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While on your holiday to Prince Edward Island you'll visit Charlottetown, a vibrant seaside city which has the ability to charm every visitor to her shores. As the largest city on Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown is known for its east coast hospitality, laid-back atmosphere and year-round festivals to suit all tastes.

Charlottetown may be tucked away in Canada’s smallest province, but it is packed to the brim with a fascinating history. As the birthplace of the Canadian Confederation, the residents take pride in their past and welcome visitors with open arms. The fabled haunts of the famed novel, ‘Anne of the Green Gables’ by Lucy Maud Montgomery, lie just outside the city and the magic of the novel has seeped into the local history. You will find Anne at every turn during your visit.

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Charlottetown Travel Guide

Things to Do in Charlottetown

1. Cruise along the Confederation Bridge

The Confederation Bridge is the longest bridge in the world, spanning over 8 miles. The bridge will take you past incredibly diverse landscapes, from ice-covered waters to red sand beaches. Take the bridge from mainland New Brunswick for your first awe-striking glimpse of Prince Edward Island

2. Explore the Confederation Trail

At a whopping 270-miles long, The Confederation Trail will allow you to get up close and personal to Prince Edward Island’s scenery. Walk, bike or snowmobile from one tip of the island to another – the choice is yours on how to explore the landscape.

3. Visit Anne of the Green Gables Heritage Place

Dive headfirst into this beloved novel and explore the idyllic farmlands and red-sand earth that inspired the story. With interpretative trails along landmarks like Lover’s Lane, lively Ceilidh parties and traditional Sunday picnics, Green Gables Heritage Place will enchant the whole family.

4. Walk with the Confederation Players

Allow the history of Charlottetown to come alive! Watch historical re-enactments in a variety of locations as the fathers and ladies of the Confederation – suitably dressed in 19th Century attire - will lead you through the streets telling the stories of the past.

5. Explore the Red Sand Beaches

Prince Edward Island is renowned around the world for its beaches, and Charlottetown is no exception. Visit Argyle Shore Provincial Park for panoramic views of stretches of red sand and tide pools. With a playground and picnic facilities, this is the perfect location for a family day out.

Places to Eat in Charlottetown

The Inn at Bay Fortune

Renowned throughout the country, The Inn at Bay Fortune will be the highlight of your Canadian culinary experience. A true believer in farm-to-table produce, famed chef Michael Smith cooks everything over a wood-burning fire and the community-style feasts are legendary throughout the island.

Red Island Baked Potato

You cannot visit Prince Edward Island without trying one of the famous baked potatoes! Red Island Baked Potato promises to “feed you silly” and with baked potatoes, nachos and perogies with more fillings than you can imagine on, they certainly succeed.

Charlottetown Farmer's Market

If you want to eat like a local, head to the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market. Packed full of the best local produce, freshly baked goods and even a breakfast bar, you will indulge all of your senses during your visit.

Wicked Fries Food Truck

Wicked Fries have garnered a reputation for their superb prices, first-class customer service and, of course, their delicious food. Specialising in fries, poutine and burgers, the food is mouth-wateringly good and will leave you coming back for more.

Blue Mussel Cafe 

This low-key restaurant serves delicious seasonal seafood off the beaten track. Popular with locals, the seafood served here is as fresh as it gets - paired with the rustic decor, this is the perfect choice for those seeking an authentic Prince Edward Island dining experience.

Top Tips for Visiting Charlottetown

1. Lobster Season 

Lobster season happens twice a year on Prince Edward Island; once from early May until the end of June, and again from mid-August to mid-October. Visit during these months and indulge in the freshest catch on the market!

2. Book your Anne of the Green Gables Tour

As a seasonal attraction, the Anne of the Green Gables Tour is only open from May until October and so becomes very busy during the summer months. Book your tickets in advance to ensure you have the best experience you can! You can even book a ‘Dress up as Anne’ experience in the Gateway Village, Cavendish.

3. Book your feast at The Inn at Bay Fortune

As one of the premier and most unique dining ventures on the island, seats at The Inn at Bay Fortune sell like hot cakes. Book early and enjoy a culinary experience like no other.

4. Sample some Mussels 

If you have never tried mussels before, a visit to Charlottetown is your perfect opportunity. The mussels from Prince Edward Island represent around 80% of those found in Canada - they produce over 50 million pounds each year! There is no better place to sample this seafood speciality.

5. Drive the Green Gables Shore

If you are a huge fan of Lucy Maud Montgomery's masterpiece, you can actually drive along the coastline that inspired the novel. Make sure you have your camera to capture panoramic images of the red sandstone cliffs, stunning beaches and lush farmland.

The city of Charlottetown is also famous for its cuisine, with freshly caught seafood on every corner and world-class restaurants dotted throughout the town. You can also embark on boat tours around the coastline, explore the aboriginal history and get into the Celtic spirit at a lively Ceilidh. Additionally, as Canada’s premier golfing destination, there are over 25 courses where you can practise your swing.

As well as flying into Charlottetown airport from many international destinations or stopping here on a luxury cruise, you can travel from mainland Nova Scotia by ferry or the Confederation Bridge by car.  Get in touch with our Canada Travel Specialists today to plan a stop in this coastal city. We offer first-class customer service, a personalised itinerary that fits your requirements and holiday payment plans to make your dream trip a reality. With direct flights, hotels and car hire, we'll cover it all, so get in touch today and embark on the holiday of a lifetime.