQUE

99 Pownal Street 902.892.5504 www.dynamicfit.ca New location! Dynamic’s Hot Yoga now features the Island’s first and only medical-grade infrared heating system. Canada’s most popular apparel exclusively available in their boutique. Personal training, non-heated yoga and Pilates classes also available.

ECKHART IN THE CITY – LET’S GO ON A MOUSE HUNT

www.downtowncharlottetown.com The Eckhart Scavenger Hunt is a permanent interactive attraction for families and people of all ages. Nine little bronze mice are installed in their ‘hiding places’ around the city. Can you find them all? Guides available at Charlottetown visitor information centres & online.

EXPERIENCE PEI

Charlottetown 902.368.1670 www.experiencepei.ca The Island’s leader in authentic experiences. Eat, play and make your way through our many hands-on adventures that connect you with interesting Islanders and make memories to last a lifetime!

FLYBOARD PEI & SEADOO TOURS

Charlottetown Waterfront 844.359.4376 www.flyboardmaritimes.com Water sports in the city. Enjoy flyboarding above


ACTIVITIES your family or take them all on a two hour guided jet ski tour to see animals, historic beauty and more!

operates a golf store stocked with clothing & equipment from courses across PEI

FOX MEADOW GOLF COURSE & FOX GOLF ACADEMY

Downtown Charlottetown 902.316.1214 www.gowheelinpei.com For all of your bicycle rental needs. Located at Charlottetown’s most convenient location - the Charlottetown Visitor Information Centre! Full day and weekly rentals available!

167 Kinlock Road, Stratford PEI 902.569.4653 | 877.569.8337 www.foxmeadow.pe.ca An engaging championship golf course that embraces its natural PEI surroundings, providing golfers with rural and city harbour views. Located minutes from historic downtown Charlottetown, Fox Meadow is home to the Fox Golf Academy and Fox Den Restaurant.

FOX STORY WALK

6 Prince Street, Founders Hall www.downtowncharlottetown.com This fun, free, family-friendly activity consists of a series of 9 story boards, placed around the downtown, which tell the story of Ringo the Fox. Start at the Giant Sunflower at Founder's Hall. Each board consists of a section of the story, illustrations, fox facts, hints to the next board and a map.

GALLERY @ THE GUILD

111 Queen Street 866.774.0717 www.theguildpei.com A public gallery that celebrates the talents of artists from all disciplines, and strives to promote active engagement within the Island community. A new exhibit is displayed every two weeks.

GOLF PEI

866.GOLF.PEI (465.3734) 93 Minna Jane Drive www.golfpei.ca Golf PEI operates its own online and direct call reservation centre to book stay & play packages and tee times at courses across the Island. It also

GO WHEELIN’ BIKE RENTALS

GRAND SENSES

119 Grafton Street 902.894.8332 www.grandsensesspa.com A warm welcome awaits you at Grand Senses - Charlottetown’s premier Aveda Concept Spa, Salon and Boutique. Our stylists and estheticians work attentively to pamper and expertly care for you.

GREEN ISLE AIR

1 Weymouth, Outside Port Charlottetown 902.954.1491 www.greenisleair.com Discover the beauty of PEI by helicopter and let us introduce you to a stunning aerial perspective. View iconic lighthouses, vibrant fields, red cliffs and all of the Island’s splendour. A flight-seeing adventure for the whole family.

THE GUILD

111 Queen Street 902.620.3333 www.theguildpei.com The Guild, home to Anne & Gilbert – The Musical, showcases the best in Island culture. Take in exhibits and performances by both emerging and established artists in theatre, music, visualarts, and dance. Wheelchair accessible and licensed.

HARBOUR HIPPO

Lower Prince Street 902.628.8687(TOUR) www.harbourhippo.com Discover historic Charlottetown by land and sea aboard our amphibious vehicle. Tour historic Charlottetown, and then “splash” into the water for a relaxing harbour cruise. Our 55-minute tours will excite and amaze you!

LIVE @ THE CENTRE

Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets Confederation Centre of the Arts 902.566.1267 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com Confederation Centre’s live performance series includes thrilling Canadian musicians, touring acts, comedians, magicians, French programming, contemporary dance, family entertainment, classical performance, and so much more! Presented from October to May on four different stages across the Centre.

PADDLES

1 Pownal Street 902.940.7600 www.paddlespei.com Come enjoy some excitement on the water! Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding are great ways to beat the summer heat and create those awesome vacation memories. Offering hourly rentals, Paddles will get your group out for some paddling fun.

PEAKES WHARF BOAT TOURS

1 Great George Street, Peake’s Wharf 902.394.2222 www.peakeswharfboattours.com Cruise Charlottetown’s scenic harbour and beyond and watch as we pull up a lobster trap.

See PEI with a Local

Book a private tour with a professionally certified Driver-Guide. Home of the BUILD YOUR OWN tour series where you can completely customize your tour to your taste.

Visit our website to see prices, availability, and to book online

www.targettoursatlantic.com or call

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ACTIVITIES Experience a seal or sunset cruise. We have four daily sailing trips and charters available for up to 36 people. Seals, lobster, fun!

PEAKES WHARF HISTORIC WATERFRONT CONCERT SERIES

our various interpretive displays. Open Monday to Friday (9am - 4pm) and Thursday evenings (7pm - 9pm).

PRINCE EDWARD TOURS

www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/PeakesWharf FREE outdoor entertainment daily July 1 to August 31. Shows 2:00pm to 4:00pm & 6:00pm to 8:00pm. All show are weather permitting. Walk along the historic Charlottetown waterfront and enjoy some of PEI’s finest entertainment. Totally local & totally free.

PEI BREWING COMPANY

6 Prince Street 902.566.5259 www.PrinceEdwardTours.com Allow the Island’s premier tour operator to show you around Charlottetown. Tours featuring Charlottetown, Anne of Green Gables & scenic Island drives. Customized/private tours available.

PROVINCE HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

96 Kensington Road 902.629.2739 www.peibrewingcompany.com Come experience the art of craft brewing and learn about the evolution of our brewery. Discover the brewing process from start to finish plus enjoy samples and our perfectly paired pub menu.

165 Richmond Street 902.566.7050 | 888.773.8888 www.parkscanada.gc.ca/provincehouse Closed for conservation. Visitors are encouraged to explore “The Story of Confederation” exhibit and film “A Building of Destiny” (Confederation Centre’s Upper Foyer) and Province House Virtual Reality experience (see website).

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PURE SPA & MODO YOGA CHARLOTTETOWN

81 Prince Street 902.368.7337 www.peiescaperooms.com Can you escape in time? Gather the clues, solve puzzles, find the key, and escape the room in under 60 minutes! Profits support a local charity. Games for 2-10 players.

PEI REGIMENT MUSEUM

3 Haviland Street 902.368.0108 www.peiregimentmuseum.ca The PEI Regiment Museum highlights the history and heritage of military forces on the Island. Come and see our collection of over 2000 artifacts, some dating as far back as 1807, and

4 Prince Street 902.894.9642 www.purespapei.com www.charlottetown.modoyoga.com Luxurious spa treatments to suit everyone’s needs. Leave feeling calm and renewed. Modo Yoga is a hot yoga series for all levels that stretches, strengthens and tones the muscles while detoxifying the body and calming the mind.

RED SHORES RACETRACK & CASINO

58 Kensington Road 877.620.4222 www.redshores.ca

Discover the thrill of live harness racing or off-track betting in our simulcast theatres. Red Shores offers over 200 slot machines, dining and table games. *You must be 19 years or older to purchase, play or redeem Atlantic Lottery gaming products at Red Shores.

RISE & CLIMB ADVENTURE COURSE

85 Hilltop Drive, Cornwall PEI 902.566.5947 www.riseandclimb.ca High ropes and zip line park for all ages with over 50 challenging elements and 1,000 ft of zip lines. Scale obstacles 40 ft off the ground while being safely secured to a lifeline. Book online today.

SACRED RIDES PEI MOUNTAIN BIKE TOURS

902.628.9665 www.sacredridespei.com Whether you’re a local or visitor, beginner or expert, Sacred Rides will make sure you have an awesome day of riding. Life is better on a mountain bike!

SECRETS OF CHARLOTTETOWN WALKING TOURS

Corner of Queen & Water Street 902.978.1771 www.secretsofcharlottetown.com Hear Charlottetown secrets, legends and folklore in this 1-hour walking tour. Tours run Tuesday to Saturday at 11:00am and 2:00pm, May-October. $20 per person.

SOLAR DINNER CRUISE & TOUR BOAT

4-207 Prince Street, Charlottetown Marina www.ridesolar.com World’s FIRST solar-powered dinner cruise &    CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Get out on the Hillsborough Bay in our 24 ft. Zodiac.

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Seal Watching

OR PRIVATE CHARTERS BOAT TOURS DEPART FROM PIER 5 We’re Just 2 minute walk on the Boardwalk from Quartermaster Marina and Peakes Quay at the bottom of Confederation Landing where you can find ample parking & washroom facilities. LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO SCHEDULES & CROWDS? WANT TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT? We offer private customized charters.

902-394-7903

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from the Charlottetown Harbour aboard the "Top Notch", an authentic lobster boat with a genuine lobster fishing crew!

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ACTIVITIES tour boat in the Charlottetown harbour. 90 min harbour eco tours, 2 hr dinner cruises, 2 hr midnight champagne & oyster tours. From $25/ person.

attractions as well as the hidden gems. We provide private tours, small group tours, and travel trade services.

SPUD ISLAND TOURS

2 Prince Street 902.626.6689 www.markscharters.com As featured on “Live with Regis & Kelly”, be in the middle of the action and experience what it feels like to be a real lobster fisherman. Learn about history, biology, conservation & habitats then enjoy a lobster meal right onboard “Top Notch”.

902.370.2054 | 902.314.6045 www.spudislandtours.com Join us and explore the Island with an accredited tour guide. Choose between one of several set itineraries in eastern or central PEI or let us design a customized tour for you. Open yearround for your convenience!

SMALL PRINT BOARD GAME CAFÉ

119 Grafton Street, 2nd Level 902.370.2456 www.smallprintcafe.com Visit Small Print Board Game Café to play some board games and socialize with friends. We serve gourmet coffees, local craft beers complete with a full menu as well as snacks.

THE STORY OF CONFEDERATION

Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets Confederation Centre of the Arts 902.628.6107 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com/chamber Explore the impressive replica of Province House’s Confederation Chamber, found in the Centre’s Upper Foyer. Guided interpretation and video explain the significance of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference and Province House. Free admission. Open year-round.

TARGET TOURS ATLANTIC

13B Myrtle Street, Stratford, PEI 902.739.3501 info@targettoursatlantic.com www.targettoursatlantic.com Target Tours Atlantic provides professionally guided tours of PEI highlighting the most popular

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VICTORIA PARK POOL & SPLASH PAD

100 Victoria Park Roadway 902.368.1025 www.charlottetown.ca Located on the corner of Brighton Rd and Victoria Park Roadway, the splash pad offers water play and Victoria Park pool offers supervised daily swims. Both are open from 11:00am – 7:45pm during the summer months, free of charge..

UPSTREET CRAFT BREWING

41 Allen Street cheers@upstreetcraftbrewing.com www.upstreetcraftbrewing.com Upstreet Craft Brewing embodies the age-old tradition of sharing great beer and food with friends and neighbours. Visit their taproom to sample some fine food and locally-inspired beers, or pick up some fresh bottles or a souvenir to take home.

VICTORIA PARK

Park Roadway 902.566.5548 www.charlottetown.ca The largest of Charlottetown’s many parks, Victoria Park offers a variety of outdoor activities including tennis courts, ball parks, grassy fields, a swimming pool, and a new accessible playground. Islanders flock to Victoria Park yearround. Despite its popularity, the park retains the feeling of pleasurable isolation that comes with Island living.

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ANYA/FARM DAY IN THE CITY PRESENTED BY THE PEI POTATO GROWERS

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Fall's True Colours Here on the East Coast of Canada, embracing each and every season is second nature. Rich with the vibrant colours of change and the bountiful flavours of the harvest, it’s easy to fall in love with Charlottetown’s true colours during the season of dancing leaves and cozy sweaters. There’s plenty to do, see and taste throughout the fall, with eating and drinking taking centre stage.

HARBOUR FEAST

The biggest patio party of the year and last Signature Event of the PEI Fall Flavours Festival, this is one shindig you don’t want to miss. Taking place on the Charlottetown waterfront at Peake’s Quay Restaurant, this upscaleyet-casual feast will be hosted by a celebrity chef and showcase the best Island ingredients. Complete with music from one of the Island’s favourite party bands, it’ll be a night to remember. Oct 5

THE PEI MARATHON

Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner searching for a gorgeous Boston Marathon qualifier race, a first-time 10ker, or an enthusiastic cheerleader, the PEI Marathon has a race (or great spectator vantage point) for you. It’s an exciting and invigorating way to discover Charlottetown and its environs while pursuing your personal best or cheering on the runners. Oct 18 - 20

FARM DAY IN THE CITY

Beloved by locals and a tradition for many visitors, Farm Day in the City brings together over 150 farmers, food producers, and artisans for a day filled with shopping, eating, live music, children's entertainment, a beer garden, and good old-fashioned competition. You’ll want to plan for a few hours at Farm Day, the Island’s largest outdoor market and street festival. Free to enter! Oct 6 WWW.DISCOVERCHARLOTTETOWN.COM

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Anne & Gilbert: The Musical May - October The Ross Family Ceilidh July - October Meanwhile in Ward 16 (A Charlottetown Soap Opera) July - August Sing Along Jubilee August - October Salt Water Moon August Here’s to 40 August Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr. July - August Disney’s Madagascar Jr. July - August Popalopalots: Live Improv Comedy June - October Charlottetown Burlesque June - September

www.theguildpei.com

Sponsors • Province of PEI • City of Charlottetown • The Joan & Regis Duffy Foundation • KKP • Modo Yoga • PEI Brewing Co. • Rodd Hotels • TicketPro The Guild is proud to be one of the founding members of the Professional Theatre Network of PEI

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CYCLING AT ITS BEST

With its moderate temperatures and bold colours, fall is the perfect time for cyclists to explore the Island. From Charlottetown, you can easily access the Confederation Trail and head west or east. The trail, which used to serve as PEI’s railway tracks, features over 400 kilometres of well-groomed cycling and walking trails that span the Island from tip-to-tip. Head out for a day of adventure beyond the city, or use the trail to explore Charlottetown’s downtown, midtown, and uptown from a unique vantage point.

THE PEI FALL FLAVOURS FESTIVAL

Celebrate the Island’s authentic tastes and traditions at the PEI Fall Flavours Festival. Taking place over 5 weeks, the Festival features numerous culinary experiences and adventures that’ll feed your inner foodie. Here in the capital, you can choose from a number of delicious events including Harbour Feast, the Great Island Grilled Cheese Challenge, PEI Beer Festival, an Exclusive Evening at Red Shores, and Farm Day in the City. Aug 30-Oct 6

HERITAGE ROADS + FALL COLOURS = EYE CANDY

Autumn’s bold colours are the perfect invitation to discover the Island’s stunning red clay heritage roads. Pack a picnic and plan to make an afternoon or a whole day of exploring these lesser-travelled roads, where breathtaking scenery greets you at every bend and hillcrest. Keep a lookout for local flora and fauna, as well as signs of the rural life that has shaped the Island’s character and culture. Old barns and golden hay bales make for great photo opps.

Fall in love with PEI PEI INTERNATIONAL SHELLFISH FESTIVAL

If you’re coming to PEI for its famed seafood and fancy experiencing a giant kitchen party, the PEI International Shellfish Festival is your ticket to both! This three-day celebration is jam-packed with crustaceans and mollusks, high energy live music, and seriously impressive culinary competitions. For an epic seafood experience, get tickets to the Feast & Frolic, the Festival’s kick-off Signature Event. Sep 19 - 22

THE PEI SPIRITS FESTIVAL

Yes, we’re talking about the kind of spirits James Bond might order, not the ghouly ones! Showcasing exquisite liquors from near and far, the PEI Spirits Festival was designed with the connoisseur in mind. You’ll have the chance to sample high-end whiskeys, rums, gins, tequilas, bourbons, and other spirits from around the world, along with delicious food pairings prepared by local chefs and handcrafted cocktails created right before your eyes. Nov 16

Whatever your fall getaway plans, be sure you find time to fit some colorful, cozy, and tasty experiences into your Charlottetown itinerary! For all things fall visit: DiscoverCharlottetown.com/Fall

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Local Shops WATER STREET

When you find yourself smitten with a place, inevitably you want to take a piece of it home with you - an enduring keepsake or something edible, a unique piece of art or something kind of quirky. Whatever your style, Charlottetown has plenty of shopkeepers, food purveyors, and artisans with something in store just for you.

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LORMIER GALLERY

COWS CREAMERY

JEMS BOUTIQUE

UNIQUE STORES AND FRIENDLY SHOPKEEPERS Discover delightful independent stores and friendly shopkeepers as you wander through the downtown core. You’ll find a wide array of merchandise on display - from handcrafted jewelry to the latest fashions to original artwork to beachwear and much more. Must-visits on Queen St. include Jems Boutique, Luxury Market Consignment Boutique, Liquid Gold Tasting Bar, and Nessya’s Gems & Jewels. Amongst the patios and restaurants on Victoria Row, you’ll find unique treasures at Kuriosities, Northern Watters Knitwear, Green Eye Designs, and Details Fine Art Gallery. Be sure to explore the side streets as well, where little shops are tucked away awaiting your discovery. Check out our Meet the Makers feature on pages 52-55 for more on some of the talented artisans and crafters in the city. A SHOPPER’S DELIGHT Located in the middle of downtown, the Confederation Court Mall is filled with independent shops to suit your every desire, retaining the charms of a bygone era. During the summer months, head to the waterfront for more shopping bliss at Peake’s Wharf, where merchants will beguile you with jewellery, souvenirs, clothing, and other treasures. Make time to visit Founders’ Food Hall & Market just east of Peakes Wharf, where Island artisans, crafters, and food purveyors will delight you with their unique creations and commitment to high quality. AMENITIES AND CONVENIENCE At the north end of the city you’ll find all the convenience and variety of a larger urban centre, including well-known chains, grocery stores, and the

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Charlottetown Mall. To get there, head north from the downtown core via the amenity-filled University Avenue or by foot or bicycle along the Confederation Trail. A FAMILY AFFAIR At the edge of city limits, along the North River Causeway, you’ll find an inviting collection of unique shops, a PEI Brewing Co. outlet, and family-friendly restaurants including Piatto Pronto and Boom Burger. Last but not least, you’ll have arrived at the centre of the ice cream universe, COWS Factory, which is open to the public and well worth a visit and a cone. TAKE AWAY, ISLAND-STYLE If you fancy an edible keepsake, there are plenty of options. Avoid FOMOL (Feeling of Missing Out on Lobster), by placing an order with MacKinnon’s Lobster Pound, where they will pack your lobster to go or ship it home for you. Want to take home local market fare? You’ll find plenty of unique foodstuffs and artisan goods at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, the Downtown Farmers’ Market, Riverview Country Market, and Kent St. Market. Finally, for a quintessential, crowd-pleasing treat that you can serve up at your next party, be sure to pick up a big package of Cows Chips at the Anne of Green Gables Chocolate Store.

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SHOPPING AMOS PEWTER

11B Great George Street, Peake’s Wharf 800.565.3369 www.amospewter.com Designs are inspired by nature and our Maritime locations. Visit Amos Pewter for hand-crafted jewelry, gifts, home décor and keepsakes. See molten pewter cast and take part in our hands on experience.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES CHOCOLATES

100 Queen Street & 15 Milky Way 902.368.3131 | 902.370.2697 www.annechocolates.com Watch our famous chocolate-covered potato chips being made in our beautiful gift shop in historic downtown Charlottetown. We make our chocolates by hand the old-fashioned way using fresh, high-quality ingredients. We offer gift baskets for all occasions.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES STORE

110 Queen Street 902.368.2663 www.annestore.com We offer a wonderful collection of all things “Anne”. You’ll find dolls, books, posters, DVDs, CDs, souvenirs and much more. We’re just steps away from the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

BACK ALLEY MUSIC

257 Queen Street 902.367.3311 www.facebook.com/Back-AlleyMusic-6446512981/ Back Alley Music is Charlottetown’s vinyl record shop and a hub of everything the music community has to offer. New & used vinyl, record players, stereos and much more. PEI’s best selection of the very talented east coast music scene.

BAYBERRY LANE

156 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.894.3111 www.facebook.com/bayberrylanecharlottetown A locally-owned and operated gift and home decor shop with a huge variety of both local and import goods all at the best-valued price. Visit our Facebook page.

BOOKMARK

172 Queen St 902.566.4888 www.bookmarkreads.ca As Charlottetown’s independent bookseller, we are passionate about books. Since 1972, we have promoted the march of knowledge, dissemination of wisdom, spreading of words, and sharing of beauty. Come discover our carefully curated selection of books and interesting sidelines.

CENTRE FOR CRAFT RETAIL GALLERY

98 Water Street 902.892.5152 peicraftscouncil@gmail.com www.peicraftscouncil.com The gallery showcases the finest examples of craft that Island artists have to offer, allowing visitors to see a wide range of local culture through various mediums such as pottery, Jewelry, glass, textile, etc.

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goodies, or works of art, the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market is a wonderful place to visit. Every Saturday 9am - 2pm. Open seasonally on Wednesdays.

GREEN EYE DESIGNS

COASTAL CULTURE PEAKE’S QUAY

160 Richmond Street, Victoria Row www.facebook.com/greeneyedesigns Green Eye Designs is a chic, unique boutique featuring scarves, jewelry, accessories and decor made exclusively by PEI artists. Come visit us and see our workspace, enjoy our shabby chic atmosphere, and see our wide range of beautiful, locally-made products!

CONFEDERATION COURT MALL

126 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.892.3307 www.happyglass.ca A hidden treasure on Victoria Row. A second-floor flame-worked glass and silver jewellery working studio and boutique. A celebration of light and colour. Happy Glass makes you smile.

COOL AS A MOOSE

102A Queen Street 902.894.1457 www.jemsboutique.ca JEMS Boutique highlights clothing and accessories that are stylish & fun! We feature ‘GO2 Clothing’, designed by JEMS owners, Maureen and Julia Campbell. We believe everyone deserves to feel empowered and confident in what they wear!

10c Lower Great George Street 902.892.2005 www.coastalculture.com Atlantic Canada’s BEST souvenir and gift shop! A great selection of Prince Edward Island T-shirts, hoodies, gifts and pirate themed merchandise. Come check out our life-size pirate statue!

134 Kent Street 902.894.9505 www.confedcourtmall.com Downtown Charlottetown’s shopping destination featuring independently-owned and operated fashion, giftware, and home décor stores along with convenient services such as restaurants, pharmacy, and post office. 156 Queen Street 9020.628.2226 www.coolasamoose.ca Cool As A Moose is a specialty retail shop with Charlottetown’s largest and finest selection of souvenirs and resortwear. A one-stop shop for great souvenirs, gifts, and quality clothing.

COWS

Corner of Queen & Grafton Streets (year round) & Peake’s Wharf (May–October) 902.892.6969 | 902.566.4886 www.cows.ca COWS is a fun and creative Island company that serves up world famous, super premium ice cream in hand-made waffle cones. COWS stores delight the senses with their unique line of whimsical clothing and fun gifts.

DETAILS FINE ART GALLERY

166 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.892.2233 www.detailsfineart.com Featuring original work by PEI’s finest artists as well as regional and international artists. We carry original paintings, etchings, art, pottery, blown and fused glass, textiles and designer jewellery. Serving art collectors for over 20 years. In the heart of Charlottetown’s heritage district.

DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET

Queen Street, between Grafton and Water Street www.downtowncharlottetown.com This open-air market features a mixture of primary producers selling locally-grown produce, food vendors and local artisans. Enjoy your lunch at a picnic table while local musicians perform. Early July to late September, Sundays (11am - 4pm).

FOUNDERS’ FOOD HALL & MARKET

6 Prince Street www.foundersfoodhall.com Experience mouth-watering Island flavours in the heart of downtown Charlottetown. Founders’ Food Hall & Market is a welcoming centre for all visitors offering some of the best of Prince Edward Island.

GARNISH JEWELLERY & BOUTIQUE

89 Water Street 902.314.5269 www.garnish-jewellery.com At her bright, cheery studio on Water Street, Stacey uses the traditional hand tools of metalsmithing and stone setting to make colourful, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces to suit every style and occasion.

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KENT STREET MARKET

136 Kent Street, Confederation Court Mall 902.367.2197 www.kentstreetmarket.com As Charlottetown’s only downtown grocer we focus on high-end specialty foods, thoughtfullycurated local products and elevated to-go lunches. Visit us for prepared foods, grocery essentials, charcuterie boards and more.

KURIOSITIES: WHIMSICAL TRINKETS & ODDITIES

142 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.626.2277 www.kuriosities.com Whimsical open jewelry studio and boutique on Victoria Row. Take home a little piece of PEI with our handcrafted jewelry embossed with Island sand. Carefully curated finds from Canadian makers.

LIQUID GOLD TASTING BAR & ALL THINGS OLIVE

72 Queen Street 902.370.8809 www.allthingsolive.ca Enjoy the European tradition of sampling the finest selection of fresh extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world.

LOCAL LEGENDS APPAREL

902.439.9594 www.LocalLegends.ca Island-inspired clothing designed for Islanders and Honorary Islanders alike! Available at The Great George - Charlottetown, Current Collective - Summerside, Shore Market Brackley, Fox Shop - Brackley, Kent Street Market - Charlottetown, and My Little Stash - Peake’s Quay!

LORIMER GALLERY

82 Great George Street 902.892.1953 www.lorimergallery.com Located on the historic Great George Street near Victoria Row, Lorimer Gallery is a boutique gallery specializing in painting and Inuit carvings that speak to Canadian and Maritime culture. Experienced in shipping art worldwide.


SHOPPING LUNA ECLECTIC EMPORIUM

111A Grafton Street Confederation Court Mall 902.892.5862 www.facebook.com/lunaemporium Charlottetown’s most unique shop! Browse our amazing selection of gifts for the whole family and an inspired assortment of clothing, footwear, hats & scarves, jewellery, home decor, stationery and books. Open late!

LUXURY MARKET CONSIGNMENT BOUTIQUE

94 Queen Street 902.370.1576 www.facebook.com/luxurymarketpei luxurymarketconsignment@gmail.com Designer items without the designer price tag. Luxury Market offers designer and brand name womenswear, menswear, handbags, jewellery, and accessories. New items hit the floor daily.

MCASKILL’S FINE CRAFT STUDIO

26 Beasley Avenue 902.566.3416 www.mcaskillwoodworking.com Enjoy the large selection of PEI crafts at our studio workshop. You will love it! Discover the fun of wood turning with our What Wood You Make experience. Details on our website.

Nessya’s Gems offers the largest selection of jewlery in Atlantic Canada. A beautiful selection of Sterling Silver and semi-precious stones and pearl jewellery, PEI Handcrafted Steling Silver jewellery, Swarovski crystal and fashion jewelery at amazing prices.

PEI’s authentic farm marketplace and cafe. Offering a variety of local produce and products made on PEI. Specializing in organic, vegan and many other dietary needs. Help support local farmers and producers on PEI!

NORTHERN WATTERS KNITWEAR & TARTAN SHOP

Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets Confederation Centre of the Arts 902.628.6149 www.confederationcentre.com/ shoptheshowcase Visit our elegant gift shop in the theatre lobby. The Showcase features quality handcrafted items, jewellery, pottery, women’s fashion and accessories, and memorabilia from the famous Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™.

150 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.566.5850 | 800.565.9665 www.nwknitwear.com Home of “World Famous” 100% British Wool sweaters & accessories made on-site. The largest PEI craft store, open year-round. We carry yarns, sheep skin products, wool blankets, preserves, and a wide variety of tartan products.

PAM & JOE HANDCRAFTED

119 Kent Street 902.370.2455 www.facebook.com/pamandjoehandcrafted Handcrafted PEI sea glass jewelry, Swarovski crystal and semi precious stone jewelry, Pashmina scarves and vintage hand embroidered bags. Designs are unique and one-of-a-kind!

PEAKES WHARF HISTORIC WATERFRONT MERCHANTS

MOONSNAIL

www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/PeakesWharf A special collection of merchants who are located on the historic Charlottetown waterfront. Peakes Wharf offers something for everyone: crafts, clothing, fine gifts, souvenirs, restaurants, boat tours, and great live Island music.

NESSYA’S GEMS & JEWELS

21 Riverside Drive 902.892.9632 riverviewcountrymarket@gmail.com www.riverviewcountrymarket.com

85 Water Street 902.892.7627 | 877.771.7627 www.ilovemoonsnail.ca Hand-crafting a full line of soap and natural body care creations since 1995 - come learn about soap making! Unique PEI gifts like Red Clay & Kelp Soap and Island Salt Scrub. Huge selection of local artisan crafts too! 64 Queen Street 902.367.3392 www.nessyasgems.com

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TUCK N ROLL VINTAGE CLOTHING

10 Prince Street www.facebook.com/tucknrollvintage A locally-owned, eco small business, dealing in 80's & 90's vintage clothing and streetwear. When you walk through the door nostalgia drop kicks you back to your childhood, yet the shop is in tune with today's trends.

VERMILLION ART WORKS

87 Water Street 902.370.3215 www.facebook.com/vermillionartworks Vermillion Art Works brings you handmade gifts made on PEI and all Atlantic Canada. We offer pottery, knitwear, felted goodies, jewellery, original paintings and reproductions, one-of-a kind wood furniture and other unique pieces of fun and whimsy. Complimentary tea served!

RIVERVIEW COUNTRY MARKET & CAFE

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Top 9 Reasons to Spend the Day at Confed Centre in 2019

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES /LOUISE VESSEY

This sprawling arts complex in the heart of the historic downtown may seem daunting at first look—six giant pavilions across a full city block. Venture down one of the many entrances into “the Centre for all Canadians” however, and you’ll find a sea of welcoming faces and a rich variety of attractions - the envy of any big city. Here are 9 reasons why Confederation Centre of the Arts is a must-visit during your 2019 Charlottetown vacation:

at Mavor’s. Mavor’s restaurant has classy indoor and outdoor seating and serves as a haven for those seeking a quick lunch, pre-show glass of wine, or late-night hangs under the stars.

MUSICALS, MUSICALS, MUSICALS!

The Centre’s outdoor amphitheatre comes alive every noon-hour with a high-energy musical performed by the Young Company. These college-age emerging artists from across Canada perform Aqsarniit - the Inuktitut word for Northern Lights - a re-examination of Canada’s past and a hopeful vision for the future. Free and family friendly.

Every year, from June to September, the Centre is home to The Charlottetown Festival, the biggest theatre festival in Atlantic Canada. In a shimmering 1,100 seat theatre, experience electrifying musicals including Mamma Mia! and Kronborg—The Hamlet Rock Musical. Over at The Mack, in the cozy cabaret room, it’s Spinning Yarns: Tales and Tunes of a Homesick Newfoundlander–an equally touching and side-splitting comedy.

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THE YOUNG COMPANY: ‘AQSARNIIT’

LUCY MAUD’S ‘ANNE’ MANUSCRIPT

The Holy Grail for Anne fans, this original 1905 handwritten text of Montgomery’s most famous work, Anne of Green Gables, is a part of the Centre’s permanent art collection. On display again for the first time in years, this fascinating text includes the author’s own scribbled notes and editorial choices.


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ANNE OF GREEN GABLES—THE MUSICAL™

Simply essential viewing for every visit to PEI, this “classic inspired by a classic” plays all summer in the Homburg Theatre, as it has each year since 1965. Canada’s favourite musical is a true spectacle, featuring breathtaking choreography, a cast of 28, a full-size orchestra, a revolving stage, and the most heartfelt and funny script in musical theatre.

THE ART OF VISUAL STORYTELLING

The Centre’s Art Gallery is another hidden Island gem. With 30-ft ceilings, six galleries, and a permanent collection of more than 17,000 artworks, this pay-by-donation gallery has something for everyone. Perfect for a pre-show wander, come experience both historic and contemporary Canadian art in an air conditioned and serene setting.

SONGBIRD, TARA MACLEAN

Join Juno-nominated songwriter, Tara MacLean at The Mack as she takes you on her musical journey home in the beloved show Atlantic Blue. A proud Islander, Tara explores the roots of the Maritime music scene, breathing new life into songs from Gordie Sampson, Sarah McLachlan, The Rankin Family, and many more.

CONFEDERATION CENTRE PLAZA

A PART OF OUR HERITAGE

Memorial Hall. The Story of Confederation. The Confederation Players. History comes alive when you explore these stunning spaces, including a replica of the Confederation Chamber with guided interpretation, or engage John A. Macdonald and Thomas Darcy McGee themselves! It’s easy to spot the Players in their frock coats and hoop-skirts, but the must-see event is the famous duel between two of the Fathers, daily on the outdoor plaza.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

The Centre’s unique architecture and layout feels like a downtown arts campus, with outdoor green space and benches offering an ideal setting to lay out or enjoy your lunch. There are attractions at every turn, including outdoor sculpture, the Confederation Brass quintet, and guided walking tours—all bordering on the famous Victoria Row. YOUNG COMPANY

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Meet the Makers VILLAGE POTTERY/MELISSA HARDING

You know you’re visiting a magical place on Earth when it’s become a magnet for creative minds from all over the world. Maybe it’s the fresh air, the relaxed pace of life, or something in the water here - whatever the reason, PEI is abundant with innovative, skilled artisans that draw inspiration from the Island. Stroll through Charlottetown’s historic downtown and you’ll happen upon numerous shops showcasing unique items created by the Island’s impressive maker community. Visitors that venture beyond the downtown will discover even more artisan studios and shops in the city’s midtown and uptown areas. Spend some time visiting the Island’s crafters and artisans, including the five beloved makers featured below and you’ll get closer to understanding just how special this little ‘sandbar’ in the water really is!

STACEY LEUNES OF GARNISH JEWELLERY

One-of-a-kind is how Stacey Leunes likes to roll when it comes to jewellery. The trained metalsmith has made a name for herself creating delicate, hand-fabricated sterling silver and gold jewellery with interesting cuts of gems. Step into her airy, open shop at 89 Water Street and you’re bound to find Stacey working on a custom order or a unique necklace design she’s dreamed up, often with her Portuguese Water Dog, Willow, helping welcome visitors. Devoted to creating all of her pieces from scratch with raw materials, Stacey uses ancient metalsmithing techniques and small hand tools to make unique jewellery built to last a lifetime. Her keen sense of style, easy-going nature, and dedication to her craft are evident as you stroll through her welcoming shop and chat with her (she loves explaining the process of jewellery making with anyone that will listen!). For a preview of her jewellery magic, visit @garnishjewellery on Instagram - you won’t be disappointed! “One of my favourite things about making jewellery is making people feel special. Whether it’s a custom engagement ring or a piece to wear every day, it always gives me such joy to see the reaction when someone loves something that I've made.” - Stacey Leunes WWW.DISCOVERCHARLOTTETOWN.COM

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JOE MCASKILL OF MCASKILL’S FINE CRAFT STUDIO

Woodworking runs in the family at McAskill’s Woodworking and Fine Craft Studio, where Joe McAskill has been finetuning his craft since he was a young boy. First established in 1947 by Joe’s father, Danny, McAskill’s Woodworking continues to turn out exceptional pieces of wooden furniture, giftware, and custom pieces in its midtown workshop and storefront at 26 Beasley Ave. McAskill’s is committed to using responsibly-farmed and reclaimed woods, which they source from near and far, including PEI elm, and curly and birds-eye maple. Joe relies on his 40+ years of experience working with wood to create highquality handmade items, from intricate four-poster beds

JENNIFER RIDGWAY OF MOONSNAIL SOAPWORKS

It all began in 1995, when Jennifer Ridgway decided to experiment with making homemade soap for Christmas gifts. Miraculously (given it was her first attempt!), the bars turned out perfectly and the rest, as they say, is history. Fast forward 24 years and Ridgway is the owner/operator of Moonsnail Soapworks at 85 Water St. The popular store doubles as a workshop space, where Ridgway and her team make over 40,000 soap and shampoo bars in over 20 varieties, including red clay and kelp-infused bars inspired by PEI. They also produce full lines of skin care, baby care, pet care, aromatherapy blends, and more. While her product line and production have increased exponentially over the years, Ridgway remains dedicated to using only the finest ingredients and a cold-process, small batch soap-making method that creates 144 bars at a time. The bars are then hand cut and dried for at least 2 months on wooden drying racks before being wrapped and sold. The result is a long-lasting bar of soap that lathers well and is nourishing for your skin. Visitors to Ridgway’s enchanting shop, which also features many other unique gift items and artisan products, are welcome to visit the soap-making workshop at the back and see what’s being made that day! “Every one of our over 50 products is crafted using just the finest natural ingredients ...with no synthetic preservatives [or] dyes...Our motto has always been ‘If you wouldn’t feel good about eating it, why would you put it on your skin?’” Jennifer Ridgway

to PEI beach chairs to simple-yet-elegant oyster boards and Island-themed items. For the adventurous, Joe offers a woodturning experience where groups of up to six can learn how to use a wood lathe, design and turn their very own handmade pen. “Some of the more unique things we have done are an inlaid gift box for the princess of Japan; furniture for Government house and...a complete furniture reproduction of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference meeting room commissioned by Parks Canada [which is part of the display at the Story of Confederation in the Confederation Centre of the Arts].” - Joe McAskill

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B.J. SANDIFORD OF HAPPY GLASS

VILLAGE POTTERY/MELISSA HARDING

SUZANNE SCOTT OF VILLAGE POTTERY & THE CENTRE FOR CRAFT RETAIL GALLERY

At the age of 15, Suzanne Scott started creating earrings and necklaces out of clay and called her line of jewellery “The Potter’s Daughter”, a nod to her mother, a talented potter and the owner of Village Pottery in New London, PEI. It was another ten years before Suzanne turned her full attention to pottery making, learning how to throw pots on the wheel from her mother, other potters, and a pottery class at Victoria Park. Today, Suzanne runs Village Pottery, which she took over from her mother in 2017, and Potter’s Parlour, a whimsical ice cream shop adjacent to the pottery store. When she’s not scooping ice cream and glazing pottery mugs, you’ll find Suzanne busy organizing Etsy PEI markets that are always a hit amongst both locals and visitors (typically the markets are held in Charlottetown in the spring, early fall, and during the Christmas shopping season). While the New London shop is seasonal, you can find a variety of Village Pottery’s wares, including colourful mugs, bowls, butter dishes, and wine goblets at the Centre for Craft Retail Gallery at 98 Water St. The gallery also features plenty of unique and gorgeous items created by other makers from across the Island.

B.J. Sandiford loves playing with fire almost as much as she loves making people smile. Happily, the trained flameworker has been able to marry her two loves by creating unique, colourful pieces of wearable art that you simply can’t put on without feeling a little lighter and a whole lot brighter. Though her first foray into the world of fashion was as a clothing designer, BJ found her true love as a jewellery designer when she studied metalsmithing in Canada’s North. Today, B.J. works out of her sweet, bright 2nd floor working studio on Victoria Row. She invites visitors to watch first-hand as she creates unique, colourful glass pieces using a propane and oxygen torch, steel mandrel, and kiln. She also works with a variety of hand tools to cut, file, sand, form, forge, solder and polish the Argentium Sterling silver metal components that complete her clean, simple collection of contemporary jewellery. Visit Happy Glass’ rainbow-inspired studio a 126 Richmond St. and you’ll quickly come to understand that ‘Happy’ doesn’t just describe her jewellery, it also describes B.J. to a T! “I am passionate about colour, specifically the light that passes through transparent colour...I hand make as much of each piece as I can because I enjoy the process. It's slow and careful and intentional.” - B.J. Sandiford

“Our glazes are vibrant and colourful, which surprises some people who come into the shop and are used to seeing more neutral tones in pottery. My mom created each glaze and they all pair nicely so you don't have to stick to just one collection, you can mix and match and find a unique treasure to remember your trip to PEI.” Suzanne Scott

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Brewin’ it Up

YOUR CAFFEINE & CRAFT BEER FIX

Whether your preferred brews are of the java or hops variety (or both!), Charlottetown's burgeoning cafe culture and craft beer scene have got you covered. Gear up for a busy day of exploring at one of the city’s many independent coffee shops, then wind down and relax at the end of the day with a cold craft beer created by a local brewmaster. You can’t go wrong no matter where you land, but these local favourites are musts for the true coffee or craft beer connoisseurs. BAR1911 BEER + COFFEE 113 Longworth Ave. The age-old question: is it actually possible to find good craft beer and high-quality coffee in one place? You bet! The concept for bar1911 must have been conjured up by a group of equally passionate craft beer and coffee drinkers, because this hidden gem on the east side of downtown does an outstanding job of catering to both. Open morning, noon, and night, bar1911 offers a casual, friendly atmosphere and a rotating menu of local craft beers. If you have a sweet tooth, take note of the display cases at the bar filled with the most epic cookie sandwiches you’ll ever have. THE KETTLE BLACK 45 Queen St. The Kettle Black on Lower Queen St. holds favour amongst those searching for house-roasted coffee (organic coffees available), a relaxing atmosphere, delicious meals, and decadent desserts for the sweet tooth. Its comfy couches and light-filled space make it the perfect place to meet friends or get a little work done. And if you happen to be on Kent St., check out their second location, The Kettle Black Marché, where you’ll find an assortment of ready-to-go meals and divine pastries, as well as hot beverages and warm hospitality! 56

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HOPYARD 151 Kent St. Everything revolves at HopYard - the beers, the menu, and the music. Located on Kent St. in downtown Charlottetown, this beloved watering hole offers a large, ever-changing selection of craft brews from the region, as well an $8 food menu that changes every two weeks and features vegetarian-friendly and meat dishes. Those with a soft spot for vinyl will appreciate that the music piped over the sound system is from the in-house record player and you can even browse the large collection of records displayed in the middle of the restaurant.

RECEIVER COFFEE CO. 128 Richmond St. Victoria Row's 'hip' quotient has always been high, but it levelled up when Receiver Coffee Co. opened its doors. Offering in-house fair trade coffee sourced by the owners themselves, a menu filled with unique dishes for meatlovers and vegetarians alike, and cozy environs, it’s the kind of place where you feel at home the minute you step inside. If you love bread as much as you love coffee, check out Receiver’s second location, The Brass Shop, on Water St., where full loaves of mouthwatering sourdough bread are baked fresh daily - a picnic basket essential (ask them to slice it!). UPSTREET CRAFT BREWING 41 Allen St. Since opening its doors in 2015, Upstreet Craft Brewing has developed a large, loyal following of craft beer lovers, as well as an impressive selection of flagship and seasonal brews. Located in an understated midtown building, this drinking oasis emanates laid-back, chill vibes. You can look forward to sipping mid-afternoon brews in the beer garden, playing old school video games, trying your hand at Settlers of Catan, and/or noshing on beer-inspired dishes created on-site. If you can’t make it to their midtown taproom, don’t despair. Craft Beer Corner on the corner of Great George St. and Kent St. is run by Upstreet, but its 15+ taps feature beers from every single Island brewery - tour the local beer scene without leaving downtown Charlottetown!

THE GAHAN BREWERY 126 Sydney St. Located within The Gahan House in historic downtown Charlottetown, the Gahan Brewery blazed the trail for Charlottetown's latest rejuvenation of craft brewing. Extremely popular amongst the locals, this gastropub is almost always full-up during the summer, yet there always seems to be enough room for everyone that walks through the doors. If you're having trouble deciding which beer to try, the beer flight is perfect - a sampler of beers that can be customized to your liking. PEI BREWING CO. 96 Kensington Rd. Make your way up Kensington Road from downtown and you'll happen upon the Island's largest craft brewery, the PEI Brewing Company. On any given day you can take advantage of the on-site beer and merchandise store, tours of the brewery, 12+ beers on tap, a pub menu, and super comfy couches. The brewery is also a hub for events of all sorts, including Art Battles, live concerts, comedy shows, stage performances, and more. Brewery tours run every hour on the hour every day, so there's no need to book in advance and, importantly, beer sampling is part of the tour!

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Best of Winter If a treasure trove of new ways to experience Charlottetown intrigues you, plan to visit during the winter months. Decked out in bright, sparkling white, PEI's capital city is a sight to behold and offers plenty by way of snow-filled activities and events that will have the whole family trumpeting the wonders of a winter getaway. Discover the best of winter with our roundup of the season's top activities and events, then start planning your winter getaway!

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Celebrate the Magical Holiday Season at Victorian Christmas Weekend

Immerse yourself in an old-fashioned, storybook Christmas setting filled with holiday traditions during this yuletide festival in historic downtown Charlottetown (Nov 29 - Dec 1). Enjoy three fun-filled days for the whole family including a magical open-air Christmas market, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Charlottetown Christmas Parade, classic Christmas movies, horse-drawn wagon rides, Christmas sing-a-longs, and much more.


Embrace This Special Season of Snow with WinterLove PEI!

Take the Kids to Jack Frost WinterFest

Atlantic Canada’s biggest winter celebration takes place mid-February each year. Featuring a fun-tastic Outdoor Snow Kingdom, a massive Indoor Playland with epic bouncies, and top-notch live children’s entertainers, it’s the perfect family winter getaway. All-inclusive Jack Frost hotel packages offer family-friendly accommodation options for different budgets and VIP access to the festival!

Created by a group of passionate Islanders, WinterLove PEI is a celebration of all the magical things this season offers. WinterLove PEI hosts and promotes several events guaranteed to have you falling in love with winter - from Speed Skating 101 to a tubing party at Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park (also a great destination for nordic and alpine skiing, and fat biking) to an outdoor disco skate to Curling for Beginners, and more. Share your love for winter on Instagram using #WinterLovePEI

Feast on Culinary Delights During WinterDine Explore Downtown Charlottetown’s diverse restaurant scene during WinterDine (late Jan to mid Feb). Treat yourself to a carefully-curated 3-course feast inspired by local ingredients at one of the many participating restaurants and you’ll understand why PEI is known as Canada’s Food Island.

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Take in the Lively Arts and Theatre Scene

During the winter, venues across the city continue to host a myriad of live events, from concerts to comedy to art battles. The Confederation Centre of the Arts mainstage hosts live performances, while its National Art Gallery showcases the works of renowned Canadian artists. Across the street at The Guild you’ll find local art on exhibit, as well as plenty of community-based theatre, comedy, and music. For a unique, high-energy, and interactive experience, check out the PEI Brewing Company’s schedule of Art Battles. And, of course, live music heats things up at bars around the city.

Enjoy a unique winter experience with Snowshoes in the City! Stay with a participating Charlottetown hotel or inn and you can take advantage of complimentary loaner snowshoes during your visit. Trek around the city after a fresh snowfall or venture into the countryside and discover the vast beauty of PEI. You’ll even get a curated trail guide to help you navigate your snowshoeing adventures.

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Take Part in TWO New Year’s Day Traditions

Save some of your New Year’s Eve energy for the following day and take part in two Island traditions swimming and levee-ing! For those not faint of heart, the Annual Polar Swim takes place at 10am at the Charlottetown Yacht Club. To officially be considered a successful polar bear swim, you must get wet up to your neck! Less physically demanding, New Year’s Day levees are a social affair and time-honoured tradition amongst Islanders. These open receptions are hosted by dignitaries, institutions, and community groups. Many are child-friendly and most provide complimentary food/drink.

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Peakes Wharf When the Fathers of Confederation first landed at Peakes Wharf Historic Waterfront in 1864 with William Henry Pope rowing them to shore, they might have appreciated the offer of an ice cream cone. While the amenities have changed in the century and a half since the Charlottetown Conference and the warehouses creatively repurposed, you still get that great sense of a time long ago. Today, visitors and Islanders alike gravitate to Peakes Wharf to soak up the summer sun and enjoy the shops, eateries, green spaces, and live entertainment on offer. Be sure you make time to explore all it has to offer. 60

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CANUCK TREATS

Oh Canada, you sure love your sweet and savoury treats! A hot day calls for a cone of the Island’s world-famous COWS ice cream - with names like Messy Bessie and Gooey Mooey, you know you’re in for something special. Fancy trying a deep-fried pastry named after Canada’s official animal? Pop into the Beavertails shop for this unique snack. For the quintessential Island snack, order up fresh, hand-cut PEI fries from Taters or The Chip Shack.

BOATING FUN

Peakes Wharf offers stunning water views and is also a hub for several boat tours that take guests onto the Hillsborough River for unique experiences, from lobster fishing to history lessons on the Ming Dynasty’s naval prowess to sealwatching. Tours depart daily from the wharf and can be booked in advance or, in some cases, on the same day. Pssst….check page 14 for more details on water experiences in the city!


KEEPSAKES AND BEACH GEAR

If you’re in search of a unique PEI keepsake or gift, you’ll very likely find the perfect item at Peakes Wharf - whether it be an original PEI Dirt Shirt, handcrafted jewellery, Island pottery, or something to adorn your home. The waterfront is also an excellent destination for those in search of beach gear or funky and fun clothing, with several merchants offering apparel and other accessories inspired by island living.

LOCAL MUSIC EVERY DAY

Seven days a week in July and August (weather permitting), this historic wharf is home to the Peakes Wharf Summer Concert Series. Make your way down to the waterfront and enjoy free entertainment courtesy of talented Island musicians. Music plays in the grassy square in front of Peake’s Quay Restaurant & Bar - check on-site signage for times!

PARTY VIBES, ISLAND-STYLE

As the sun sets over Peakes Wharf, the party vibes amp up at Peakes Quay Restaurant and Bar. With its expansive deck and dance floor, inviting bar, and rotation of DJs and party bands playing everyone’s favourite cover songs, it’s no wonder this summer nightclub has been a cornerstone of Charlottetown’s nightlife scene for decades. It’s also a prime location for afternoon beverages and people-watching.

AN URBAN MARKET + VISITOR INFO

Newly opened, Founders’ Food Hall & Market is located in a breathtaking, light-filled historic building at 6 Prince St, just east of Peakes Wharf. You’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot at this urban market, where you’ll find talented Island artisans and crafters, as well as beloved local food purveyors serving up delicious food and drink, including craft beer, locally-roasted coffee, unique donuts, tantalizing street eats, freshly made juices, and more. The building also houses a visitor information centre, where you can pick up maps, brochures, and guides, and get answers to all your PEIrelated questions from the knowledgeable, bilingual staff.

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Take a Stroll There is arguably no better way to plant yourself in a new city than by exploring its lesserknown spaces - the side streets and neighbourhoods where its residents live, work, and play. Charlottetown’s old world downtown layout makes such adventuring easy, accessible, and rewarding. Carve out some time during your visit to discover the charm and beauty that permeate the city’s residential and commercial areas.

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COLOURFUL CONTRASTS

In the downtown core, you’ll find yourself stopping often to read menus posted outside restaurants, gaze at window displays, and take in the contrasting sights of striking, modern architecture, historic red brick buildings, and colourful seaside homes. There is also a pleasant bustle of citizens living in the core, adding to the character and energy of the city.

STORYBOOK SIDE STREETS

To get a real sense of the varied neighbourhoods and people that infuse this culturally rich hub with personality, set aside some time to stroll along the side streets east and west of the main core. What better way to discover the walkable, safe, and storybook character of our little coastal city. You’ll find yourself admiring thoughtfully preserved heritage buildings, impressively landscaped green spaces, and gorgeous abodes of all sizes and colours.

GRAND OLD SPLENDOUR

If time permits, wind your way through Victoria Park and continue west on Queen Elizabeth Drive, which marks the entry to Olde Brighton, a beloved neighbourhood filled with impressive homes, splendid water views, and streets lined by grand, old trees.

DIFFERENT VANTAGE POINTS

Head due east from downtown and you’ll discover streets filled with homes, both majestic and quaint. If you want to venture a bit further, continue east until you reach the Confederation Trail, intersecting with Kensington Road or Longworth Avenue, and head north (take a left! to explore the city’s midtown and uptown via this easy walking path. Gems including bar1911, Upstreet Craft Brewing, the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, and the Charlottetown Mall await your discovery along the way.

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Go Green!

TOP 9 GREEN SPACES ROCHFORD SQUARE

It’s easy to forget you’re in PEI’s urban centre when you look around. Trees, parks, and gardens are an enduring and treasured part of Charlottetown’s landscape, vital to the relaxed atmosphere we cherish. No doubt, as you stroll around you’ll notice your steps getting a little lighter and your cares drifting a little further away. With so many places to choose from, our Top 9 Green Spaces list may help you narrow it down.

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QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK

This riverside park is located uptown, on the west side of the city where North Queen Elizabeth Dr. and Spruce St. intersect. Just a short drive or bicycle through Brighton from downtown, the park includes two baseball diamonds, a soccer pitch, a gazebo, and a playground with jungle gyms, swings and more. Carry on past the park’s wide open space towards the treeline along the riverbank and you may just stumble across one of the spots listed in our blog post, Top 10 Make-Out Zones In and Around Charlottetown!


CONFEDERATION LANDING PARK

So named because it is located where the Fathers of Confederation from Upper and Lower Canada arrived on Sept 1, 1864, for the Charlottetown Conference, this 6-acre green space is nestled in amongst the hustle and bustle of Charlottetown’s waterfront. Its wide, open spaces are perfect for soaking up the sun’s rays, enjoying an ice cream cone from the nearby COWS shop, or playing a game of frisbee!

VICTORIA PARK

The city’s crown jewel of green spaces, this 40-acre park is located along the western end of the city’s waterfront. It features a lengthy waterfront boardwalk, 7 acres of quiet wooded area and trails, 8 lit tennis courts, three ballpark diamonds, a skateboard park, a brand new playground, a swimming pool, and a very popular splash park. The Kiwanis Dairy Bar offers a tasty respite on those hot, heady days of summer and is located along the parkway.

THE JOSEPH A. GHIZ MEMORIAL PARK

Named in honour of a former PEI premier, this eastside park is located between Kent and Grafton Streets. It offers a playground, basketball court, swing set, fountain, a gazebo, benches, walking trail, and various gardens. The Confederation Trail also runs through the park and is a popular setting off point for cyclists and walkers heading uptown or further west/northeast along the trail.

ROCHFORD SQUARE

Located across from the provincial buildings on Pownal St., this 4-hectare park is one of four that define the downtown core. Its Victorian-style garden, walking paths, ornate flower beds, and benches make it a welcome respite for those exploring the downtown by foot.

THE LEGACY GARDEN

A must-visit for gardeners and those interested in urban agriculture, the Legacy Garden is located behind the PEI Farm Centre at 420 University Ave. and backing onto the Confederation Trail. This impressive 8.5-acre expanse of land is home to a 150-plot community garden, 2-acre goodwill garden, accessibility garden, sunflower garden, two architecturally-stunning urban beehives, and more.

OLE KING’S SQUARE

Another of the city’s 4 squares in downtown Charlottetown, this green space may have fewer amenities to offer its visitors than the other squares, but offers a change of scenery for those touring the downtown by foot. And if you need to take a rest, check out the Square’s oversized 5 bronze chairs, which honour Mark Butcher, a local furniture maker from the 1800s.

CONNAUGHT SQUARE

If you’re exploring the downtown core with kids, Connaught Square might just HILLSBOROUGH SQUARE be the perfect place to take a break. Hillsborough Square is located on the This sweet green space located at east side of the city, where Hillsborough 60 Richmond St., on the west side of and Richmond St. intersect. Over downtown, boasts large trees, asphalt the years, the park has served many pathways, and plenty of playground purposes including as a pasture equipment for little ones to enjoy! for livestock. Today, it is home to a playground, mature trees (perfect for reading a book under), and asphalt paths.

As you stroll the city, take time to marvel at the large, beautiful trees lining its streets and providing shade in its parks. Many of these majestic giants were planted during Charlottetown’s first Arbor Day by its citizens and today they share the skyline with our rich, distinctly built history.

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Free Family Fun VICTORIA ROW

From mice hunts to fox walks to musical lunches and more, Charlottetown is packed with fun for the whole family and lots of it is FREE! Here’s a roundup of not-to-be missed family-friendly activities to enjoy in Charlottetown! ECKHART IN THE CITY

Explore Charlottetown kid-style, courtesy of Downtown Charlottetown Inc. and a wee mouse. Eckhart in the City is a treasure hunt of sorts featuring Eckhart the Mouse, the main character in Island author David Weale’s beloved book, The True Meaning of Crumbfest. Follow clues around the city to find 9 little bronze Eckhart statues hiding in plain sight. Find a brochure at DowntownCharlottetown.com or pick one up at the visitor information centre.

THE CONFEDERATION PLAYERS

It’s never too early to bring out the history buff in your little ones or too late to discover it in yourself! Let The Confederation Players entertain and educate you with short vignettes that tell the story of Charlottetown’s role in the birth of Canada. Bedecked in period costume, the bilingual Fathers and Ladies of Confederation make history exciting and engaging through animated acting and audience interaction.

west end is a kid’s dream come true. There you will find a pool, splash pad, and brand new, accessible playground boasting 9,000 square feet of fun. Plan a post-play stop at the Kiwanis Dairy Bar in the park for ice cream treats that’ll have everyone smiling. If time allows and there’s still energy to burn off, a walk through the park’s tranquil wooded areas is the perfect way to cap off your park visit.

CONFEDERATION CENTRE YOUNG COMPANY

Every day at noon, six days a week (June 29 - Aug 17), the outdoor amphitheatre of the Confederation Centre comes alive with colourful sights, inspiring music, and compelling stories courtesy of the Confederation Centre Young Company. This group of young performers from across Canada showcase their triple threat of talents in free a 45-minute show that centres around celebrating Canada’s diversity, history and future. A must-see for all ages. Rain or shine.

FOX STORY WALK

Don’t be surprised if you see a red fox during your visit to the Island, they’re not an uncommon sight! Here in Charlottetown, you can make fast friends with Ringo the Fox and his family with the Fox Story Walk. Learn Ringo’s story by following the series of 9 storyboards placed around downtown. Begin at the giant sunflower at Founders’ Hall (6 Prince St.) on the waterfront.

VICTORIA PARK WATER FUN & PLAYGROUND

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There’s plenty more family fun to be had in the city and beyond, from rope climbing to bowling to amusement parks. Visit Discover Charlottetown’s blog for more inspiration on free and budget-friendly adventures for the whole family. WWW.DISCOVERCHARLOTTETOWN.COM

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2019 EVENTS

DIVERSECITY

FARM DAY IN THE CITY

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SIGNATURE EVENTS EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS: FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE

May 1 - 5, 2019 www.ecma.com This 5-day international gathering is the premier event of its kind in Atlantic Canada and one of the top music industry events in Canada. Get ready for an unforgettable kitchen party in Charlottetown, PEI!

THE PEI SETTING DAY CULINARY FESTIVAL

May 11 - 13, 2019 www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/SettingDay Celebrating the first catch of the lobster season. Chef's seafood competition, harbour tours, on-the-water experiences, Ceilidh on the Wharf, Fresh Seafood Feast, seafood brunch and a nondenominational Blessing of the Boats.

THE MIGHTY ISLAND CHOWDER TRAIL

June - September, 2019 www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/chowder Get the inside scoop on a quintessential PEI dish with The Mighty Island Chowder Trail, a curated Island-wide guide to the best seafood chowders from tip-to-tip. Discover your favourites and explore the Island as you chowder on!

PROJECTIONS ON THE PLAZA

June - September, 2019 www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/pop Enjoy a rotating selection of projections, movies, and music videos playing on the sandstone wall of Confederation Centre of the Arts, overlooking Victoria Row. Free to watch!

THE PEI MUTUAL FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS

June 9 - 23, 2019 902.892.2308 www.smallhalls.com An exceptional Island experience! This awardwinning event brings music, dance and storytelling into 40+ rural community halls across the Island. A celebration of community, bringing together warm Island hospitality and a world-class lineup of artists from near and far!

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PEI INTERNATIONAL SHELLFISH FESTIVAL

June 28 – September 28, 2019 www.confederationcentre.com Join us in our 1,100-seat theatre for the classic, Anne of Green Gables - The Musical™, the hit musical Mamma Mia!, or Kronborg - The Hamlet Rock Musical. At The Mack, experience Tara MacLean’s Atlantic Blue and the song-and-story show, Spinning Yarns.

September 19 - 22, 2019 www.peishellfish.com Oysters, mussels, and lobster take centre stage during this 4-day celebration of PEI’s worldfamous shellfish. A jam-packed schedule of culinary competitions and roof-raising kitchen parties.

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS

October 5, 2019 www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/Chefs The biggest patio party of the year, you don't want to miss Harbour Feast. Set against the backdrop of Charlottetown's waterfront at Peakes Quay Restaurant and Bar, this upscale-yet-casual shindig will showcase the best Island ingredients in an exquisitely-prepared feast. Hosted by a Food Network celebrity chef, it’ll be a night to remember.

July 1, 2019 www.charlottetown.ca Celebrate Canada Day in the Birthplace of Confederation with free and exciting family activities including live musical performances, delicious treats, and the largest fireworks display east of Ottawa.

CAVENDISH BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 5 - 7, 2019 www.cavendishbeachmusic.com The beautiful community of Cavendish, PEI hosts the largest multi-day outdoor music festival in Atlantic Canada - the 2019 festival features the International mega-stars Carrie Underwood, Eric Church and over 30 more acts!

OLD HOME WEEK

August 8 - 17, 2019 902.629.6623 www.oldhomeweekpei.com Experience a touch of the country in the city with livestock shows, horses, beautiful handiwork, daily entertainment, midway rides or one of the many exciting harness races! Don’t miss this Island tradition.

ART IN THE OPEN

August 24, 2019 (4pm to midnight) www.artintheopenpei.com Art in the Open is a free, contemporary art event that highlights Charlottetown’s visual art scene, downtown heritage places, exhibition venues, and public green spaces. Transitioning from day to night, the festival delivers a dynamic contemporary art experience.

PEI FALL FLAVOURS FESTIVAL

August 30 - October 6, 2019 866.960.9912 www.fallflavours.ca June 23, 2019 www.peianc.com/DC A month-long food festival with over 60 culinary Celebrate multiculturalism with the PEI Association events highlighting authentic Island tastes and for Newcomers to Canada! Experience many traditions. Food Network Canada chefs work with cultural offerings including music, performances, local chefs to present Canada’s best culinary displays, kids’ activities, and delicious international festival. food at this free family-friendly event in downtown Charlottetown.

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FARM DAY IN THE CITY PRESENTED BY THE PEI POTATO GROWERS

October 6, 2019 www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/FarmDay PEI's biggest outdoor market and street festival of the year takes over downtown Charlottetown. With over +150 vendors, live entertainment, a petting zoo, kids’ activities, a PEI fry truck and more, you’ll want to make a day of it! Free entry and loads of fun.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND MARATHON

October 18 - 20, 2019 www.peimarathon.ca Join us in celebrating the 16th Annual PEI Marathon Weekend. With 12 categories to choose from, we have something for the entire family! Check out our website for more details.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS WEEKEND

November 29 - December 1, 2019 www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/Victorian Featuring an open-air market, live music, classic Christmas movies, the Charlottetown Christmas Parade, breakfast with Santa, free horse and wagon rides, holiday-themed hotel packages, and more. It's the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit!

JACK FROST WINTERFEST

February, 2020 www.jackfrostfestival.com Atlantic Canada’s premier winter festival featuring an Outdoor Snow Kingdom, Indoor Playland, live family performances, character meet-and-greets, and more! Jack Frost has something for everyone. Hotel VIP Packages are available! WWW.DISCOVERCHARLOTTETOWN.COM

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JULY

THE MIGHTY ISLAND CHOWDER TRAIL

DISNEY’S LITTLE MERMAID JR.

PROJECTIONS ON THE PLAZA

DISNEY’S MADAGASCAR JR.

POPALOPALOTS: LIVE IMPROV COMEDY

DISNEY’S FROZEN JR.

VEG ON THE BLOCK June 2

MEANWHILE IN WARD 16 (A CHARLOTTETOWN SOAP OPERA)

NATAL DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS

THE ROSS FAMILY CEILIDH

THE PEI MUTUAL FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS

SING ALONG JUBILEE

ALWAYS ON STAGE June 17 - September 1

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS

KRONBORG - THE HAMLET ROCK MUSICAL

PEAKES WHARF HISTORIC WATERFRONT CONCERT SERIES

June - September June - September

The Guild June - October

PEI SETTING DAY CULINARY FESTIVAL

APRIL-MAY ANNE & GILBERT - THE MUSICAL April 30 - October 20

CEILIDH AT THE IRISH HALL May to September

EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS: FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE May 1 - 5

THE PEI SETTING DAY CULINARY FESTIVAL May 11 - 13

PRESTIGE: A FINE WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE PEI Festival Of Wines May 23

PEI FESTIVAL OF WINES May 23 - 25

June 7 - 9

June 9 - 23

The Charlottetown Festival June 21 - July 20

The Guild July - August

The Guild July - October The Guild July - October July 1

July 1 - August 31

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The Charlottetown Festival July 15 - September 28

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DIVERSECITY MULTICULTURAL STREET FESTIVAL

June 28 - 30

KRONBORG

The Guild July - August

FEAST DINNER THEATRE June 21 - Aug 31

July 5 - 7

SPINNING YARNS

July 18 - 20

PEI PRIDE FESTIVAL July 20 - 31

ATLANTIC BLUE

The Charlottetown Festival July 26 - September 27


2019 EVENTS

SNOGA IN THE PARK

NOVEMBER-MARCH

GOLD CUP PARADE

PEI SPIRITS FESTIVAL November 16

AUGUST

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS WEEKEND November 29 - December 1

HERE’S TO 40 The Guild August

SALT WATER MOON The Guild August

THE ISLAND FRINGE FESTIVAL August 1 - 4

MAMMA MIA!

The Charlottetown Festival August 8 - September 28

OLD HOME WEEK August 8 - 17

MI’KMAQ CONFEDERACY CHARLOTTETOWN POW-WOW August 14 - 15

GOLD CUP PARADE

CHARLOTTETOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE

ART IN THE OPEN

November 30

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER

CAPITAL NEW YEAR

FEAST AND FROLIC

WINTERDINE

PEI International Shellfish Festival September 19

PEI INTERNATIONAL SHELLFISH FESTIVAL September 19 - 22

PEI BEER FESTIVAL September 23 & 24

VEG IT UP! HARBOUR FEAST

ART IN THE OPEN

FARM DAY IN THE CITY

PEI FALL FLAVOURS FESTIVAL

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND MARATHON

August 30 - October 6

JACK FROST WINTERFEST February 2020

SNOGA IN THE PARK January - March 2020

September 27 - 29

GRANFONDO PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND August 24 (4pm to midnight)

January 23-25, January 30 – February 1, February 6-8

CULTURE DAYS

August 16

August 23 - 25

December 31

October 4 - 17 October 5

October 6

October 18 - 20

Don’t Miss Out! For the most up-to-date list of upcoming live music, comedy shows, dance performances, community theatre, and unique entertainment visit Discover Charlottetown’s online events calendar.

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Creative Spirit It’s a well-known secret that Charlottetown punches above its weight in terms of its arts and culture scene, its small size a deceptive measure of the city’s creative spirit. It brims with artistic vibrancy, fusing tradition with contemporary. The resulting scene is quirky and challenging, comforting and familiar. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in the city’s engaging and unpretentious arts scene, all you have to do is let it embrace you! MESMERIZING MUSICALS

Charlottetown’s performing arts scene is anchored by a slate of world-class musicals that will make you laugh, cry, and applaud vigorously. The 2019 lineup at Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Homburg Theatre features Kronborg: The Hamlet Rock Musical, Mamma Mia!, and Anne of Green Gables - The Musical™. Over at The Mack, Atlantic Blue starring Tara MacLean and Spinning Yarns with Stephen Guy-McGrath, focus on the unique music and character of Atlantic Canada. The city’s black box theatre, The Guild, will present Anne & Gilbert-The Musical, which follows Anne of Green Gables into young adulthood and the trials and tribulations of being in love.

FOR THE LOVE OF CANADA

Don’t miss the Young Company’s free noontime performance, Aqsarniit, in Confederation Centre’s outdoor amphitheatre (June 29 - Aug 17). This young troupe of performers from across Canada will inspire you with their impressive display of talents woven into a celebration of Canada’s history and diversity.

ART FOR ALL

The National Art Gallery at Confederation Centre of the Arts is a must-visit, whether you’re an art aficionado or not. Featuring works by renowned Canadian artists and an intriguing roster of rotating exhibits, the Gallery experience is engaging, approachable, and open to all ages. Over at The Guild, Island artists are celebrated and showcased in

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rotating exhibitions throughout the year. For high energy and an entirely unique evening of art, get tickets to an Art Battle at PEI Brewing Company.

A MAGICAL TRANSFORMATION

In late summer (Aug 24), the city undergoes a magical transformation for Art in the Open. This free and familyfriendly festival features unique, interactive art installations in celebrated, historic spaces throughout the downtown core. A highlight for many is the March of the Crows, a grassroots parade and an homage to the city’s large crow population that attracts many costumed participants and involves lots of cawing!

ART AROUND TOWN

It’s impossible to explore downtown Charlottetown without happening upon pieces of public art that capture the Island’s essence in myriad forms Take pause to admire the many impressive creations that permeate the historic core, including a lobster mural (on the exterior wall of Timothy’s World Coffee), blue heron sculpture (at the corner of Water and Queen Sts.), statues of the Fathers of Confederation, and much more. The downtown core is also home to several shops that showcase locally-crafted pieces made by talented artisans, including jewelry, pottery, wood art, woven pieces, and more. In fact, a number of artisans have their own studios/shops that are open to the public. For more about the city’s maker community, check out Meet the Makers on page 52-55.

LIVE MUSIC

Regardless of when you visit, live music is always on tap in pubs, bars, and other venues throughout the city, rounded out by multi-day music festivals that infuse the city with a palpable energy and inspired beats. Festival highlights include the East Coast Music Awards (May 1 - 5), Small Halls Festival (June 9 - 23), the PEI Jazz & Blues Festival (June 28 - 30), and Music PEI Week (late Jan). For traditional music, visit the Old Triangle on Sunday afternoon for an Irish Music Session or check out the Ceilidhs in the City series hosted at the Benevolent Irish Society. Enjoy live music on the outdoor stages at Peake’s Wharf, Victoria Row, and Sydney Street during the summer. Catch local and touring bands and musicians at venues across the city throughout the year. WWW.DISCOVERCHARLOTTETOWN.COM

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Anne & Gilbert are in Love! Oh what heartache it is to be head over heels in love! Anne & Gilbert - The Musical is not your simple boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, everyone lives happily ever after kind of story. Because, well, that would be boring and if there’s one thing Anne Shirley is surely not, it’s boring. Read on for the inside scoop on why you’ll fall in love with Anne & Gilbert - The Musical! A REAL LIFE KIND OF LOVE STORY Our beloved Anne of Green Gables is on the cusp of adulthood and her heart is torn apart. Haunted by her past, Anne struggles to come to grips with her feelings for Gilbert, convinced that in order to love another person, she must come from love. Through friendships, courtships, and new adventures, Anne ultimately must decide whether she will let love into her life. IT’S GOT BIG DANCE NUMBERS & SIGNATURE SONGS Anne & Gilbert is a truly heart-tugging love story with twists and turns, doubts and difficult decisions …..and it’s all set to big dance numbers and signature songs that’ll have your toes tapping and your hands clapping! With 21 triple threat cast members, you can look forward to a show that’s got it all - stellar acting, singing and dancing, as well as live musicians. ALL YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTERS ARE ON STAGE Based on books two and three of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne series, Anne & Gilbert features all the beloved characters we know including Marilla Cuthbert, Rachel Lynde, Dianna Barry, Josie Pye, as well as new faces. Played by exceptional performers, including several Islanders, the cast will have you laughing, crying and cheering all night long. Notably, Rebecca Parent, will return to reprise her lead role as Anne for the fifth time. YOU’LL FEEL LIKE YOU’RE IN AVONLEA! The Guild’s 140 seat theatre provides a unique, upclose audience experience that is unparalleled. From start to finish, you’ll feel like you’re actually in Anne’s hometown of Avonlea. Those with front row seats could literally reach out and give Anne a high five (you're encouraged to wait until the show has ended for that!).

IT’S GOT MAJOR CRED Anne & Gilbert - The Musical had its humble beginnings at the Victoria Playhouse in 2005. Since then it has graced stages across Canada and garnered rave reviews along the way. Variety, for example, called the show “delightful” and “utterly charming”. Anne & Gilbert was also picked up by the National Arts Centre of Canada in Ottawa and went on to enjoy a run of packed houses. YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH ANNE! You can immerse yourself in the world of Anne with an Anne of Green Gables package that includes tickets to Green Gables Heritage Place, the Anne of Green Gables Museum, L.M. Montgomery’s Birthplace, the site of L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish home, and, of course, Anne & Gilbert - The Musical. Make sure you plan your itinerary accordingly, so you can savour your time at each of these special and unique Island places. YOU CAN’T MISS IT Running from April 30th to Oct 20th, 6 days per week including matinees and evening performances at 1pm and 7pm, Anne & Gilbert The Musical is both not-tobe-missed and hard-to-miss!

For more information visit anneandgilbert.com. Most performances sell-out in advance, so book early!

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A Rainbow of Fun for Everyone One of the most remarkable things you’ll One of the most remarkable things you’ll discover about Prince Edward Island is its ability to embrace diversity, and welcome progress while remaining deeply steeped in tradition. Today, the Island is a popular destination for 2LGBTQIA+ travellers in search of sandy beaches, a thriving arts and culture scene, a friendly nightlife, and those oh-so-coveted Island vibes. 78

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As the capital, Charlottetown serves as an excellent home base for those who want to spend their days exploring the Island and their evenings enjoying the city’s exceptional dining and buzzing bar scene. During the last part of July, Charlottetown also plays host to the PEI Pride Festival, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2019. The Festival features 12 days of fun-filled events, learning opportunities, and more! Read on for a rainbow of inspiration that’s 2LGBTQIA+ friendly!


GET YOUR FILL OF ARTS & CULTURE

Charlottetown punches above its weight when it comes to its arts scene - from world-class theatre to live music shows to festivals that celebrate the creativity and cultures that have shaped the Island. Check out pages 70-73 of this guide and our online events calendar for the most up-todate list of events and festivals that will stoke your inner art lover’s heart.

TAKE PART IN THE PEI PRIDE FESTIVAL

If you’re visiting during the Pride Festival (July 20 -31), you’re in for a treat. Take part in a packed week of activities and events, including cooking with the chefs at the Culinary Institute of Canada, trying your hand at “Drag Babies/Drag 101”, and dancing late into the night at the Pride After Dark party.

PARADE YOUR PRIDE

Featuring elaborate floats, exquisite drag performers, lots of community pride, and all the colours of the rainbow, the Pride Parade is most definitely a highlight of the PEI Pride Festival. Whether you want to dress up and be part of the parade or cheer on the procession from the sidelines, you’re guaranteed to get swept up by the positive energy and love that permeate this annual event.

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EAT & DRINK: LOUD AND PROUD

Charlottetown is a must for foodie travellers. With a dedication to hyperlocal ingredients and innovative creations, the city’s chefs will woo you with enticing menus that celebrate the land and sea. Of course, ambience is everything and you’re sure to find something that suits your style, whether it’s the taproom at rainbow flag-flying Upstreet Craft Brewing, the open concept kitchen at The Brickhouse, fresh fast food at the Holy Fox food truck, or another cafe/restaurant that beckons your name.

CHECK-IN WITH PRIDE PEI

Throughout the year, Pride PEI hosts several community events including potlucks, film screenings, and all-level sporting competitions, such as the Rainbow Cup Curling Bonspiel. Visitors are always welcome to join in the fun and, of course, the best way to experience PEI is by hanging out with locals! Visit Pride PEI on social media or their website for more: pridepei.ca

REST, ASSURED YOU'RE AMONGST FRIENDS

For those that want to ensure they’re staying at 2LGBTQIA+ friendly accommodations and supporting friends of the community, the PEI Gay Tourism Association has a member directory to help guide you in the right direction! Visit their website for more: gaytourismpei.ca

On July 20, 2005, Canada became the first country outside Europe and the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage across the country. Since then, countless couples from the 2LGBTQIA+ community have chosen to say ‘I Do’ in PEI, in large part because it’s simply full of romance and charm!

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry FALL FLAVOURS FESTIVAL

As the capital of Canada’s Food Island, Charlottetown boasts an impressive food scene. A dedication to local and the cultural diversity of the city are reflected in tempting menus, while an array of restaurants, cafes and pubs ensure there’s an ambience to match your mood and budget. There are also plenty of festivals, restaurant competitions, and other special events showcasing the Island’s bountiful harvest and talented chefs. LOCAL RULES Local is king of the culinary scene in Charlottetown, with chefs creating seasonally-inspired menus that showcase the rich bounty of the Island’s harvest. While you’ll find plenty of classic dishes featuring local ingredients (e.g. seafood chowder, lobster rolls, PEI fries, etc.) you’ll also find global, vegan, and vegetarian dishes infused with local twists. Must-visits for those in search of local cuisine include Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, Terre Rouge, and Claddagh Oyster House, all of which boast award-winning dishes showcasing Island ingredients and have garnered high praise from local and national media. CHOWDER ON! New this year, get the inside scoop on a quintessential PEI dish with The Mighty Island Chowder Trail, a curated Island-wide guide to the best seafood chowders from tip-to-tip. Along the way, you’ll also discover some of the picturesque seaside spots that make this Island so magical, including Victoria-bythe-Sea, Point Prim, and North Rustico (to name but a few). You can download the chowder guide on our

website or pick up a print copy at various locations across the Island. LET’S CELEBRATE Food-centric festivals and culinary challenges abound, paying tribute to long-standing Island food traditions and cultivating new ones. Highlights include Burger Love (Mar 29 - Apr 30), Best of Sea (June), The PEI Fall Flavours Festival (Aug 30 - Oct 6), Veg It Up! (Oct 4 17), Farm Day in the City Presented by the PEI Potato Growers (Oct 6), and WinterDine (late Jan - Feb). Check the events section of this guide for more details on these and other food celebrations. A CRAFTY TOWN Charlottetown’s burgeoning craft beer scene pays homage to the Island with aptly named beers, such as the PEI Brewing Company’s Sir John A’s Honey Wheat Ale, quirky Islandisms under the bottle caps at Upstreet Craft Brewing, and seasonal brews that showcase local ingredients. Those who prefer wine or spirits will want to visit during the PEI Festival of Wines (May 2325) or PEI Spirits Festival (Nov 16). IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES While some would argue that eating good food is an immersive experience in and of itself, there are plenty more food-focussed activities for the avid foodie and the adventure seeker. Culinary Bootcamps offers you the chance to cook up a feast in the Culinary Institute’s impressive commercial kitchens and yes, you get to eat what you make! For a food tour or hands-on experience such as digging for clams or tonging for oysters, Experience PEI has got your covered. If lobster fishing floats your boat, Top Notch Tours and Peakes Wharf Boat Tours have daily tours out of the Charlottetown Harbour.

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FOOD & DRINK BAR1911 BEER + COFFEE

113 Longworth Avenue www.bar1911.com Charlottetown’s favourite gathering place for local craft beer and specialty coffee. Enjoy fresh pastries, lunch, dinner and late-night bites with friends in our relaxed atmosphere.

BRAKISH! EASTCOAST, DOCKSIDE, DRINKERY

2 Lower Water Street Behind the Delta Prince Edward 902.894.1112 www.brakish.com Serving up the best the Island has to offer with East Coast authentic dishes, local & regional beers, live music and one of Charlottetown’s hottest waterfront patios. Hit the deck at Brakish!

THE BRASS SHOP - RECEIVER COFFEE CO.

178 Water Street 902.894.1403 www.receivercoffee.com Located in a light and airy historic building, The Brass Shop is a coffee roastery, organic bakery and licensed café. Bread and pastries baked daily, fresh and local café menu. Accessible building, with free parking for customers.

THE BRICKHOUSE KITCHEN & BAR AND MARC’S LOUNGE

125 Sydney Street 902.566.4620 www.brickhousepei.com We’ve created a dining experience based on local products, culinary flare and an atmosphere that brings the kitchen to the forefront. Three floors of inviting ambiance and the best drink selection in Charlottetown.

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BRITS FISH & CHIPS

141 Great George Street 902.892.3474 www.britsfishandchips.com The only branch in PEI, family-run, serving locally-sourced ingredients. Proudly part of the Charlottetown community since 2005.

BUONO MANGIA

12 Mount Edward Road 902.370.6676 www.buonomangia.ca A small, casual dining Italian restaurant specializing in fresh homemade pasta, breads, cheese, and desserts. All meals are made to order using local ingredients to accommodate your needs. Open year-round.

CASA MIA CAFÉ

131 Queen Street 902.367.4440 www.casamiacafe.ca Proudly located in the in the heart of downtown Charlottetown we serve Chef-inspired meals for breakfast, lunch and supper in a relaxed, welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere. Fully licensed and open seven days a week.

CEDAR’S EATERY & BABA’S LOUNGE

181 Great George Street 902.892.7377 www.cedarseatery.ca Est.1979, Cedar’s is a beloved staple in Charlottetown offering Lebanese and Canadian cuisine. It’s also home to The Original Maroun’s Garlic Spread. Upstairs, Baba’s Lounge offers an intimate venue to listen and dance to local and touring artists.

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CHAMBERS RESTAURANT & BAR

75 Kent Street, Rodd Charlottetown 902.894.7371 www.chambersrestaurant.ca Guests will enjoy the sophisticated, comfortable elegance of Chambers Restaurant & Bar. Featuring traditional and contemporary culinary experiences created daily by our Chef. The menu has many seafood delights, seasonal dishes and vegetarian options.

CHARLOTTETOWN BEER GARDEN & SEAFOOD PATIO 166 Prince Street 902.367.6070 www.beergardenpei.com Charlottetown’s premier beer garden features the best in local seafood and craft beer. Our outdoor patio seats 200 with live music in the evening. A “must-see” when visiting downtown.

CLADDAGH OYSTER HOUSE

131 Sydney Street 902.892.9661 www.claddaghoysterhouse.com For over 35 years, the Claddagh Oyster House has been proudly providing fine dining in a casual atmosphere. More than just great oysters. Great seafood! Great land food! Great service!

CORK & CASK

4 Prince Street, Charlottetown Marina 902.218.7487 PEI’s only floating restaurant. Located in the heart of Charlottetown, at the beautiful marina. Enjoy fresh local cuisine & beverages while watching the boats go by. Open 7 days a week. Daily specials.


FOOD & DRINK CRAFT BEER CORNER

156 Great George Street 902.894.0543 www.upstreetcraftbrewing.com A beer connoisseur’s dream come true. Featuring 24 taps of craft beer from Upstreet & other PEI craft breweries, kombucha and cocktails. Sit in or take your beer to go.

THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF CANADA

4 Sydney Street 902.894.6868 www.hollandcollege.com/dining Enjoy a unique culinary experience in our water view dining room, featuring a sit-down bar with craft beer on tap, and an open kitchen where students prepare and serve meals. Open during the culinary school year – October through April.

DUNDEE ARMS

200 Pownal Street 902.892.2496 | 877.638.6333 www.dundeearmspei.com Located in the historic Dundee Arms Inn. Featuring a lounge, restaurant and beautiful outdoor patio. Local favourite for 47 years. Come relax in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. Open year-round.

THE FACTORY DOWNTOWN

189 Kent Street 902.367.4141 www.thefactorycookhouse.com Our extensive menu of pub classics and southern BBQ favourites boasts something for everyone. Late night, live bands and house DJs have 2 dance floors jumping with a mix of country and classic rock.

FISHBONES OYSTER BAR & GRILL

136 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.628.6569 www.fishbones.ca Enjoy our oyster bar, live lobster tank, and signature cocktails! Our rooftop patio, nightly entertainment and locally-brewed Gahan beer guarantees a great experience. Located on Victoria Row.

FOUNDERS’ FOOD HALL & MARKET

6 Prince Street www.foundersfoodhall.com Experience mouth-watering Island flavours in the heart of downtown Charlottetown. Founders’ Food Hall & Market is a welcoming centre for all visitors offering some of the best of Prince Edward Island.

THE GAHAN HOUSE PUB AND BREWERY

126 Sydney Street 902.626.2337 www.gahan.ca The Gahan House is one of Charlottetown’s favourite places to get together. An authentic pub featuring great pub fare and handcrafted Island ales from our in-house brewery. Try one of their seasonal beers this summer!

HOPYARD

151 Kent Street 902.367.2599 www.hopyard.ca Featuring 10 rotating taps of independentlyowned craft breweries. A menu that changes every 2 weeks. A collection of 500+ vinyl albums to choose from, that’s right, all we play is vinyl. Hop on in to the HopYard.

HUNTER’S ALE HOUSE

185 Kent Street 902.367.4040 www.huntersalehouse.com Where the locals eat! Multiple award-winning restaurant boasting steak, seafood and pub fare rivalled by no other! Two large outdoor patios surround one of PEI’s favourite music venues! “Great Food, Great Rock, Lots of It!”

JOHN BROWN RICHMOND STREET GRILLE

132 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.370.4040 www.johnbrowngrille.com This gastropub is situated on Charlottetown’s outdoor living room, Victoria Row. Seafood and local fare are joined with daily and nightly entertainment in this beer and wine bar!

LEONHARD’S CAFÉ & RESTAURANT

142 Great George Street 902.367.3621 www.leonhards.ca Enjoy healthy and delicious meals created daily from scratch and served up in a warm and relaxing atmosphere reminiscent of European cafés. Offering breakfast, lunch, dessert and gluten-friendly options 7 days a week.

LOBSTER ON THE WHARF

2 Prince Street 902.368.2888 www.lobsteronthewharf.com Best seafood! Great steak! Incredible view! Charlottetown’s premier seafood restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. Wharf and patio seating is available. Kids’ menu. Adjoining seafood market. Open May 1 - October 30.

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FOOD & DRINK MAVOR’S RESTAURANT

Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets Confederation Centre of the Arts 902.628.6107 | 800.565.0278 www.mavors.ca A fine-dining experience set within a national arts centre, Mavor’s serves as a haven for those who seek a quick pre-theatre meal, an elegant dinner, or a glass of wine after a show. Home to Charlottetown’s most intimate outdoor courtyard. Open year-round.

MERCHANTMAN FRESH SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR & NEXT DOOR

23 Queen Street 902.892.9150 www.merchantman.ca The Merchantman is PEI’s year-round fish house. Come on down for some authentic PEI seafood. Also try Next Door, the sunniest patio on PEI, for an amazing seafood lunch then stay for late night entertainment and cocktails.

MY PLUM, MY DUCK

218 University Avenue 902.370.2070 www.myplummyduck.com Vegan by nature and innovative by design, My Plum, My Duck is committed to using locallysourced, organic ingredients to create dishes that you'll love, whether you're a vegan, vegetarian or omnivore!

NEXT DOOR

23 Queen Street 902.892.9150 www.merchantman.ca Enjoy local craft beer, fresh seafood, and the sunniest patio in Charlottetown. A part of the Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar, Next Door is also the place to hear your favourite local DJs, play lawn games, and celebrate the favourite season of the year on PEI!

NIMRODS

185 Great George Street 902.314.7359 Nimrods' is Charlottetown newest outdoor eatery. Enjoy affordable gourmet food in a fun and welcoming outdoor setting. You'll feel like you're a part of the family when you visit Nimrods' and you'll quickly learn what all of the hype is about.

THE OLD TRIANGLE

189 Great George Street 902.892.5200 www.oldtriangle.com The Celtic Heartbeat of PEI! Home to the best local live music with no cover charge. Serving delicious Irish pub fare favourites & the finest pints poured on PEI, all with the best of Island hospitality. Enjoy our summer patio too.

OLDE DUBLIN PUB

131 Sydney Street 902.892.6992 www.oldedublinpub.com PEI’s “classic” Irish Pub has been the go-to place for Islanders and tourists alike since 1983. Great food, service and vibes! Live music 7 nights a week all summer and fresh PEI oysters just $1.00 each 4-6pm 7 days a week!

PAPA JOE’S

345 University Avenue 902-566-5070 www.papajoespei.ca Celebrating over 30 years! Our menu is Chef driven and rooted in quality. We take an honest approach to food with dishes featuring wholesome, local ingredients. Great service and a sophisticated-yet-casual atmosphere ensure a memorable dining experience.

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PEAKE’S QUAY RESTAURANT & BAR

11C Great George Street, Historic Peake’s Wharf 902.368.1330 www.peakesquay.com PEI’s favourite summertime restaurant. Enjoy food with a view. Home of the famous PEI traditional lobster dinner 7 days a week. Fresh seafood, kids’ menu, and so much more.

PEI COFFEE COMPANY

150 Kent Street peicoffeecompany@gmail.com www.peicoffeecompay.com Come visit our vintage 1950 Dodge Fargo coffee truck serving PEI small batch, hand crafted coffee and tea, fresh from our pour over bar and iced drink menu.

PIATTO PIZZERIA

45 Queen Street 902.892.0909 www.piattopizzeria.com/charlottetown Piatto is a gathering place centred around a passion for fine food, fabulous wines, friends and family. Check out our diverse wines, authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza, coffee and fabulous desserts—all in a casual atmosphere and with reasonable prices.

THE PILOT HOUSE

70 Grafton Street 902.894.4800 thepilothouse.ca Enjoy an extensive menu including fresh seafood & Island AAA beef, local & imported draught as well as fine wines in the pub, dining room, or outside in our sunny courtyard.


FOOD & DRINK PIZZA DELIGHT 1911 JAIL

113 Longworth Avenue 902.566.4466 www.pizzadelight.com A full menu including chicken, ribs, salads, sandwiches, pasta and more! Pizza Delight is more than just the best pizza in town.

RECEIVER COFFEE CO.

128 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.367.3436 www.receivercoffee.com A community-centric café firmly rooted in the heart of Charlottetown. We pride ourselves on sourcing, roasting, and serving the best coffees around. Featuring a locally-driven breakfast and lunch menu and fresh baked goods.

REDWATER RUSTIC GRILLE

123 Grafton Street 902.367.8340 www.redwatergrille.com Rustic Grille is Charlottetown’s casual, upscale dining experience. We are chef-driven and sommelier-inspired. The restaurant’s décor and design complement the vibrancy and freshness of our food.

SALT & SOL RESTAURANT AND BAR

2 Pownal Street 902.314.1048 www.saltandsolpei.ca PEI’s newest waterfront dining experience. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Charlottetown Harbor, feast on the delicacies of Island Seafood or gather to sip and share locally sourced dishes.

SIMS CORNER STEAKHOUSE & OYSTER BAR

86 Queen Street 902.894.7467 www.simscorner.ca Located in a beautiful heritage building in downtown Charlottetown, Sims Corner

Steakhouse & Oyster Bar specializes in steak that's aged, cut and cooked to perfection, oysters, fresh seafood, and an abundance of fine wines.

SUGAR SKULL CANTINA

83 Water Street 902.370.2227 www.sugarskullcantina.ca Tacos, Tequila, and Sunshine. Soak up the summer vibes of downtown Charlottetown just steps up from the beautiful city harbour. One foot in PEI, one foot in Mexico!

TASTE OF INDIA

129 Kent Street 902.367.4450 www.tasteofindiapei.ca Located in the heart of downtown Charlottetown, our extensive menu gives you the opportunity to order curry to your liking. We are often complimented for our finest selections, exotic flavours and sensuous aromas of fresh spices . Try us for a great dinning experience.

TRUCKIN’ ROLL

Corner of Church & Grafton Street and 6 Prince Street, Founders Hall 902.218.7321 truckinroll@gmail.com www.truckinroll.com Vintage in style, fresh in taste. Gourmet hand rolled ice cream using local Island ingredients.

WATER’S EDGE RESTO BAR & GRILL

18 Queen Street 902.894.1208 www.marriott.com/yygdp Enjoy award-winning East Coast-inspired cuisine in a modern atmosphere. Try a selection of craft beers & crafted cocktails while showcasing the freshest local seafood & produce. Experience the difference, live on the edge.

TERRE ROUGE

72 Queen Street 902.892.4032 www.terrerougepei.ca Terre Rouge offers a laid-back dining experience in the heart of Charlottetown. We work closely with local farmers, fishers, and brewers to provide a unique selection of food and drink. Visit us online for menus and hours.

TOP OF THE PARK DINING ROOM

58 Kensington Road 902.620.4264 www.redshores.ca Experience what our award-winning culinary team offers with our lunch, dinner or theme night Friday buffets in the Top of the Park restaurant overlooking the historic Charlottetown racetrack & Hillsborough River.

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Buy it Fresh! The Island’s deeply cherished traditions of farming and fishing have played a significant role in shaping Charlottetown, and the city continues to embrace these rural roots. Take in the abundance of local, fresh food available at farmers’ markets, restaurants, and local shops throughout the city, and you’ll quickly discover why Prince Edward Island is Canada’s Food Island. TO THE MARKET YOU MUST GO A must-visit and weekly ritual for many locals is the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, where mingling with old friends and new ones is as popular a pastime as shopping for farm-fresh items. This longstanding market features over 70 vendors, including farmers, artisan food producers, hot food vendors, crafters, and artisans. It’s open Saturdays throughout the year and Wednesdays, from late June to the middle of October. On Sundays throughout the summer (July - Sep, 11am - 4pm), the Downtown Farmers’ Market tempts locals and visitors in search of homemade treats, farm-fresh produce, a hot lunch, artisan wares, and more. Lining lower Queen St. (starting at Grafton St.), the market offers a relaxed and friendly shopping experience that is Island through and through. New in 2019, the Founders’ Food Hall & Market is the perfect waterfront oasis for foodies. Housed in one of the city’s most stunning historic spaces, this urban market will feature several local food vendors serving up high-quality food and drink, including locallyroasted coffee, craft beer, unique street eats, fromscratch pizza, fresh produce, and colourful donuts.

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LOCAL MARKETS FOOD SHOPPING Foodies will be delighted by the treasure trove of local and speciality food shops in the city, including Kent St. Market, Riverview Country Market, Liquid Gold, and Anne of Green Gables Chocolates. At these shops and the city’s farmers’ markets you’ll discover a wide array of artisan food products, such as local beef jerky, gouda cheese, preserves made with PEI berries, craft sodas, handmade chocolates, creamy fauxmage (vegan cheese), organic kombucha, and more. FARM DAY IN THE CITY PRESENTED BY THE PEI POTATO GROWERS The end of summer brings with it the PEI Fall Flavours Festival, a culinary celebration taking place in communities across Prince Edward Island (Aug 30 Oct 6). The Festival concludes with Farm Day in the City (Oct 6), a huge outdoor market and street festival that takes over downtown Charlottetown, delighting the senses and offering a memorable day’s outing for families and foodies. With over +150 vendors, live entertainment, a petting zoo, kids’ activities, a PEI fry truck, and more, you’ll want to make a day of it! ROADSIDE EATS Beyond the city limits, you’ll find plenty more options to buy local food at seasonal markets, shops, and even at some farms. Keep your eyes peeled while

CHARLOTTETOWN FARMERS’ MARKET

Saturdays - Year-round Wednesdays - Late June to mid-October 9:00am - 2:00pm 100 Belvedere Avenue 902.626.3373 charlottetownfarmersmarket@gmail.com The place to be on Saturday morning (and Wednesday mornings in the summer!). The Charlottetown Farmers’ Market was established in 1984 and has grown into a thriving entity, becoming one of the most cherished spots in town. Buy it Fresh! Farmers bring their fruits, vegetables and plants cultured from the red PEI soil; rural bakeries offer fresh baked bread and pastries; meat vendors sell Island-raised product; fish vendors sell fresh fish and seafood; artisans display one-of-a-kind handmade works of art; and food vendors offer a wide variety of international and Canadian dishes, homemade desserts, preserves, and specialty products. This broad selection gives you a unique shopping experience where you buy directly from the producer.

DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET QUEEN STREET

July - September, Sundays 11:00am - 4:00pm Queen Street, between Grafton and Water St www.downtowncharlottetown.com This open air market features a mixture of primary producers selling locally-grown produce, food vendors and local artisans. Enjoy your lunch at a picnic table while local musicians perform.

driving along PEI’s highways and backroads, as it’s not uncommon to happen upon farmstands set up roadside. Typically unattended, these inviting stands offer seasonal treats, including famous PEI potatoes, juicy strawberries, Island honey, crunchy apples, and other homegrown goods. Just be sure you bring some change to leave in the cash box or jar!

FARM DAY IN THE CITY PRESENTED BY THE PEI POTATO GROWERS

October 6, 2019 www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/FarmDay Fall in love with fresh and join farmers, producers, crafters and artisans from across Prince Edward Island for the largest outdoor market and street festival of the year. Spend the day in downtown Charlottetown enjoying fresh eats, live music, local shopping, kids activities and more. This free open-air market takes place in historic downtown.

FOUNDERS’ FOOD HALL & MARKET

6 Prince Street www.foundersfoodhall.com Experience mouth watering island flavours in the heart of downtown Charlottetown. Founders’ Food Hall & Market, a welcoming centre for all visitors offering some of the best of Prince Edward Island.

KENT STREET MARKET

136 Kent Street 902.367.2197 www.kentstreetmarket.com As Charlottetown’s only downtown grocer we focus on high-end specialty foods, thoughtfully curated local products and elevated to-go lunches. Visit us for prepared foods, grocery essentials, charcuterie boards and more.

MACKINNON’S LOBSTER POUND

May 1 - October 30, 2019 2 Prince Street 902.894.9311 www.lobsteronthewharf.com Dinner made scrumptious. Mouth-watering lobster, live from our pound or cooked and waiting for you at Charlottetown’s premier shellfish market on the waterfront. We provide PEI’s best clams and mussels - our salt water well keeps them clean and fresh - along with oysters, scallops, shrimp, haddock and “chowder to go”.

RIVERVIEW COUNTRY MARKET

21 Riverside Drive 902.892.9632 www.riverviewcountrymarket.com PEI’s authentic farm marketplace and cafe. Offering a variety of local produce and products made on PEI. Specializing in organic, vegan and many other dietary needs. Help support local farmers and producers on PEI! Open Daily.

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