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GREETINGS FROM THE MAYOR OF CHARLOTTETOWN!

We are excited to share our Island hospitality with you and pleased to help you plan an unforgettable visit to Charlottetown. Our coastal city is charmingly small, incredibly safe and delightfully walkable. It bursts at the seams with fresh culinary offerings, a vibrant cultural scene and colourful celebrations. Don’t let our smallness fool you, the dense variety of offerings is just one of the things that makes us special.

On behalf of all citizens of the capital city of Prince Edward Island and my colleagues on City Council, I am pleased to welcome visitors from around the world to beautiful Charlottetown, the Birthplace of Confederation.

With striking waterscapes and a rich history to explore, Charlottetown is a magical place to discover. Here, you are minutes from breathtaking beaches in every direction and within walking distance of beautiful green spaces, delicious restaurant options, and a wide selection of live entertainment. Charlottetown embraces its coastal qualities and has managed to find the sweet spot - perfectly balancing old world charm and hip Island vibes. While we are well known for our summer season, don’t overlook the colourful, fresh and activity-packed charm of fall and winter. Many trails are even more enchanting during these months and a number of our accommodations offer free snowshoes and trail guides for guest use. Have a wonderful trip and please share your Island adventures with us at #DiscoverCharlottetown.

Charlottetown is a year round tourism destination with each season more beautiful than the one before. We are known for our many festivals, unique architecture, rich history and savoury cuisine. We hope you will explore the many green spaces, scenic waterfront and historical landmarks in our walkable city. Charlottetown is an award-winning cultural capital of Canada and a recipient of the Prince of Wales Heritage Award. Often recognized by national and international organizations, Charlottetown was named as one of the Top 10 cities for economic development in Canada by Site Selection Magazine in 2015. Additionally, Charlottetown’s sport tourism brand, SCORE, was named the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Sport Organization of the Year. The city was also named amongst the top 17 places to visit in 2017 by Expedia.ca and CNN.com. We hope that you consider experiencing our city first hand or if you’re already here, enjoy all that we have to offer.

See you soon!

Yours Sincerely,

Heidi Zinn Executive Director, Discover Charlottetown

Clifford J. Lee Mayor, City of Charlottetown

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Welcome to Charlottetown

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Getting Here & Around

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HOME BASE

13 The Birthplace of Confederation 14 Coastal Town 16 18 Reasons to Visit 19 Spotlight on Business 20 Charlottetown, I do

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22 Island Time 24 Road Tripping 42

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SEE & DO

34 Fall in Love 36 Local Shops 42 Winter Love

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44 Peake’s Wharf 46 Side Streets 48 Walking Map 50 Green Spaces

Local Shops: Happy Glass Page 50

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58 Artbeat 60 Confederation Centre of the Arts

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66 Buy it Fresh 68 Meet in PEI

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PLAN

GETTING HERE & AROUND

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

GOWHEELIN’ BIKE RENTALS

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

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CONFEDERATION BRIDGE

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.

6 Prince Street 902.566.5259 www.gowheelinpei.com For all of your bicycle rental needs. Located at Charlottetown’s most convenient location - the Charlottetown Visitor Information Centre! Full day and weekly rentals available.

MACQUEEN’S ISLAND TOURS

430 Queen Street 902.368.2453 www.macqueens.com Supported self-guided, independent bicycle tours include accommodations, breakfast, luggage transfer, route cards, maps, deluxe bicycles, professional outfitting, and emergency repair service. MacQueen’s is PEI’s largest pro shop offering quality rentals, sales and repairs.

T3 TRANSIT

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

CITY BEACH EXPRESS

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

CASELEY’S TENT & PARTY RENTALS

S E R V I C E S

902.566.7997 www.flypei.com Air service to Charlottetown is offered by Air Canada, WestJet, and Sunwing.

P L A N N I N G

CHARLOTTETOWN AIRPORT AUTHORITY

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.

EVENT & TRAVEL PLANNING

DISCOUNT CAR & TRUCK RENTALS

1633 Blueshank Road, Kensington PEI 902.836.5189 www.caseleys.com Caseley’s Tent & Party Rentals proudly serving PEI for over 30 years! Visit our website for a full list of rental items for your family reunion, wedding, convention, or events. Our professional team will work with you to provide a hassle-free experience.

MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS PEI

9 Queen Street 855.368.3688 info@peimc.com www.peimc.com Planning a meeting or event? Meetings & Conventions PEI can help in creating the most memorable meeting experience for your delegates. Be it a large conference or an intimate gathering for your top performers, Meetings & Conventions PEI can help will all the details. Our services are complimentary and we welcome you to contact us today. Experience PEI like a delegate!

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRES Charlottetown VIC 6 Prince Street 902.368.4444 | 1.800.955.1864 City of Charlottetown VIC - City Hall 199 Queen Street 902.566.5548 WWW.DISCOVERCHARLOTTETOWN.COM

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HOME BASE STAY WITH US “THERE IS SO MUCH IN THE WORLD FOR US ALL IF WE ONLY HAVE THE EYES TO SEE IT AND THE HEART TO LOVE IT AND THE HAND TO GATHER IT OURSELVES.” - L. M. MONTGOMERY

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STAY WITH US

FIVE REASONS TO STAY IN CHARLOTTETOWN

RODD CHARLOTTETOWN

EVERYTHING IS AT YOUR DOORSTEP! Charlottetown’s historic downtown was built before the automobile and its walkability is an enduring part of its charm. Many of the city’s accommodation providers are located in the heart of downtown, while others are a short and easy drive or bike from the core. After getting settled into your lodgings, you can look forward to exploring the city’s downtown by foot. No need for a car, just get yourself a walking map and set out to discover this storybook-like city. CENTRAL LOCATION. Charlottetown is the ideal base from which to explore the Island’s northern and southern coastlines, serving as a gateway to eastern and central PEI. A short drive brings you to the Island’s famed white sand beaches, world class golf, family attractions, picturesque villages and stunning red cliffs.

FITZROY HALL

THE BEST WAY TO END YOUR DAY! At the end of a day spent adventuring, immerse yourself in the city’s nightly offerings. As the Island’s capital, Charlottetown offers an impressive array of options to cap off your evening - from top-notch theatre to exquisite dining, from picturesque sunsets on the waterfront to live music at unique venues. ISLAND HOSPITALITY. Our hosts take great pride in sharing their beloved Charlottetown with every guest, continuing a long tradition of warm hospitality in the region. Be sure to take your time researching what suits your needs best, contact your hosts for insiders’ tips and, if you’re planning to visit during the summer months, do try to book well ahead!

SYDNEY BOUTIQUE INN & SUITES

COMFORT MEETS LUXURY. With no shortage of accommodation providers catering to travelers with an array of needs and desires, you’re bound to find a place that suits your every wish and fits your budget too. From campgrounds to boutique hotels, cozy B&Bs to luxurious suites, Charlottetown’s the perfect place to call ‘home’ during your Island getaway.

CHARLOTTE’S ROSE INN

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ACCOMMODATIONS ALOHA TOURIST HOME

234 Sydney Street 902.892.5642 | 855.892.5642 www.alohapei.com Family business open year-round in historic Charlottetown. Affordable, private rooms with shared or private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee / tea & kitchen use. Walking distance to theatres, restaurants & the waterfront. Celebrating over 32 years!

THE BIRCHES HOUSEKEEPING COTTAGES 517 Pownal Road, Alexandra 902.940.3915 | 800.463.4293 www.thebirchescottages.ca Fully equipped two-bedroom cottages overlooking the Northumberland Strait. Golf and children’s playground nearby. Queen beds, telephone, wireless internet, colour cable TV/ DVD & laundromat. Executive cottages have air conditioning, dishwasher, washer & dryer and whirlpool tub.

THE BLACK HOUSE

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

CANADA’S BEST VALUE INN AND SUITES

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

CHARLOTTE’S ROSE INN

CORNWALL/CHARLOTTETOWN KOA

CHARLOTTETOWN INN & CONFERENCE CENTRE

DAWSON HOUSE B&B

11 Grafton Street 902.892.3699 | 888.237.3699 www.charlottesrose.ca 4.5 Star Victorian Inn serving sumptuous breakfasts. Enjoy all-day locally-roasted coffee and brewed tea as well as home baked goodies. Crisp linens and duvets, upscale amenities and spacious en-suites. Short walk to restaurants, theatres, and waterfront.

208 Ferry Road, Cornwall, PEI 902.566.2421 | 800.562.4194 www.cornwallkoa.com Uniquely situated on the West River just 15 minutes from downtown Charlottetown. Familyfriendly with lots of activities for the whole family and ideally suited for everything from tents to large RVs. Cabins, lodges, and trailer rentals are also available. 122 North River Road 902.628.3886 | 877.628.3886 www.thedawsonhouse.com Caring innkeepers offer charming 4 star, heritage B&B. Home to the late PremierJoseph Ghiz. Elegant guestrooms with modern amenities and spacious grounds. Stroll to restaurants, shops, and Victoria Park. Bilingual.

238 Grafton Street 902.892.2461 | 855.937.8734 www.charlottetowninn.com Downtown location. This 143 guestroom 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.

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COLONIAL CHARM INN

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

18 Queen Street 902.566.2222 | 800.268.1133 www.deltaprinceedward.com 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.

COMFORT INN

THE DUCHESS OF KENT INN

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

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 available with 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms. One spacious guest room with 2 beds. AC, Wi-Fi, guest kitchen, bicycle storage. Open year round.

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

Come as guests and leave as friends Welcome to our Inn in our 27th year! Come and share this exquisite home with guests from around the world. Located on a quiet, secluded acre just a dozen blocks from downtown. We offer candlelit gourmet breakfasts, personal concierge service, and a quiet oasis in the heart of the city. One of Canada’s finest B&B’s • Trip Advisor favorite • Quiet secluded Acre Estate Short walk to Confederation Centre • Suites and rooms with en suite baths Queen, King, and Twin beds • Fresh fruit and gourmet entrées Luxurious whirlpools and fireplaces • Free Wifi

www.sydneyinn.com | 1-902-367-5888 | info@sydneyinn.com

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121 North River Rd, Charlottetown | elmwoodinn.pe.ca | 1.877.933.3310


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 Canada’s Top 20 B&Bs by Trip Advisor and Top 10 by B&B.com. Five Stars for 21 Years! Secluded 1889 estate exquisitely updated for today. Great beds, food & people. Friendly, private, personal service.

FAIRHOLM NATIONAL HISTORIC INN & PROPERTIES

230 Prince Street 902.892.5022 | 888.573.5022 www.fairholminn.com Fairholm Properties is a collection of historic architectural masterpieces in downtown Charlottetown. Adjoining properties sharing an outdoor lighted pergola, patio, stone walkways and grounds/gardens. Bed and breakfast suites available in Fairholm Inn, Carriage House, Hillhurst Inn and Cranford House.

FITZROY HALL

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

THE GLENDENNING

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

THE GREAT GEORGE

58 Great George Street 902.892.0606 | 800.361.1118 www.thegreatgeorge.com The Great George is an award-winning, historic boutique property. Designed around the senses, guests come to experience a friendly, relaxed and refined atmosphere delivered through genuine PEI hospitality. 2014 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award - #20 of the top 25 Hotels to stay at in Canada.

THE HARBOUR HOUSE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES CHARLOTTETOWN

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

THE HOLMAN GRAND

123 Grafton Street 902.367.7777 | 877.455.4726 www.theholmangrand.com In the heart of Charlottetown, this urban boutique hotel features 80 guestrooms with spectacular views, superb dining, naturallylit meeting space, pool & fitness facility and connectivity to Confederation Centre of the Arts and the Confederation Court Mall. Also home of the Grand Senses Spa and Redwater Rustic Grille.

THE HOTEL ON POWNAL

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

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!

Genuine Island Hospitality in the heart of Downtown Charlottetown

58 Great George Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

1.800.361.1118 | reservations@thegreatgeorge.com | thegreatgeorge.com

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

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Come and Experience Boutique Luxury at

THE GREAT GEORGE

theholmangrand.com 877.455.4726

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ACCOMMODATIONS MILLS’ PLACE ON PRINCE

41 Prince Street, Charlottetown 902.330.6878 www.millsplaceonprince.ca Enjoy traditional charm and modern conveniences in historic downtown with off street parking, private garden, 2+ bedrooms, sunroom, fully-equipped kitchen, work area/ study and Wi-Fi. Ideal for the business or vacation traveller.

QUALITY INN & SUITES CHARLOTTETOWN

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

QUALITY INN & SUITES CORNWALL

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

RODD CHARLOTTETOWN

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.

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.

SHIPWRIGHT INN

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

THE SONATA INN

3 Grafton Street 902.370.0066 | 888.908.0066 www.sonatainn.com

THE SYDNEY BOUTIQUE INN & SUITES

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

UNIVERSITY OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

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

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.

SUITES OF EUSTON

155 Euston Street 902.314.0364 | 866.500.4938 www.suitesofeuston.ca You’ll love my place because of the location. In the heart of Charlottetown, nestled amongst major hotels and higher end B&B’s. Open yearround, this quaint historic hotel boasts nine charmingly decorated units each equipped with kitchenette & bathroom.

Just 15 minutes from downtown

Legend – Dine with a Pudding te Da ky ic our St

Serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. For reservations call 1 (888) 366-2955 and for a preview of our culinary season, visit dalvaybythesea.com/dining WWW.DISCOVERCHARLOTTETOWN.COM

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LIVE THE PAST; URE! CREATE THE FUT

VIVRE LE PASSÉ!, CRÉER L’AVENIR

PROVINCE HOUSE virtual reality | réalité virtuelle

This summer, visitors will have the opportunity to explore a virtual Province House. We invite you to stroll down corridors, hear water coursing through walls, and even deconstruct a wall. This interactive and fully immersive VR tour promises to be a fun and engaging way to experience and see Province House like never before!

Cet été, grâce à la réalité virtuelle, les visiteurs auront l’occasion de découvrir virtuellement Province House. On vous invite à vous promener dans les couloirs, défaire un mur et même entendre le murmure de la pluie entre les murs. C’est une manière amusante et agréable de voir Province House comme vous ne l’avez jamais vue!

Stop by the “Imagine a Country” exhibit on the outdoor plaza at Confederation Centre of the Arts and give it a try!

Passez par l’exposition Rêvez un pays sur l’esplanade extérieure du Centre des arts de la Confédération et faites-en l’essai!

For more information, visit parkscanada.gc.ca/provincehouse.

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, consultez parcscanada.gc.ca/provincehouse.

Province House National Historic Site Lieu historique national Province House

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Virtual tour / Visite virtuelle

Outdoor plaza / Esplanade extérieure


INSIDE SCOOP

THE BIRTHPLACE OF 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 - the kind that goes down in history books. As the story goes, it was at this fateful meeting of men, 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? The answer is simple, though perhaps unexpected: party crashers. As it turns out, the initial intent of the Charlottetown Conference was not to discuss the formation of a nation, but rather for delegates of Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick to discuss a Maritime union. These plans were displaced, however, when delegates from Upper and Lower Canada (current day Ontario and Quebec, respectively) got word of the Conference. They saw it as an opportunity to discuss a federal union with their Maritime counterparts. The impetus for this discussion arose from growing concerns of an American annexation brought about by the American civil war and Britain’s waning interest in supporting its North American colonies.

When the original delegates received word that the Province of Canada wanted to join their Conference, they did what we’ve come to expect of Maritimers - they heartily welcomed the new delegates into the fold. And so it was that on August 31st and September 1st, five delegates from each of the Maritime provinces and eight delegates from the Province of Canada converged in Charlottetown for the week long Conference.

The delegates from Upper and Lower Canada came prepared, sailing into the Charlottetown harbour on a grand steamship carrying in its hold a rather large quantity of champagne. They were greeted by PEI representative, William Henry Pope, who rowed out to meet them and welcome them to the city. Interestingly, very few residents were on hand to greet the Conference’s delegates, their attention being otherwise directed towards the traveling circus that had arrived in town. In fact, there were so many people staying in the city for the circus that Charlottetown’s hotels and inns were packed to the gills, leaving limited accommodation options for the delegates (booking in advance is always recommended during the summer season!).

the dancing, maybe it was the salty Island air, maybe it was the sherry - whatever the magic formula, by the end of this now-famed Conference, the notion of a sovereign nation had emerged and Charlottetown’s reputation for exceptional hospitality had been cemented. Over the next three years, further meetings were held in the other colonies to work out the details of this ambitious and exciting plan for the future. Interestingly, when Canada formed in 1867, Prince Edward Island wanted no part of the union, only agreeing to join in 1873 when financial circumstances deemed joining the national fold a necessity. Today, Charlottetown continues to celebrate its role in the formation of Canada in a myriad of ways, from public monuments to re-enactments by the Confederation Players and tours of the replica chambers of Province House, where the Fathers came together each day of the Conference to discuss the details of how to form the nation that would become Canada.

The next eight days were filled with long and lively discussions about the formation of a federal union, followed by elaborate dinners, balls and receptions that lasted well into the wee hours of the night. Maybe it was

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ISLAND VIBES No matter where you find yourself in the city, you’re never far from water. At every corner, the harbour sparkles and with every breath, salty air envelopes your senses. Without fail, you’ll find yourself drawn to the historic waterfront, where local musicians play against a mesmerizing backdrop, sailboats dance on the gentle waves, and picnickers find shade under trees. There’s always plenty to see and do, yet no one ever seems to be in a hurry. Perhaps it’s the lulling qualities of the ocean or the gentle reminder from a sea breeze - whatever it is, the luxury of time is an Island quality to be cherished. Charlottetown sits gracefully at the mouth of the Hillsborough River, a vantage point that helped solidify its position as the capital when waterways reigned. Much of the city’s historic waterfront is now linked by a series of boardwalks, offering a journey that marries the old world and the new, the influences of man and the serenity of nature. You’ll find that each season has something special to showcase. And a stroll along the boardwalk is one of the best ways to take in the vistas, with the city on one side of you and the gentle harbour on the other. Those with a seafaring heart can get closer to the water with kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding options, or hop on one of the many boat tours departing from Peake’s Wharf, the Yacht Club, and the Charlottetown Marina. Of course it goes without saying that incredible water vistas and fresh seafood are always easy to come by in the city cradled by the sea. #PROTIPS ON HOW TO EMBRACE THE ISLAND LIFESTYLE • •

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Practice saying ‘Hello’ to strangers as you pass them on the street. Put your phone on silent or turn it off. Let your senses be completely immersed in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Island life that surround you. Find a big patch of warm grass, lay down on your back and let the time pass. That is all. Order a double scoop of ice cream and let yourself enjoy every single lick of it. Grab a coffee or tea from one of the many local coffee shops and wander the historic city. Hang out with the locals at the Charlottetown Yacht Club and take in race night (every Wednesday in the summer).

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18 REASONS TO VISIT IN 2018 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR The Confederation Centre of the Arts has a reputation for bringing big, bold and brilliant musicals to its mainstage each year and 2018 is no exception. Jesus Christ Superstar, the Broadway rock opera and global sensation that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, will make its debut at the Centre on June 7th and run select dates until September 22nd.

‘THE ROW’ In Charlottetown, Victoria Row (affectionately referred to as ‘the Row’ by locals), offers the perfect patioing experience, with restaurants serving up fresh seafood, local brews and people-watching perches all along the charming, pedestrian street. Those searching for a bird’s eye view of the city will want to check out Fishies on The Roof, Charlottetown’s only rooftop patio.

RACES FOR ALL PACES Racing, it seems, has become an Island tradition and Charlottetown is the homebase for a bevy of races that you can take part in as a spectator and/ or participant. If yacht racing floats your boat, be sure to catch the Charlottetown Yacht Club Race Week (July 12 - 14). If the thrill of watching live harness racing trackside piques your interest, head to Red Shores Racetrack & Casino for weekly races

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or visit during Old Home Week (Aug 9 - 18) for the crème de la crème in Maritime harness racing. Runners and cyclists can also get in on the fun, with the PEI Marathon (Oct 12 - 14) and the Gran Fondo (Aug 24 - 26), which is not technically a race, but is an impressive feat nevertheless.

SHOPPING MADE EASY Against Charlottetown’s stunning backdrop of red brick and waterscapes, you’ll discover an assortment of independent shops and businesses that make shopping a pleasurable pursuit. Whether you’re in search of an enduring keepsake or something edible, a unique piece of art or something kind of quirky, there are plenty of shopkeepers, food purveyors, and artisans with something in store just for you.

BOOTCAMPS FOR WANNABE CHEFS Charlottetown’s reputation as a burgeoning culinary destination may well have something to do with the calibre of chefs graduating from the Culinary Institute of Canada, a nationallyrenowned culinary school located in downtown Charlottetown. You can get a taste of what it’s like to be a chef-in-training at the Institute with one of the many Culinary Bootcamps offered each summer. Choose from half or full-day camps with titles such as Thrills on the Grill, Seafood 101

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and Island Flavours, an award-winning Signature Experience.

FARM DAY IN THE CITY Celebrating its 11th year, Farm Day in the City (Sept 30) has become a much beloved and eagerly anticipated event of the fall season. Paying homage to the Island’s deep agricultural roots and buy-local culture, Farm Day features over 150 farmers, food producers, artisans, crafters and exhibitors in the largest open-air market of the year. Downtown Charlottetown’s streets become the harvestinspired backdrop to festivities that include live music, a beer garden, kids’ activities, a petting zoo, and some good ol’ fashioned competition.


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Fanciful, beautiful, intriguing, interactive, inspiring - Art in the Open (Aug 25) is all these things and so much more. For one extraordinary day in late August, this contemporary arts festival transforms the historic downtown into an open air art gallery that celebrates the heritage and green spaces of the city with ephemeral works of visual art, including installations, screenings/projections, performance art, dance and more. The public is encouraged to explore the spaces, ask questions, and engage with the art. And, to top it off, the festival is free!

If being near or on the water is your thing, Charlottetown will easily win over your heart. Sparkling harbour views and salty air are part and parcel with daily life in Charlottetown. Take a leisurely stroll along the historic waterfront, linked by a series of boardwalks, or enjoy the waterscape while dining on the floating docks of Steamers or at one of the many waterside restaurants. Those with a seafaring heart can get closer to the water with kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding options at Paddles, or hop on one of the many boat tours departing from one of the three marinas on the waterfront.

A BREWING BEER SCENE If you thirst for unique brews you’ll happily discover Charlottetown is home to a growing craft beer scene, with must-stops at the PEI Brewing Company, Upstreet Craft Brewing and The Gahan House Pub & Brewery. Or enjoy local flavours at the many bars and pubs across the city that feature Island and regional brews on tap, including HopYard, Baba’s Lounge and the John Brown Richmond Street Grille.

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OPEN ALL YEAR-ROUND It’s true, when most people think of an Island getaway, they envision beach days under the hot sun and outdoor patio dining late into the evening. And while Charlottetown is the perfect base for the summer lover’s dream holiday, the city shines no matter what time of year you visit. With festivals and events taking place twelve months of the year, a hopping culinary scene that never slows down, and plenty of accommodations offering cozy rooms and competitive rates during the fall and winter, Charlottetown is a four-season destination. Plus, in the winter, you get FREE use of snowshoes at many of the accommodations throughout the city!

AFTER DARK Despite its small size, Charlottetown more than measures up when it comes to night time entertainment. Musicals, plays, comedy acts and headlining bands grace the city’s many stages, including the Confederation Centre of the Arts, the Mack, the Guild, PEI Brewing Company and others. Live music is equally abundant in outdoor spaces, bars and smaller venues across the city, including the Charlottetown Beer Garden, Baba’s Lounge, the Old Triangle, Victoria Row, Sydney St, and the Olde Dublin Pub.

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DIVERSECITY MULTICULTURAL STREET FESTIVAL Kicking off the summer (June 24), this evergrowing festival celebrates the tapestry of diverse cultures that has and continues to shape the Island in a myriad of ways. Free to the public, DiverseCity fills the streets of downtown Charlottetown with the sights, tastes, sounds, and impressive talents of the many cultures and ethnicities that make up the fabric of the city and Island. A cornucopia of food vendors and live music late into the night will keep you around for more.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS WEEKEND Visit Charlottetown November 23 - 25 and experience an old-fashioned storybook Christmas, filled with timeless holiday traditions, including an open-air Victorian Christmas market, a not-to-bemissed Christmas parade, carolers, horse & wagon rides, yuletide concerts, house tours and much more. Treat yourself to a relaxing holiday getaway and get into the spirit of the season.

Spanning the Island from tip to tip and boasting over 400 kms of groomed biking and walking trails, the Confederation Trail is a beloved gem for nature-lovers and active folk. A branch of the trail cuts its way through Charlottetown, providing a convenient connection between uptown, midtown, and downtown. Along the city’s trail, you’ll find parks, a bar/cafe (Bar 1911), the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, a massive community garden space complete with unique urban beehives, and a field of horses grazing on green grasses.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING 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. Entertaining and full of facts about Charlottetown’s role in Confederation, this troupe of costumed actors bring history to life. Be sure you also visit the upper foyer of the Confederation Centre to explore the Story of Confederation. Featuring a complete replica of the chambers of Province House and an engaging video about the Charlottetown Conference, it will provide you with a solid understanding of this pivotal moment in the nation’s history.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES Yes, she’s 110 years old, but the story of a fiery, young orphan girl that ends up winning over the hearts of Marilla, Matthew and the other fictional characters of Avonlea continues to resonate generations later. In Charlottetown, Anne is a mainstay at the city’s two most popular stages. Anne of Green Gables - The Musical returns to the mainstage of the Confederation Centre for its 54th season of laughter, song, dance and some drama too. Across the street at Charlottetown’s black box theatre, The Guild, Anne & Gilbert The Musical is a story of enduring love, hope and friendship. And Anne fans will want to visit the Anne of Green Gables store and Anne’s Chocolates for memorable (and edible!) gifts to take home.

CULINARY CHOPS An emerging culinary destination, Canada’s Food Island is making a name for itself nationally and beyond. As the capital city and home to the prestigious Culinary Institute of Canada, Charlottetown’s food scene is ever-evolving and always intriguing. You’ll discover an impressive selection of restaurants committed to showcasing local ingredients and global flavours, as well as friendly farmers’ markets and artisan food shops. In addition, the city hosts a number of food festivals and friendly culinary competitions throughout the year, including PEI Burger Love, Festival of Wines, Best of Sea, the Fall Flavours Festival, the International Shellfish Festival, Farm Day in the City, Veg It Up!, and WinterDine.

BEACH DAYS A day at the beach (or three) is a quintessential part of Island life and with plenty of white sand and red cliff beaches within a twenty-minute drive, Charlottetown is the perfect homebase from which to set out on your beach day adventures! Check with your hosts for tips on where to find the hidden gems and local favourites.

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In March 2018, Charlottetown’s midtown brewery, Upstreet Craft Brewing, opened their second location in the heart of downtown. Located on the corner of Kent St. and Great George St. and aptly named Craft Beer Corner, this new watering hole is a beer connoisseur’s dream come true. Featuring 24 taps of craft beer from Upstreet and other PEI craft breweries, it’s the perfect way to fully experience the breadth and depth of the Island’s brewing scene. It also exemplifies the collaborative vibe that underpins Upstreet’s business ethos. With seating for 15, the spot is intimate and cozy - perfect for a sidle-up after a long day at the beach. If you’d rather take your beer to-go, you can purchase bottled beer or get a growler of your favourite IPA, stout or ale. Bottoms up!

KENT STREET MARKET While Charlottetown’s downtown food scene was already thriving when Kent Street Market opened in the summer of 2017, it leveled-up with the addition of this hip grocer. Make no mistake about it, Kent Street Market is not just another grocery store,

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rather it’s a destination unto itself. Featuring high-end food stuffs from around the world and a thoughtfully curated selection of local products, including fresh produce and butcher meats, Kent Street Market is sure to surprise and delight your inner foodie. It’s the perfect place to discover new and unusual foods and beverages, as well as an array of Island products that you might otherwise never unearth, such as Fresh Start Fauxmage’s line of artisanal vegan cheese, Papia Papa’s ethically-raised, free range charcuterie meats, and Isle Saint Jean’s sheep cheese. The Market also offers a tempting menu of elevated to-go lunches created daily by their friends at Receiver Coffee Co.

its music-loving owners, who also run The Trailside Music Café & Inn in Mount Stewart. Riffing off of their successful cafe model, the folks at Back Alley recently partnered up with Stir It Up!, a vegan take-out counter, to offer delicious snacks, to-go meals and locally-roasted coffee at their new Queen Street location. Tune in to Back Alley on social media to catch their upcoming events, including in-store performances.

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A hub for the city’s music community, Back Alley Music is one part store and two parts soul. Established well before vinyl made its flashy comeback, Back Alley has been a mainstay of Charlottetown’s music scene for over two decades. Originally located in a bonafide back alley, the shop has since moved up in the world, most recently relocating to 257 Queen Street in early 2018. Specializing in new and vintage vinyl, it’s easy to wile away the hours flipping through Back Alley’s large and eclectic selection of records spanning the last eight decades. You’ll also find plenty of LPs and CDs from well-known and up-and-coming Atlantic Canadian musicians and bands, in large part thanks to the insider’s scoop afforded by

Elevate your Island getaway with an unforgettable experience courtesy of Charlottetown’s helicopter tourism company. Take off from a helipad located on the Charlottetown waterfront and get an aerial view of the city and its surroundings. Take in the breathtaking bird’s eye view patchwork of bright greens, rich reds, and golden yellows of PEI’s countryside and the deep blues of the Atlantic Ocean that cradle the Island. Of course, when you’re taking a helicopter tour, it’s not just the scenery that will take your breath away, it’s the unique mode of transport that makes it an unparalleled experience. If ever there were a bucket list item to check off while on one of the world’s most gorgeous islands, ‘taking a helicopter ride’ would surely be at the top! Choose between 15, 30, 45 and 60 minute rides or arrange a customized tour for up to four people.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, I DO Whether you’ve got roots in PEI, visited in the past and fell in love with it (or your soonto-be spouse!) or want to host your wedding in a never-before-seen place, you’re sure to be smitten with your Island wedding. As the province’s seaside capital, Charlottetown radiates romance with its abundance of colourful and historic buildings, stunning waterfront views, charming character homes, and pristine green spaces. Combine this with remarkable host hotels and inns, unique venue spaces, an unparalleled culinary scene, and exceptional Island hospitality, and you can check off every box on your wedding wish list. PHOTO: KRISTY MCKINNEY

A wedding photographer’s dream, Charlottetown makes it easy to capture stunning, candid moments with a backdrop of dreamy streetscapes, rich in art and steeped in history. And should you want to slip away for photos in an idyllic, rolling pastoral setting, a quaint fishing village or spectacular beachfront, it’s just a short drive to these magical Island settings. You’ll have plenty of time to venture out and be back in town for your extraordinary reception. As you plan your big day, rest assured you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to talented photographers, makeup artists, chefs, designers, musicians, and artisans ready to make your wedding unforgettable. They’ll showcase our island paradise and help celebrate your unique love story in the heart of the city. It’s easy to say “I Do” in Charlottetown, and we know you’ll want to return to this enchanting place again and again.

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THE ISLAND Once you’ve had a few days to get your bearings and sample the cultural bounty of the capital, be sure to take some time to explore the rest of our special little Island. From beaches to golf courses, picturesque fishing villages and lighthouses, the Island is bursting with enticing day trips. So whether you’re heading for the beach, in the mood for a day of culinary adventure, or looking to hit the greens, the Island awaits. Check out the links below for more on PEI’s beaches, cycling trails and golf courses, and turn the page for road trip inspiration.

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BEACHES Charlottetown is the perfect base from which to explore the Island’s spectacular coastline. From secret, secluded beaches to supervised, pristine stretches of paradise, there are a variety of beaches to fall in love with, all within an easy and scenic drive from Charlottetown. Blessed with provincial and national parks along the north and south shores, PEI has some of the most stunning, undeveloped and well-kept beaches in the world. www.tourismpei.com/pei-beaches

CYCLING - THE CONFEDERATION TRAIL Beginning two blocks west of the Charlottetown Visitor Information Centre on the waterfront, the Confederation Trail offers opportunities for exploring both on foot and by bicycle. PEI’s tip-to-tip trail was developed on abandoned railway lines and will take you through the diverse and distinct landscapes that make up the Island. It’s also an ideal way to discover the city from a different vantage point. Travelling from downtown to uptown is a 45-minute walk or easy 15-minute bike. Along the way you’ll pass public parks, a bar/cafe (Bar 1911), the Farm Centre’s stunning Legacy Garden, the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, and a field of horses behind UPEI. www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/cycling

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GOLFING There are over 30 golf courses on the Island, all within 90 minutes of Charlottetown. From links-style courses to the more traditional, there are a number of both challenging and forgiving courses for golfers of all levels. www.golfpei.com

CITY BEACH EXPRESS PROVIDING DAILY TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN CHARLOTTETOWN AND CAVENDISH, CITY BEACH EXPRESS IS THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR VISITORS ARRIVING WITHOUT A VEHICLE OR THOSE WISHING TO RELAX AND TAKE A BREAK FROM DRIVING. NOTE: RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

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ROAD TRIPPING: ISLAND DAY TRIPS MONTAGUE Lovingly referred to as ‘Montague the Beautiful’, this lively town in Eastern PEI lives up to its moniker, boasting tree-lined streets, stately historic buildings and stunning views of the Montague River. The recently redeveloped waterfront is teeming with fun experiences from riverboat cruises to kayaking to outdoor movies in the summer. Shoppers and craft beer connoisseurs will fall in love with Main Street, home to Artisans on Main and Copper Bottom Brewing, a newly opened watering hole that’s already won over the hearts of many a beer drinker. Book a historic homes walking tour and see a side of Montague treasured by its residents and often overlooked by visitors. While in the area, be sure to visit the nearby community of Georgetown, where charming historic streets and quirky shops will woo you. And for an unforgettable Island experience, visit Tranquility Cove Adventures and try your hand at deep sea fishing, bar clamming, or starfish searching.

SOURIS Originally settled by Acadians in 1727 as a fishing village, a road trip to this port town on the eastern tip of the Island is well worth the one-hour drive from Charlottetown. The town itself features stunning historic buildings, as well as restaurants, cafes, and many independent businesses. For many Islanders, however, Souris is synonymous with Basin Head Beach, a provincial park beach famed for its ‘singing’ sands, warm south shore waters and bridge jumping. Or head to Souris Beach Gateway Park

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and pair your beach time with a visit to Chef Michael Smith’s Flavour Shack, where you’ll find local foodstuffs and plenty of cookbooks from PEI’s biggest celebrity chef. Lighthouse lovers will want to venture to the nearby Souris East Lighthouse and East Point Lighthouse, both of which are open to the public. With fresh seafood available from the local fishery, you may want to make lunch or dinner plans at one of the many restaurants in the area, including Breakwater 21, Bluefin, and Sheltered Harbour Cafe & Pub. If having an unforgettable and entirely unique eating experience is on your bucket list, reserve a seat at Fireworks, where celebrity chef Michael Smith and his wife host a nightly feast at their property, the Inn at Bay Fortune.

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THE NORTH SHORE If food is your true love, a road trip along the North Shore is a must. You can do this looped route in either direction with equally satiating results. Heading west from Charlottetown, make your way to New Glasgow via Routes 2 and 7, then 224. Arriving in this tiny hamlet, you’ll find an abundance of deliciousness - from homemade Island preserves at the PEI Preserve Company to classic and unique gouda cheeses at Glasgow Glen Farm. Fill up on a traditional Island lobster dinner at New Glasgow Lobster Suppers or enjoy exquisite Island fare with water views at The Mill. Next up, head to the picturesque fishing village of North Rustico. As you stroll, you’ll notice homages to the area’s thriving Acadian culture, as well as to its anchor economy, lobster fishing. Pay a visit to the always bustling Blue Mussel Cafe or try your

hand at deep sea fishing, and be sure to visit the Olde Village Bakery for to-go treats! Heading back to Charlottetown along Route 6, make a stop at the Great Canadian Soap Company in Brackley Beach. Sample goat’s milk ice cream, cheese and other delights, and say hello to the funny, four-legged goats in their paddocks. Finally, if there’s room, head to The Dunes Studio Gallery & Cafe on Route 15 for an elegant meal, Richard’s Fish & Chips in Covehead for the ultimate beachside meal, or spoil yourself with high tea or dinner at the majestic Dalvay-ByThe-Sea hotel.

CAVENDISH Famed as the home of Anne of Green Gables, you’ll know when you’ve arrived in this famous stretch along the North Shore. The heart of


family fun, Cavendish is a kid’s dream come true - from waterslides at Shining Waters Family Fun Park, to classic amusement park rides and go-carts at Sandspit Amusement Park. If hunger strikes, Avonlea Village and the Cavendish Boardwalk offer plenty of food options, as well as family entertainment and shopping. Just off the main strip, there are many not-to-be-missed natural wonders. Explore the trails and landscapes that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s vivid descriptions of PEI at Green Gables Heritage Place or pack up a picnic and head to the trail systems and forests of Cavendish Grove. And be sure to cap off your visit to Anne’s land with a visit to the Cavendish post office, where your postcards to friends and family will be stamped with the Anne of Green Gables postmark.

SCENIC SOUTH SHORE If stunning scenery and historic lighthouses paired with food and drink sounds up your alley, head ‘down east’ along the south shore of the Island on Route 1. Set your GPS for Point Prim, where the Island’s oldest lighthouse stands majestically at the water’s edge. Built in 1845, this round, brick lighthouse is open to visitors for a small fee. If hunger strikes, visit the Point Prim Chowder House where unique chowders pair with exceptional waterviews. Continue east along Route 1 and pay a visit to the Wood Islands Lighthouse and Interpretive Museum. A short 8 km 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. Next head to the small fishing village of Murray Harbour and visit the Murray Harbour Range Lighthouses. Tuck into a meal at the #5 Cafe, located in a charming, renovated church then check out the unique shops on Main Street. From Murray Harbour, you can head directly back to Charlottetown or continue searching out lighthouses and exploring the eastern end of the Island.

SUMMERSIDE Second only in population to Charlottetown, Summerside is an urban centre with strong rural roots. Its prominent role in PEI’s fox fur industry during the first half of the twentieth century has left an indelible mark on the city. Spend time exploring residential neighbourhoods in the downtown area and you’ll discover many grand homes built with the riches of the fox fur industry that retain their heritage features. Recent investments in the waterfront, including 7km of scenic boardwalk, and an influx of hip new businesses have injected a fresh energy into the downtown core. Hot spots include Samuel’s Coffee House, the Summerside Farmers’ Market, OpenEats and Spinnaker’s Landing. The city’s first microbrewery is slated to open in summer 2018, in the historic Summerside railway station. Kids of all ages will want to check out the indoor Off the Wallz trampoline park and outdoor waterfront splash park, while adventurers over the age of 14 can tour the waterfront with PEI Segway Tours. Stay into the evening and treat yourself to an exciting performance at the

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College of Piping, where bagpipers, drummers, and step dancers showcase their impressive talents and celebrate the Celtic performing arts. Get your fill of harness racing fun at Red Shores, next to Credit Union Place (CUP), which also hosts large concerts and other performances throughout the year.

ST. PETER’S BAY Though it’s 45 minutes east of Charlottetown, you’ll quickly discover the drive to St. Peter’s Bay is a treat unto itself. Let rolling hills, picturesque farms and stunning water vistas guide you to this small and charming community on the North Shore. Discover the

PEI’S AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES Join Captain Chancey and Crew onboard MV Fundy Cruiser! • The Great PEI Floating Lobster Boil • Dig In! PEI’s Bar Clamming Adventure • Deep Sea Fishing Outstanding group opportunities available. The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada introduces its fully reinvented summer stage production, a vibrant spectacle of bagpipes and drums interwoven with Celtic dancers, fiddles and stunning visuals. Contemporary boundaries are pushed, while staying true to traditional roots. Gemini award-winning director Shelagh O'Brien brings a theatrical twist to this new direction for the College's showcase production, in the brand new custom-designed Celtic Performing Arts Centre. The show starts on July 11th and runs throughout the summer.

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community that first settled on PEI in the early 17th century. Upon arrival in the Evangeline area, pay a visit to the PEI Acadian Museum to learn the fascinating history behind this founding culture. A must-visit for all ages, the Bottle Houses in Cape Egmont are like nothing you’ve seen before. If time allows, stop in at the Village Musicale Acadien in Abram’s Village for a free afternoon concert filled with fiddles, guitars, stepdancing and singing. Cap off your Western PEI road trip with a quintessential Island experience - the dairy bar pit stop. Heading back from Evangeline, take Route 2 through Kensington and pull into the locally-famous Frosty Treat for a cool treat.

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CENTRAL PEI ‘singing sands’ at Greenwich National Park and explore the stunning, extensive trail systems. After venturing along miles of unspoiled white sand beachfront, be sure to indulge in a dining experience at The Inn at St. Peter’s, set against the stunning backdrop of St. Peter’s Bay. Or for more casual eats, check out a summertime favourite, Rick’s Fish & Chips.

VICTORIA BY THE SEA This tiny, historic village on the south shore is well known for its abundance of resident artists and artisans. You’ll want to park your car and tour the town by foot. Charming shops and eateries line the streets and waterfront, while fishing boats come and go from the small harbour. Must-visits include The Landmark Cafe,

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Island Chocolates, Stanley Pottery, Emmett & Ellie’s, and the Ewe & Dye Weavery. Along your travels, watch for PEI’s oldest standing tree, located just across the road from the town’s lighthouse, on the property of Coach House Antiques. And if you enjoy live theatre, be sure to check what’s playing at the Victoria Playhouse and make time for pre-theatre drinks at Beachcombers on the Wharf or the Lobster Barn. If the waters beckon, rent a kayak or take a tour and paddle the gentle waters of the Northumberland Strait.

EVANGELINE Rich in Acadian history and culture, the Evangeline area is considered by many to be the hub of this closely-knit French-speaking

Head west of Cavendish, along the North Shore, and you’ll be rewarded with exquisite scenery, unique dining options, and plenty of hidden gems. Take Route 6 to Stanley Bridge and stop in at Gallant’s Shellfish & Seafood on the pier for fresh lobster, crab cakes, seafood chowder and more. Depending on the day, you may just catch some daredevils jumping off the Stanley Bridge, a longstanding tradition amongst youthful Islanders. Carry on along Route 6 and you’ll happen upon New London, where art and food are in ample supply. Stop in at The Village Pottery for a unique, handcrafted piece of pottery featuring red sandstone. Pay a visit to The Table Culinary Studio, where you can take part in a hands-on culinary experience or enjoy an intimate evening meal in the converted


church (book ahead to avoid disappointment). Or head to the Sou’West Bar & Grille, a fun, casual eatery with amazing views of the New London Bay and delicious seafood options. From New London, head north along Route 20 and revel in the stunning vistas that greet you on your way to the picturesque fishing village of French River. If the mood strikes, take a detour to the quirky Kitchen Witch on Route 234 for a hearty meal and tea leaf reading. Continuing along Route 20, you’ll pass through Darnley, where you can grab a bite to eat at Ship to Shore and/or take a detour to Cousin’s Shore, a quiet beach favoured by locals. A short drive past Darnley and you’ll land in Malpeque, where you’ll find, amongst many of its treasures, the Malpeque Oyster Barn, the O’Neill Home Gallery and Cabot Beach Provincial Park. Finally, make your trek back to Charlottetown via Route 2 taking time to stop in Kensington, where the Island Stone Pub serves up traditional pub food with a local flare in the Kensington Railway Station, a National Historic Site. Handily, the station also houses a liquor store and hosts a farmers’ market on Saturday mornings in the summer.

ROAD TRIP FOR CYCLISTS! Charlottetown to Mount Stewart - Once the thoroughfare for all railway traffic from Charlottetown to Eastern PEI’s major townships, the quaint community of Mount Stewart remains a popular stopover for cyclists exploring the Confederation Trail. The trail, which extends tipto-tip across the Island, offers stunning vistas east and west of Mount Stewart. You can make a day trip of it by starting out from Charlottetown for the 68 km loop, hop on at one of the Trail’s intersections (Route 6 at Bedford Station is a good halfway point), or drive to Mount Stewart and explore the Trail from there. The latter is the best plan of action if you want to experience Mount Stewart’s mighty impressive music scene. Book tickets ahead of time for The Trailside Music Cafe & Inn, where musicians and bands from across Canada and beyond play to an intimate crowd of those fortunate enough to find this special spot. Even if you’re not able to catch an evening performance, the cafe offers a scrumptious lunch menu daily and brunch with live music on Sundays during the season. Be sure you also make time to stop in at the Eco Centre, where you can learn more about the Hillsborough River and purchase tasty bakery treats for the ride back to town! THE TABLE CULINARY STUDIO | PHOTO: SALTY

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SEE & DO IN THE CAPITAL CITY “ALL-IN-ALL IT WAS A NEVER-TO-BEFORGOTTEN SUMMER - ONE OF THOSE SUMMERS WHICH COME SELDOM INTO ANY LIFE, BUT LEAVES A RICH HERITAGE OF BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES IN THEIR GOING.” - L. M. MONTGOMERY

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CITY LIFE, ISLAND STYLE. Charlottetown, quintessentially charming and strikingly bold, has come into its own in recent years, confidently revealing its kind and quirky nature, its penchant for celebrating history and its fondness for reinvention.

SEADOO TOURS

Whether it’s cultural immersion, romantic escape or family fun that you fancy, each day offers the promise of unforgettable moments and merriment. Authentic tours of the city’s streets and harbour, local markets brimming with fresh food and artisan wares, delightful shops, colourful galleries, and a plentitude of festivals, theatre, and live music await. Entertainment options abound throughout the downtown and in midtown you’ll happen upon two popular craft breweries, as well as Redshores Racetrack & Casino, which celebrates the longstanding tradition of harness racing. Golfing, kayaking, cycling, and other outdoor activities are easily accessible as well.

RED SHORES RACETRACK AND CASINO

The city’s theatre scene is always buzzing, with large and intimate venues showcasing a wide selection of musicals, plays and other live performances throughout the year. And regardless of when you visit, live music is always on tap in pubs, bars, and other venues throughout the city. In the summer, there are plenty of outdoor spots where you can sit back and relax while enjoying the talents of local musicians, including Victoria Row, Sydney Street, the Charlottetown Beer Garden, and Peake’s Wharf. Be sure to take in the free noontime performance of The Young Company at Confederation Centre’s outdoor amphitheatre (Mon - Sat, July 1 - Aug 18), and catch up with the Confederation Players as this troupe of young performers in period costume tells the story of Confederation through short vignettes and historic walking tours.

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ACTIVITIES BELL ALIANT CENTRE

CITY CINEMA

BELVEDERE GOLF CLUB

CONFEDERATION CENTRE ART GALLERY

THE CHARLOTTETOWN FESTIVAL

CONFEDERATION CENTRE OF THE ARTS

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

Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets Confederation Centre of the Arts 902.566.1267 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com The 2018 Charlottetown Festival will be a celebration of rock, blues and local treasures. This summer we present the 54th season of Anne of Green Gables-The Musical™; the rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as two world premieres at The Mack - Dutch Mason and Stories from the Red Dirt Road. June 7 September 22, 2018.

BEACONSFIELD HISTORIC HOUSE

CHINESE JUNK TOUR

CONFEDERATION PLAYERS WALKING TOURS

ADVENTURE MARINE

1 Great George Street, Peake’s Wharf 902.394.7903 www.adventuresmarine.com Get out on Hillsborough Bay in our 24ft Zodiac and experience a one-of-a-kind seal watching adventure. Our vessel accommodates small groups (up to 12) providing a more personal atmosphere while enjoying Charlottetown’s spectacular coast 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. Come play a famous course and browse our full line of golf merchandise at the Pro Shop.

THE ALLEY

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.

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. 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.

1 Great George Street, Peake’s Wharf 416.432.7067 www.chinesejunktour.com info@chinesejunktour.com The Ming Emperor royally proclaims: the Treasure Fleet is to set sail to explore distant lands! The sails are hoisted and you find yourself aboard an authentic Chinese junk boat…

64 King Street 902.368.3669 www.citycinema.net Unwind by enjoying a movie at City Cinema, downtown Charlottetown’s quaint cinema featuring current independent films and a few mainstream hits. Visit our website, check out The Buzz or call for our current schedule. Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets Confederation Centre of the Arts 902.628.6142 www.confederationcentre.com/artgallery The Art Gallery presents Canadian artists in a mix of traditional and contemporary art forms. Opening in June 2018 as part of a major national tour, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience by Kent Monkman. Admission by donation. Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets Confederation Centre of the Arts 902.566.1267 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com The National Memorial to the Fathers of Confederation showcases the finest in Canadian heritage and visual and performing arts. The Centre is home to a musical theatre festival, art gallery, walking tours, outdoor performances, art camps for young people, and Mavor’s Restaurant.

Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets Confederation Centre of the Arts 902.566.1267 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com Attired in impressive historic costumes, the Confederation Players interpret the roles of the delegates to the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference. Join walking tours of historic Charlottetown or attend vignettes. July and August.

Anne & Gilbert: The Musical

Franco Concert Series

Atlantic Blue

Charlottetown Burlesque

Disney’s Lion King Jr.

Popalopalots: Live Improv Comedy

Disney’s Aladdin Jr.

Luka Hall

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CONFEDERATION PUBLIC LIBRARY

Corner of Queen & Richmond Streets 902.368.4642 www.library.pe.ca Hours of Operation: Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm Monday, Friday & Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm Tuesday to Thursday 10:00am - 9:00pm (Closes at 8:00pm during summer hours. June September)

CONFEDERATION TRAIL

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

COWS CREAMERY

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

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, local snacks and more. Sit in or take your beer to go.

CULINARY BOOTCAMPS

4 Sydney Street, Culinary Institute of Canada 902.566.9305 | 877.475.2844 www.culinarybootcamps.com Foodies in search of authentic, delicious, and hands-on award-winning culinary experiences

need look no further. Under the guidance of expert chefs, explore themed culinary camps while enjoying $7.2 million in newly renovated facilities. Starting at $65/pp + tax. End of May through September.

DOOLY’S

157 Kent Street 902.894.7665 www.doolys.ca We offer a fun, comfortable atmosphere for you and your friends, family, co-workers or just the gang! Enjoy a game of pool, relax by the fireplace or have a chat at the bar.

DYNAMIC - YOGA, FITNESS, BOUTIQUE

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

EAST COAST ART PARTY

135 Great George pei.eastcoastartparty.com What’s an Art Party? How about you, us, a few beverages and an experience where we’ll teach you how to create something you never thought you could!

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 & FOX GOLF ACADEMY

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

GALLERY @ THE GUILD

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

GOLF PEI

866.GOLF.PEI (465.3734) 193 Malpeque Road 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

GOWHEELIN’ BIKE RENTALS

6 Prince Street 902.566.5259 www.gowheelinpei.com For all of your bicycle rental needs. Located at Charlottetown’s most convenient location - the Charlottetown Visitor Information Centre! Full day and weekly rentals available!

GRAND SENSES

119 Grafton Street 902.894.8332 www.grandsensesspa.com A warm welcome awaits you at Grand Senses – Charlottetown’s premier Aveda Concept Spa,

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

Seal Watching OR PRIVATE CHARTERS BOAT TOURS DEPART FROM PEAKE'S QUAY MARINA Located at the bottom of George Street where you can find ample parking & washroom facilities. LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO SCHEDULES & CROWDS? WANT TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT? We offer private customized charters.

902-394-7903

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ACTIVITIES ISLAND BOAT ADVENTURES Salon and Boutique. Our stylists and estheticians work attentively to pamper and expertly care for you.

GREEN ISLE AIR

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

THE GUILD

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

HAPPY POTTER

20 Myrtle Street, Stratford PEI 902.569.2120 www.happypotter.ca An inviting and fun creative space for all ages. We offer make-your-own and 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 our amphibious vehicle. Tour historic Charlottetown, and then “splash” into the water for a relaxing harbour cruise. Our 55-minute tours will excite and amaze you!

1 Pownal Street, Charlottetown Yacht Club 902.969.1377 www.islandboatadventures.ca Island Boat Adventures – Authentic PEI Experiences! The Great Floating Lobster Boil. Dig In! Bar Clamming and Deep Sea Fishing are allinclusive, daily tours aboard the MV Fundy Cruiser. Book online!

ISLAND STORM BASKETBALL

46 Kensington Road, Eastlink Centre 902.629.6625 www.stormbasketball.ca The Island Storm is PEI’s only professional sports franchise and a seventh-year team in the National Basketball League of Canada. Proud two-time Atlantic Division Champions. Season runs November to April.

MACQUEEN’S ISLAND TOURS

430 Queen Street 902.368.2453 www.macqueens.com Supported self-guided, independent bicycle tours include accommodations, breakfast, luggage transfer, route cards, maps, deluxe bicycles, professional outfitting, and emergency repair service. MacQueen’s is PEI’s largest pro shop offering quality rentals, sales and repairs.

PADDLES

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

PEAKE’S WHARF BOAT TOURS

1 Great George Street, Peake’s Wharf 902.394.2222

www.peakeswharfboattours.com Cruise Charlottetown’s scenic harbour and beyond and watch as we pull up a lobster trap. Experience a seal or sunset cruise. We have four daily sailing trips and charters available for up to 36 people. Seals, Lobster, Fun!

PEAKE’S WHARF HISTORIC WATERFRONT CONCERT SERIES

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

PEI BREWING COMPANY

96 Kensington Road 902.629.2739 www.peibrewingcompany.com Come experience the art of craft brewing and learn about the evolution of the PEI Brewing Company. Discover the brewing process from start to finish with some samples along the way.

PEI ESCAPE ROOMS

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

PEI REGIMENT MUSEUM

3 Havilland Street 902.368.0108 www.peiregimentmuseum.ca The PEI Regiment Museum highlights the history and heritage of military forces on the Island. Come and see our collection of over 2000 artifacts, some dating as far back as 1807, and our various interpretive displays. Open Monday to Friday (9am - 4pm) and Thursday evenings (7pm - 9pm).

131 SYDNEY STREET • CHARLOTTETOWN, PE

One great building, Two great restaurants. 7 nights a week entertainment from July-Sept with the best in Maritime entertainment. Fresh oysters everyday from 4-6 for $1. For over 35 years we have offered great pub food that keeps Islanders and visitors coming back for more.

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P.E.I.’s best fresh seafood restaurant served all year long. More then just great oysters, the Claddagh Oyster House also features the best our Island has to offer in vegetables, beef, seafood, pork. We offer fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Reservation recommended.

www.claddaghoysterhouse.com

902-892-9661


PRINCE EDWARD TOURS GRAY LINE

6 Prince Street 902.566.5259 www.PrinceEdwardTours.com Allow the Island’s premier tour operator and only authorized Gray Line provider to show you around Charlottetown. Tours featuring Charlottetown, Anne of Green Gables & scenic Island drives. Custom tours available.

PROVINCE HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Intersection of Richmond & Great George Streets 902.566.7050 | 888.773.8888 www.parkscanada.gc.ca/provincehouse Currently closed for conservation. Visitors are encouraged to explore “The Story of Confederation” (Confederation Centre’s Upper Foyer), “Imagine a Country” and the new Province House Virtual Reality experience (Confederation Library Plaza).

PURE SPA & MOKSHA YOGA CHARLOTTETOWN

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

RED SHORES RACETRACK & CASINO

58 Kensington Road 877.620.4222 www.redshores.ca Discover the thrill of live harness racing or off-track betting in our simulcast theatres. Red Shores offers over 200 slot machines, dining and table games. *You must be 19 years or older to purchase, play or redeem Atlantic Lottery gaming products at Red Shores.

RIDE SOLAR DINNER CRUISE & TOUR BOAT

4-207 Prince Street, Charlottetown Marina www.ridesolar.com World’s only solar-powered dinner cruise & tour boat in the Charlottetown harbour. 90 min harbour eco tours, 2 hr dinner cruises, 2 hr midnight champagne & oyster tours, prices from $25/person

RISE & CLIMB ADVENTURE COURSE

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

SACRED RIDES PEI MOUNTAIN BIKE TOURS

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

SEADOO TOURS & FLYBOARDING

Charlottetown Waterfront 844.359.4376 www.peiseadootours.com Grab a friend, some Seadoos, hop in the driver’s seat and follow our local guide on an amazing ride! Alternatively, get high above the city while flyboarding.

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.

SPUD ISLAND TOURS

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

SMALL PRINT BOARD GAME CAFÉ

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

THE STORY OF CONFEDERATION

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

TARGET TOURS

1 Weymouth Street 902.739.3500 info@targettoursatlantic.com www.targettoursatlantic.com Target Tours Atlantic provides professionally guided tours of PEI highlighting the most popular attractions as well as the hidden gems. We provide private tours, small group tours, and travel trade services.

TOP NOTCH LOBSTER TOURS

2 Prince Street 902.626.6689 www.markscharters.com As featured on “Live with Kelly & Regis”, 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”.

The setting, historic The accommodation, unique The food, legendary The service, exemplary TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME when you stay in our 1903 Queen Anne Revival Inn. Or you can choose from one of our newly refurbished modern annex rooms. The property is located on a quiet, safe side street in Olde Charlottetown, within walking distance of all Charlottetown’s major attractions. Restaurant, lounge, and a beautiful outdoor patio located on site.

UPSTREET CRAFT BREWING

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

VICTORIA PARK

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

VICTORIA PARK POOL & SPLASH PAD

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

200 POWNAL ST, CHARLOTTETOWN

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FALL, FOOD & FUN Here on the east coast of Canada, embracing each and every season is second nature. Rich with the vibrant colours of change and the bountiful flavours of the harvest, it’s easy to fall in love with the season of dancing leaves and cozy sweaters. In Charlottetown, culinary is king during the peak harvest season. From food-centric festivals to seasonally-inspired restaurant menus and farmers’ markets brimming with local fare, fall in PEI is a foodie’s delight. Kick off the season with the PEI Fall Flavours Festival (Aug 31 - Sept 30), a month-long celebration of the Island’s impressive food and farm scene. As the capital, Charlottetown hosts several of the festival’s favourite events throughout September, culminating with Farm Day in the City (Sept 30). The Island’s largest open-air market and outdoor festival, Farm Day in the City brings together over 150 farmers, food producers and artisans for a day filled with shopping, eating, live music, children’s entertainment, agricultural displays and good ol’ fashioned competition. Those in search of the Island’s famed seafood will surely be smitten with the PEI International Shellfish Festival (Sept 13 - 16), a three-day celebration jampacked with fresh seafood, stellar musical acts, and seriously impressive culinary competitions. Finally, autumn brings with it yet another tastedriven event, the annual PEI Spirits Festival (Oct 27). Showcasing exquisite liquors from near and far, the Festival is the perfect way to cap off a weekend getaway to the city.

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Fall’s fiery colours are the perfect invitation to discover the Island’s stunning red clay heritage roads, many of which are in close proximity to Charlottetown. Pack a picnic and plan to make a day of exploring these lesser-travelled roads, where breathtaking scenery greets you at every bend and hillcrest. Keep a lookout for local flora and fauna, as well as signs of the rural life that has shaped the Island’s character and culture. Equally stunning during the fall, the Confederation Trail offers over 400 kilometres of well-groomed cycling and walking trails that span the Island from tip-to-tip. The trail intersects with roadways often, allowing for plenty of start and end options. Head out for a day of adventure beyond the city, or use the trail to explore Charlottetown from a unique vantage point. Be sure to leave some time for a favourite fall pastime amongst Islanders. Whether it’s sipping a warm beverage at one of the city’s indie coffee shops, enjoying a locally-brewed craft beer with friends, or tucking under the covers at your accommodations, fall in Charlottetown is always a colourful, cozy, and tasty experience. For all things fall visit: DiscoverCharlottetown.com/Fall

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LOCAL SHOPS When you find yourself smitten with a place, inevitably you want to take a piece of it home with you - an enduring keepsake or something edible, a unique piece of art or something kind of quirky. Whatever your style, Charlottetown has plenty of shopkeepers, food purveyors, and artisans with something in store just for you. Discover delightful window displays and friendly shopkeepers as you wander through the downtown core by foot. Embrace the leisurely pace of the city, which offers an unhurried and blissful shopping experience. Window shopping and lingering in your favourite shops is encouraged. And you’ll be well rewarded if you take the time to explore not only the main shopping areas in the downtown, but the lesser-explored side streets. Use the walking map in this guide to help you find your way. COWS ICE CREAM

Located in the middle of downtown, the Confederation Court Mall is filled with independent shops to suit your every desire, retaining the charms of a bygone era before malls became synonymous with big box stores and massive parking lots. And during the summer months, head to the waterfront, where Peake’s Wharf Historic Waterfront Merchants will beguile you with jewellery, souvenirs, clothing, and other treasures. At the north end of the city, find all the convenience and variety of a larger urban centre, including wellknown chains, grocery stores and the Charlottetown Mall. To get there, head north from the downtown core via the amenity-filled University Avenue or by foot or bicycle along the Confederation Trail. Finally, at the edge of city limits, along the North River Causeway, you’ll find an inviting collection of unique shops, a family-friendly restaurant and a brewery outlet. Last but not least, you’ll also be at the centre of the ice cream universe, COWS Factory, which is open to the public and well worth a visit and a cone.

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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 handson experience.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES CHOCOLATES

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

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES STORE

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

BACK ALLEY MUSIC

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

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COASTAL CULTURE PEAKE’S QUAY

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CONFEDERATION COURT MALL

156 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.628.6966 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. 172 Queen St 902.566.4888 www.bookmarkreads.ca As Charlottetown’s independent bookseller, we are passionate about books. Since 1972, we have promoted the march of knowledge, dissemination of wisdom, spreading of words, and sharing of beauty. Come discover our carefully curated selection of books and interesting sidelines.

BRÌGH MUSIC & TEA

93 Water Street 902.626.8161 www.facebook.com/BrighMusicandTea Celebrating the Island’s Irish and Scottish roots with musical instruments, books and CDs, and giftware. Stop in for a song, a tune and a cuppa fine organic tea! BRÌGH is the Scots and Irish Gaelic word for strength or soul.

CHARLOTTETOWN FARMERS’ MARKET

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.

10c Lower Great George Street 902.892.2005 www.coastalculture.com Atlantic Canada’s BEST souvenir and gift shop! A great selection of Prince Edward Island T-shirts, hoodies, gifts and pirate themed merchandise. Come check out our life size-pirate statue! 134 Kent Street 902.894.9505 www.confedcourtmall.com Downtown Charlottetown’s shopping destination featuring independently-owned and operated fashion, giftware, and home décor stores along with convenient services such as restaurants, pharmacy, and post office.

COOL AS A MOOSE

156 Queen Street 9020.628.2226 www.coolasamoose.com Cool As A Moose is a specialty retail shop with Charlottetown’s largest and finest selection of souvenirs and resortwear. A one-stop shop for great souvenirs, gifts and quality clothing.

COWS

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


DETAILS FINE ART GALLERY

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

DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET

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

DYNAMIC - YOGA, FITNESS, BOUTIQUE

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

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.

GREEN EYE DESIGNS

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

HAPPY GLASS

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

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KURIOSITIES: WHIMSICAL TRINKETS & ODDITIES

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

LIQUID GOLD TASTING BAR & ALL THINGS OLIVE

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

102A Queen Street 902.894.1457 www.jemsboutique.ca JEMS Boutique offers clothing that is stylish, comfortable, & fun! We highlight ‘Go 2 Clothing’, a clothing line designed by the boutique owners and exclusive to JEMS as well as other wonderful Canadian designers. Also featuring one-of-a-kind accessories including jewellery, scarves, shoes, & handbags.

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KENT STREET MARKET

LORIMER GALLERY

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

902.439.9594 www.LocalLegends.ca Island-inspired clothing that Islanders and Honorary Islanders alike are proud of! Available at Fisherman’s Wharf - Rustico, Sea Garden Spring Brook, Stanley Bridge Studios - Stanley Bridge, The Shore Market - Brackley, Kent Street Market - Charlottetown, and My Little Stash Peake’s Quay! 82 Great George Street 902.892.1953 www.lorimergallery.com Located on the historic Great George Street near Victoria Row, Lorimer Gallery promotes established and emerging Canadian artists focusing on painting, Inuit sculpture, glass and jewelry. Experienced in shipping art worldwide.

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SHOPS 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!

MCASKILL’S FINE CRAFT STUDIO

26 Beasley Avenue 902.566.3416 www.mcaskillwoodworking.com Shop from our large selection of PEI crafts pottery, woodworking, fused glass & more. Experience wood turning under the guidance of our skilled artisan and make your own personal pen. See our website for details.

MINOTAUR HOME DÉCOR

10 Prince Street 902.388.8960 www.facebook.com/Minotaur-Home-Décor Minotaur Home Decor is an eclectic emporium of curated furniture and objects for the urban shack. The inventory is a blend of vintage and new, each item carefully selected for its uniqueness and quality.

MOONSNAIL

64 Queen Street 902.367.3392 www.nessyasgems.com Nessya’s Gems offers the finest selection of sterling silver and semi-precious stones jewellery in Atlantic Canada at the most affordable prices. We also have PEI handmade sterling silver jewellery, Swarovski Crystal and fashion jewellery.

NORTHERN WATTERS KNITWEAR & TARTAN SHOP

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

PADERNO

7 Great George St & 15 Milky Way 902.894.6026 | 902.629.2217 www.paderno.com Some of the world’s finest cookware comes from PEI and now you can enjoy direct from the factory with savings of 40-70%. If you like to cook.... you’ll love this store.

PAM & JOE HANDCRAFTED

119 Kent Street 902.370.2455 www.facebook.com/pamandjoehandcrafted Best Swarovski Crystal jewelry on the Island at unbelievable prices! Authentic Canadian Penny jewelry, hand-made in Canada. Classy, delicate semi-precious stone and hand-enameled jewelry. Experience exquisite craftsmanship!

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.

QUILTING B & MORE

95 Capital Drive 902.628.1998 www.quiltingb.ca Current lines of first-quality cotton quilting fabrics, books, patterns, threads, notions, Kwik sew dealer, Bernina, Pfaff, Husqvarna Viking and Singer sewing machines, Anne of Green Gables fabrics. We ship worldwide.

RIVERVIEW COUNTRY MARKET & CAFE

21 Riverside Drive 902.892.9632 riverviewcountrymarket@gmail.com www.riverviewcountrymarket.com PEI’s authentic farm marketplace. Offering a wide variety of goods produced or harvested by Prince Edward Island families who take pride in the farm fresh quality products that they produce. Help build our communities by directly supporting local farmers and produced on PEI.

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™.

VERMILLION ART WORKS

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

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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!

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ONE COOL SPOT If the promise of a treasure trove of new ways to experience our seaside city intrigues you, plan to visit during the winter months. Decked out in bright, sparkling white, Charlottetown is a sight to behold and offers plenty by way of snow-filled activities and events that will have the whole family trumpeting the wonders of a winter getaway. Get into the holiday spirit with Victorian Christmas Weekend (Nov 23 - 25) and immerse yourself in a storybook Christmas setting filled with timeless holiday traditions, including an open-air Victorian Christmas market, horse and wagon rides, carolling, a Christmas parade and more. Of course, no matter what weekend you visit Charlottetown in the leadup to Christmas, there will be plenty of holiday celebrations to take in, including local craft fairs, Christmas concerts, and holiday-themed musicals. Explore the city and the Island’s countryside in a unique, fun-filled way with Discover Charlottetown’s new Snowshoes in the City program being offered by several city accommodation. Complimentary guest snowshoes and curated trail guides make outdoor adventuring easy for visitors. The fresh crisp air, soft crunch of snow, and forests filled with the sounds of nature after a new snowfall are but a few of the delights that await intrepid snowshoers. In the depths of winter, Charlottetown tips its hat to the season with the Jack Frost WinterFest (Feb 15 - 17, 2019). Jam-packed with winter fun for the whole family, the Jack Frost Festival is a highlyanticipated weekend filled with live entertainers, giant snow slides, horse and sleigh rides, indoor bouncies, character meet and greets, and a whole lot more.

PURE SPA

Hearty, warming food is a must during the winter and Charlottetown’s chefs remain fully committed to showcasing the Island’s deep agriculture roots in their seasonally-inspired menus. Visit during the city’s annual Winterdine Festival (Jan 24 to Feb 9, 2019) and experience some of Charlottetown’s finest restaurants. Each weekend (Thursdays Saturdays) participating restaurants offer threecourse Winterdine menus sure to satisfy any palate. Capping off the end of winter and celebrating the start of spring, the month-long PEI Burger Love campaign in April challenges restaurants to elevate the humble burger to new, scrumptious levels as they vie to win the title of ‘Most Loved Burger’. Celebrating its fourth year, WinterLove (Feb 1 28, 2019) is a community-driven initiative that encourages folks to embrace winter in all its glory through engaging events that suit every kind of winter-lover, from the outdoors enthusiast to the coziness-cravers. It’s not unusual to find disco skates, snoga (outdoor yoga), or fireside parties on any given weekend. So, whether you love the outdoors or prefer to sit fireside and watch the snow fall while sipping a hot chocolate, you can rest assured Charlottetown will make your winter getaway an unforgettable one.

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PEAKE’S WHARF HISTORIC WATERFRONT MERCHANTS A SHORE THING

When the Fathers of Confederation first landed at Peake’s Wharf Historic Waterfront in 1864 with William Henry Pope rowing them to shore, they might have appreciated the offer of an ice cream cone. While the amenities have changed in the century and a half since the Charlottetown Conference and the warehouses creatively repurposed, you still get that great sense of a time long ago. Today, a lushly landscaped park and modern glass-ensconced convention centre nuzzle up to the many unique shops clustered along Peake’s Wharf. There’s something for everyone in this piece of waterfront paradise - world-famous COWS Ice Cream, handcrafted artisan wares, restaurants with stellar water views, a seafood market, live music, and one of PEI’s most popular nightclubs. The stunning waterfront is also a hub for several boat tours that take guests onto the Historic Hillsborough River for unique experiences, from lobster fishing to history lessons in the Ming Dynasty’s naval prowess and seal-watching. Tours depart daily from the wharf and can be booked in advance or, in some cases, on the same 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, stroll the boardwalk and wind you way through the colourful shops. Live, local entertainment plays every day from 2:00pm 4:00pm and 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

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EXPLORE OUR LESSER KNOWN SIDES There is arguably no better way to plant yourself in a new city than by exploring its lesser-known spaces - the side streets and neighbourhoods where its residents live, work and play. Charlottetown’s downtown old world layout makes such adventuring easy, accessible and rewarding. In the downtown core, you’ll find yourself stopping often to read menus posted outside restaurants, gaze at window displays, and take in the contrasting sights of striking, modern architecture, historic red brick buildings, and colourful seaside homes. There is also a pleasant bustle of citizens living in the core, adding to the character and energy of the city. To get a real sense of the varied neighbourhoods and people that infuse this culturally-rich hub with personality, set aside some time to stroll along the side streets east and west of the main core. What better way to discover the walkable, safe, and storybook character of our little coastal city. You’ll find yourself admiring thoughtfully-preserved heritage buildings, impressively landscaped green spaces and gorgeous abodes of all sizes and colours. If time permits, wind your way through Victoria Park and head west toward Olde Brighton, a beloved neighbourhood filled with impressives homes, splendid water views and streets lined by grand, old trees. Or head due east from downtown and you’ll discover streets filled with homes, both majestic and quaint. If you want to venture a bit further, continue east until you reach the Confederation Trail, intersecting with Kensington Road or Longworth Avenue, and explore the city’s midtown and uptown from a different vantage point.

HEADING OUT FOR A WALK? BE SURE TO TAKE A PEEK AT OUR WALKING MAP ON THE NEXT PAGE TO HELP GET YOU SITUATED! THIS MAP WAS ILLUSTRATED BY LOCAL ARTIST, LORI JOY SMITH, AND CAN BE FOUND IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS AROUND THE CITY.

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GREEN SPACES

EXPERIENCE “ISLAND TIME” It’s easy to forget you’re in PEI’s urban centre when you look around. Trees, parks, and gardens are an enduring and treasured part of Charlottetown’s landscape, vital to the relaxed atmosphere we cherish. No doubt, as you stroll around you’ll notice your steps getting a little lighter and your cares drifting a little further away. Four parks define the city’s downtown core: Rochford, Connaught, Kings and Hillsborough Squares. They offer an invitation to slow down and take in the public art, flower beds, and children’s playground, all framed by well-maintained, mixed agriculture. Plenty of other parks shape the neighbourhoods throughout Charlottetown, offering recreational spaces, playgrounds, picnic areas, and grassy retreats. Take a break on one of the many park benches available and enjoy a favourite past-time of Islanders - people-watching. The city’s crown jewel of green spaces, Victoria Park, is a much-beloved gem that residents and visitors gravitate to throughout the year. Located along the western end of the city’s waterfront this 40-acre park is an oasis for active and passive recreation. It’s also known for its panoramic waterviews, best enjoyed as you take a sunset stroll along the boardwalk. Leisure seekers will find bliss in stretching out on the lush fields of warm grass and letting the sea breeze take your cares away. If trekking through forests gives you peace of mind, you’ll find 27 acres of wooded area and trails offering serene spots to take a pause along the way. The park is also home to eight lit tennis courts and a clubhouse, three ballpark diamonds, a skateboard park, a playground, a swimming pool, and a very popular splash park. The Kiwanis Dairy Bar offers a tasty respite on those hot heady days of summer and is located along the parkway. A must-visit for gardeners and those interested in urban agriculture is the Legacy Garden, located behind the Farm Centre (420 University Avenue) and backing onto the Confederation Trail. This stunning 8.5-acre expanse of land is home to a 150-plot community garden, 2-acre goodwill garden, accessibility garden, children’s garden, sunflower garden, memorial garden, and two architecturally-stunning urban beehives. A highly productive space, the Legacy Garden is a testament to community engagement, education, and collaboration. As you stroll the city, take time to marvel at the large, beautiful trees lining its streets and providing shade in its parks. Many of these majestic giants were planted during Charlottetown’s first Arbor Day by its citizens and today they share the skyline with our rich, distinctly built history.

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FAMILY FUN

FREE ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY From mice hunts to fox walks, water fun to musical lunches, Charlottetown is packed with fun for the whole family. Best of all, there are plenty of FREE activities in the City to take in during your visit. Round up the family to explore Charlottetown kid-style, courtesy of Downtown Charlottetown Inc.’s friends, Eckhart the Mouse and Ringo the Fox. Eckhart in the City is a treasure hunt of sorts featuring Eckhart the Mouse, the main character in Island author David Weale’s beloved book, The True Meaning of Crumbfest. Follow clues around the city to find 9 little bronze Eckhart statues hiding in plain sight. CONFEDERATION CENTRE YOUNG COMPANY

Don’t be surprised if you see a red fox during your visit to the Island, they’re not an uncommon sight! Here in Charlottetown, you can make fast friends with Ringo the Fox and his family with the Fox Story Walk. Learn Ringo’s story by following the series of 9 storyboards placed around the downtown. Each storyboard includes a page of the story, directions to the following page/board, and a downtown map with fox prints indicating the storyboard locations, as well as fox facts and original artwork. Begin at the giant sunflower at Founder’s Hall (6 Prince St.) on the waterfront. It’s never too early to bring out the history buff in your little ones or too late to discover it in yourself! Let The Confederation Players entertain and educate you with short vignettes that tell the story of Charlottetown’s role in the birth of Canada. Bedecked in period costume, the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation make history exciting and engaging through animated acting and audience interaction. Older children and adults will want to visit the Confederation Centre’s upper foyer to take in The Story of Confederation, presented in a replica of Province House’s Confederation Chamber. Victoria Park is a beloved destination for local residents and visitors all year-round, with its waterfront boardwalk, expanses of green space, seasonal dairy bar, baseball fields, tennis courts and other amenities. At the far west end of the park, however, is perhaps the most treasured family attraction - the Victoria Park pool and splash pad. Every day at noon, six days a week (July 1 - Aug 18), the outdoor amphitheatre of the Confederation Centre comes alive with colourful sights, inspiring music, and compelling stories courtesy of the Confederation Centre Young Company. This group of young performers from across Canada showcase their triple threat of talents to daily audiences in a 45-minute show that includes song, dance and storytelling centred around celebrating Canada’s diversity, history and future. A show for all ages, everyone will be mesmerized by this performance. There’s plenty more family fun to be had in the city and beyond, from classic beach days to festivals, bowling to amusement parks.

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EVENTS TOP NOTCH ENTERTAINMENT “I DON’T KNOW WHAT LIES AROUND THE BEND, BUT I’M GOING TO BELIEVE THE BEST DOES.” - L. M. MONTGOMERY

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

THE CHARLOTTETOWN FESTIVAL June 7 - September 22, 2018 Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets Confederation Centre of the Arts 902.566.1267 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com/theatre Broadway-calibre show, uber-talented cast selected from Canada’s top performers, stateof-the art 1,100-seat theatre - The Charlottetown Festival promises a knock-your-socks-off production of the classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar! A timeless, universal story with a modern twist and an undeniably powerful score.

ART BATTLES

Year-Round 96 Kensington Road, PEI Brewing Company www.peibrewingcompany.com Join us for an incredible evening of live competitive painting, craft beer and local food! For the 2018 schedule, please visit peibrewingcompany.com

NATAL DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATIONS

June 8 - 10, 2018 www.charlottetown.ca Celebrate the City of Charlottetown’s 163rd birthday! Show your civic pride at events for all ages including Arts & Culture and Community Recognition Awards, a traditional Natal Day parade, outdoor pancake breakfast, youth and seniors’ programming, free workshops, and a birthday party in Victoria Park!

CEILIDH AT THE IRISH HALL

DIVERSECITY MULTICULTURAL STREET FESTIVAL

May 18 - October 19, 2018 Fridays at 8pm 902.314.8840 www.benevolentirishsocietyofpei.com Irish, Scottish, and Maritime traditional music, song and dance. Featuring the best of PEI’s traditional musicians. Working to preserve the Celtic music heritage of the Island. $12 adults, $6 children under 12.

THE PEI MUTUAL FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS

PRESTIGE: A FINE WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE

PEI FESTIVAL OF WINES May 24, 2018 902.629.6625 www.peiwinefest.com/fine-and-rare-wines Immerse yourself in the world of fine and rare wines at this new and exclusive tasting. Sample over 325 wines from the world’s most reputed wine regions, including 75 carefully-selected, limited vintages available only at the Prestige wine tasting.

PEI FESTIVAL OF WINES

May 25 - 26, 2018 902.629.6625 www.peiwinefest.com This spring, uncork something new at PEI’s largest wine tasting event. As you sample new and limited quantity wines, your taste buds will be delighted with roving food stations. Make memories with friends at PEI Festival of Wines.

ANNE & GILBERT - THE MUSICAL

PEI INTERNATIONAL SHELLFISH FESTIVAL

May 8 - October 23, 2018 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.

ALWAYS ON STAGE

June - August, 2018 www.discovercharlottetown.com/AOS Always on Stage presents live music on Charlottetown’s Victoria Row all afternoon and evening every day of summer.

FEAST DINNER THEATRE

GOLD CUP PARADE

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES – THE MUSICAL™ THE CHARLOTTETOWN FESTIVAL June 18 - September 22, 2018 Corner of Grafton & Queen Streets Confederation Centre of the Arts 902.566.1267 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com/theatre Fifty-four seasons and still going strong Confederation Centre’s production of Anne of Green Gables-The Musical™ is both tender and hilarious, and with new sets and costumes our Anne is as fresh as L. M. Montgomery’s pig-tailed heroine.

CHECK OUT OUR ONLINE CALENDAR FOR A FULL LIST OF EVENTS

June 26 - August 31, 2018 75 Kent Street 902.629.2321 www.feastdinnertheatres.com It’s a night like no other! Engaging characters, great music, hilarious skits & sketches, incredible improv & comedy. A different type of dinner theatre. Plays Tuesday to Saturday.

BUBBLES & BELLS

June 10 - 23, 2018 902.892.2308 www.smallhalls.com An exceptional Island experience! This awardwinning event brings music, dance and storytelling into over 40 rural community halls across the Island. A celebration of community, bringing together warm Island hospitality and a world-class lineup of artists from near and far!

THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO IN THE CITY. EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK YOU CAN DELIGHT YOUR SENSES WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT,

June - September, 2018 111 Queen Street, The Guild 866.774.0717 www.theguildpei.com Bubbles & Bells is the perfect introduction to theatre for babies and toddlers. With plenty of interactive play and movement, this pay-whatyou-can show is on Wednesday mornings at 10am.

FESTIVALS, THEATRE, AND MORE! DiscoverCharlottetown.com/Events

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EVENTS IRELAND MEETS SCOTLAND CELTIC MUSIC & DANCE SHOW POPALOPALOTS

June 9 - August 18, 2018 111 Queen Street, The Guild 866.774.0717 www.theguildpei.com Performing their make-it-up-on-the-spot comedy at The Guild in Charlottetown, Popalopalots will have you laughing when they succeed, and laughing even harder when they fail.

DIVERSECITY MULTICULTURAL STREET FESTIVAL

June 24, 2018 www.peianc.com/DC Celebrate multiculturalism with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada! Experience many cultural offerings including music, performances, displays, kids’ activities, and delicious international food at this free family-friendly event in downtown Charlottetown.

TD PEI JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL

June 27 - 30, 2018 902.229.5450 www.jazzandblues.ca The TD PEI Jazz and Blues Festival features concerts and workshops with some free performances in historic downtown Charlottetown. For more information please visit www.jazzandblues.ca.

DUTCH MASON

THE CHARLOTTETOWN FESTIVAL June 30 - September 22, 2018 Corner of Grafton & Great George Streets, The MACK 902.566.1267 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com/theatre Follow Canada’s “Prime Minister of the Blues” on a romp through East Coast pubs. This world premiere production features the music and life story of Dutch Mason through the eyes of his unwitting substitute harmonica player. A road trip like no other! Plays at the intimate cabaretstyle theatre, The Mack.

CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS

July 1, 2018 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.

PEAKE’S WHARF HISTORIC WATERFRONT CONCERT SERIES July 1 - August 31, 2018 www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/PeakesWharf FREE outdoor entertainment daily July 1 to August 31. Shows 2:00 to 4:00 & 6:00 to 8:00. All show are weather permitting. Walk along the Historic Charlottetown waterfront and enjoy some of PEI’s finest entertainment. Totally local & totally free.

CONFEDERATION CENTRE YOUNG COMPANY

July1 - Aug 18, 2018 165 Richmond Street Next to Province House 902.566.1267 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com/theatre The members of Confederation Centre’s Young Company are Canada’s top aspiring musical theatre talent. The FREE lunchtime show features amazing vocals, impressive dance numbers and a moving musical tribute to Canada. Mon - Sat at 12:00pm in the outdoor amphitheatre.

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July 10 - August 28, 2018 www.facebook.com/irelandmeetsscotland Join us at Beaconsfield Historic House for a compelling story told through music, dance and humor. Every Tuesday at 7:30pm.

ATLANTIC BLUE

July 10 - September 8, 2018 111 Queen Street, The Guild 866.774.0717 www.theguildpei.com Join Tara MacLean as she takes the audience on a journey into the past, telling the story of how music arrived and thrived on the east coast of Canada. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 7:00pm.

DISNEY’S ALADDIN JR.

July 12 - August 17, 2018 111 Queen Street, The Guild 866.774.0717 www.theguildpei.com Based on the iconic animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Disney’s Aladdin Jr. is sure to send audiences soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure.

IF IT’S ALRIGHT WITH YOU - THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF GENE MACLELLAN July - September, 2018 96 Kensington Road, PEI Brewing Company www.peibrewingcompany.com Join Catherine MacLellan in a celebration of her father, Gene MacLellan. Full of emotional moments, laugh-out-loud stories and above all, the hand-clapping hits and tender ballads of this Canadian songwriting legend. Plays MondayWednesday in July, August and September at the PEI Brewing Company.

CAVENDISH BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 6 - 9, 2018 8779 Cavendish Road, Cavendish PE www.cavendishbeachmusic.com The beautiful community of Cavendish, PEI hosts the largest multi-day outdoor music festival in Atlantic Canada – the 2018 festival features the International mega-star Luke Bryan and over 30 more acts!

DISNEY’S THE LION KING JR.

July 9 - August 16, 2018 111 Queen Street, The Guild 866.774.0717 www.theguildpei.com The African savannah comes to life on The Guild stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle... and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

CHARLOTTETOWN YACHT CLUB EAST COAST DOCKS RACE WEEK

July 12 - 14, 2018 902.892.9065 www.cyc.pe.ca Celebrating 33 years, Charlottetown Race Week is the premiere sailing regatta on the Northumberland Strait, with 3 days of exhilarating sailboat racing and lively nightly entertainment. An exciting event for both sailors and spectators. Come for the sailing, join the tradition, everyone welcome!

PEI PRIDE FESTIVAL

July 22 - July 28, 2018 inquiries@pridepei.com www.pridepei.com 24 years ago, PEI’s LGBTQ+ community raised its voice and held a march to proclaim their pride. Today, their voices have grown into a week-long celebration of diversity and inclusiveness.

THE ISLAND FRINGE FESTIVAL

August 2 - 5, 2018 www.islandfringe.com Choose your own adventure with Fringe! Charlottetown’s alternative theatre festival celebrates unique performances in unexpected places. Performances occur throughout downtown Charlottetown. All Island Fringe shows are admission by donation.

STORIES FROM THE RED DIRT ROAD

THE CHARLOTTETOWN FESTIVAL August 2 - September 21, 2018 Corner of Grafton & Great George Streets, The MACK 902.566.1267 | 800.565.0278 www.confederationcentre.com/theatre A second world premiere, more Maritime flavour at The Mack! Stories from the Red Dirt Road weaves traditional-style music with the stories of four Islanders. Join us as we follow the red dirt road into the lives of local characters.

OLD HOME WEEK

August 9 - 18, 2018 902.629.6623 info@oldhomeweekpei.com 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.

10TH ANNUAL MI’KMAQ CONFEDERACY CHARLOTTETOWN POW-WOW August 14 - 15, 2018 www.MCPEI.ca Celebrate the culture; join the dance in a free, family-friendly event with drumming, dancing and feasts.

GOLD CUP PARADE

August 17, 2018 www.goldcupparade.ca A feature event of the Old Home Week Festival. Come celebrate the prestigious Gold Cup Parade, the largest street parade in Eastern Canada.

GRANFONDO PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

August 24 - 26, 2018 www.granfondo-pei.ca GranFondo PEI is a unique cycling, cultural, and culinary experience. With rolling hills, beautiful coastline, and some challenges, GranFondo PEI offers three days of riding at 60km, 100km, & 150km distances.

ART IN THE OPEN

August 25, 2018 (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 for people of all ages.

PEI FALL FLAVOURS FESTIVAL

August 31 - September 30, 2018 866.960.9912 www.fallflavours.ca The Fall Flavours Festival, a month-long culinary celebration highlighting authentic Island tastes and traditions, takes place during September in communities across Prince Edward Island. The festival features a variety of acclaimed guest chefs hosting a wide range of unique culinary experiences.

PEI BEER FESTIVAL

September, 2018 www.beerfestpei.ca Join us this September for the 2018 Prince Edward Island Beer Festival - two days of beer tastings and live entertainment.


FEAST AND FROLIC

PEI INTERNATIONAL SHELLFISH FESTIVAL September 13, 2018 866.955.2003 www.peishellfish.com A Fall Flavours Signature Event, Feast & Frolic is an interactive shellfish shindig promising to be a fun-filled night of laughter, rustic charm and, of course, delicious Prince Edward Island shellfish.

PEI INTERNATIONAL SHELLFISH FESTIVAL

September 13 - 16, 2018 866.955.2003 www.peishellfish.com Four days of festivities, all built around the Island’s superb shellfish industry. The world’s fastest oyster shuckers, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, Atlantic Canada’s largest kitchen party and, of course, PEI shellfish!

VEG IT UP!

September 21 - October 4, 2018 www.vegpei.ca Island restaurants are challenged to create a totally vegan dish for food lovers to try. Veg PEI is happy to bring a food festival to PEI that everyone can enjoy.

CULTURE DAYS

September 28 - 30, 2018 www.culturedays.ca Culture Days celebrates the arts with Island-wide events and activities. It’s hands-on family fun.

A CHEF’S ISLAND

September 29, 2018 www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/Chefs Celebrate the Island’s most treasured fare from land and sea by indulging in the inspired creations of PEI’s top chefs. Watch in awe as they transform Island ingredients into spectacular dishes at live action stations, enjoy a sit-down meal expertly prepared and presented, and be mesmerized by unique cultural performances. Experience Canada’s culinary prowess and discover why PEI is Canada’s Food Island.

FARM DAY IN THE CITY

September 30, 2018 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.

ISLAND STORM BASKETBALL

November - April 902.629.6625 www.stormbasketball.ca The Island Storm is PEI’s only professional sports franchise and a seventh-year team in the National Basketball League of Canada. Proud two-time Atlantic Division Champions.

CHARLOTTETOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE

November 24, 2018 www.charlottetown.ca Festive light-clad floats and seasonal music abound at this fun-filled traditional holiday event. Line the route on University Avenue and Grafton Street from its starting point at UPEI to its end point at the Provincial Government buildings.

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS WEEKEND

November 23 - 25, 2018 www.DiscoverCharlottetown.com/Victorian Step back in time and immerse yourself in a storybook Christmas setting. Featuring an openair pedestrian market with fire pits, live music and roaming carollers, Christmas themed movies, the Christmas Parade, Breakfast with Santa, free horse and wagon rides, and holiday themed hotel packages.

CAPITAL NEW YEAR

December 31, 2018 www.charlottetown.ca Countdown to the New Year in Historic Charlottetown with an evening of free fun-filled family activities – entertainment, refreshments, and a magical fireworks display

WINTERDINE

January 24 - 26, January 31- February 2, February 7 - 9, 2019 www.downtowncharlottetown.com WinterDine is Downtown Charlottetown’s dining festival. Participating restaurants prepare exceptional 3 course WinterDine meals for $28 or $38. Check out the menus online in early January.

JACK FROST CHILDREN’S WINTERFEST

February 15 - 17, 2019 www.jackfrostfestival.com The Jack Frost Winterfest is 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 in the family. Hotel VIP Packages are available!

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND MARATHON

October 12 - 14, 2018 902.316.2299 www.peimarathon.ca Join us in celebrating the 15th Annual PEI Marathon Weekend. With 10 categories to choose from, we have something for the entire family! Check out our website for more details.

IRISH LECTURE SERIES

October 26 - November 30, 2018 www.benevolentirishsocietyofpei.com Lectures on Irish and Celtic heritage at the Irish Cultural Centre. Fridays at 7:30pm.

PEI SPIRITS FESTIVAL

October 27, 2018 800.565.0278 www.peispiritsfest.com This event will highlight some of the finest spirits from around the world. Experience over 100 new and high-end exclusive spirits exclusively. Join the PEI Spirits Festival for a spirited night of sampling, shopping and fun at the PEI Spirits Festival in Charlottetown!

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CREATIVE SPIRIT It’s a well-known secret that Charlottetown punches above its weight in terms of its arts and culture scene, its small size a deceptive measure of the city’s creative spirit. It brims with artistic vibrancy, fusing the traditional with contemporary. The resulting scene is quirky and challenging, comforting and familiar. Confederation Centre of the Arts serves as a cornerstone for the arts, locally and nationally. Built in 1964 to commemorate the Charlottetown Conference, its distinctive sandstone walls and sprawling design make for a lasting first impression. The Centre features world-class musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar and the ever-popular Anne of Green Gables - The Musical in 2018, a national art gallery, and a wide variety of live music and theatre throughout the year. Don’t miss the Young Company’s free noontime performance in the outdoor amphitheatre (July 1 - Aug 18). This young troupe of performers from across Canada will inspire you with their impressive display of talents woven into a celebration of Canada’s history and diversity.

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Beyond the Centre, you’ll discover inspiration and talent in every pocket of the city, with unique and intimate venues hosting live music, plays, comedy shows and dance performances. Notable amongst these venues is The Guild, Charlottetown’s black box theatre, which features a variety of live performances including the ever-popular Anne & Gilbert - The Musical and a gallery showcasing Island artists. For live music, art battles and other unique entertainment check out The PEI Brewing Company’s schedule of events. In late summer, the city undergoes a magical transformation with Art in the Open (Aug 25). This free one-day festival features unique, interactive art installations in celebrated, historic spaces throughout the downtown core. With so many working studios, galleries, and artisan boutiques to visit and plenty of cool street art, public monuments, and festivals to take in, don’t be surprised when Charlottetown stirs your imagination and inspires your creative soul.

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LEARN MORE THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING CREATIVE TO ABSORB IN CHARLOTTTETOWN. CHECK OUT THE EVENTS TAB ON OUR WEBSITE FOR ALL THE HAPPENINGS!

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CONFEDERATION CENTRE OF THE ARTS Right in the heart of the city, filling a city block, Confederation Centre of the Arts is the don’t-miss destination for lovers of arts and culture, history buffs, shoppers, and those seeking a tasty meal or refreshing beverage – truly the centre for everyone and anyone! VISUAL ARTS Two major exhibitions run June to September at Confederation Centre’s Art Gallery in 2018. Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience by Kent Monkman is part of a major national tour. The large-scale exhibit takes a journey through Canada’s history starting in the harsh environment of contemporary life through to New France and the fur trade. Also on exhibit is Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses, the works of leading Newfoundland-based environmental artist and poet Marlene Creates who explores “the idea of place as a process that involves memory, multiple narratives, ecology and language.”

PERFORMING ARTS In 2018, The Charlottetown Festival presents two Broadway-calibre shows in its 1,100-seat theatre, and two world premieres at the intimate cabaretstyle theatre, The Mack. The Festival’s uber-talented cast are selected from top performers in Canada, and their collective skill promises an impressive (or knock-your-socks-off) production of the classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar! Fifty-four seasons and still going strong – Confederation Centre’s production of Anne of Green Gables-The Musical™ is both tender and hilarious, and with new sets and costumes our Anne is as fresh as L. M. Montgomery’s pig-tailed heroine. Two original musicals at The Mack have a more Maritime MAVOR’S

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flavour: Dutch Mason features the music and life story of Canada’s “Prime Minister of the Blues,” while Stories from the Red Dirt Road weaves traditional music with the stories of four Islanders. THE STORY OF CONFEDERATION Some visitors may wonder why everything they encounter is titled “Confederation” (a bridge, a trail, a certain arts centre... ) and it’s only natural that Canada’s memorial to the founding fathers should explain the story behind Confederation. A replica of the chamber where the Fathers of Confederation first met in 1864 is open to the public (free admission) at Confederation Centre’s Upper Foyer (while Province House, the site of the original chamber, is closed for extensive conservation.) And the handsomely dressed actors who seem to have stepped out of that momentous 1860s era are standing by ready to guide informative walking tours, present short vignettes, discuss the political issues of the day, or have a game of croquet with you!

SHOP, DINE, OR JUST RELAX In between absorbing culture and learning about Canada’s history, you can pick up gifts at The Showcase, or relax at Mavor’s with a cool beverage or a bowl of chowder. (Insider tip: Mavor’s Courtyard is the most pleasant outdoor dining spot in town, with its scenic and sheltered location right inside an arts centre!)

LEARN MORE CONFEDERATION CENTRE OF THE ARTS BOASTS AN IMPRESSIVE LINEUP OF THEATRE AND MUSIC YEAR ROUND! FOR AN UP-TO-DATE LIST, VISIT OUR WEBSITE.

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DIG IN! CANADA’S FOOD ISLAND “IT’S DELIGHTFUL WHEN YOUR IMAGINATIONS COME TRUE, ISN’T IT?” - L. M. MONTGOMERY

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EATING & HANGING OUT TASTING THE TOWN

Charlottetown boasts an impressive culinary scene. A dedication to local and the cultural diversity of the city are reflected in tempting menus, while an array of cozy pubs, hip bistros, and upscale dining rooms ensure there’s an ambience to match your mood. REDWATER RUSTIC GRILLE

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Without a doubt, the Culinary Institute of Canada, located in downtown Charlottetown, has contributed to the high calibre of chefs heading up the city’s kitchens. You’ll find many restos, cafes, pubs and take-aways citing their local suppliers on menus brimming with seasonallyinspired temptations and classic dishes. In recent years, an influx of global flavours and vegetarianfriendly options has further entrenched Charlottetown’s reputation as a gastronomic destination. The Institute’s own dining room serves up lunch and dinner prepared by culinary students and featuring local delicacies during the school year. Food-centric festivals and culinary challenges abound, paying tribute to long-standing Island food traditions and cultivating new ones. The Fall Flavours Festival (Aug 31 - Sept 30) is a monthlong fête featuring celebrity chefs and unique food experiences. Farm Day in the City (Sept 30), transforms the historic downtown into the largest outdoor market of the year, filled with farm-fresh food, artisan wares, live music, children’s activities, and plenty of smiles. Burger Love (April) has become a much-anticipated annual restaurant challenge that elevates the humble beef burger to heights never before imagined, literally and figuratively. Veg It Up! (Sept 21 - Oct 4) is a new culinary challenge that will see restaurateurs and market vendors vy to create the most beloved vegan dish. Charlottetown’s burgeoning craft beer scene pays homage to the Island with aptly named beers, such as Sir John A’s Honey Wheat Ale from the the PEI Brewing Company, quirky Islandisms under the bottlecaps at Upstreet Craft Brewing, and seasonal brews that showcase local ingredients. Those who prefer wine or spirits will want to visit during the PEI Festival of Wines (May 24 - 26) or PEI Spirits Festival (Oct 27). Having trouble choosing amongst all the options? Enjoy a progressive meal in the downtown core whet your appetite with nibbles at one spot, take a leisurely stroll and dig into a main at your next stop, then polish off dessert at a final destination. And if a nightcap is in order, you’ll be spoiled for choice with pubs, hopping bars and everything in between.

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RESTAURANTS BAR1911 BEER + COFFEE

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

BRAKISH! EASTCOAST, DOCKSIDE, DRINKERY

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

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CHARLOTTETOWN BEER GARDEN & SEAFOOD PATIO

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

CRAFTERS BURGER CO.

177 Great George Street 902.626.3399 www.craftersburgerco.ca We partner with local producers offering you the freshest ingredients and craft beer available on PEI. Our goal is to create and serve the finest burgers, grilled cheeses, house-made desserts and amazing sides for you to enjoy.

178 Water Street 902.894.1403 www.receviercoffee.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.

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THE BRICKHOUSE KITCHEN & BAR AND MARC’S LOUNGE

DUNDEE ARMS

125 Sydney Street 902.566.4620 www.brickhousepei.com We’ve created a truly unique dining experience based on local products, a culinary flare and an atmosphere that brings the kitchen to the forefront. Experience The Brickhouse and Marc’s Lounge in downtown Charlottetown today.

BRITS FISH & CHIPS

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

BUONO MANGIA

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

CASA MIA CAFÉ

131 Queen Street 902.367.4440 casamiacafe.ca We serve well-prepared, tasty food for breakfast, lunch and supper in a relaxed, welcoming, familyfriendly atmosphere in the heart of the city.

CEDAR’S EATERY & BABA’S LOUNGE

181 Great George Street 902.892.7377 www.cedarseatery.ca Est.1979, Cedar’s is Charlottetown is a beloved staple 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 902.894.7371 www.chambersrestaurant.ca Guests will enjoy the sophisticated, comfortable elegance of Chambers Restaurant & Bar. Featuring traditional and contemporary culinary

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4 Sydney Street 902.894.6868 www.hollandcollege.com/dining Enjoy a unique culinary experience in our newly renovated dining room, featuring a sit-down bar with craft beer on tap, and an open kitchen where students prepare and serve meals. 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 46 years. Come relax in a warm, friendly atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. Open year-round.

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

FAMOUS PEPPERS

202 Kent Street 902.370.7070 www.famouspeppers.ca Our focus from day one has been healthy, locally-produced products. We are dedicated to sourcing only the best ingredients and offering a truly unique gourmet pizza experience you won’t forget!

FISHBONES OYSTER BAR & GRILL

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

FRESHII PEI

133 Queen Street 902.892.0501 www.freshii.com Through our vision of ‘Eat. Energize.’ Freshii is focused on providing fresh and nutritious meal choices that energize people on the go.

THE GAHAN HOUSE PUB AND BREWERY 126 Sydney Street 902.626.2337 www.gahan.ca The Gahan House is one of Charlottetown’s favourite places to get together. An authentic pub featuring great pub fare and handcrafted Island ales from our in-house brewery.

HOPYARD

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

HUNTER’S ALE HOUSE

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

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

THE KETTLE BLACK

45 Queen Street 902.370.0776 www.facebook.com/KettleBlackPEI Our baristas cheerfully serve house-roasted coffee blends & local teas. Come enjoy our all day breakfast, hearty sandwiches and salads, as well as fresh baked goods! Conveniently located in the heart of downtown.

KHOAW PON AUTHENTIC

175 Great George Street 902.626.3433 www.peithai.ca We start by sourcing all our meat locally and bring only the best ingredients straight from Thailand. Experience the best in Thai food prepared fresh to order by authentic Thai chefs in downtown Charlottetown today.

LEONHARD’S CAFÉ & RESTAURANT

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

LOBSTER ON THE WHARF

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

MAVOR’S RESTAURANT

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

MERCHANTMAN FRESH SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR

23 Queen Street 902.892.9150 www.merchantman.ca The Merchantman is PEI’s year-round fish house. Come on down for some authentic PEI seafood. Also try Next Door, Merchantman’s new outdoor patio space with an outdoor bar, lawn games and and comfy seating. The perfect place to gather with friends.


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 & CLADDAGH OYSTER HOUSE

131 Sydney Street 902.892.6992 www.claddaghoysterhouse.com www.oldedublinpub.com Claddagh Oyster House has been PEI’s yearround seafood restaurant for over 35 years. Using the finest in local food, both it and the Olde Dublin Pub showcase Maritime cuisine and entertainment.

PAPA JOE’S

345 University Ave. 902-566-5070 www.papajoespei.ca Celebrating 30 years! Our menu is Chefdriven 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.

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.

PIZZA DELIGHT 1911 JAIL

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

RECEIVER COFFEE CO.

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

REDWATER RUSTIC GRILLE

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

ROW HOUSE LOBSTER CO.

146 Richmond Street, Victoria Row 902.892.3344 www.rowhouselobster.ca Located in the heart of Charlottetown on Victoria Row, Row House Lobster Co. invites you to experience a fresh and local menu featuring the bounties of Prince Edward Island’s land and sea.

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 aged, cut and cooked to perfection, oysters, fresh seafood and an abundance of fine wines.

STEAMERS BOAT HOUSE

4 Prince Street, Charlottetown Marina 902.629.9806 www.charlottetownmarina.ca Steamers is a floating restaurant on the Charlottetown waterfront. Experience fresh Island seafood and local favourites while sitting on our floating deck, watching the boats come and go - be wowed.

SUGAR SKULL CANTINA

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

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TERRE ROUGE

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

TOP OF THE PARK DINING ROOM

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

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WATER’S EDGE RESTO BAR & GRILL

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

LEARN MORE

PEI IS KNOWN AS CANADA’S FOOD ISLAND, SO GET OUT THERE AND EXPLORE ALL THE CULINARY OPTIONS AVAILABLE FROM TIP TO TIP! FOR INSIDER DEETS ON THE BEST PLACES TO TREAT YOUR TASTE BUDS, VISIT: DiscoverCharlottetown.com/Insider

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FRESH FARE The Island’s deeply cherished traditions of farming and fishing have played a significant role in shaping Charlottetown and the city continues to embrace these rural roots. Indeed, in every facet of life, from our cuisine to our economy to our culture, fare from the red soils and salty seas is front and centre. Take in the abundance of local, fresh food available at farmers’ markets, restaurants, and local shops throughout the city, and you’ll quickly discover why Prince Edward Island is Canada’s Food Island. A must-visit and weekly ritual for many locals is the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, where mingling with old friends and new ones is as popular a pastime as shopping for farm-fresh items and admiring the wares of talented artisans. Be sure you bring your appetite and give yourself time to stroll through the market and soak up some sunshine in the outdoor picnic area. This longstanding market is open Saturdays throughout the year and on Wednesdays, from late June to the middle of October. Foodies will be delighted by the treasure trove of local food shops and seasonal open-air markets around every turn, showcasing the rich bounties of our land and sea, as well as the innovative creations of the Island’s artisan food producers. Everything from local beef jerky to Island Gouda cheese, organic kombucha to craft beers are yours to indulge in. The month of September brings with it the Fall Flavours Festival, a monthlong culinary celebration highlighting tastes and traditions, takes place in communities across Prince Edward Island. The Festival concludes with Farm Day in the City, a huge outdoor market and street festival that takes over downtown Charlottetown. And those in search of a curated tour of Charlottetown’s food scene will want to connect with Experience PEI. This awardwinning company offers a wide variety of delicious and interactive tours to suit every taste. 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 not uncommon to happen upon farmstands set up roadside. Typically unattended, they offer seasonal treats, including the famous PEI potato, 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!

CHARLOTTETOWN FARMERS’ MARKET

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

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

FARM DAY IN THE CITY

September 30, 2018 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.

MACKINNON’S LOBSTER POUND

May 1 - October 30, 2018 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

Open Daily 21 Riverside Drive 902.892.9632 www.riverviewcountrymarket.com Prince Edward Island’s authentic farm marketplace. Offering a wide variety of goods harvested by Prince Edward Island families who take pride in the farm fresh quality products that they produce. Help build farming communities by directly supporting PEI farmers!

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MCPEI: WHEN BUSINESS MEETS PLEASURE Over 150 years have passed since the capital city played host to the Charlottetown Conference, which went down in history as the first meeting to discuss the formation of our nation. While plenty has changed since 1864, one thing that hasn’t changed is the Island’s stellar reputation for hosting unforgettable meetings and events. Catering to thousands of meeting, conference, and convention delegates each year, the Island offers an abundance of venue options to suit every need and budget. In Charlottetown, the new Prince Edward Island Convention Centre adjoining the Delta Prince Edward is a state-of-the-art waterfront conference venue featuring 59,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. Or if craft brews are a must for your meeting or event, the Prince Edward Island Brewing Co. and Upstreet Craft Brewing offer unique and exceptional venue spaces. Beyond the capital city, plenty of off-site venues will woo you with expansive grounds and stunning architecture. One such venue, Clinton Hills, is a fully restored and modernized 1959 dairy barn that defines the rustic chic meeting experience. A diverse selection of historic properties, swanky hotels, resorts, cottages, inns, and bed & breakfasts are available across the Island, catering to your group’s particular needs. In Charlottetown, The Great George Hotel is a unique cluster of 17 heritage buildings offering a total of 54 fashionable suites. A few streets over, the 1931-built Rodd Charlottetown is a grand architectural gem complete with a ballroom and other meeting spaces. In the heart of the city, the newly-built

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Holman Grand, recently-renovated Delta Prince Edward and stunning Sydney Boutique Inn & Suites offer modern luxury and easy access to meeting spaces in the downtown. Built in 1895, Dalvay By The Sea, located on PEI’s north shore, is an iconic Island landmark offering guest rooms furnished with period antiques and spacious cottages with water vistas. The Island’s small size also means that most everything is just a short drive away. Fine cuisine, a rich culture, challenging golf courses, pristine beaches and unique adventures make PEI a favourite destination for incentive travel groups and delegates wishing to extend their stay post-meeting. With friendly hosts ready to show off the Island’s most beloved gems and deliver unforgettable experiences - from deep sea fishing to stand-up paddle boarding to fireside feasting - your delegates may just want to stay for good!


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Discover Charlottetown 2018 Travel Guide  

Discover Charlottetown 2018 travel guide: The official travel guide for Charlottetown Prince Edward Island.

Discover Charlottetown 2018 Travel Guide  

Discover Charlottetown 2018 travel guide: The official travel guide for Charlottetown Prince Edward Island.