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Travel Guide

Charlottetown which includes a city and a church or cathedral

Enjoy the historic waterfront, charming streets, entertaining theater, diverse dining options and rich art and cultural scene of Prince Edward Island’s capital city.

Charlottetown is known as the Birthplace of Confederation, where Canada’s Fathers of Confederation gathered in 1864 to discuss forming a nation stretching between the oceans. See the picturesque cottage home of William Henry Pope, one of the founding fathers, at the Ardgowan National Historic Site of Canada. Interestingly, Prince Edward Island remained independent until 1873.

Follow some of the 250 miles (400 kilometers) of the Confederation Trail, with hiking, cycling and picnicking along woodland paths that were once train tracks. Rent a kayak or sailboat to enjoy Charlottetown Harbour. Play on the beach or try lobster fishing.

Visit diverse museums and galleries ranging from the military artifacts in Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum to artisan boutiques featuring sea glass, pottery, jewelry making and glass blowing. The region also hosts festivals and performing arts events. Performance spaces at the Guild in downtown Charlottetown feature plays, musicals, lectures, improvisation and more. For Celtic appreciation, attend the Highland Games at Lord Selkirk Provincial Park in Belfast, about a 30-minute drive southeast.

Drive north for 30 minutes to Cavendish to view the green-gabled house, haunted woods and trail that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s much-loved series of novels, Anne of Green Gables. See a musical performance of the popular story at the summertime Charlottetown Festival.

Explore the downtown area on foot, with a wide range of restaurants reflecting the diverse ethnicities in the community. Sign up for a culinary bootcamp at Holland College. See if you’re lucky at Redshores Racetrack and Casino. Gaze at the historic buildings along Victoria Row. Find fresh produce at the summer farmers market and enjoy some great golf nearby.

Fly into Charlottetown’s airport, just a few miles from downtown or drive across the Confederation Bridge to New Brunswick. Moncton is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west. For a pleasant journey over the water, take the ferry across the Northumberland Strait to Nova Scotia. Charlottetown is about a 4-hour drive northeast from Canada’s border with Maine.

Where to stay in Charlottetown

Modern Water View House
Modern Water View House
181 Water St, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Located in the heart of Charlottetown, this family-friendly holiday home is steps away from Historic Charlottetown Waterfront and Confederation Landing Park. ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"The proprerty is perfectly located. Very cosy and clean. We loved the backyard 😊"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2020

Modern Water View House
"the Preston" Downtown Core Close to Everything
"the Preston" Downtown Core Close to Everything
20 Grafton St, 1, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Located in Queens Square, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Historic Charlottetown Waterfront, St. Peter's Anglican Cathedral and Confederation ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Nice little apartment, well situated in the historic district
"Nice apartment for a couple. well equiped and a parking place. It is a short walk from busy Queen street and Cow’s!"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2019

"the Preston" Downtown Core Close to Everything
Family Home in Beautiful Brighton Neighbourhood
Family Home in Beautiful Brighton Neighbourhood
47 Highland Ave, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Situated in Charlottetown, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Victoria Park, St. James Presbyterian Church and Historic Charlottetown Waterfront. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Very comfortable welcoming home.
"Centrally located in a quiet neighbourhood, we very much enjoyed our stay. It was fully equipped to make our stay comfortable. The hosts were available and welcoming. We ended up leaving a day early ahead of a forecasted hurricane but were kindly told by the owners that we were welcome to stay an ..."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019

Family Home in Beautiful Brighton Neighbourhood
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