When to visit
- Very Favourable
What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
Calm beaches, red cliffs, rolling green hills...
Welcoming fishing villages, fresh seafood, Celtic music...
Prince Edward Island is all that and more!
With just 35,000 inhabitants, Charlottetown is the smallest provincial capital in Canada. It was here that discussions were held in 1864 that led to the founding of Canada.
Learn more about this historic chapter of Canadian history at Province House . Take a walk down Victoria Row , one of the gems of Charlottetown. This pedestrian street is lined with charming red brick buildings housing an eclectic array of shops and restaurants, whose patios are the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and listen to local musicians. Finally, take a stroll along Peake’s Warf , the heart of the waterfront, to enjoy the sights and sounds of Charlottetown.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
Season: mid-June to early September (for the beaches, late June to late August).
Prince Edward Island National Park is home to sand dunes, stunning red sandstone cliffs and endless sandy beaches. Favourite activities include walking the Homestead Trail (6.7 km), which showcases the beauty of the park, or to spend some time on Cavendish Beach , its most scenic beach.
The park also protects a section of the Green Gables Shore , a spectacular scenic route along the Gulf of St. Lawrence. While there, you can discover many sites that pay tribute to Canada's most beloved fictional character, Anne of Green Gables.
GREEN GABLES HERITAGE PLACE
Season: daily from May 1 to October 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cavendish, the gateway to Prince Edward Island National Park, is also home to the farmstead that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery's famous novel “Anne of Green Gables”, written in 1908. The presence of the red-haired, freckle-faced orphan can be felt throughout the Island.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
THE CHIP SHACK ($)
Nobody should visit Prince Edward Island without eating some legendary PEI potatoes. Located close to the harbour, The Chip Shack serves tasty hand-cut fries, great for eating alone or in Fish & Chips. Good fast food, prepared with love! Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (in summer)
4 Lower Prince Street, Charlottetown / 902-316-2399
BLUE MUSSEL CAFÉ ($$)
This seasonal seafood restaurant in North Rustico Harbour, just 30 minutes from Charlottetown, will be an experience that you won't quickly forget! The Blue Mussel Cafe is committed to offering an authentic PEI dining experience, with seafood that is as fresh and local as possible. The menu features a large variety of delicious wholesome meals with no deep-fried food, including classics such as seafood chowder, mussels, oysters, lobster and fresh fish. As an added bonus, the view of the harbour is sublime! Open daily from late May to early October, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
312 Harbourview Drive, North Rustico Harbour / 902-963-2152
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND PRESERVE COMPANY ($$)
A wonderful place for a cup of tea, a bite to eat or a fabulous dessert, with a breathtaking view of the picturesque River Clyde. The dining room is open for country breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers attractive dishes prepared using the freshest ingredients. Be sure to try the Potato Pie with maple bacon cream, the Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie, or their homemade ice cream. Pay a visit to the boutique which offers a wide array of handmade preserves and gourmet food items prepared on-site. Open daily from the end of May to mid-October.
2841 New Glasgow Road, New Glasgow / 902-964-4300
CLADDAGH OYSTER HOUSE ($$$)
Claddagh Oyster House has been a local favourite since 1983. In addition to the best oysters from Canada and around the world, the Claddagh offers a constantly changing menu that features the freshest mussels and lobster, premium Island beef, chicken, pasta and more. Open Monday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
131 Sydney Street, Charlottetown / 902-892-9661
THE PEARL EATERY ($$$)
The Pearl is an eclectic eatery located between the fishing village of North Rustico and the Cavendish Tourist Area. Featuring urban food and atmosphere in a serene rural setting, the often-changing menu draws it’s inspiration from the many farmers and fishers who supply the restaurant with local Island produce. There is a love of detail that shows up not only in the food, but in the creative ambiance. Open Wednesday-Monday from 5 p.m. (last service at 8:45 p.m.).
7792 Cavendish Road, North Rustico / 902-963-2111
- Very Favourable