This small Canadian island is a place to add to your bucket list. It’s small enough that you could cover all of it in about 4-5 days. I’d suggest staying longer, so that you can get a real feel for the island lifestyle. This island is known as the Birthplace of Confederation and you’ll find a lot of historical information and buildings all over the island.
A great place to base your stay is in the capital, Charlottetown. It is the largest city on the island, but still small enough to easily get around. It is a cruise ship stop in the summer time and offers a ton of restaurants, offering mussels, lobster and a huge array of other seafoods. Not into seafood, no worries, there’s something for every palate! Walking along Great George Street, you’ll find the Great George Hotel. All of the buildings on this block have been here since before 1864.
Day trips from Charlottetown can take you all around the island. The North Cape Coastal drive will take you west of the city, as far as North Cape. The Central Coastal Drive will cover some amazing sites including Green Gables Shore, where you’ll be able to visit the famous Green Gables farm, the setting for Anne of Green Gables. Be sure to include a stop at Cavendish beach, and on the south shore of the island, you’ll have some great views of the Confederation Bridge. This 8 mile, or 12.9 km bridge, joins PEI to New Brunswick. It took 4 years to complete, at a cost of $1.3 Billion. The Points East Coastal will take you to the East Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1867, and still operates today. This drive includes over 50 beaches to check out. My fave is Basin Head, or the Singing Sands beach.
One stop on this drive took us into Murray Harbour, where we had a bite to eat at #5Cafe.
This restaurant is in an old converted church. The food was outstanding! We loved the ambiance of the whole place, and Murray Harbour is a beautiful spot to wander through. Be sure to add this to your list of stops!
Ask me how you can get to PEI! And while you’re out east, let’s build an itinerary that can include some more of the Atlantic provinces. Good food, good fun, Great people!