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Welcome to Charlot tetown

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DISCOVER CHARLOTTETOWN

GREETINGS FROM THE MAYOR

We’re 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.

On behalf of City Council, I am pleased to welcome you to Charlottetown (the Birthplace of Confederation) and Prince Edward Island’s capital city.

But don’t let our smallness fool you. The dense variety of offerings is just one of the things that makes us special. Charlottetown embraces its laid back coastal qualities and has managed to find the sweet spot—perfectly balancing old world charm, modern style, and hip Island vibes. And while we’re known for our summer season, don’t overlook the colourful, fresh, and activitypacked charms of spring, fall, & winter. Many trails are even more enchanting during these months and some 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.

Charlottetown offers big city amenities, such as major arts, cultural and sporting events, awardwinning restaurants, and views that are secondto-none. Whatever you look for in a destination, Charlottetown has it. Welcome, and enjoy your time with us! Mayor Philip Brown City of Charlottetown

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VI S ITOR INFORM ATION CE NTRE S 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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Time to Reconnect Between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

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Charlottetown

Did Ya Know? Weather: Summer 20°C (70°F) to mid 30°C (90°F) Spring / Autumn 8°C to 22°C (46°F to 72°F) Winter 3°C to – 22°C (25°F to -7.6°F) Metred Parking: Free before 8am, after 6pm, on weekends, & all public holidays. Coins are accepted or you can use the Hot Spot Meters app. There are also four parkades downtown.

Getting Here & Around CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT

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

CITY BEACH EXPRESS

Washrooms: Peake’s Quay, Victoria Park Ball Field Clubhouse, Kiwanis Dairy Bar, Confederation Court Mall, and Confederation Centre of the Arts all have public restrooms.

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

Thirsty?: We have high-quality tap water and you can fill up at our water bottle refill stations in Connaught Square and Orlebar Park, or at the water fountain at Kiwanis Dairy Bar in Victoria Park.

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.

Some other stuff: Alcohol & cannabis are legal for those 19+. To purchase tobacco, you must be 21+. NO Plastic bags! Bring your own reusable bag when shopping. We’re very pet-friendly, with many petfriendly hotels and shops in the city. In case of an emergency, call 911. For nonemergency police services, call 902.629.4172 and for all non-emergency hospital services, call 902.894.2111.

CONFEDERATION BRIDGE

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

Charlottetown, Airport, Summerside 310.CARS www.discountcar.com Enjoy unlimited kilometres on practically everything we rent!

FUNWHEEL RENTALS

6 Prince Street 902.316.1214 www.funwheelrentals.ca For all your bicycle rental needs. Surrey bikes, tandem bikes, mountain bikes, and Pedal assist E-bikes. Located at Charlottetown Visitor Centre, 6 Prince Street.

T3 TRANSIT

902.566.9962 www.triustransit.ca Whether you need to get around Charlottetown, to Stratford, Cornwall or Summerside, T3 Transit has you covered. Seasonally, City Beach Express also takes you from Charlottetown to Cavendish.

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. www.discovercharlottetown.com | 7


Stay

THE GREAT GEORGE


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 charm. Many of our accommodations are located in the heart of downtown, while others are a short drive or bike ride away. All you need to explore is comfortable footwear and a walking map. RODD CHARLOTTETOWN

ISLAND HOSPITALITY - Our hosts take great pride in sharing their beloved Charlottetown with every guest and because offering warm hospitality is second nature, they’ll make you feel at home right away. Be sure to ask your hosts for tips on their favourite local spots, they’ll be happy to help! EASY DAY TRIPPIN’ - Its central location makes Charlottetown the ideal base from which to explore the rest of PEI. A short drive brings you to the Island’s famous white sand beaches, world-class golf, family attractions, quaint villages, and stunning red cliffs.

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THE NIGHTLIFE - After busy days spent adventuring, Charlottetown’s nightlife awaits. From top-notch theatre and delicious dining to vibrant sunsets and incredible music, there’s plenty to do in the capital city until the wee hours. Best of all, your comfy bed is just a short walk (or drive) at the end of your night. COMFORT + LUXURY - With no shortage of unique accommodation providers in Charlottetown, you’re bound to find a place that suits your every desire and budget. From picturesque campgrounds and boutique hotels to cozy B&Bs and luxurious suites, the choice is all yours. THE FOOD & DRINK - Whether you’re craving an early morning coffee, a savoury steak, world famous seafood, or late night nachos, the Island’s capital brims with places to eat and drink to your heart’s content. Many accommodations offer breakfast inhouse and several have full-service dining rooms.

THE HOLMAN GRAND

IT’S CYCLE FRIENDLY - Cycling enthusiasts take note, Charlottetown’s central location makes it the perfect place to launch your Island adventures on the Confederation Trail. The city’s flat(ish) terrain and biking lanes make it cycle-friendly, too. Many accommodations also offer bicycle parking/storage to guests so be sure to inquire. PERFECTLY PACKAGED - If planning out your day’s itinerary sounds daunting, you’ll be happy to know that many of Charlottetown’s accommodations offer packages tailored to your interests and budget. Whether it’s romance, an ‘Anne’ immersion, a foodie experience, or a digital detox, there’s a package for it. Visit discovercharlottetown.com/packages for a list of current packages.

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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 Celebrating 35 years! Family business open year-round in historic Charlottetown. Affordable private rooms with shared or private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, light continental & kitchen use. Walking distance to theatres, restaurants & the waterfront.

THE ARTS HOTEL

155 Kent Street 902.370.2787 | 888.670.2787 www.theartshotel.ca Downtown Charlottetown’s eccentric economical hotel. We’ve kept what you need and left out the unnecessary so you can focus on exploring our beautiful city.

BANBRIDGE INN

105 Capital Drive 902.368.2223 | 800.355.2223 info@banbridgeinn.com www.banbridgeinn.com A boutique motel, family-operated since 1967. Cozy, thoughtfully equipped one-bedroom apartments. Contemporary comfort and Island hospitality with mid-century modern charm. Conveniently located for exploring city and countryside.

THE BLACK HOUSE

12 Upper Hillsborough Street 647.388.1357 www.charlottetownaccommodations.com

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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 canadasbestvaluecharlottetown@gmail.com www.canadasbestvalueinnpei.com Canada’s Best Value is ideally located in the heart of Charlottetown’s shopping district. Offering accommodations to meet the needs and budgets of all guests. Free hot continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking included.

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.

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!

CORNWALL/CHARLOTTETOWN KOA

208 Ferry Road, Cornwall, PEI 902.566.2421 | 800.562.4194 www.cornwallkoa.com Uniquely situated campground on the West River just 15 minutes from downtown Charlottetown. Family-friendly 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.

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CHARLOTTETOWN INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE

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.

COMFORT INN

112 Capital Drive 902.566.4424 | 800.424.6423 www.choicehotels.ca/cn320

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.


ACCOMMODATIONS DAWSON HOUSE B&B

122 North River Road 902.628.3886 | 877.628.3886 info@thedawsonhouse.com 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. Swimming pool onsite. Bilingual.

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. A/C, 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. 5 Stars for 22 Years! Secluded 1889 estate exquisitely updated for today. Great beds, food & people. Friendly, private, personal service.

FAIRHOLM BOUTIQUE INNS

181 Fitzroy 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.

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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.

HAMPTON INN & SUITES CHARLOTTETOWN

300 Capital Drive 902.368.3551 hamptoncharlottetown.hamptonbyhilton.com At Hampton, making you happy makes us happy! Our brand new hotel on Capital Drive has everything you need to make for a memorable stay in PEI.

THE HARBOUR HOUSE

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.

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!

THE GLENDENNING

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES CHARLOTTETOWN

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.

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.

Stay Dine Relax all under one roof!

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ACCOMMODATIONS THE HOLMAN GRAND

QUALITY INN & SUITES CORNWALL

THE SONATA INN

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 is connected to Confederation Centre of the Arts.

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, exercise room, local phone calls, Choice Rewards & more!

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.

THE HOTEL ON POWNAL

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.

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THE SYDNEY BOUTIQUE INN & SUITES

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 Confederation Centre of the Arts.

PEI FLOATING COTTAGES

1 Great George Street 902.629.9806 www.facebook.com/peifloatingcottages PEI’s only floating cottage rental units, located at Peake’s 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 Located downtown within walking distance of theatre, dining and shopping. Free hot buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi & parking, fridge & microwave in all rooms, full-service restaurant on site. Executive Suites available in our Sutherland & Holland Grove House.

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.

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.

WATER STREET CONDOS

73 Water Street 902.626.7815 Get cozied into one of Charlottetown’s newest boutique accommodation units! Perfectly located downtown in the heart of Charlottetown’s finest dining, shopping and theatre. These fully equipped (one/two bedroom units) come with full kitchen and private entrance.

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

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

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Puddle Jumpin’ EXPERIENCE THE LUSH GREENS AND RICH REDS OF PEI IN A WHOLE NEW WAY CONFEDERATION CENTRE ARTS GALLERY

DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTETOWN

You know what they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. Well, we happen to believe this is true and encourage you to embrace the Island, no matter how Mother Nature is feeling. So be sure to bring your waterproof fanny pack and rubber boots because there are so many things to do in PEI—even in the rain. Hit the beach! The rainy weather makes a trip to the beach all the more mystical. Catch an indie movie or classic film at City Cinema, the city’s independent (and licensed) theatre. Or check out a theatre performance at Confederation Centre of the Arts or The Guild. Eat, drink and bowl at The Alley.

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Treat yourself to a spa day at Pure Spa or Grand Senses Spa, or stretch it out with a yoga class at Modo Yoga or Charlottetown Yoga Space. Road trip! Hop in the car and experience the vibrant countryside along our coastal drives. Take a brewery tour with Gahan House Brewery, PEI Brewing Co., or Upstreet Craft Brewing. Work on your swing at All About Golf located in the Confederation Court Mall. Sip a coffee or hot chocolate, and people-watch at one of our numerous cafés downtown. Reach new heights at the Red Rock Climbing Wall or Off The Wallz Trampoline Park in Stratford. Get the gang together for a friendly game of axe-throwing at Chuck Hatchets. Have a crafty time at Happy Potter in Founders’ Food Hall & Market where you can make and paint your own pottery. Art lovers and culture seekers will want to take some time to visit the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. Book a private tour of Beaconsfield Historic House, a fine example of Victorian-era architecture with a fascinating story to tell. www.discovercharlottetown.com | 13


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A Brief History

ST. DUNSTAN’S BASILICA - TAYLOR SCHENNERY

5 Ways To Learn About Confederation

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.

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, “A Building of Destiny,” which will take you back in time to that pivotal week in September, 1864. Free entry.

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 rowed to shore to begin discussions on the formation of a new nation.

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 GeorgeÉtienne 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.

While being the Birthplace of Confederation is surely one of the city’s biggest claims to fame within the history books, Charlottetown’s past is rich with people and events that have left a significant mark on the city.

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. Explore the Historic Downtown - The downtown core is sprinkled 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 Peake’s Wharf.

History Buffs Take Note

Be sure to check out:

• 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. • 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 architecturally-stunning church with a history that includes a tragic fire and Islanders of all religious persuasions coming together to restore it. • Take a Secrets of Charlottetown Walking Tour to hear the lesser-known stories of Charlottetown’s past. www.discovercharlottetown.com | 15


Island Vibes

During a visit to this quaint coastal city, you’re rarely more than a short walk from the water. At some point, you’ll inevitably find yourself drawn to the historic waterfront where there’s always plenty to see and do. Yet there’s no rush to do any of it. Perhaps it’s the lulling qualities of the ocean or the gentle reminder from the salty breeze— whatever it is, the peaceful nature 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 Is there anything more refreshing than getting out on the water on a hot day? We tend to think not. Thrillseekers can try their hand at flyboarding or hoverboarding with Flyboard PEI for an airborne experience over the water. For the seafarers at heart, you’ll love the chance to get up close and personal to the Charlottetown harbour with kayak and stand-up paddle-board rentals at Paddles. WALK IT OUT Much of the city’s 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 each season has something special to showcase on the harbourfront. Sunset strolls on the boardwalk are highly recommended, along with a stop at the BIG RED 2020 numbers that you’ll encounter as you skirt around the Delta Hotel at the bottom of Queen St. ROCK THE BOAT If cruising the harbour by boat sounds like bliss, you’re in luck. There are plenty of tours departing from Peake’s Wharf and the Charlottetown Marina, including a solar eco-tour with Ride Solar, a land-and-sea tour of the city aboard the amphibious Harbour Hippo, seal watching with Adventure Marine or Peake’s Wharf Tours, or a lobster fishing excursion with Top Notch Tours. EAT & DRINK ON THE WATER There’s nothing quite like waterside dining to remind you of life’s simple pleasures. 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, including Salt & Sol, Nimrods’, Peake’s Quay Restaurant, Brakish!, Lobster on the Wharf, and The Cork & Cast. Or you can always pack a picnic and make your way to a favourite waterside vista. HIT THE BEACH And if all of that wasn’t enough, you’re never more than twenty minutes from a beach on PEI, several within an easy drive from Charlottetown. From national and provincial park beaches with amenities, to those with barely any road signs that direct you to their location, your perfect beach day is just minutes away. 16 | 2020 official travel guide


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20 Reasons to Visit in 2020

ART IN THE OPEN

1 Art in the Open (Aug 29) - Magical, intriguing,

interactive, inspiring - Art in the Open is all these things and so much more. For one extraordinary evening in late summer, the historic spaces of Charlottetown are transformed into a fanciful open-air art gallery where exploration and engagement are encouraged. This year marks the 10th anniversary and the contemporary art festival is on course to be bigger and better than ever before. Plus, it’s free and family-friendly.

2 The Perfect Broadway Musical, an East Coast Icon and

PEI’s Favourite Redhead - Charlottetown’s performing arts scene is anchored by a slate of world-class musicals that will make you laugh, cry, and applaud vigorously. Engaging, high energy, and brilliant musicals take centre stage at the Confederation Centre of the Arts and The Mack in 2020. The line-up features The Drowsy Chaperone, Dear Rita, and Anne of Green Gables - The Musical™.

3 PEI International Shellfish Festival (Sept 17 - 20) -

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, don’t miss the Island’s biggest kitchen party and an unforgettable celebration of the shellfish that have made PEI world famous. From an epic night of feasting and frolicking, to intense chef competitions and culinary demos, to late night revelry with some of Atlantic Canada’s favourite party bands, you’ll need to pace yourself for this iconic weekend of shellfish indulgence.

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

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

5 Old Home Week (Aug 14 - 22) - Champion harness

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, old, and every age in between. Don’t miss the final horse race on August 22, where the Gold Cup & Saucer winner is crowned. 18 | 2020 official travel guide

WATER STREET SHOPS

OLD HOME WEEK

6 Discover a Winter Wonderland - 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 borrow complimentary snowshoes for all the snowy adventuring your heart desires. Outdoor Yoga (Snoga) in the Park has also become a huge hit and is an amazing way to enjoy the great outdoors while working up a sweat.

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For the Love of Music - No matter when you’re visiting, music is always in the air. Festivals including the Festival of Small Halls (June 7 - 21), the PEI Jazz & Blues Festival (July 2 - 4), and Music PEI Week (late Jan, early Feb) are musts for music lovers. You’ll always find local, live music on tap at the city’s bars and pubs, including The Old Triangle, Piatto’s Pizzeria, Olde Dublin Pub, PEI Brewing Co., Water’s Edge, Baba’s Lounge, Hunter’s Ale House, Nimrods’, Next Door, Fishbones, The Gahan House, Trailside Music Hall, and John Brown Grille.

8 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.


9 Health & Wellness Mecca - With an abundance of

yoga studios, healthy living enthusiasts, and an already therapeutic atmosphere, PEI’s capital city attracts those in search of a peaceful place to unwind. New in 2020 is the Island Tides Yoga & Wellness Festival taking place June 18 to 21, which blends healthy living, nature, and learning. Festival-goers will enjoy lots of events like inspiring talks, mystical night walks, and various styles of yoga.

15 The PEI Setting Day Culinary Festival (May 8 - 10) -

The PEI Setting Day Culinary Festival is a unique culinary experience hosted on the historic Charlottetown Waterfront. The fishers of Prince Edward Island set sail every May in all kinds of weather to bring back the bounty of the ocean, PEI Lobster. What better reason to get together and celebrate the great seafood we enjoy and the fishers who provide it? Come and enjoy the freshest seafood available in an unrivalled setting.

16 Creative Inspiration - There’s something about

Charlottetown that attracts creative types from all backgrounds, and the evidence of this can be found on the safe and walkable streets of our seaside city. Take pause to admire the many impressive creations, including a lobster mural (on the exterior wall of Timothy’s World Coffee), a blue heron sculpture (at the corner of Water and Queen Sts.), various statues of the Fathers of Confederation, and much more.

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DIVERSECITY

10 Craft Beer Is King - Just a few years ago, you

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 three breweries in the city and even more within a 40-minute drive, you’ll find plenty of IPAs, lagers, stouts, and signature seasonals on tap at bars, restos, and taprooms.

11 Charlottetown Christmas Festival (Nov 27 - 29) - Step

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

17 DiverseCity Multicultural Festival (June 28) - Atlantic

Canada’s largest cultural festival, Charlottetown’s DiverseCity Multicultural Festival is a not-to-be-missed celebration of the many cultures and ethnicities that make up the fabric of the city and Island community. It’s filled with positive energy, plenty of family-friendly activities, and it’s FREE to enter. And yes, there are always lots 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.

12 History Comes Alive - Known as the Birthplace of

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.

13 Farm Day in The City Presented by the PEI Potato

Growers (Oct 4) - A much beloved and eagerly anticipated event, Farm Day in the City features over 180 farmers, food producers, artisans, crafters, and exhibitors in the largest open-air market & street festival 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.

14 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 at venues including Peake’s Quay Restaurant & Bar, The Factory, Baba’s Lounge, Fishbones, The Charlottetown Beer Garden, and Hunter’s Ale House. An added bonus - it’s an easy walk between any of your chosen destinations.

CLADDAGH OYSTER HOUSE

BEACONSFIELD HISTORIC HOUSE

19 Anne with an ‘E’ - Although her story is now 112 years old, 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 in Anne & Gilbert - The Musical. Be sure to grab some of Anne’s Chocolates for memorable edible gifts to take home, too.

20 Beach Days - A day (or everyday) at the beach is

a 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. www.discovercharlottetown.com | 19


What’s happening at Province House? Quoi de neuf à Province House? pc.gc.ca/provincehouse

Take a walk around Charlottetown and you can’t miss it – Province House is under construction!

Si vous vous promenez à Charlottetown, vous le remarquerez tout de suite : Province House est en rénovation!

The setting for the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference that began the road to Canadian Confederation and home of the second oldest legislature in Canada, Province House is undergoing important conservation work.

Cet édifice, où a eu lieu en 1864 la conférence historique de Charlottetown à l’origine de la Confédération canadienne, et où se réunit la deuxième plus ancienne assemblée législative au pays, fait actuellement l’objet d’importants travaux de restauration.

During this period of closure, visitors are invited to learn all about Province House at “The Story of Confederation” exhibit. Located in the Upper Foyer of the Confederation Centre of the Arts, there are displays, a beautiful replica of the famous Confederation Chamber (including some original pieces), and the award-winning film, “A Building of Destiny.” Come, take your seat at the table, and learn all about this Canadian treasure!

Pendant cette période de fermeture, on invite les visiteurs à découvrir Province House grâce à l’exposition « L’histoire de la Confédération ». Située dans le foyer supérieur du Centre des arts de la Confédération, cette exposition comprend des présentoirs, une magnifique reproduction de la célèbre Salle de la Confédération (avec certains éléments d’origine), ainsi que le film primé « Un édifice, une destinée ». Venez prendre place à la table et découvrir tout ce qu’il y a à savoir sur ce trésor canadien!


New Kids on the Block

URBAN DAISY BOUTIQUE

Charlottetown’s vibrant and unique character is 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 to gain an appreciation of the entrepreneurial spirit and passion infused in the city’s business community.

SLAYMAKER & NICHOLS GASTRO HOUSE

82 Fitzroy Street

The newest hip restaurant on the block, Slaymaker & Nichols, is Charlottetown’s answer to a tapas restaurant that also provides a trendy, cozy, and casual vibe. Brought to you by the same owners of North Rustico’s infamous Blue Mussel Cafe, this 45-seat restaurant and inn was named after the Slaymaker & Nichols Olympic Circus that came to town around the same time as the Charlottetown Conference in 1864. With a menu inspired by simple, fresh and locallysourced ingredients, it features smaller plates packed with flavour and designed for sharing. The property also features a boutique three bedroom inn, and both the inn and gastro house are a bit of a throwback to a simpler time with all the modern comforts you’d expect. SLAYMAKER & NICHOLS GASTRO HOUSE

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FOUNDERS’ FOOD HALL & MARKET

FOUNDERS’ FOOD HALL & MARKET

6 Prince Street

During a walk along the Charlottetown waterfront, be sure to pop into Founders’ Food Hall & Market where there’s everything you could possibly crave under one beautiful roof. Located in a restored railway car shop dating back to 1906, this new market blends the urban and rural, bringing together Prince Edward Island’s most savoury flavours. It features tons of hot food vendors, local craft beer, adorable artisan shops, cold-pressed juice, hand-rolled ice cream, gourmet donuts, locally-roasted coffee, and is the perfect place to connect with the locals and experience the charm of Prince Edward Island. The Visitor Information Centre is also located here and provides a welcoming place for you to get the best tips about the island.

URBAN DAISY BOUTIQUE

URBAN DAISY BOUTIQUE

162 Richmond Street, Suite #20

Located on the second floor of a beautiful heritage building on Victoria Row, it’s well worth finding this green beauty oasis. When you arrive, simply buzz suite number #20 and Jacqueline, the owner and in-house natural makeup artist, will gladly welcome you into her world. She has carefully curated her shop to offer all-natural, cruelty-free cosmetics and skincare products, and she’s happy to provide consultations to help you choose the best products for your unique skin. She’s passionate about helping others feel beautiful from the inside out, while creating a healthier and more environmentally-conscious population. And we’re pretty sure you’ll love her little slice of heaven as much as we do.

HOJO’S JAPANESE CUISINE

HOJO’S JAPANESE CUISINE

119 Kent Street

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with eating lobster rolls and fish & chips for a week-straight, if you’re looking to switch it up, then we suggest looking no further than Hojo’s Japanese Cuisine for authentic and de-lic-ious Japanese eats. Located on Kent Street, they opened their doors to the public in 2019 and have been spreading joy to the hearts and bellies of ramen (and sushi) lovers ever since. They offer everything from the humble gyoza & karaage and ramen dishes (words cannot accurately do them justice), to the finest sushi and sashimi to be found anywhere. It is a true taste of Japan here on Prince Edward Island and you won’t want to skip it.

THE ARTS HOTEL

155 Kent Street

THE ARTS HOTEL

Located in the heart of downtown, this European-style hotel provides cozy rooms with tasteful design at a budget-friendly rate. Their innovative space also offers a range of thoughtfully crafted services & amenities, including a contemporary guest lounge that’s great for meeting fellow travellers or co-working in the open space. Within the new hotel is a 3,000-square foot event space, the Trailside Music Hall, which is a nod to the iconic Trailside Café that was for many years a popular destination for live music outside the city in Mount Stewart. The Salvador Dali Café also features an eclectic array of tapas style dishes and a full bar, while the recreation space on the lower floor is ideal for keeping fit on the road.

FARMACY+FERMENTARY

152A Great George Street

Farmacy+Fermentary opened in August 2019 and is owned and operated by local farmers Smith and Verena Varga who also run Heart Beet Organics, a small certified organic farm in Darlington, PEI. The space itself features local, organic, Island-grown produce, fresh ready-made meals like salads and soups, kombucha on tap, and artisanal fermented foods. With 8 kombucha flavours on tap, you can try interesting combinations like cucumber mint, strawberry jalapeño, blueberry lavender, raspberry lemonade, and black currant. There are also two guest taps reserved for local craft beer and cider, so be sure to add this adorable hot spot to your list of local watering holes! FARMACY+FERMENTARY

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PEI FLOATING COTTAGES

PEI FLOATING COTTAGES

1 Great George Street

For a unique experience that’ll have you falling asleep to the sound of lapping water, check out PEI’s only floating cottage rental units. Located at Peake’s Quay on the Charlottetown waterfront, these nauticallythemed and cozy cottages offer an unforgettable experience. Close to restaurants, shops, green spaces, on- the-water experiences, and so much more, you’ll love watching the boats come and go as you soak up the peaceful vibes of the harbour. The upper deck is fantastic for sunning, having a cold drink, and people watching. You can even hear live music from time to time from the nearby floating food court or Peake’s Quay. It doesn’t get much more quintessential PEI than this.

RED ISLAND CIDER

RED ISLAND CIDER

101 Longworth Avenue

What started as a dream shared between two childhood friends has blossomed into the newest cider house in Charlottetown. Located at the east end of downtown, Red Island Cider has created a cozy taproom and strives to tell a story with each pint of clean, hand-crafted cider. The cider maker’s goal is to create traditional, clean, dry ciders using 100% apple juice from the best orchards in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Not unlike wine, variations in weather, apple varietal, and individual orchards means their ciders are always going to have variations from batch to batch. But what is consistent is their commitment to producing the best cider possible and we think you’ll agree they’ve achieved that.

MODO YOGA @ CCOA

ISLAND TIDES YOGA & WELLNESS FESTIVAL

Various indoor and outdoor locations throughout Charlottetown (June 18 - 21)

The Island Tides Yoga & Wellness Festival is the largest health and wellness festival in the Maritimes. Drawing on PEI’s therapeutic and lush landscapes, the festival is a celebration that blends healthy living, learning, and adventure. Made up of a combination of wellness events, runs, on-the-water activities, mystical night walks, inspiring workshops, fields of fire, and other feel-good activities, you’ll be craving this festival year after year. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi, a busy entrepreneur, or simply curious about dipping your toes in the wellness world, this festival offers you a chance to unwind and soak up all the Island has to offer.

New Kids on the Water

NIMRODS’- @NIMRODSPEI

SALT & SOL - @SALTANDSOLPEI

SALT & SOL

2 Pownal Street

Salt & Sol is a waterfront dining experience you won’t want to miss. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Charlottetown Harbour and Yacht Club from their second-story deck, feast on fresh Island seafood, or gather to sip and share locally-sourced dishes.

NIMRODS’

2 Great George Street

Nimrods’ is Charlottetown’s newest outdoor eatery on the wharf at Peake’s Quay. Enjoy affordable wood-fired pizza and entertainment in a fun and welcoming outdoor setting. One visit to Nimrods’ and you’ll quickly feel like part of the family.

THE CORK & CAST - @THECORKANDCAST

THE CORK & CAST

4 Prince Street

One of PEI’s first floating restaurants, The Cork & Cast is located at the beautiful Charlottetown Marina. This gem is the perfect place to enjoy fresh, local cuisine & beverages while watching the boats go by and soaking up those seaside vibes. www.discovercharlottetown.com | 23


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Say ‘I Do’ in Lovers’ Paradise Whether you’re from Prince Edward Island, have visited here before, found your partner on these red shores, or want to host your wedding in a unique destination, you’re sure to be smitten with your Island wedding. Here are all the reasons why you’ll want to start the next chapter of your love story here.

IT RADIATES ROMANCE

SIMON REID PHOTOGRAPHY

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

REMARKABLE HOSPITALITY

This quaint Island is abundant with accommodations that will sweep you off your feet with exceptional hospitality. Whether it’s a Victorian-style B&B by the ocean, a modern hotel in the heart of the city, or a cluster of cottages in the rolling hills, there’s something for every taste and style.

IT’S A PHOTOGRAPHER’S DREAM

THE RIVERSHED - ALEX DOUGLAS

Prince Edward Island makes it easy to capture stunning moments with a backdrop of airy seascapes, rich tones, and whimsical vibes. Whether it’s slipping away for beachside photos at sunset, meandering through fishing villages, or hitting the historic streets of Charlottetown, you can bet your photographer will find the coolest places to capture your wedding’s magic.

EVERYTHING IS CLOSE

Want to say your vows against a stunning beachscape and host an extraordinary reception in the city? No problem, we’ve got you. 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 all? It’s your wedding day, after all.

UNIQUE VENUES SUITED TO YOU

KANDISE BROWN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

A hip, urban brewery, an elegant Victorian-style ballroom, a rustic barn, a white tent on the beach, a restored historic church—no matter what your dream wedding venue is, 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.

TALENTED PROFESSIONALS

As you plan your wedding, rest assured you’ll have the pick of incredible industry professionals when it comes to talented makeup artists, wedding planners, caterers, 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.

YOU CAN HONEYMOON HERE, TOO

STEPHEN HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY

Who has the time or energy to plan a honeymoon after all that wedding planning? Luckily, 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 under the stars? www.discovercharlottetown.com | 25


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BARACHOIS INN HISTORIC BED & BREAKFAST

sleep@barachoisinn.com www.barachoisinn.com If your fantasy is to be surrounded by Victorian charm and beautiful gardens to host an intimate number of guests, The Barachois Inn is your ideal choice on Prince Edward Island.

BELVEDERE GOLF CLUB

bgcgm@bellaliant.com www.belvederegolfpei.com Nestled in the heart of Charlottetown, Belvedere Golf Club provides a unique wedding experience.

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.

BRADY MCCLOSKEY PHOTOGRAPHY

CHERYL PERRY PHOTOGRAPHY

info@cherylperryphotography.com www.cherylperryphotography.com Creating a relaxed atmosphere for couples so we can capture all the heartwarming and intimate moments that occur during your wedding or elopement!

ELOPE THE ISLAND

info@elopetheisland.com www.elopetheisland.com Elope the Island offers everything you need for an intimate wedding on PEI, including the commissioner, witnesses, and photographer - all set amidst the breathtaking backdrop of beautiful Prince Edward Island.

DOUGHNUTS BY DESIGN

www.getdoughnuts.com info@getdoughnuts.com Say “I Do-ough” with custom designed cake Doughnuts. Made fresh daily and designed specific to your occasion. Available in full size or minis, Doughnuts make the perfect dessert, wedding favour or fun late night snack.

THE GABLES

info@thegablesofpei.com The Gables of PEI Resort, located in beautiful Stanley Bridge, is only minutes from worldrenowned beaches, seafood, golf, and amazing wedding venues! An absolutely amazing accommodation option for both you and your guests.

ELYSIAN WEDDINGS & EVENTS

kristina@elysianwedvents.com www.elysianwedvents.com Elysian Weddings & Events is Prince Edward Island’s Passionate Wedding Planner, with a team of five WPIC Certified coordinators offering full service wedding planning and wedding management island-wide.

GRAND SENSES

avedasenses2019@gmail.com www.grandsensesspa.com From saying “yes” to saying “I do”, Grand Senses Spa would love to share in your wedding journey. Offering wedding day hair & make up or your “Pre-Day” Spa services, they can prepare you for your happily ever after.

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HAZELBROOK HOMESTEAD

info@hazelbrookhomestead.com An idyllic historic estate nestled between a private freshwater lake, rolling fields, and country gardens. Located 10 minutes from Charlottetown, this is the perfect countryside wedding location. 26 | 2020 official travel guide

JUMBO LOVE

info@jumbolove.ca www.jumbolove.ca Jumbo Love Wedding Films is a friendly and professional wedding film company that specializes in delivering fun, emotional wedding films to couples in love and allows you to relive the magic forever!

MAISON BLANCHE WEDDINGS

contact@maisonblancheweddings.com www.maisonblancheweddings.com Intimate wedding photography duo that focuses on real connections & real moments. For the wild lovers & adventurers at heart wanting to document their love in a fun, chill way!


WEDDINGS

MAISON BLANCHE WEDDINGS

SIMON REID PHOTOGRAPHY

me@simonreid.ca www.simonreid.ca I am a photographer and videographer that loves capturing special moments. From your most intimate elopement to your full family wedding, I would love to work together to capture your memories.

BARACHOIS INN HISTORIC BED & BREAKFAST

UNIQUELY YOURS WEDDINGS

trulyyourday@gmail.com Facebook: Uniquely Yours Weddings As a Marriage Commissioner, I have had the honor of creating unique wedding ceremonies across the province of Prince Edward Island for the last nine years. The marriage ceremony, whether formal or informal, should reflect the uniqueness of the couple.

DOUGHNUTS BY DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SHANNON-MAY PHOTOGRAPHY / SHANNONMAYPHOTOGRAPHY.COM

MARSHA E. WEEKS

marsha@yourpeiwedding.com www.yourpeiwedding.com I’m a proud Islander in my 8th season as a Wedding Officiant! My signature style is light, airy, personal, and romantic. I’d love to be part of your wedding day, elopement or vow renewal anywhere on PEI!

Weddings • Parties • Festivals • Conventions 902-836-5189 www.caseleys.com www.discovercharlottetown.com | 27


PADDLES PEI


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. BY FOOT OR BY BICYCLE

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

BEACH TIME

Charlottetown is the perfect base from which to explore the Island’s spectacular coastline, which includes over 800 km of beachfront. And with provincial and national parks along the north and south shores, you’re never far from the sea. In fact, PEI has some of the most stunning, undeveloped, and well-kept beaches in the world. From secluded beaches to supervised stretches of paradise, there are plenty of them to fall in love with. The best part? They’re all within an easy drive from Charlottetown. Visit our blog for the Top 10 Beaches Loved by Locals (discovercharlottetown.com/insider).

A GOLFER’S PARADISE

Boasting over 400 fairways, all within no more than 90 minutes of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is truly a golfer’s paradise. With links-style courses to the more traditional, there are both challenging and forgiving courses for golfers of all levels. There are also lots of affordable rounds and packages, so 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. golfpei.ca

COASTAL DRIVING

Exploring the Island by car is a treat on its own, especially if your route takes you along one of the Island’s three beautiful coastal drives: Points East Coastal Drive, Central Coastal Drive, and North Cape Coastal Drive. Although each of these coastline-hugging drives has its own special flair and feel, they all showcase the Island’s stunning red cliffs, pristine waterscapes (complete with classic lighthouses), and sweet pastoral scenery. Regardless of where you decide to take your road trip, you can be sure you’ll happen upon marvellous scenery, friendly locals, and postcard-worthy villages all throughout the Island.

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

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BRACKLEY BEACH - THE REDHEAD ROAMER


Road Trippin’ While there’s plenty to see and do in Charlottetown, you’ll inevitably feel drawn to other regions of Prince Edward Island. With close driving distance to many of the Island’s most charming and idyllic spots, the seaside capital makes an ideal home base for exploring all the island has to offer. Here’s a quick overview as well as approximate drive times from Charlottetown—because you never know when you might encounter a tractor or two, right?

DISCOVER THE BEAUTY & FLAVOURS OF POINTS EAST COASTAL DRIVE

Featuring some of our most historic homesteads, unique dining experiences and peaceful beaches, it’s worth exploring the nooks and crannies of Eastern PEI.

ORWELL CORNER (25 MINS)

Head east out of Charlottetown on Route 1 to Orwell Corner, where you can step back in time to a rural PEI of the 1890s. Enter the original crossroads community through the agricultural museum then venture to the village. The site features an 1861 church, one room schoolhouse, general store, working blacksmith shop, and historic farm filled with traditional animals. Engage in their daily experiences, like bread making, working with the draft horses, and even forge a keepsake of the visit by hand in the blacksmith shop. Newly featured in 2020 is the LM Montgomery experience where visitors can step back into the time of Anne of Green Gables. Take part in some of Anne’s chores and take a carriage ride down a red dirt road. Visit Macphail Homestead for lunch, learn about the author’s visit with Sir Andrew, and explore a beautiful Island forest that Maud loved so dearly.

ORWELL CORNER - PROVINCE OF PEI

POINT PRIM & WOOD ISLANDS (40 MINS +)

From Orwell, carry on to Point Prim along Route 1, where the Island’s oldest lighthouse stands majestically at the water’s edge. Pay a visit to the Point Prim Chowder House for delectable Island chowders, incredible seafood dishes, and exceptional water views. Continue east along Route 1 and visit the Wood Islands Lighthouse and Interpretive Museum. A short 8km 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.

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MURRAY HARBOUR - TPEI PB

MURRAY HARBOUR & MURRAY RIVER (55 MINS +)

Next, head to the small fishing villages of Murray Harbour and Murray River. Be sure to visit the Murray Harbour Range Lighthouses, then browse through funky hand-made items at Adorn & Nest. It’s definitely worth reserving a table at #5 Cafe before heading on your way. Stop at the local wharf in Murray River and tour with Captain Nate’s Adventure cruise boat and order a lobster roll from his food truck! Grab a coffee and a treat at Companion Coffee before enjoying some beach time at Kings Castle Provincial Park. You can also spot secluded beaches and sandstone cliffs from atop Cape Bear Lighthouse.

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MONTAGUE RIVER - TPEI PB

MONTAGUE (40 MINS)

From Murray River, you can travel less than 20 minutes along Route 4 to reach the lively town of Montague. It boasts tree-lined streets, lots of public art, stately historic buildings, and stunning views of the Montague River. The waterfront is teeming with activity—from riverboat cruises and kayaking to outdoor movies in the summer. Meanwhile, Main Street “must-dos” 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.

THE WHEELHOUSE - GLEN STRICKEY

GEORGETOWN (45 MINS)

Just five minutes from Montague, you’ll find the seaside town of Georgetown. With quaint historic streets and quirky shops, it won’t take long to be wooed by its charm. 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 Art Gallery & Sweets Shop for a tasty homemade treat. The Kings Playhouse Theatre also offers exceptional community entertainment and vibrant gardens to explore.


SOURIS (1 HR 5 MINS)

Considered a day trip onto itself, the port town of Souris 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 eating experience is on your bucket list, reserve a dinner seat at Chef Michael Smith’s Fireworks restaurant within the Inn at 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.

ST. PETER’S BAY & GREENWICH (45 MINS)

On your way back to Charlottetown along the north shore, you’ll happen upon the small, charming community of St. Peter’s Bay. Discover the pristine white sand dunes 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.

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EXPERIENCE THE CENTRAL COASTAL DRIVE AND CAVENDISH BEACH

If incredible food and stunning views sound like your prescription for happiness, then a road trip along the Central Coastal Drive is just what the doctor ordered.

BRACKLEY BEACH, STANHOPE & DALVAY (20 MINS +)

Head north from Charlottetown out Route 15 to any one of the gorgeous beaches along Gulfshore Parkway East. Robinson’s Island is a must for cyclists looking for a moderately challenging trail that winds through the woods and ends at a beautiful (and quiet) beach. When hunger strikes, visit The Dunes Studio Gallery & Cafe on Route 15 for an elegant meal, Richard’s Fish & Chips at Covehead Wharf for the ultimate beachside meal, or spoil yourself with high tea or dinner at the majestic Dalvay by the Sea. The Brackley Drive-In is also a cool way to watch Hollywood’s finest flicks under the stars.

NORTH RUSTICO (35 MINS)

Next up, head to picturesque North Rustico, where a thriving Acadian culture continues to shape this working fishing village. Take a right at the centre of town onto Harbour View Drive and you’ll soon reach the wharf and a beautiful public beach. While there, indulge in some local dockside dining at Blue Mussel Cafe or On the Dock Eatery, or get out on the water with a deep sea fishing excursion or kayaking experience with Outside Expeditions. Meanwhile Church Hill Ave. brings you to the entrance of Gulf Shore Parkway West and the National Park. Keep an eye out for the look-off point called Orby Head, where you’ll find the most insane views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

CAVENDISH (35 MINS)

Perhaps best known 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, it’s got it all. For tasty dining options, Avonlea Village and the Cavendish Boardwalk offer plenty of choices, as well as family entertainment and shopping. Just off the main strip, there are many natural wonders; explore the trails and landscapes that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s vivid descriptions of PEI at Green Gables Heritage Place or pack a picnic and head to the trail systems and forests of Cavendish Grove.

NEW GLASGOW (30 MINS)

Just 10 minutes from Cavendish, make your way on Route 13 through the rolling hills of New Glasgow. Here you’ll find an abundance of deliciousness— from homemade jams at the PEI Preserve Company to unique gouda cheeses and artisan woodfired pizza at Glasgow Glen Farm. Experience a traditional Island lobster dinner at New Glasgow Lobster Suppers, or enjoy exquisite Island fare complete with soothing water views at The Mill. CAVENDISH BEACH

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EVEN MORE OF THE CENTRAL COASTAL DRIVE STANLEY BRIDGE & NEW LONDON FRENCH RIVER & DARNLEY (35 MINS +) (45 MINS +) Take Route 6 to Stanley Bridge and start your journey on a high note with freshly shucked oysters at Carr’s Oyster Bar on the water in Stanley Bridge. Then stop in at Village Pottery in New London, where you’ll find a large selection of unique, handcrafted pottery and artwork. They also have a super cute ice cream parlour adjacent to the shop that’s all too tempting on a hot summer day. Just around the corner, The Table Culinary Studio offers hands-on culinary classes and intimate group dinners in a beautiful converted church.

From New London, head north along Route 20 and marvel at the stunning vistas that greet you on your way to the picturesque fishing village of French River. Don’t miss the magnificent views at nearby Cape Tryon. And 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 white sandy beach favoured by locals.

MALPEQUE & KENSINGTON (50 MINS +)

A short drive past Darnley and you’ll land in Malpeque, where you’ll find treasures like the Malpeque Oyster Barn, Cabot Beach Provincial Park, the O’Neill Home Gallery, and Thunder Cove (home of the famous ‘teapot’ rock). When trekking back to Charlottetown via Route 2, stop in Kensington where the Island Stone Pub serves up traditional pub food with a local flair in the Kensington Railway Station, a National Historic Site. The station also hosts a farmers’ market on Saturday mornings in the summer. Before leaving town, a visit to the Frosty Treat Dairy Bar is a quintessential PEI experience.

VICTORIA-BY-THE-SEA (35 MINS)

Along Route 1 on the serene south shore, you’ll find a tiny storybook village that has been revitalized by many artists and creatives who call it home. It features charming shops and eateries that line the streets and waterfront, while fishing boats come and go from the small harbour. Must-visits include: The Landmark Oyster House, Island Chocolates, and Stanley Pottery. Catch a live theatre show at the Victoria Playhouse and make time for a bite at the Lobster Barn or Casa Mia by the Sea. If kayaking floats your boat, rent one at the wharf and paddle the gentle waters of the Northumberland Strait.

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SUMMERSIDE - THE CITY BY THE SEA (55 MINS)

An urban centre with strong connections to the seaside, Summerside is a holistic destination for health and wellness, Island culinary experiences, and soft-adventure. It also features unique museums, live music, beautiful galleries, and historic homes that make it the perfect place to explore on your own or take in an architectural walking tour. Enjoy the ocean air along the Baywalk Boardwalk and Cycling Trail, which extends 6.5 km along the city’s waterfront and meets up with the provincial Confederation Trail. Nearby Green’s Shore beach is a fantastic area for activities all year-round. In the summer, the sandy beach area boasts a long stretch of shoreline, perfect for kayaking, kite surfing, kiteboarding, or just relaxing. During the winter, the area is ideal for skating, hockey, and cross country skiing. Some of the other local highlights include Spinnakers’ Landing, Samuel’s Coffee House, South Central Kitchen & Provisions, Island Stoneware Pottery, and Evermoore Brewery, just to mention a few. Off the Wallz outdoor waterfront splash park is ideal for kids, while Holman’s Ice Cream Parlour or Alex’s Ice Cream are great ways to keep cool on a hot day. Stay into the evening and treat yourself to an exciting performance with the Feast Dinner Theatre at Brothers 2, the Harbourfront Theatre, or College of Piping, where bagpipers, drummers, and step dancers showcase their impressive talents. Visit www.exploresummerside.com for more info. LEFURGEY CULTURAL CENTRE

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MAKE YOUR WAY “UP WEST”

The North Cape Coastal Drive offers 350km of some of the most breathtaking vistas and an undeniable sense of community in its small towns that are peppered throughout the region.

EVANGELINE (1 HR 5 MINS)

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. Stop in at the Village Musicale Acadien in Abram’s Village for a free afternoon concert filled with fiddles, guitars, step dancing, and singing. And for an experience unlike any other, head to St. Chrysostome where you can hang with goats on the beach and even try paddleboarding with them!

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O’LEARY & WEST POINT (1 HR 30 MINS +)

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SKINNERS POND & NORTH CAPE (1 HR 50 MINS +)

As you venture further north along the coast, you’ll eventually reach Skinners Pond, home to the Stompin’ Tom Centre Homestead & Schoolhouse, which commemorates one of Canada’s greatest folk and country singer/ songwriters of all time. Further along, you’ll discover the wonders of North Cape, where the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait converge over the longest natural rock reef in North America. You can also walk the Black Marsh Nature Trail, view impressive wind turbines, and learn about renewable energy at the Wind Energy Interpretive Centre. A stop at Kildare Capes is a must to capture the towering red cliff coastline— some of the highest on PEI!

Further north-west, don’t miss the Canadian Potato Museum in the town of O’Leary. Grab a bite at the The Potato Kitchen, a hidden gem inside the museum. And even if you’re not a lighthouse lover, you’ll want to stop at the West Point Lighthouse, which was converted into an inn and museum in 1984. Climb the 72 stairs and experience the coastal views of whitesand beaches and crashing waves from the lantern deck. Pack your bathing suit and go for a dip at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park, or wait until sundown and experience the most spectacular sunset on PEI.

TYNE VALLEY & LENNOX ISLAND (1 HR 15 MINS +)

For all the oyster lovers out there, make your way to Tyne Valley, a coastal village rich with culture, where Prince Edward Island’s famous Malpeque Oysters are harvested. On nearby Lennox Island, you can partake in The Beat of One Drum, a handson experience that allows visitors to work with an Indigenous Artisan, learning about the importance of the hand drum to the Mi’kmaq culture while you assemble the base and weave moose hide to make your own drum to take home. You can also explore the land on your own or contact the Cultural Centre for guided tours of the trails and get a firsthand perspective of traditional Mi’kmaq culture.

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Uptown Lovin’

NORTH RIVER CAUSEWAY

While downtown Charlottetown oozes a certain charm, the north end of the city has its own distinct appeal and convenience. With tons of amenities, dining options, places to play, and hotel accommodations, it’s well worth a visit—or using it as your home base to explore! While it’s easy to get to by car, it’s very accessible by bike or foot along the Confederation Trail. So whether it’s shopping ‘til you drop, splashing in an indoor pool, or eating like it’s your job (don’t worry, you’re on vacation), there are many ways to experience the uptown and midtown areas of Charlottetown. ACCOMMODATIONS FOR EVERY TASTE

With a variety of amenity-filled hotels along Capital Drive, like the Rodd Royalty, Holiday Inn Express or the Comfort Inn, the choice is all yours. But for a more tranquil pace in the heart of uptown, look no further than the charming Banbridge Inn. With contemporary comfort, beautifully landscaped grounds and mid-century charm, this familyrun boutique motel is just minutes from historic downtown Charlottetown and makes for the perfect home base to explore all of Prince Edward Island. Our newest hotel on the block is the Hampton Inn & Suites, which has all the modern comforts you could possibly need.

Visit Owl’s Hollow, an independent kids’ store that has a ton of toys, books, board games, and more for kids of all ages. They also have a playland area and coffee house.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

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RISE & CLIMB ADVENTURE PARK


ONE-STOP SHOPPING (AND EATING)

Be sure to drop into the North River Causeway where you’ll find an inviting collection of unique shops. Stop at Receiver Coffee Co. for the tastiest coffee and baked goods east of Montreal, Piatto Pronto for delightful woodfired pizza, Moo Moo Grilled Cheesery for gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, or Boom Burger for some of the best burger and fries in town. And if you’re looking to satisfy that sweet tooth, look no further than Anne’s Chocolates or COWS Creamery.

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EAT & DRINK LOCAL

There’s no shortage of local food and drink places to hit up along this buzzing part of town. Visit the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market for local goods, hot food, and lots of friendly smiles from local vendors. Or head to Upstreet Craft Brewing for some of the tastiest hand-crafted ale you’ve ever had. Their cozy taproom is also a great place to linger, grab a bite to eat, and play some board games. Nearby PEI Brewing Company also has incredible craft beer, tasty food, and engaging brewery tours.

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UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

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Discover the thrill of live harness racing at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino on Kensington Road. Or, for the betting-inclined, check out their 200 slot machines and table games for hours of fun. For something entirely unique, experience the fantastic world of virtual reality at Ultimate VR (345 Mt Edward Road), where you can play dodgeball, shoot zombies, or walk a plank 60 stories high, to name just a few VR experiences you can check out. www.discovercharlottetown.com | 37


See & Do

FLYBOARD PEI & SEADOO TOURS


Island Through & Through

FUNWHEEL RENTALS - @ALLIEANDSAM

To truly experience PEI, there’s no doubt you’ve gotta do as the locals do. Whether it’s tonging and shucking oysters (it’s harder than it looks), tapping along at a kitchen party or soaking up the chill seaside vibes, there’s a boatload of uniquely Island activities that’ll fast-track your initiation to being an ‘Honourary Islander’. GET OUT ON THE WATER As Islanders, seawater is practically in our blood. And there’s no better way to truly embrace our way of life than by getting out on the water and having experienced locals show you the ropes. Whether it’s hopping aboard Top Notch Lobster Tours for an authentic lobster fishing (and eating) excursion, heading out seal watching with Peake’s Wharf Boat Tours, or getting your adrenaline pumping with Flyboard PEI & Seadoo Adventures, we’ve got something for every taste, preference, and thrilllevel. Of course, the perfect way to end any ocean adventure is to treat yourself to an ice cream cone afterward. Famous COWS at Peake’s Wharf is always a delight or head to local fav Kiwanis Dairy Bar in Victoria Park.

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ENJOY LIVE MUSIC ON TAP The heart of Prince Edward Island can be felt in our vibrant music scene, with live acts presented in an array of intimate & outdoor settings. Take in an acoustic performance by local talent at one of our many pubs or wander the streets and stop to listen to a live bluegrass tune. Check out the Benevolent Irish Society for a ceilidh and square dance set. On Thursday nights, experience a traditional music session at the Old Triangle. The Ross Family Ceilidh also happens every Tuesday night at The Guild. The biggest kitchen party of the year takes place at the PEI International Shellfish Festival (Sept 17 - 20), where fresh shellfish and live music collide in an epic weekend of Island-style revelry.

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EAT WATERSIDE Nothing says “Island Life” quite like a seafood spread and cold craft beer by the water. Craving a lobster dinner? Head to Lobster on the Wharf, where the waterfront deck views are on point. For a casual drink and local eats, check out The Cork & Cast, PEI’s first floating restaurant. Got gourmet pizza cravings? Nimrods’ at Peake’s Wharf has you covered. Peake’s Quay Restaurant & Bar also offers a sprawling deck, cool cocktails, and a large menu. Nearby Brakish! has several craft beer options and appetizers to tempt the adults while their ‘BrakYard’ lawn games will keep the whole family entertained. And for the best place to watch the boats come and go with a cocktail hand, check out the upper deck of Salt & Sol.

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KEEP IT GREEN PEI is known for being a leader in the environmental movement, and visitors to our fair isle have plenty of opportunities to follow suit. Whether it’s a walking tour with the Confederation Players, hearing legends and folklore with the Secrets of Charlottetown Walking Tour, or trying a unique pub tour upon the world’s first solarpowered pedal bus, there are plenty of ways to see the city while keeping Mama Earth happy. For those more inclined to explore on two wheels, Fun Wheel Rentals is a great choice for bike rentals within the city or you can experience some of the best trails on the Island with Sacred Rides PEI Mountain Bike Tours.

BRAKISH!

EXPERIENCE HARNESS RACING Here in PEI, harness racing is almost as old and deeply rooted in the Island way of life as the 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. Red Shores 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 or try one of Experience PEI’s hands-on “Owner For An Evening” experiences to truly step into the shoes of a local.


CHARLOTTETOWN YOGA SPACE

KEEP FIT & HAVE FUN By its very nature, PEI’s capital city is a huge draw for those looking to relax and soak up all the magic the Island has to offer. And with yoga studios like Modo Yoga, the Charlottetown Yoga Space and Infrared Fitness, as well as health & beauty spas like Pure Spa and Grand Senses, the choice is all yours for ways to unwind. New in 2020 is the Island Tides Yoga & Wellness Festival taking place June 18 - 21, which blends healthy living, learning, and adventure. Made up of a combination of wellness events, runs, on-the-water activities, mystical night walks, inspiring workshops, fields of fire, and other feel-good activities, this festival is an amazing way to kick off the summer.

EMBRACE THE OCEAN AIR (AND TASTE) With 800+ km of pristine beachfront, no matter where you decide to go, PEI’s beaches are primed for connecting with the stunning beauty of the landscape and the calming sound of the sea. If that wasn’t enough, you can even get an up-closeand-personal taste of the sea with Experience PEI’s Tong & Shuck oyster experience. So be sure to pack your rubber boots and try your hand at harvesting and shucking some of the world’s most renowned oysters. You’ll get to slurp fresh oysters to your heart’s content after you’re done tonging. EXPERIENCE PEI OYSTER TONGING

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES CAVENDISH

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STEP INTO THE WORLD OF ANNE OF GREEN GABLES It’s been over 110 years since the redhead orphan who put PEI on the map was created by L.M. Montgomery, and yet she continues to win over hearts all over the world. In the city, you can catch her on stage in Anne of Green Gables - The Musical™ at Confederation Centre of the Arts or Anne & Gilbert - The Musical at The Guild. 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. Don’t miss the chocolate-covered potato chips!

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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. Licensed by transport Canada, 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 Eat. Drink. Bowl. An inclusive entertainment destination in downtown Charlottetown, The Alley is the place to go for a delicious meal and local craft beer with 5-pin bowling, music, and sports. 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 28 - October 25, 2020

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.

THE CHARLOTTETOWN FESTIVAL

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™ or 42 | 2020 official travel guide

the hilarious musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. At The Mack, enjoy Dear Rita, the musical love-letter to Atlantic Canadian icon Rita MacNeil, or the hilarious two-man farce, Bed & Breakfast.

across Canada to perform a new musical about our nation’s identity, environmental concerns, and vision for the future. Presented daily, in the outdoor amphitheatre; June 27 – August 15, 2020.

CHARLOTTETOWN YOGA SPACE

800.463.4734 www.tourismpei.com/pei-confederation-trail With 445 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.

49 Pownal Street chtownyogaspace@gmail.com charlottetownyoga.com Charlottetown Yoga Space is a collective studio fueled by instructors passionate about sharing all types of yoga and movement. The Starter Week is $13 +tax.

CITY CINEMA

64 King Street 902.368.3669 www.citycinema.net Unwind by enjoying a movie at City Cinema, downtown Charlottetown’s treasured 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 historical and contemporary exhibitions year-round. This summer features a major retrospective of the work of 19th century painter Robert Harris, and the spectacular and immersive installations of Quebec artist collective BGL, who represented Canada at the 2015 Venice Biennale. 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, 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 tours, 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 A leadership and performing arts training program, the troupe comes together from

CONFEDERATION TRAIL

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.

EAST COAST ART PARTY

135 Great George Street 833.278.7789 www.eastcoastartparty.com East Coast Art Party is a social painting experience with an East Coast flair! Find an event you like and reserve your spot. Each ticket includes everything you need to produce your work of art.

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!

FOX MEADOW GOLF COURSE & HUNTER’S ALE HOUSE

167 Kinlock Road, Stratford 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 Hunter’s Ale House restaurant.

FOX STORY WALK

6 Prince Street, Founders Hall www.downtowncharlottetown.com This fun, free, family-friendly activity consists of


ACTIVITIES a series of 9 story boards placed around the downtown, which tell the story of Ringo the Fox. Start at the Giant Sunflower at Founders’ Hall. Each board consists of a section of the story, illustrations, fox facts, hints to the next board, and a map.

FUNWHEEL RENTALS

6 Prince Street 902.316.1214 www.funwheelrentals.ca For all your bicycle rental needs. Surrey bikes, tandem bikes, mountain bikes and Pedal assist E-bikes. Located at Charlottetown Visitor Centre, at the Founders’ Food Hall & Market.

GALLERY @ THE GUILD

111 Queen Street 866.774.0717 www.theguildpei.com A public gallery that presents professional & emerging Artists of all disciplines with a focus on PEI Artists & community groups. Licensed, wheel-chair accessible, opening receptions. Visit our website for details.

GOLF PEI

866.GOLF.PEI (465.3734) 193 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 operates a golf store stocked with clothing & equipment from courses across PEI.

GRAND SENSES

119 Grafton Street 902.894.8332 www.grandsensesspa.com A warm welcome awaits you at the Grand Senses Spa - an Aveda Lifestyle salon, spa and boutique next to the Holman Grand in the heart of Charlottetown.

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.

HAPPY POTTER

6 Prince Street, Founders Hall & 20 Myrtle Street, Stratford 902.569.2120 www.happypotter.ca An inviting and fun creative space for all ages. We offer make-your-own, paint-your-own pottery activities, along with play-with-clay parties, and other creative activities such as slime-making, fused glass, paint-on-canvas and lots more!

HARBOUR HIPPO

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

HOP|SIP|SWIRL TASTING TOURS

Pickups available in Charlottetown 902.330.2739 www.hopsipswirl.ca Prince Edward Island’s premier winery, brewery, distillery, and cidery tasting tour company. We offer small, guided and private groups tours Island-wide!

JET SKI TOURS, RENTALS & FLYBOARDING

Charlottetown Waterfront 844.359.4376 www.flyboardmaritimes.com Breathtaking 2 hour, guided jet ski tours to see animals, historic sights, and beautiful local scenery. Rent a jet ski to cruise around Charlottetown and into the Gulf of St Lawrence or try flyboarding.

LIVE @ THE CENTRE

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

ORWELL CORNER HISTORIC VILLAGE

7 Old Uigg Road, Orwell PE 902.651.8515 www.orwellcornervillage.ca Only 25 minutes away from Charlottetown, Orwell Corner is a fully functioning 1895 village. Immerse yourself in history, make your own bread, learn to blacksmith and work with our horses in one of our experiences!

PADDLES

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

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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 the collection of over 2000 artifacts, some dating as far back as 1807. Open Monday to Friday (9am - 4pm) and Thursday evenings (7pm - 9pm).

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

PEI BREWING COMPANY

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.

PEI ESCAPE ROOMS

81 Prince Street 902.367.5341 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.

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

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).

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.

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PURE SPA & MODO YOGA CHARLOTTETOWN

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 & calming the mind.

Terry Fox Place, Cornwall (Park here) 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.

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ACTIVITIES ROSS FAMILY CEILIDH

111 Queen Street, The Guild 902.620.3333 www.rossfamily.ca PEI roots music at its most fun! Lively brothersister group perform authentic Island songs and fiddling, plus stories and incredible synchronized stepdancing. 7:30 pm every Tuesday, June 16 to October 6.

SACRED RIDES PEI - MOUNTAIN BIKE TOURS

902.628.9665 www.sacredridespei.com Whether you’re a local or visitor, beginner or expert, Sacred Rides PEI will make sure you have an awesome day of riding. We offer beginner lessons and tours for all levels. 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. Ghost tours also available. Call for more info.

SOLAR DINNER CRUISE BOAT & SOLAR PEDAL BUS PUB TOURS

Charlottetown Marina & Peake’s Quay Marina 844.RIDE.SOLAR www.ridesolar.com World’s FIRST solar dinner cruise & boat tours from $25/person. World’s FIRST solar pedal bus pub tours from $39/person. Operating on the Charlottetown waterfront daily from June - Oct. Prince Edward Tours Discover Charlottetown FINAL Marks.pdf

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SMALL PRINT BOARD GAME CAFÉ

119 Grafton Street, 2nd Level 902.370.2456 www.smallprintcafe.com A downtown gem, Small Print is a licensed board game lounge offering various activities like trivia nights, game tournaments and crafting events led by local creatives. Check out the website for news and updates!

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.

TOP NOTCH LOBSTER 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”.

TRAILSIDE MUSIC HALL

155 Kent Street 902.367.3311 www.trailside.ca Trailside Music Hall is an intimate, awardwinning live music venue located within The Arts Hotel. It’s THE place to experience some of the best Canadian and international music while enjoying delicious local food and drink in the heart of downtown Charlottetown.

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 for a great meal, locally inspired beers and drinks, or pick up some fresh cans or a souvenir to take home.

VICTORIA PARK, POOL & SPLASHPAD

Park Roadway 902.566.5548 | 902.368.1025 www.charlottetown.ca The largest of Charlottetown’s many parks, Victoria Park offers a variety of activities including tennis courts, ball parks, grassy fields, and a new accessible playground. Islanders flock to Victoria Park year-round. Despite its popularity, the park retains the feeling of pleasurable isolation that comes with Island living. 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 run from 11:00am – 7:45pm during the summer months, free of charge.

VICTORIAN SPLENDOR: A WALKING TOUR OF CHARLOTTETOWN

2 Kent Street 902.368.6603 www.peimuseum.ca Travel back in time to experience the pomp and pageantry of Victorian Charlottetown. Each tour includes admission into Beaconsfield Historic House, one of the most luxurious mansions of the city’s Golden Age. Visit our website or call for tour schedule and information.

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Falling in Love Although we don’t like to play favourites on the East Coast, each season has certain elements that give us those warm and fuzzy feels and fall is no exception. Whether it’s the vibrant pops of orange, yellow and red that suddenly dot the landscape or the harvest flavours that take over our dinner plates, it’s all too easy to fall in love with Charlottetown’s autumn colours. There’s plenty to do, see and taste during the season of cozy sweaters and all things pumpkinflavoured, with eating and sight-seeing taking centre stage. AMAZING FESTIVALS

If you enjoy incredible food, you’ll definitely want to come during the annual Fall Flavours Festival. Taking place Sept 4 - Oct 4, this five-week festival features numerous culinary experiences and adventures that’ll feed your foodie soul. Don’t miss the giant annual kitchen party, the PEI International Shellfish Festival (Sept 17 - 20), which celebrates its 25 anniversary this year and is jam-packed with shellfish, live music, and impressive culinary competitions.

SWOONING OVER HERITAGE ROADS

Pack a picnic and plan to make an afternoon or a whole day of exploring the Island’s stunning red clay heritage 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 also make for great photo ops!

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CYCLING AT ITS BEST

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 features over 400 kilometres of cycling and walking trails that span the Island from tip-totip. 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.

FARM DAY IN THE CITY

Loved by locals and a tradition for many visitors, Farm Day in the City brings together over 180 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. As the Island’s largest free outdoor market and street festival, you’ll want to plan for a few hours at Farm Day and really soak up all it has to offer. Oct 4

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THE PEI MARATHON

Calling all runners! 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 the beauty of Charlottetown and the surrounding area while pursuing your personal best or cheering on the runners. Oct 16 - 18

HARBOUR FEAST

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 upscale-yetcasual feast is hosted by a celebrity chef and showcases the best Island ingredients. Complete with music from one of the Island’s favourite party bands, it’ll be a night you’ll never forget. Oct 3

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HIT THE TRAILS

Whether you’re an avid mountain biker or a casual hiker, there’s no better place to witness the changing of the seasons than throughout the various hills and wooded trails just beyond the city limits. For the thrill-seekers, check out Sacred Rides PEI for a guided mountain biking adventure, or head to Brookvale, Bonshaw, MacPhail Woods, or Winter River for some of the most stunning hiking trails on the Island.

PEI SPIRITS FESTIVAL

THE PEI SPIRITS FESTIVAL

Whether you’re the martini-drinking James Bond type or love a beautifully hand-crafted cocktail, the PEI Spirits Festival appeals to all interests and features exquisite liquors from near and far. 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 tasty cocktails created right before your eyes. Nov 14

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Bring PEI Home with You When you find yourself smitten with a place like Prince Edward Island, inevitably you want to take a piece of it home with you. Whether that’s a funky piece of art, an enduring keepsake, or something edible—whatever your taste and style, Charlottetown has plenty of shopkeepers, food purveyors, and artisans with something just for you.

UNIQUE STORES AND FRIENDLY SHOPKEEPERS As you wander through the downtown core, you’ll find a wide array of independent stores and friendly shopkeepers with unique merchandise on display. Must-visits on Queen St. include JEMS Boutique, Luxury Market Consignment Boutique, Liquid Gold Tasting Bar, Colour Blind, and Blooming Lupin. Amongst the patios and restaurants on Victoria Row, you’ll find unique treasures at Kuriosities, Northern Watters Knitwear, Happy Glass, Green Eye Designs, Bayberry Lane, and Details Fine Art Gallery. Be sure to explore the side streets as well where little shops are tucked away awaiting your discovery. A SHOPPER’S DELIGHT Located in the middle of downtown, the Confederation Court Mall is filled with delightful shops to suit your every desire. During the summer months, head to the waterfront for more shopping bliss at Peake’s Wharf, where storefronts will tempt you with jewellery, souvenirs, clothing, and other treasures. Make time to visit Founders’ Food Hall & Market just east of Peake’s Wharf, where Island artisans, crafters, and food purveyors will impress you with their unique creations and commitment to high quality. TAKE AWAY, ISLAND STYLE Want to take a taste of PEI home with you? Place an order with MacKinnon’s Lobster Pound, where they’ll pack your lobster to go or even ship it home for you. For delicious snacks and artisan goods, head to the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, the Downtown Farmers’ Market, Riverview Country Market, or Kent St. Market. And for a crowd-pleasing treat back home (if they even make it that far), be sure to pick up a big package of COWS Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips at the Anne of Green Gables Chocolate Store. UPTOWN 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 chain stores, large grocery stores, and the Charlottetown Mall, which has over 50 great stores and services in one location. To get there, head north from the downtown core via University Avenue, which also has tons of amenities along the way, or by foot or bicycle along the Confederation Trail.

HOT TIP: Check out our Meet the Makers feature for more on some of the talented artisans and crafters in the city.

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, Receiver Coffee Co. and family-friendly restaurants like Piatto Pronto, Moo-Moo Grilled Cheesery, and Boom Burger. Last but not least, you’ll have arrived at the epicentre of the ice cream universe, COWS Factory, which is open to the public and well worth a visit. And, of course, a cone (or two).

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SHOPPING AMOS PEWTER

dissemination of wisdom, spreading of words, and sharing of beauty. Come discover our carefully curated selection of books and interesting sidelines.

CHARLOTTETOWN FARMERS’ MARKET

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 supply gifts 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 Confederation Centre of the Arts.

ART ON THE QUAY

10A Great George Street, Peakes Quay 902.940.5553 www.facebook.com/peiartonthequay Inspired by PEI’s stunning landscapes and cityscapes, Art on the Quay is a visual art shop with Island and Maritime Artists originals and reproductions. Prints, cards, t-shirts, coasters, market bags, art kits for kids, and more!

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,

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100 Belvedere Avenue 902.626.3373 www.charlottetownfarmersmarket.com Whether you’re looking for fresh produce, baked goodies, or works of art, the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market is a wonderful place to visit. Every Saturday 9am - 2pm. Open seasonally on Wednesdays.

CHOTTO SHOPPE

18 Queen Street, Delta Prince Edward Concourse 902.620.1947 chotto-shoppe.business.site Chotto is Japanese for a little bit. Drop in for your little bit of PEI to take home, locally sourced products and artwork from across the island, open year round.

COASTAL CULTURE PEAKE’S QUAY

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!

CONFEDERATION COURT MALL

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.

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, pedestrian friendly 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 and boutique artisans all 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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COOL AS A MOOSE

156 Queen Street 902.628.2226 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.

COTTON & WOOL

170 Great George Street 902.370.3710 A novelty boutique offering unique jewelery, bags, scarves, gifts, and novelty items. Also carrying beautiful products made locally by our fellow islanders. Visit our Facebook page Cotton and Wool Inc. for more information.

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.

CROWSNEST HANDMADE

138 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.626.2277 www.facebook.com/crowsnestpei Shop handmade! Carefully curated quality handmade finds from Island, Maritime, and Canadian makers. Pottery, house and home, stationery, baby, handbags, gourmet goods, and more. Luxury candles made on-site.

160 Richmond Street, Victoria Row www.facebook.com/greeneyedesigns An elegant and fun boutique filled with a unique collection of clothing, jewellery, accessories, and decor made exclusively by PEI artists. Come see us in action in our open workspace!

HAPPY GLASS

126 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.892.3307 www.happyglass.ca Come and enjoy my open studio above Victoria Row. I am a glass worker and silversmith. My jewellery is a celebration of light and colour. Lots of new designs to share with you this year.

JEMS BOUTIQUE

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.


SHOPPING 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, and thoughtfully-curated local products. Visit us for prepared foods, grocery essentials, charcuterie boards, and more.

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MOONSNAIL

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.

MY LITTLE STASH

162 Richmond Street (Suite #20), Victoria Row 902.213.8871 www.urbandaisyboutique.ca Urban Daisy is Prince Edward Island’s EcoBoutique offering an array of natural cosmetics, skincare, and eco-friendly beauty products. When you shop at Urban Daisy, you get to look good, feel good, and trust that you’re making socially and environmentally-conscious decisions.

11 Great George Street 902.894.5533 www.mylittlestash.ca Now in it’s seventh season, My Little Stash has quickly become an Island Favourite. A treasure trove of gifts with flair and styles that will make your eyes water. Smiles are free!

NORTHERN WATTERS KNITWEAR & TARTAN SHOP

142 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.626.2277 www.kuriosities.com Whimsical open jewelry studio and gift boutique on Victoria Row. Take home a little piece of PEI with our handcrafted jewelry embossed with Island sand, handcrafted by our goldsmith on the premises.

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.

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.

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.

TUCK N ROLL VINTAGE CLOTHING

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!

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. Also, the largest PEI craft store and Scottish/Irish store carrying yarns, sheepskin products, blankets, preserves, pottery, and a wide variety of crafts.

PEAKE’S WHARF HISTORIC WATERFRONT MERCHANTS

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

PEI CRAFTS COUNCIL 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, jewellery, glass, textile, etc.

PEI COMPANY STORE

134 Kent Street Confederation Court Mall 902.566.5267 Our unique gift shop features local, handcrafted jewellery, pottery, and large selection of Island jams and spices. We are the exclusive retail store for local artist John MacCallum.

THE ROOT CELLAR

34 Queen Street 902.892.6227 www.facebook.com/therootcellarpei PEI’s original health food store in downtown Charlottetown, since 1972. Carrying highquality supplements, bodycare, and organic, vegan, gluten-free foods. Knowledgeable staff. Passionate about helping you with all your health needs.

THE SHOWCASE

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™.

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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 & reproductions, one-of-a kind wood furniture, and other unique pieces of fun and whimsy. Complimentary tea served!

Makers & Curators on The Row Don’t miss these talented folks in the heart of the city: Details Fine Art Gallery - original artwork by local & international artists Bayberry Lane - local and imported gifts & home decor *Northern Watters Knitwear & Tartan Shop - 100% British wool sweaters & accessories and other crafts *Green Eye Designs - locally-made and sourced jewellery, clothing, and accessories Urban Daisy Eco-Boutique - natural beauty & skincare products *Kuriosities: Whimsical Trinkets & Oddities - handcrafted jewellery & other gifts *Crowsnest Handmade - handmade pottery, home decor, luxury candles, and more! *Happy Glass - handcrafted glasswork & precious metal jewellery *Open Studio

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THE YOUNG COMPANY

Top 10 Reasons to Spend the Day at Confed Centre in 2020 This sprawling arts campus in the heart of Old Charlottetown may seem daunting at first—a wall of sandstone pavilions across a full city block. But venture down one of the many entrances into ‘The Centre for all Canadians’ and you’ll find a treasure trove of rich experiences—the envy of any major city. Here are a handful of ways to make the most out of your experience at Confederation Centre of the Arts. CANADA’S YOUNG COMPANY

The Centre’s outdoor amphitheatre comes alive every noon-hour with a high-energy, inspiring musical performed by The Young Company. These 13 college-age emerging artists perform an original musical examining Canada’s past and using their own experiences to offer a hopeful vision for our shared future. A must-see each summer, this show is offered by donation and is family-friendly. June 27 - Aug 15

THE ORIGINAL “ANNE” MUSICAL

Ask any Islander, Anne of Green Gables — The Musical™ is essential viewing for any visit to PEI. Canada’s favourite musical is a true spectacle of movement, humour, and storytelling. Be mesmerized by Emma Rudy—the Island’s “Best Anne in years” (The 54 | 2020 official travel guide

Buzz)—starring as the orphan girl from away that changed the Island forever. Surrounded by a revolving stage, an ace cast of 28, and a full orchestra, this Anne Shirley will steal your heart. June 3 - Sept 26

THE ART OF VISUAL STORYTELLING

Experience six sprawling galleries featuring historic and modern Canadian art. Relax in the air-conditioned comfort of the Gallery’s architecturally unique spaces and enjoy a short visit or spend the whole afternoon. This summer, enjoy exhibitions ranging from historic portraits to Island craftworks to the Quebecois collective BGL, who focus on upcycling objects while critiquing our relationship with nature and consumer culture. Admission by donation; open year-round.


AN EAST COAST ICON

Dear Rita is making its world premiere as an inspiring new musical celebrating the life and songs of the region’s most beloved singer-songwriter, Rita MacNeil. The cabaret theatre, The Mack, plays host to this musical toast to the fierce Maritime icon. Dear Rita features a rock-solid cast of six singer-musicians channeling Rita’s spirit through a night filled with both traditional and reimagined performances of the singer’s hits and lesser-known gems. Already the talk of the town, tickets will be scarce. June 25 - Sept 25

THE PERFECT BROADWAY MUSICAL

Hailed the “perfect musical” by New York Magazine, The Drowsy Chaperone plays the 1,100-seat Mainstage. Drowsy is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes of the musical theatre genre. Mix together show-stopping tap and group dance numbers, two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, and a misguided Don Juan, and you have all the ingredients for a hysterical evening of madcap delight. June 30 - Sept 26

THE BIRTHPLACE OF CONFEDERATION

History comes alive at Confed Centre, including the full-size replica of the Confederation Chamber where the Fathers first met. Enjoy guided walking tours heading out to explore Old Charlottetown and costumed characters performing around the Centre and on nearby streets. Raise a mallet with John A. or Darcy McGee for a round of Fathers croquet or listen in on a live debate. The must-see event of the day is the famous duel between two of the Fathers, performed daily in the summer on the outdoor plaza. Tours: June 28 - Aug 23 / Chamber: year-round

CONFEDERATION CENTRE OF THE ARTS OUTDOOR GALLERY

LIVE! ALL YEAR-ROUND

Planning a visit during Fall Flavours, Jack Frost, or at Christmastime? We’ve got you covered with LIVE! @ the Centre, our year-round Canadian concert and event series. Pick from over 50 nights of rock, Celtic, comedy, choral music, dance, and family entertainment featuring the best in big-name touring artists and rising stars alike. A LIFE’S WORK: ROBERT HARRIS EXHIBITION AT THE GALLERY One of Canada’s most celebrated portrait artists, Robert Harris (1849-1919), is best known for his painting, The Fathers of Confederation. Pulling from our gallery’s extensive collection of Harris drawings, paintings, and artifacts, A Life’s Work shines a light on the Islander’s impressive career as a painter in a very young country. June 20, 2020 - Jan 17, 2021

CONFED CENTRE GALLERY

A HILARIOUS TOUR-DE-FORCE

With dozens of characters—male and female, young and old—all portrayed by two men, Bed and Breakfast is a theatrical tour-de-force, also showing at The Mack. As riotously funny as it is moving, this heartfelt comedy play is all about being different and standing out in small town Canada, revealing skeletons in the closet, and finding a place to call home. July 11 - Sept 26

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Eating up a full city block, this sprawling complex feels like a college campus set within a historic downtown. Plentiful green space, benches, and a raised plaza above Victoria Row offer ideal settings to laze in the sun or enjoy an ice cream while plotting your next move. The plazas feature outdoor sculptures, a brass quintet, and costumed tour guides, all just steps away from nearby shops and restaurants.

Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™

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GREEN EYE DESIGNS GREEN - JENNA EYEKEENAN DESIGNS


Meet the Makers & Curators You know you’re visiting a special place 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 and curators 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 artistic 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 featured below and you’ll get closer to understanding just how magical this little ‘sandbar’ in the water really is. SAVANNAH BELSHER-MACLEAN - OWNER & DESIGNER AT GREEN EYE DESIGNS

Savannah Belsher-MacLean is a maker, curator, entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed cheerleader for all things PEI-related. She started sewing Barbie clothes from scraps of fabric when she was 8-years-old, and has been in love with fashion and making beautiful things ever since. On top of her many creative endeavors, she’s the proud new owner of Green Eye Designs on Victoria Row. This elegant and well-loved local boutique is filled with a unique collection of clothing, jewellery, accessories, and decor made exclusively by Prince Edward Island artists. It carries carefully-curated vintage clothing, home goods, and select antiques that offer a fresh perspective on sustainable fashion and home decor. She welcomes visitors to come and see her and her staff in action in their open workspace, and find the perfect Island treasure to take home. “There’s such a beautiful, fun, and inviting atmosphere in my shop, and I love giving tourists a bit of evidence to support the rumour that Islanders are very nice people! And being located right downtown on Victoria Row, it’s exciting to see so many Islanders and familiar faces in the shop, too. I’m also very inspired by other makers from across the Island and around the world—seeing others excel and improve their skills and make big gains in their businesses and craft motivates and inspires me!” - Savannah

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BRIAN LORIMER & MARGARET ANDERSON OWNERS & ART CURATORS AT LORIMER GALLERY

LORIMER GALLERY

Founded in 2014 by Brian Lorimer and Margaret Anderson, this boutique art gallery prides itself on telling captivating stories through art. Brian’s impeccable artistic eye has led Lorimer Gallery to create an outstanding collection. Specializing in paintings and sculptures that speak to Canadian and Maritime culture, Lorimer Gallery’s flagship location on Great George Street in Charlottetown aims to provide a knowledgeable, relaxed experience while you tour through the three rooms within their salon-style gallery. They’re also proud to represent emerging and established artists from across Canada, along with world-renowned Inuit carvers from Cape Dorset, Nunavut. When visiting the gallery, you’ll likely find Louis Garson, who has a keen artistic eye and is very knowledgeable about the artists they represent in the gallery. He’s eager to help guests become more acquainted with their work so drop by and say hello. “Every year Charlottetown receives a tremendous volume of visitors from all over the world. Many of our visitors come from far away lands where they may not be that familiar with Canadian arts and culture. What I love most about curating art in Charlottetown is the joy we receive from exposing them to our rich and diverse art scene here in Canada.” - Brian

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PAT DEIGHAN - MUSIC CURATOR & OWNER OF BACK ALLEY MUSIC AND TRAILSIDE MUSIC HALL

THE TRAILSIDE MUSIC HALL - DANIEL BROWN

Pat is just one of those people that everyone seems to know. He’s been a champion in the PEI music scene for decades now, having played in a number of bands like Eyes for Telescopes and In-Flight Safety, owning and operating Back Alley Music, a vinyl record shop and hub for everything the music community has to offer, as well as curating music shows at the Trailside Inn & Cafe in Mount Stewart with his wife, Meghann. This year, however, they’re saying goodbye to the Mount Stewart location to open a new live music venture, the Trailside Music Hall, within The Arts Hotel in downtown Charlottetown. Between running Back Alley Music, raising a family and the new venue, he’s the kind of guy that goes all-in and does it with infectious energy. His passion for creating one-of-a-kind experiences and sharing his love for music is palpable, so don’t miss your chance to peruse their vinyl shop or attend one of their thoughtfullycurated shows. “Our local music scene is so full of talent and there’s nothing more rewarding than giving these musicians a platform to showcase their work. It’s also so exciting to see fans and visitors take in these experiences and soak up all the positive energy that comes from being in a room full of passionate people. Adding amazing food and drink is just the icing on the cake!” - Pat

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DAN & MARLENE MACDONALD - OWNERS OF THE BOOKMARK

The Bookmark is a locally-owned, independent bookstore located on Queen St. in downtown Charlottetown with a passion for books, supporting local authors, and reading. And while the Bookmark has been in businesses since 1972, Marlene and Dan MacDonald took it over in 2014 and have been promoting the benefits of the written word, the beauty of the book as a physical object, and the value of sharing stories and ideas ever since. They’re strong supporters of the local literary community and live to promote and sell books. When you step off the street into their cozy space, you can trust you’re among fellow book-loving friends. Their team of knowledgeable and enthusiastic booksellers, like Lori Cheverie who’s worked in the shop for 30 years, are more than happy to help you find the perfect book.

THE BOOKMARK

“We love working surrounded by books. Words, ideas and stories are inspiring and have the ability to impact lives and society. As such, we think what we do is very important. Curating books based on our knowledge of our customers and what is happening in the world, being part of and contributing to our community, and convening literary events makes for a busy and rewarding life. We enjoy welcoming people from all over the world to the shop, discussing their favourite books, and hearing about their favourite bookshop(s).” - Dan THE BOOKMARK

KIMBERLY MCINTYRE - CEO, DESIGNER AND GOLDSMITH AT KURIOSITIES: WHIMSICAL TRINKETS & ODDITIES

Following her childhood passion and—you guessed it— curiosity, Kimberly McIntyre works full-time as a jewellery artist, CEO of Kuriosities, and poet on Prince Edward Island. She strives for excellence in the execution of her craft while expressing her creative vision, and her pieces are worn by over 75 thousand clients around the globe. Drop by their adorable studio shop on Victoria Row in Charlottetown and you’ll likely hear the sounds of the workshop in the background as Kimberly brings each Kuriosities piece to life from raw materials start to finish using age-old techniques. In addition to their fine jewellery, they also feature home decor, stationery, personal care products, and other accessories from a variety of artists from across PEI and beyond. And new this year (right next door), you’ll find Crowsnest Handmade, which is a carefully-curated shop of handcrafted goods and small producers from the Maritime provinces and the rest of Canada.

KURIOSITIES

“For me, jewellery making is about storytelling. I love telling the story of the Island through metal and creating pieces that weave the threads of my clients’ stories into their pieces through texture and symbolism. Charlottetown is such a vibrant community for my shop to belong to. On Victoria Row, we’re surrounded by music all summer long, culture and galleries. It’s the perfect place to be inspired to create.” - Kimberly For even more talented makers like Stacey Leunes of Garnish Jewellery, B.J. Sandiford of Happy Glass, Joe McAskill of McAskill Woodworking, Jennifer Rideway of Moonsnail Soapworks or Suzanne Scott of Village Pottery, check out our Insider’s Blog!

KURIOSITIES

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Local Favourites

RECEIVER COFFEE COMPANY - JARED DOYLE

You know when a place just feels like home? Whether it’s the barista who remembers how you like your latte, a shopkeeper who knows your exact taste, or a server who knows your favourite dish, Charlottetown is filled with many places you’ll find yourself returning to time and time again. RECEIVER COFFEE CO. 128 Richmond St. Whether it’s their Victoria Row location (128 Richmond St.), The Brass Shop (178 Water St.) or their newest location at the North River Causeway (15 Milky Way), you can be certain the coffee will be amazing, the staff will be friendly, and the vibe will be warm and welcoming. This communitycentric café not only prides itself on sourcing, roasting, and serving the best coffees around, they also feature a locallydriven food menu and freshly baked goods that will surely make your day. CHURCHILL ARMS 75 Queen St. Famous for its incredible British-style curries, this authentic British pub is a cozy spot no matter if you dine inside or outdoors on their European-style terrace. And although it’s buzzing any night of the week, it’s especially popular on Wednesday nights when it becomes packed for their 2-4-1 curry night. It’s also a hub for trivia buffs on Saturday afternoons when locals and visitors alike gather to stretch their minds and enjoy a pint or two. CEDAR’S & BABA’S LOUNGE 181 Great George St. Founded by the Abdallah family in 1979, Cedar’s Eatery has been committed to serving only the finest Lebanese Cuisine using recipes that have been in their family for generations. The traditional and tasty Middle Eastern dishes are made 60 | 2020 official travel guide

with fresh and healthy ingredients that will keep you coming back for more. Above Cedar’s, you’ll find Baba’s Lounge, which has become a staple 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 shake the walls.

MY LITTLE STASH 11 Great George St. Located on the beautiful Charlottetown waterfront, My Little Stash is nestled in the middle of Peake’s Quay. Featuring ladies’ clothing with a vintage twist, cleverly worded T-shirts, artwork by local artisans, chic jewelry, and so much more, this local fav serves up top-notch customer service with a smile. So if you want a stylish new look or to find a keepsake for your bestie back home, look no further than this adorable seasonal boutique that stands out in all the right ways. MODO YOGA & PURE SPA 4 Prince St. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment or take in a hot yoga class, Modo is considered the perfect “go-to” spot to amp up your self-care. For those who don’t know, 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. With a relaxing environment along the Charlottetown waterfront, whatever you choose to do will leave you feeling destressed and renewed.


MARC’S LOUNGE 125 Sydney St. Located above the Brickhouse Kitchen & Bar, Marc’s Lounge is truly a hidden gem in the Charlottetown nightlife scene. And when you make the journey up the three flights of stairs and step into this cozy space, you really do feel like you’ve found a secret hideaway. With oversized comfy chairs, friendly staff, exposed beams, and delicious food + cocktails, it’s the perfect place to escape for the evening and catch up with friends while enjoying live music. Pro Tip: Don’t miss their “Wine Wednesdays” with half-price bottles of wine each week!

PURE SPA

JEMS BOUTIQUE 102 Queen St. JEMS is one of those places where you instantly feel welcome and leave feeling even better about yourself. Whether it’s suggesting a cut you might not have considered or helping you pair a classic style with something a little bolder, the staff at this family-run clothing boutique will help you feel your best. And while they sell high-quality pieces from all over the world, they also have their own clothing line, “GO2 Clothing,” which is designed to help you feel empowered and confident no matter where your day takes you. BAR1911 113 Longworth Ave. Bar1911 has quickly become Charlottetown’s favourite gathering place to catch up with friends, work away on your laptop, or take in live music. With an impressive selection of local craft beer and cider from across the Maritimes as well as locally roasted coffee, they have everything you need to take you from day to night in one seamless sweep. And with fresh pastries and a menu of lunch, dinner and late-night bites, there’s not much more you can ask for from this stylish and inviting space. PAPA JOE’S 345 University Ave.

Celebrating over 30 years of exceptional service, Papa Joe’s continues to be a local favourite that hits all the high notes in an unassuming way. While their menu is created by their award-winning chef and is rooted in tradition and quality, they take an honest approach to food with dishes that feature wholesome, local ingredients. They also offer great service and a sophisticated-yet-casual atmosphere that ensures a memorable dining experience each and every time.

CHARLOTTETOWN BEER GARDEN AND SEAFOOD PATIO

PAPA JOE’S

SMALL PRINT BOARD GAME CAFE 119 Grafton St.

Tucked on the second level above Grand Senses on Grafton Street, this local cafe is a cozy hub for board game, trivia, and activity lovers. A licensed lounge in downtown Charlottetown, Small Print features a full menu and a game library with over 300 titles to choose from. They also offer various fun activities like trivia nights, game tournaments, and crafting events led by local artists and makers. It’s an ideal spot to spend an evening with friends & family and let your inner child come out to play.

HOPYARD 151 Kent St.

This gem is known for its lively atmosphere, delicious food, and friendly staff. They have the most extensive selection of craft beer on the Island and their loyalty to independentlyowned breweries the Maritimes and across North America allows guests to enjoy local favourites as well as ales not readily available on PEI. And with vinyl spinning from morning until night, along with a tasty variety of veganfriendly and meat-loving menu items, it’s the perfect place to meet pals for lunch or kick off your night on the town.

DON’T MISS:

JEMS BOUTIQUE

Between the Charlottetown Beer Garden, Hunter’s Ale House, The Nightcap, and The Factory Downtown, the corner of Kent and Prince Streets (AKA “Hunter’s Corner”) is the place to be for unfussy eats, massive beers, and the most happenin’ nightlife in the city. www.discovercharlottetown.com | 61


Best of Winter

THE HOLMAN GRAND

Although Prince Edward Island is famous for its glorious summer months, the winter months have their own unique charm and offer a whole slew of ways to experience Charlottetown. Decked out in bright, sparkling white, PEI’s capital city is a sight to behold and offers plenty of snow-filled activities and events that will have the whole family craving to come back year after year. Discover the best of winter with our roundup of the season’s top activities and events, then start planning. Celebrate the Magical Holiday Season at Charlottetown Christmas Festival Soak up the magic of the holidays at the largest outdoor market in Atlantic Canada! The Charlottetown Christmas Festival (Nov 27 - 29) transforms historic downtown Charlottetown into a storybook Christmas setting filled with holiday traditions for all ages. Enjoy three fun-filled days, including a magical open-air Christmas market, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Charlottetown Christmas Parade, classic Christmas movies, horsedrawn wagon rides, live ice sculpting, Christmas sing-a-longs, and so much more. 62 | 2020 official travel guide

Take in the Lively Arts and Theatre Scene

Venues across the city continue to host a myriad of live events, from concerts to comedy to acoustic sets and more. Music PEI Week takes place in early February and features incredible local talent at venues across Prince Edward Island. The Confederation Centre of the Arts mainstage also 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. Live music is also always on tap at plenty of bars and pubs throughout the city—take your pick.

Do Yoga in the Snow

One of our favourite regular events of the year has become Snoga in the Park with 3e Yoga’s Erika Killam. Taking place every Saturday (early Jan to mid-March) at 1pm outside of Founders’ Food Hall & Market, it’s the perfect way to warm up from the inside out and release those winter kinks. It’s free and all abilities are welcome. Simply bundle up and show up. Then head inside for a snack with your pals. Need more winter inspo? No problem, check out our blog for a list of 69 Things to Do This Winter in Charlottetown!


Take Part in TWO New Year’s Day Traditions

Save some of your NYE energy for New Year’s 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 the Charlottetown Yacht Club. Less physically demanding, New Year’s Day levees are a time-honoured tradition amongst Islanders. These open receptions are hosted by dignitaries, institutions, and community groups across the city. Many are child-friendly and most provide complimentary food.

Embrace This Special Season of Snow with WinterLove PEI

Winterlove PEI is a celebration of the magical season that brings us snow days, tobogganing, outdoor skating rinks, and excuses to drink hot chocolate, go snowshoeing, and wear wooly scarves. Throughout January & February, Winterlove PEI hosts and promotes several events and activities pretty well guaranteed to have you falling in love with winter—from Speed Skating 101 to a tubing party at Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park to an outdoor disco skate, and more.

MERCHANTMAN FRESH SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR

Feast on Culinary Delights During WinterDine Explore Downtown Charlottetown’s diverse restaurant scene during their program, WinterDine (late Jan to mid-Feb). Treat yourself to a carefully-curated 3-course feast inspired by local ingredients and created by talented chefs at one of the many participating restaurants. Round out your foodie getaway with a visit to the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning, afternoon tea or coffee at one of the many cafes, or sample craft brews at one of Charlottetown’s breweries.

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Explore the City and Beyond by Snowshoe

We want you to enjoy a unique winter experience with our Snowshoes in the City initiative! Book your stay with a participating 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 under a blanket of white. You’ll even get a curated trail guide to help you navigate your adventure.

JACK FROST WINTERFEST

Hit Up Jack Frost WinterFest

Join us for an epic winter celebration in 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, Jack Frost is the perfect winter getaway for all ages. The revamped 2020 edition featured freestyle snowmobile demos, axe-throwing stations, a snow skate park, fireworks, and more! All-inclusive Jack Frost hotel packages offer accommodation options for different budgets and VIP access to the festival. www.discovercharlottetown.com | 63


Peake’s Wharf

PEAKE’S WHARF & PEAKE’S QUAY

When the Fathers of Confederation first landed at Peake’s Wharf Historic Waterfront in 1864, they might have appreciated the offer of an ice cream cone... or a refreshing brew. While the amenities have changed in the century and a half since the Charlottetown Conference, you’ll still get that nostalgic sense of days long ago. Today, visitors gravitate to the waterfront at Peake’s Wharf to soak up the summer sun and enjoy the shops, eateries, water adventures, green spaces, and live entertainment on offer. Be sure you make time to explore it all. BOATING FUN

Peake’s Wharf offers stunning water views and is also a hub for several boat tours that take guests onto the Hillsborough River for unique experiences. Try your hand at lobster fishing with Top Notch Charters or get out on Hillsborough River in a 24ft Zodiac and experience an exhilarating seal-watching adventure. Tours depart daily from the wharf and can be booked in advance or, in some cases, on the same day.

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LOCAL MUSIC EVERY DAY

Seven days a week in July and August (weather permitting), this historic wharf is home to the Peake’s Wharf Summer Concert Series. Make your way down to the waterfront and enjoy free entertainment by a variety of talented Island musicians. Music plays in the grassy square in front of Peake’s Quay Restaurant & Bar, so bring a blanket and savour a leisurely afternoon in the sunshine, or simply enjoy the background music as you peruse the various shops. Check the on-site signage for times.

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COWS ICE CREAM

CANUCK TREATS

You’ll quickly find out how much we love our sweet and savoury treats! A hot day calls for a cone of the Island’s world-famous COWS ice cream, like Gooey-Mooey or Wowie-Cowie. Or maybe you fancy trying a deep-fried pastry named after Canada’s official animal? Pop into the Beavertails shop for this unique snack. For a quintessential Island dish, order up fresh, hand-cut PEI fries from Taters or The Chip Shack, or drop by Dave’s Lobster for a classic lobster roll.

MY LITTLE STASH

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 Peake’s Wharf. Whether it be handcrafted jewellery, an original PEI dirt shirt (yes, they are dyed using Island clay), Island pottery, or a stunning piece of art to hang up back 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 that complement the laidback Island living.

AN URBAN MARKET + Visitor

PEAKE’S QUAY RESTAURANT & BAR

PARTY VIBES, ISLAND-STYLE

As the sun sets over Peake’s Wharf, the party vibes amp up at Peake’s Quay Restaurant and Bar. With its expansive deck overlooking the harbour, a dance floor that just won’t quit, an extensive appetizer and dinner menu, their inviting bar, and a rotation of DJs and party bands, 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 peoplewatching. Be sure to also check out PEI’s only floating food court for even more dining options.

Info The building also houses a Visitor Information Centre where you can pick up maps, brochures, guides, and get answers to all of your PEI-related questions from the knowledgeable, bilingual staff. RISING TIDE OYSTER CO

Recently opened in 2019, Founders’ Food Hall & Market is located in a breathtaking, light-filled historic building at 6 Prince St, just east of Peake’s 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, hand-rolled ice cream, gourmet donuts, tantalizing street eats, woodfired pizza, freshly made juices and smoothies, vegan cuisine, and so much more. www.discovercharlottetown.com | 65


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 historic downtown layout makes such adventuring easy, walkable, and rewarding. Carve out some time during your visit to discover the charm and beauty that permeate the city’s residential and commercial areas. 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 friendly citizens living in the core, adding to the character and energy of the city.

STORYBOOK SIDE STREETS

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west of the main core. What better way to discover the 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.

BEYOND THE DOWNTOWN CORE

If you want to venture a bit further, continue due east from downtown 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. Along the way you’ll find gems like bar1911, Red Island Cider, Upstreet Craft Brewing, the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, and the Charlottetown Mall.

GRAND OLD SPLENDOUR

If time permits, wind your way through Victoria Park, whose boardwalk skirts along the Charlottetown Harbour, and continue west on Queen Elizabeth Drive. This marks the entry to Olde Brighton, a beloved neighbourhood filled with impressive homes, splendid water views, and streets lined by grand, old trees. Sunsets here are also a dream.

Psst... flip to our Walking Map on the next page to explore more charming Charlottetown streets.


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Go Green!

TOP 9 GREEN SPACES

CONFEDERATION LANDING PARK

Trees, parks, squares, and gardens are an enduring and treasured part of Charlottetown’s landscape, vital to the relaxed, natural atmosphere we cherish. 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 to unwind, let our Top 9 Green Spaces list help you narrow it down. 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.

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CONFEDERATION LANDING PARK

Aptly named because it is located where the Fathers of Confederation first 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 sprawling spaces are perfect for soaking up the sun’s rays, enjoying an ice cream cone from the nearby COWS shop, watching the boats come and go from the harbour, stopping to smell the roses (literally), playing a game of frisbee, or taking your furry friend for a walk.

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 architecturallystunning urban beehives, and more. It’s a sweet escape in the midst of mid-town Charlottetown, and not far from one of our coolest breweries, Upstreet Craft Brewing, so be sure to stop in for a pint.


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, eight lit tennis courts, three ballpark diamonds, a skateboard park, a brand new playground, a swimming pool, and a very popular splash pad. The Kiwanis Dairy Bar offers a tasty respite on those hot, heady days of summer and is located along the parkway. It’s an idyllic place to laze about and enjoy your surroundings.

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.

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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.

OLE KING’S SQUARE

This green space may have fewer amenities to offer its visitors than the other four downtown squares, but it provides a change of scenery for those strolling the city. And if you need to take a rest, check out the Square’s five oversized bronze chairs, which honour Mark Butcher, a local furniture maker from the 1800s.

HILLSBOROUGH SQUARE

Hillsborough Square is located on the east side of the city, where Hillsborough and Richmond St. intersect. Over the years, the park has served many purposes including as a pasture for livestock. Today, it is home to a playground, mature trees (perfect for reading a book under), and asphalt paths that criss-cross the square.

CONNAUGHT SQUARE

If you’re exploring the downtown core with kids, Connaught Square might just be the perfect place to take a break and scamper about. This darling green space, located at 60 Richmond St. on the west side of downtown, boasts large trees, asphalt pathways, and plenty of playground equipment for little ones to enjoy.

As you explore the city, take time to marvel at the large, beautiful trees lining our streets and providing shade in our 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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CONFEDERATION CENTRE YOUNG COMPANY

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.


Free Family Fun From mice hunts and fox walks to live music, spontaneous checkers matches and more, Charlottetown is packed with fun for the whole family. The best part of all? Lots of it is free. That’s right. Here’s a roundup of not-to-be-missed familyfriendly activities to enjoy in Charlottetown.

ECKHART IN THE CITY

WATERFRONT BOARDWALK

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 nine little bronze Eckhart statues hiding in plain sight. Pick a brochure up at the Visitor Information Centre.

THE CONFEDERATION PLAYERS

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

FOX STORY WALK

ECKHART - VICTORIA ROW

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 nine storyboards placed around downtown. Begin at the giant sunflower at Founders’ Hall on the waterfront.

VICTORIA PARK SPLASHPAD & PLAYGROUND

Due in part to its tranquil nature, Victoria Park is a hub of outdoor activity for everyone, but the west end is a kid’s dream come true. There you’ll find a pool, splash pad and brand new, accessible playground with 9,000 square feet of fun. Plan a post-play stop in the park at the Kiwanis Dairy Bar, the Island’s longest-running dairy bar, for ice cream treats.

CONFEDERATION CENTRE YOUNG COMPANY

VICTORIA PARK SPLASHPAD

Every day at noon (except Sundays) throughout the summer, the outdoor amphitheatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts 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 a free 45-minute show that centers around celebrating Canada’s diversity, history, and future.

SPONTANEOUS MUSIC & GAMES

VICTORIA ROW

Inevitably you’ll find yourself drawn to Victoria Row, the city’s open-air pedestrian street that’s filled with outdoor patios, live music, and adorable shops. Here you’ll notice colourful picnic tables that are ideal for taking a breather and enjoying the sights and sounds of the city. Be sure to stop and play a spontaneous game of checkers or kick up your heels to the music. www.discovercharlottetown.com | 73


Events

DIVERSECITY MULTICULTURAL STREET FESTIVAL


SIGNATURE Events

ANNE & GILBERT - THE MUSICAL

April 28 - October 25 111 Queen Street, The Guild 877.566.3346 www.anneandgilbert.com Anne of Green Gables is in love… Award-winning songs, memorable comedy and drama make Anne & Gilbert unforgettable family entertainment. It’s the critically acclaimed story of Anne of Green Gables in love.

THE PEI SETTING DAY CULINARY FESTIVAL

ISLAND TIDES YOGA & WELLNESS FESTIVAL

September 17 - 20 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 to shell-ebrate our 25th anniversary!

CAPITAL CITY CANADA DAY

October 3 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 Peake’s 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 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.

THE MIGHTY ISLAND CHOWDER TRAIL

CAVENDISH BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL

THE CHARLOTTETOWN FESTIVAL

June 3 - September 26 www.confederationcentre.com Join us in our 1,100-seat theatre for the classic, Anne of Green Gables - The Musical™ or the hilarious musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. At The Mack, enjoy Dear Rita, the musical loveletter to Atlantic Canadian icon Rita MacNeil, or the hilarious two-man farce, Bed & Breakfast.

THE PEI MUTUAL FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS

June 7 - 21 902.892.2308 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 worldclass lineup of artists from near and far!

July 10 - 12 www.cavendishbeachmusic.com The beautiful community of Cavendish, PEI hosts the largest multi-day outdoor music festival in Atlantic Canada. The 2020 festival features International mega-star Miranda Lambert, Dan + Shay, and over 30 more acts!

OLD HOME WEEK

August 14 - 22 902.629.6623 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 29 (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

September 4 - October 4 866.960.9912 DIVERSECITY MULTICULTURAL www.fallflavours.ca A month-long food festival with over 60 culinary FESTIVAL June 28 events highlighting authentic Island tastes and www.peianc.com/DC traditions. Food Network Canada chefs work with Celebrate Canadian multiculturalism in downtown local chefs to present Canada’s best culinary Charlottetown on Sunday, June 28th. Presented festival. by the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada, DiverseCity is free and features music, dance, demonstrations, arts, crafts, and cuisine.

FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS

PEI INTERNATIONAL SHELLFISH FESTIVAL

June 18 - 21 www.islandtidesfestival.com The largest health and wellness festival in the Maritimes. Drawing on the rejuvenating characteristics inherent to Prince Edward Island, the therapeutic & inspiring landscapes, the festival brings people together in a celebration that blends health, yoga, and a little bit of whimsy.

May 8 - 10 902.892.2308 wwww.settingdaypei.com Celebrating the first catch of the lobster season. Award-winning chefs and musicians plus the freshest lobster of the season. An exceptional way to enjoy the best PEI has to offer.

June - September 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!

EVENTS

FARM DAY IN THE CITY

HARBOUR FEAST

FARM DAY IN THE CITY PRESENTED BY THE PEI POTATO GROWERS

October 4 www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/FarmDay PEI’s biggest outdoor market and street festival of the year takes over downtown Charlottetown. With over 170+ 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 16 - 18 www.peimarathon.ca Join in celebrating the 17th Annual PEI Marathon Weekend. With 12 categories to choose from, there’s something for everyone! Check out the website for more details.

CHARLOTTETOWN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

November 27 - 29 www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/Christmas Featuring an open-air market, live music, classic Christmas movies, tree lighting, 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 12 - 15, 2021 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.

CHARLOTTETOWN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

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ISLAND TIDES YOGA & WELLNESS FESTIVAL - JARED DOYLE

JUNE

JULY

THE MIGHTY ISLAND CHOWDER TRAIL

CAPITAL CITY CANADA DAY

June - September

THE PEI MUTUAL FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS June 7 - 21

THE ROSS FAMILY CEILIDH AT THE GUILD ANNE & GILBERT - THE MUSICAL

APRIL-MAY ANNE & GILBERT - THE MUSICAL April 28 - October 25

CEILIDH AT THE IRISH HALL May to September

THE PEI SETTING DAY CULINARY FESTIVAL May 8 - 10

PRESTIGE: A FINE WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE PEI Festival Of Wines May 21

PEI FESTIVAL OF WINES May 22 - 23

DOORS OPEN CHARLOTTETOWN May 30

Tuesdays at 7:30pm from June 16 - October 6

POPALOPALOTS: LIVE IMPROV COMEDY AT THE GUILD June 17, July 4, August 8, September 9, & October 3

ISLAND TIDES YOGA & WELLNESS FESTIVAL June 18 - 21

ALWAYS ON STAGE June 22 - August 30

July 2 - 4

ALADDIN JR. AT THE GUILD

Monday at 11am from July 6 - August 17

BEAUTY & THE BEAST JR. AT THE GUILD Thursdays at 11am from July 9 - August 20

CAVENDISH BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL July 10 - 12

BED AND BREAKFAST The Charlottetown Festival July 11 - September 26

2020 CHARLOTTETOWN RACE WEEK

DIVERSECITY MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

CHARLOTTETOWN BURLESQUE AT THE GUILD

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES - THE MUSICAL™

TREBLE WITH GIRLS AT THE GUILD

The Charlottetown Festival June 30 – September 26

June 28

The Charlottetown Festival June 3 - September 26

July 16 - 18

July 17, July 18, August 21, August 22, September 25 & 26

Wednesdays 8pm from July 22 - August 12

PEI PRIDE FESTIVAL July 26 - August 2

CONFEDERATION CENTRE YOUNG COMPANY

THE ISLAND FRINGE FESTIVAL

DEAR RITA

NATAL DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS

The Charlottetown Festival June 25 - September 25

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July 1 - August 31

TD PEI JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

June 27 - August 15

CAVENDISH BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 1

PEAKE’S WHARF HISTORIC WATERFRONT CONCERT SERIES

July 29 - August 2

July 31 - August 3

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP July 30 - August 1


EVENTS

SNOGA

NOVEMBER-MARCH

PEI FALL FLAVOURS FESTIVAL

PEI SPIRITS FESTIVAL November 14

AUGUST MI’KMAQ CONFEDERACY CHARLOTTETOWN POW-WOW August

CHARLOTTETOWN VEG WEEK August 3 - 9

VEG ON THE BLOCK August 9

ART IN THE OPEN

November 27 - 29

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER PEI FALL FLAVOURS FESTIVAL September 4 - October 4

FEAST & FROLIC

OLD HOME WEEK

PEI International Shellfish Festival September 17

GOLD CUP PARADE

PEI INTERNATIONAL SHELLFISH FESTIVAL

August 14 - 22 August 21

GRANFONDO PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND August 28 - 30

SINGALONG JUBILEE: A GUILD PRODUCTION August 29 - September 2

ART IN THE OPEN

August 29 (4pm to midnight)

September 17 - 20

PEI BEER FESTIVAL September 25 & 26

CULTURE DAYS September 25 - 27

GREAT ISLAND GRILLED CHEESE CHALLENGE

CHARLOTTETOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE November 28

CAPITAL NEW YEAR December 31

WINTERDINE

Select weekends in January & February, 2021

JACK FROST WINTERFEST February 12 - 15, 2021

SNOGA IN THE PARK January - March 2021

U SPORTS MENS HOCKEY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP March 18 - 21, 2021

Fall Flavours Festival September 27, 2020

HARBOUR FEAST October 3

FARM DAY IN THE CITY October 4

PEI MARATHON October 16 - 18

WORLD CUP UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE October 31 - November 7

GOLD CUP PARADE

CHARLOTTETOWN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

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

PEI INTERNATIONAL SHELLFISH FESTIVAL - AL DOUGLAS

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2020

GUILD FESTIVAL SEASON Anne & Gilbert: The Musical April - October The Ross Family Ceilidh July - October Popalopalots: Live Improv Comedy May - October Charlottetown Burlesque July - September Disney’s Aladdin Jr. July - August Disney’s Beauty & the Beast Jr. July - August Treble with Girls: For Love of the Island July - August Singalong Jubilee August - September The Guild Music Theatre School Summer Camps July - August Gallery @ The Guild New exhibits every month! SPONSORS • Province of PEI • City of Charlottetown • Canadian Heritage • The Joan & Regis Duffy Foundation • KKP • Modo Yoga • PEI Brewing Co. • Rodd Hotels • TicketPro Founding member of the Professional Theatre Network of PEI

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A Classic Love Story

ANNE & GILBERT - THE MUSICAL

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 a little bit too predictable, now wouldn’t it? And if there’s one thing the world’s most beloved and fiery redhead is surely not, it’s predictable. Read on for the inside scoop on why you’ll fall in love with Anne & Gilbert - The Musical. 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 characters we know and love, 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.

IT’S GOT BIG DANCE NUMBERS & SIGNATURE SONGS Anne & Gilbert is a heart-tugging love story with twists and turns, doubts and difficult crossroads. It’s all set to big dance numbers and signature songs that’ll have your toes tapping and your hands clapping. With triple-threat cast members, you can expect a show that’s got stellar acting, singing and dancing, as well as live musicians.

NOT YOUR TYPICAL FAIRYTALE KIND OF LOVE STORY 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 true feelings for Gilbert and figuring out what she should do. Through friendships, courtships, and new adventures, Anne ultimately must decide whether she will surrender to love.

YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL

IT’S GOT MAJOR CRED Anne & Gilbert - The Musical started 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”. It also played at the National Arts Centre of Canada in Ottawa and enjoyed a run of packed houses.

Immerse yourself in the world of Anne with a full 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. Be sure to start early and leave enough time in your itinerary to soak up each of these magical places. Running in 2020 from April 28 to Oct 25, 6 days per week including matinees and evening performances at 1pm and 7pm, Anne & Gilbert The Musical is a “must-do!” For more information, visit www.anneandgilbert.com. Most performances sell-out in advance, so be sure to book early. www.discovercharlottetown.com | 79


Creative Spirit

DIVERSECITY MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

Charlottetown’s small size may be a deceptive measure of the city’s creative spirit, but we punch above our weight in terms of arts and culture. Not only does it brim with artistic vibrancy but it fuses tradition with contemporary, all in one adorable package. Maybe it’s PEI’s charming nature that draws so many creative folks here, or perhaps there’s just something in the water. Whatever the reason, the resulting effect is quirky and challenging, supportive and familiar. A MAGICAL TRANSFORMATION

In late summer (Aug 29), Charlottetown undergoes a magical transformation for Art in the Open. This free and family-friendly contemporary arts festival features unique, interactive art installations in 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. The whole day and evening is nothing short of whimsical.

FOR THE LOVE OF CANADA

The Centre’s outdoor amphitheatre comes alive every noon-hour with a high-energy, inspiring musical performed by The Young Company. These college-age emerging artists perform an original musical examining Canada’s past and using their own experiences to offer a hopeful vision for our shared future. A must-see each summer, this show is offered by donation and is familyfriendly. 80 | 2020 official travel guide

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 2020 lineup at Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Homburg Theatre features The Drowsy Chaperone and Anne of Green Gables - The Musical™. Over at The Mack, Dear Rita, an ode to the Maritime’s most beloved singer-songwriter Rita MacNeil, and the heartfelt comedy, Bed and Breakfast, all about being different in small town Canada, play at this cabaret theatre throughout the summer. 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.


ART IN THE OPEN

CHARLOTTETOWN FARMERS’ MARKET

LIVE MUSIC @ PEAKE’S QUAY

ART FOR ALL

Whether you’re an art aficionado or not, The National Art Gallery at Confederation Centre of the Arts is a must-visit. 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 rotating exhibitions throughout the year.

LIVE MUSIC & FESTIVALS

Music is part of our DNA here on the East Coast. Regardless of when you visit, live music is always on tap in pubs, bars, and other venues throughout the city, rounded out by multiday music festivals that infuse the city with palpable energy and inspired beats. Festival highlights include the Festival of Small Halls (June 7 - 21), the PEI Jazz & Blues Festival (July 2 - 4), and Music PEI Week (late Jan, early Feb 2021). 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. You can also enjoy live music on the outdoor stages at Peake’s Wharf, Victoria Row, and Sydney Street during the summer. Or catch local and touring bands and musicians at venues across the city throughout the year.

TIMOTHY’S WORLD COFFEE

ART AROUND TOWN

It’s nearly impossible to explore downtown Charlottetown without happening upon pieces of public art that capture the Island’s essence in a myriad of 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), a blue heron sculpture (at the corner of Water and Queen Streets), various statues of the Fathers of Confederation, and much more. Want to be your own tour guide? Charlottetown has a self-guided Art Walk brochure available at the City Hall Visitor Information Centre located at 199 Queen St. 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 lots more. In fact, a number of artisans have their own studios/shops that are open to the public so be sure to drop by and watch them in action.

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A Rainbow of Fun for Everyone

PEI PRIDE PARADE

One of the incredible things you’ll discover about Prince Edward Island is our ability to embrace diversity and welcome progress while remaining deeply steeped in tradition. Today, the Island is a popular destination for 2SLGBTQIA+ travellers in search of sandy beaches, a friendly nightlife, a thriving arts and culture scene, and those coveted “Island vibes.” GET YOUR FILL OF ARTS & CULTURE

Charlottetown punches above its weight when it comes to its arts scene—from world-class theatre and live music shows to festivals that celebrate the creativity and cultures that have shaped the Island. Check out our online events calendar for the most up-to-date 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 26 - Aug 2), you’re in for a treat. Take part in an energetic, educational, and eye-opening week of activities, including returning favourites like the Poetry Slam, Pride Talk educational series, and the biggest party of the summer, Pride After Dark (19+).

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PARADE YOUR PRIDE

Featuring elaborate floats, exquisite drag performers, lots of community spirit, and all the colours of the rainbow, the Pride Parade is PEI’s most colourful summer tradition. Whether you want to march alongside members of the community and their allies, or cheer from the sidelines, you’re guaranteed to feel the energy and love that permeates the city.

SAY ‘I DO’ IN PEI

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


ALLIE & SAM - THE GREAT GEORGE

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 flagflying Upstreet Craft Brewing, the open concept kitchen at The Brickhouse, fresh fast food at Holy Fox food in Founders’ Food Hall & Market, or another yummy cafe/restaurant that you’re drawn to.

LOVE LOCKS - @PHOTOS.BY.WINSTON

CHECK-IN WITH PRIDE PEI

With a vision of making Prince Edward Island a leader in celebrating and promoting diversity and inclusion, Pride PEI works year-round to support 2SLGBTQIA+ Islanders and their allies through community events, educational workshops, and advocacy initiatives. 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 @PridePEI to stay up to date. SLAYMAKER & NICHOLS GASTRO HOUSE

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Food & Drink

THE CORK & CAST - @JANIKROBICHAUD


Eat, Drink & Be Merry

FISHIES ON THE ROOF

As the vibrant capital of Canada’s Food Island, Charlottetown has an impressive and delicious 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 ambiance to match your mood and budget. There are also plenty of festivals, immersive experiences, restaurant competitions, and other special events showcasing the Island’s bountiful harvest, creative flair, and talented chefs. LET’S CELEBRATE

Here in PEI, We live for food-centric festivals and culinary challenges that pay tribute to long-standing Island food traditions and cultivate new ones. Highlights include Burger Love (Apr 1 Apr 30), Best of Sea (throughout June), Charlottetown Veg Week (Aug 3 - 9), The PEI Fall Flavours Festival (Sept 4 - Oct 4), Farm Day in the City Presented by the PEI Potato Growers (Oct 4), and WinterDine (late Jan - Feb). Check the events section of this guide for more details on these and other food celebrations.

LOCAL RULES

Local is king of the culinary scene in Charlottetown, with chefs creating seasonally-inspired menus that showcase the amazing PEI flavours. While you’ll find plenty of classic dishes

featuring local ingredients like seafood chowder and lobster rolls, you’ll also find global, vegan, and vegetarian dishes infused with local twists. Must-visits for those in search of local fare include Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, The Pilot House, and Claddagh Oyster House, all of which have garnered high praise from local and national media, influencers, and bloggers.

A CRAFTY TOWN

Charlottetown’s burgeoning craft beer and cider 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. New in town is Red Island Cider, who strive to tell a

story with each pint of clean, handcrafted cider. Those who prefer wine or spirits will want to visit during the PEI Festival of Wines (May 21 - 23) or PEI Spirits Festival (Nov 14).

IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES

There are plenty more food-focused activities for the avid foodie and the adventure seeker. Culinary Bootcamps offer 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 you covered. If lobster fishing sounds enticing, Top Notch Tours and Peake’s Wharf Boat Tours have daily tours out of the Charlottetown Harbour. www.discovercharlottetown.com | 85


FOOD & DRINK BAR1911 BEER + COFFEE

BRITS FISH & CHIPS

113 Longworth Avenue 902.566.9002 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.

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.

BRAKISH! EASTCOAST, DOCKSIDE, DRINKERY

12 Mount Edward Road 902.370.6676 www.buonomangia.ca Enjoy casual Italian dining using locally sourced ingredients to create our homemade pasta, bread, cheese, and desserts. Meals are made to order to accommodate dietary needs. We are licensed, air conditioned, and provide free accessible parking year-round.

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 / 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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CASA MIA DOWNTOWN

131 Queen Street 902.367.4440 www.casamiacafe.ca Proudly located in downtown Charlottetown, we serve Chef-inspired meals for breakfast, lunch, and supper in a relaxed, welcoming, familyfriendly atmosphere. Fully licensed and open seven days a week. Visit our second location Casa Mia by the Sea in beautiful Victoria, PEI.

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.

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. Enjoy the outdoor lawn games, or sip on a refreshing cocktail in the new outdoor lounge.

CLADDAGH OYSTER HOUSE

131 Sydney Street 902.892.9661 www.claddaghoysterhouse.com Since 1983, our customers have consistently rated us as best in Charlottetown. Nestled in a centuryold brick building, we feature a delightful array of seafood, land food, wines, local spirits, and great service.

THE CORK & CAST

4 Prince Street, Charlottetown Marina 902.218.7487 One of PEI’s floating restaurants. 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, wine, 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 48 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 Come savour our artisan pizza, Maritime-style donairs, or traditional pub favourites with your choice of local beers. Late night, we have 2 dance floors jumping with country and Top 40.

FARMACY+FERMENTARY

152A Great George Street 902.964.3060 www.heartbeetorganics.ca A Kombucha Tap Room featuring local, organic, island-grown produce, healthy plant-based meals, and artisanal fermented foods.

FISHBONES OYSTER BAR & SEAFOOD GRILL

136 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.628.6569 www.fishbones.ca Located on Victoria Row, Fishbones is a summer staple. We offer the best in local seafood, and are known for our beautiful, sunny rooftop patio. Join us for nightly entertainment, signature cocktails, and our fantastic oyster bar.

FOUNDERS’ FOOD HALL & MARKET

6 Prince Street www.foundersfoodhall.com Experience mouth-watering Island flavours and boutique artisans all 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 RESTAURANT, OYSTER BAR, & BREWERY

126 Sydney Street 902.626.2337 www.gahan.ca The Gahan House is one of Charlottetown’s favourite places to get together. We use fresh, local ingredients in both our delicious food menu and in our handcrafted beers that we have the pleasure of crafting in our on-site brewery.

HOJO’S JAPANESE CUISINE

119 Kent Street 902.367.5272 www.hojosjapanese.com Hojo’s offers everything from the humble gyoza & karaage and ramen dishes, to the finest sushi & sashimi to be found anywhere. Rated Charlottetown’s #1 Japanese restaurant on TripAdvisor.

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 Victoria Row. With a rotating selection of 20 local beers on tap, paired with nightly entertainment, this spot is a must-see when visiting PEI.

Experience Charlottetown in a Whole New Way Whether you love meeting the people behind the food, trying something you’ve never done before, or learning the history of the place you’re in, you can be sure Experience PEI has something just for you! Founded by one of PEI’s first experience providers in 2006, Mary and Bill Kendrick, along with their daughter Ainsley and daughter-in-law Dian, have a flair for offering genuine Island hospitality. The company is PEI’s largest cultural experience provider and provides fun and engaging tours within Charlottetown and all across the Island. Check out their Taste The Town: Food + Fact Tour, a fun-filled food tour through historic downtown Charlottetown with several mouth-watering stops to enjoy along the way. Or why not try the Shellfish Lovers Roving Lunch Tour, a delicious roving lunch with stops at four local hotspots for fresh PEI shellfish dishes. And the Shots + Pints Drink Tour is your best bet for sharing a toast with new friends and old at Charlottetown’s best bars and restaurants​. To learn more or to book your own experience, visit www.experiencepei.ca or call 844.368.1670

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FOOD & DRINK KIWANIS DAIRY BAR

51 Park Roadway, Victoria Park 902.892.3631 www.facebook.com/KiwanisDairyBar Kiwanis Dairy Bar in Victoria Park is celebrating 65 years in 2020, which is why we are your summer treat destination! Enjoy ice cream treats or something off the grill.

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 views. Charlottetown’s premier seafood restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. Wharf and patio seating are available. Kids’ menu. Adjoining seafood market. Open May 1 - October 30.

MERCHANTMAN FRESH SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR 23 Queen Street 902.892.9150 www.merchantman.ca Just minutes from the beautiful Charlottetown waterfront, Merchantman is PEI’s year-round destination for authentic local seafood. Chef Andrew and his team bring the best of what the province’s waters have to offer to their guest’s plates.

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MILKY WAY - RECEIVER COFFEE CO.

15 Milky Way 902.367.2004 www.receivercoffee.com This location houses our bakery and coffee roastery, as well as a full service café with unique breakfast and lunch menu. Come for the organic breads and pastries, stay to watch our coffee roasters at work!

NEXT DOOR PATIO & LOUNGE

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’

1 Great George Street 902.314.7359 www.facebook.com/nimrodspei Nimrods’ is Charlottetown’s only floating pizza bar. Enjoy their unique wood-fired pizzas, local craft beer and cocktails, and nightly entertainment while floating on the historic Charlottetown harbour.

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.

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.

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.

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.


FOOD & DRINK 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.

RECEIVER COFFEE CO.

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

RED ISLAND CIDER

101 Longworth Avenue 416.520.0448 www.redislandcider.com Red Island Cider makes traditional ciders using apples from PEI and Nova Scotia. Like wine, our ciders will have variations from batch-tobatch. What is consistent is our commitment to producing the best cider.

REDWATER RUSTIC GRILLE

Embrace our picturesque view of the waterfront and the sunniest patio in the city! Serving Island seafood, tapas and share plates, with an indulgent local beer, wine & cocktail selection.

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.

SLAYMAKER & NICHOLS GASTRO HOUSE

82 Fitzroy Street 902.629.3411 www.slaymaker.ca Cozy, stylish, and upbeat restaurant and inn. A bit of a throwback to a simper time with all the modern comforts, a place to gather, have old fashioned cocktails, great wine and share fresh, locally-sourced food.

TASTE OF INDIA

123 Grafton Street 902.367.8340 www.redwatergrille.com Chef driven and sommelier inspired, Redwater Rustic Grille’s menu unites East Coast seafood and produce with premier AAA Angus beef, making for deliciously unique signature dishes destined to delight the palette.

SALT & SOL RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE

2 Pownal Street 902.314.1048 www.saltandsolpei.ca

menu. Popular among the locals, you’ll find everything from sharing plates to signature dishes, curries from various regions of India, best selected wines, local beer, and Indian cocktails.

TERRA ROSSA

Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar 72 Queen Street 902.892.4032 www.terrarossapei.ca Terra Rossa offers a modern flare on housemade classic Italian cuisine in a relaxed and casual atmosphere, with an accompanied selection of affordable fine wines. Located in downtown Charlottetown.

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.

TRUCKIN’ ROLL

Corner of Church & Grafton Streets and 6 Prince Street, Founders’ Food Hall & Market 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

129 Kent Street 902.367.4450 www.tasteofindiapei.ca Balance and contrast of flavours defines our

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.

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Buy it Fresh

HEARTBEAT ORGANICS - CHARLOTTTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET

The Island’s cherished traditions of farming and fishing have played a significant role in shaping Charlottetown, and we continue to embrace these rural roots in our kitchens and on our dinner plates. So during your visit, be sure to take in the abundance of local, fresh food available at farmers’ markets, restaurants, and local shops throughout the city. You’ll quickly discover why Prince Edward Island is, indeed, Canada’s Food Island.

TO THE MARKET YOU MUST GO

MID-TOWN: A must-visit is the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, where mingling is as popular a pastime as shopping for farm-fresh items. This longstanding market features over 70 vendors, including farmers, artisan food producers, hot (and cold - think oysters) food vendors, crafters, and artisans. It’s open Saturdays (9am - 2pm) throughout the year and on Wednesdays from late June to the middle of October. DOWNTOWN: Every Sunday throughout the summer (July - Sept, 11am - 4pm), the Downtown Farmers’ Market tempts locals and visitors in search of homemade treats, local produce, a hot lunch, artisan wares, and more. Starting at Grafton Street, the market lines lower Queen St. and offers a relaxed and friendly shopping experience that is Island through and through. HARBOURSIDE: New in 2019, Founders’ Food Hall & Market is the perfect waterfront oasis for food-lovers. Located in one of the city’s most stunning historic spaces, this urban market features several local food vendors serving up high-quality food and drink, including locally-roasted coffee, craft beer, unique street eats, from-scratch pizza, fresh produce, freshly shucked oysters, and gourmet donuts. 90 | 2020 official travel guide

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LOCAL MARKETS DROP BY A FARMSTAND

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 driving along PEI’s highways and backroads, as it’s common 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

CHARLOTTETOWN FARMERS’ MARKET

Saturdays - year-round Wednesdays - late June to mid-October 9:00am - 2:00pm 100 Belvedere Avenue 902.626.3373 www.charlottetownfarmersmarket.com The place to be on Saturday morning (and Wednesday mornings in the summer). Considered one of the most cherished spots in town, The Charlottetown Farmers’ Market is the place to buy directly from the producer. 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.

DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET

July - September, Sundays 11:00am - 4:00pm Queen St. (Grafton to Dorchester 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.

SMALLER MARKETS & SPECIALTY FOOD SHOPS

You’ll also be delighted by the treasure trove of local and specialty food shops in the city, including Kent St. Market, Riverview Country Market, Gallant’s & Co., Liquid Gold, and Anne of Green Gables Chocolates. At these shops and farmers’ markets, you’ll discover a wide array of artisan food products, such as local beef jerky, take-away lunches, fresh artisan bread, hormone-free meats, gouda cheese, preserves made with PEI berries, free-range eggs, craft sodas, handmade chocolates, creamy fauxmage (vegan cheese), organic kombucha, and more.

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FARM DAY IN THE CITY PRESENTED BY THE PEI POTATO GROWERS

October 4 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 is 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 and thoughtfully curated local products. Visit us for prepared foods, grocery essentials, charcuterie boards, and more.

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

The end of summer brings with it the PEI Fall Flavours Festival, a culinary celebration taking place in communities across Prince Edward Island (Sept 4 Oct 4). The Festival concludes with Farm Day in the City presented by the PEI Potato Growers (Oct 4), a huge outdoor market and street festival that takes over downtown Charlottetown. It’s a treat for the senses with over 180+ vendors, live entertainment, a petting zoo, kids’ activities, a PEI fry truck, and more. There’s so much going on, you’ll want to make a day of it.

DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET

MACKINNON’S LOBSTER POUND

May 1 - October 30 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.

Craving to learn more about Charlottetown? Head to www.discovercharlottetown.com for tons of info to help you plan your unforgettable getaway!

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Top 5 Reasons to Meet in PEI

Discover the charming streets that were made for walkin’, the incredible people you will meet, and the delicious food you will consume – Charlottetown is the ideal place for your group to Gather Island Style. Whether it’s finding the perfect spot for your group to meet in a unique boardroom overlooking the Charlottetown Harbour or creating an unforgettable evening discovering the Birthplace of Confederation, the team at Meetings and Conventions PEI is here to help make that happen. 1.

Get here your way - Choose a short 13km drive over the Northumberland Strait from New Brunswick, a 75-minute ferryboat sail from Nova Scotia, or one of the many direct flights from Canadian cities. Getting to PEI is easy and with direct flights from five Canadian cities (Calgary, Toronto, Hamilton, Montréal, and Halifax), getting here is even easier.

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PEI has the perfect venue for you - Event pros know why PEI gets top marks for meetings: contemporary convention spaces with inspired harbour views, a world-class arts and culinary scene, fresh lobster for every plate, 25 golf courses, and even more beaches. Networking has never been so relaxing, which is exactly the reason to meet in PEI.

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We pull out all the stops - Our team stops at nothing when it comes to event-planning solutions and connecting planners with the Island. We’re here to help from day one to help find the perfect location for your event. We then go even further by helping you locate speakers, entertainment, catering, and basically anything you might need.

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Your attendees will thank you - Work hard, play hard! Not only is PEI on many people’s bucket list and enjoys a higher meeting turn-out rate than most, but many attendees will also extend their stay and bring their family, making it an extra memorable experience and leaving them with an amazing impression of your meeting. 5.

We’re just like you - We’ve been around the event planning block and understand what it takes to pull off an amazing event. Our job is to make your job of planning a meeting or convention on Prince Edward Island as smooth as possible. Think of us like the director to bring your wishlist or vision to life.

Let’s get planning! Call us today 855.368.3688 Visit www.meetingsandconventionspei.com

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