Last month, I asked you (via our newsletter) what province you would like to explore and 30% of you joined me with the desire to see Prince Edward Island. Earlier this month, I traveled to PEI and it quickly won me over and became a place I recommend you see in your lifetime.
Prince Edward Island is a unique destination that filled my bucket and left me wanting ‘just one more day.’
It’s true that PEI is small compared to our other provinces, but this is a positive for visitors. With everything in such close proximity, day trips are never more than a couple of hours drive from Charlottetown.
One of many beaches along the coast in PEI National Park, Brackley-Dalvay.
Stunning views of red rock at the water’s edge can be found in PEI National Park, Cavendish.
Tip: stop in at the tourism centre in Charlottetown and grab a map. The island is split up into different scenic drives. If you are up for the added adventure, there are some wonderful bike paths that will get you around the island as well.
Being an island, PEI is surrounded by breathtaking views of water washing up on beautiful red sands and rock. There are too many beaches to count and you should always have your camera ready for the many picturesque lighthouses that stand watch along the shores.
You can find many of these lighthouses to photograph on the island. This one was near Covehead Bay.
Within the city limits, a stay at the Holman Grand will put you within a 10-minute walking distance of many historical points of interest, as well as shopping, restaurants, The Guild, Confederation Centre of the Arts, and many beautiful waterfront sights at Peakes Quay.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go clam digging? How about lobster or deep-sea fishing? I recommend adding local experiences to your itinerary and meet the people who call PEI ‘home.’
I recommend The Happy Clammers, clam digging experience through Experience PEI.
You dig up your own dinner, and are warmly invited into Gilbert & Goldie’s home to eat at their table.
There is something about hearing stories first-hand and sharing someone’s past that creates lasting memories and touches my heart.
Goldie’s homemade Clam Chowder was memorable and the company was fantastic.
Everyone I met was so kind and generous with their time, and I instantly felt at home. In my experiences on the island, I was taken back in time, I walked in the footsteps of a literary genius, I was part of a kitchen crew led by an amazing chef, and I dug up my own dinner. I am absolutely touched by these experiences and so grateful to everyone who was a part of that.
Anne herself dropped in for a visit while we were touring the grounds at Anne of Green Gables.
I recommend grabbing a Raspberry Cordial to drink while you are here.
You can find out more about these experiences and more at ExperiencePEI.ca
. They have an extensive list of great experiences for families, kids, or adults.
PEI is a foodie’s paradise. With so much local produce, seafood, beef, cheese, mushrooms and more, you won’t leave hungry. (Although you might leave craving more of the meals you had). Add this to the fact that Prince Edward Island is home to many talented chefs and your dilemma now becomes which dish to choose at dinnertime.
The Spiced Chocolate Cake at The Pearl in North Rustico was delicious. It’s one of those things I
will crave for the rest of my life and will never be able to duplicate.
The island is also home to some brewing companies, distilleries, and wineries so make sure you ask what drinks are local to round out your dining experience.
The Receiver Coffee Co. makes a great cappuccino.
Stop by in the morning and take a coffee to go and check out the area.
When you are here, take advantage at the boot camp cooking classes offered by the Culinary Institute of Canada. This is a foodie experience you won’t want to pass up. Spend a day with a chef and work in a kitchen to make your dinner. This experience also has a trip to a local produce store or market, and a drop in to Liquid Gold to learn about olive oils and various vinegars.
I had the pleasure of learning from Chef Ilona Daniel in this kitchen at Culinary Boot Camp.
You can take the recipes home and they also have more on their website.Our finished meal (just missing the cake).
Not sure where to eat? Ask an Islander
. PEI Tourism has a great program where you can ask an islander questions. Get tips, ask advice, and find the best-kept secrets the island has to offer.
Shopping and Entertainment
Whether you are looking for souvenirs, treats, or other items unique to the island, there are many shops you can visit both in Charlottetown and around the island.
I stayed at The Holman Grand Hotel and there was so much available within walking distance (not to mention, the beds were the most comfortable I have ever slept in). One block over was a row of restaurants and a great coffee stop. One block past that was a row of local shops selling pottery, jewellery, and many other locally made items. Then past that is Peakes.
Restaurants line a road on Richmond Street in Charlottetown.Peakes Quay
(pronounced peeks-key, but also known as Peakes Wharf) is located in the heart of Charlottetown near the harbour and there you can find many shops to fill your time with something for everyone and beautiful views too.
Some stores at Peakes Quay in Charlottetown, PEI.
The Guild and Confederation Centre of the Arts offers a wonderful cultural experience through the various shows and productions that are put on throughout the year.
Take a walk and learn about PEI and Canada’s history from a guide.
Thank you to Jacqueline with the Confederation Players Walking Tours (pictured).
You can see more sights and experiences of PEI on social media sites under the hashtag #AuthenticPEI. You can also check out the Tourism PEI website
and request a PEI visitors guide
(also available in PDF).
The Point Prim Lighthouse is the only round brick lighthouse in Canada.
There is just too much to share in this post. For more information and a look at all of my pictures with extended descriptions, check out my Come to Canada board on Pinterest.
Prince Edward Island has always been on my bucket list and even though I’ve now had the chance to explore it, I think I’ll keep it on my list. I would love to go back with my family. I want to further explore the Cavendish area and various coastal drives and there is always a reason to go back.
Besides, I think I left a piece of my heart there.
Sunset in PEI off the shore at Point Prim on Prince Edward Island.
Whether it’s a day on the beach, an evening at the theatre, or the best seafood you’ve ever tasted, the memories you make last longer on Price Edward Island. It’s an island filled with fun and unique adventures. No matter what experience you’re searching for, it’s easy to find when you add a little island. Start planning your PEI getaway today onlyinPEI.com
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