Hey everyone! Today, I’m showcasing Prince Edward Island. It’s Canada’s smallest province, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in stunning scenery and incredible things to do. To show you just what I’m talking about, here are the top 5 things to do in Prince Edward Island.
Number 5: Cycle the Confederation Trail
If you love exploring a destination on two-wheels, hop on a bike and cycle the Confederation Trail. Built on the old, abandoned railway lines, Confederation Trail spans the entire province and includes 435kms of trails to enjoy. The trail is suitable for all fitness levels as the terrain is mainly flat, and will take you past charming villages, rolling landscapes, and secluded inlets. Bicycles are available for rent on the island and the Tourism Office has a detailed map to guide you along the trail.
Number 4: Enjoy a Church Lobster Dinner
PEI is known for its seafood and a culinary experience you can’t miss when you’re on the island is a church lobster dinner. They were originally conceived to raise money for churches and small organizations and today, there are still a few places around the island offering this style of dinner. One place I highly recommend is the New Glasgow Lobster Suppers, home to the very first lobster dinner dating back to 1958. The price of your meal depends on the size of the lobster you choose and includes unlimited appetizers of fresh rolls, clam chowder and a large bucket of freshly steamed PEI blue mussels, plus salads, and dessert. Did I mention it’s unlimited? Yes, it’s unlimited. So make sure you wear your stretchy pants!
Number 3: Visit a Beach
PEI is home to eleven-hundred kilometres of shoreline, which means there’s a lot of beach-time to be had. All around the island you’ll find dozens of beaches boasting smooth white sand, red sandstone cliffs, and rolling sand dunes. A few beaches not to be missed include Brackley Beach, Greenwich Beach, and Basin Head Beach, home to the singing sands, which make a funny squeaking sound when walked upon. The beaches on Prince Edward Island are clean and peaceful, with water temperatures warm enough to go swimming.
Number 2: Find Your Inner Anne at the Green Gables Heritage Place
You’d be hard pressed not to come across anything Anne of Green Gables related on your visit to PEI. This beloved fictional story by Lucy Maud Montgomery has been read by millions of people worldwide and translated into countless languages. The story is set on Prince Edward Island and follows the trials and tribulations of a young orphan girl, Anne Shirley. The original green-gables farmhouse, which inspired the story, has since been fully renovated to reflect the period of the novel, right down to the furnishings in the rooms. Visitors to the Green Gables Heritage Place can wander through the house, explore the surrounding grounds and you might even be lucky enough to meet Anne herself.
Number 1: Soak in the Charm of Charlottetown
This vibrant, seaside city might just be the most charming and picturesque provincial capital city in Canada. It’s also the birthplace of Confederation. Charlottetown is teaming with old historic homes, has a walkable downtown core, boasts excellent restaurants and has an impressive theatre scene. Make a point to walk along the waterfront at Victoria Park, sample the famous PEI seafood at the Water Prince Corner Shop, enjoy a pint of beer at the Gahan Brewery, and meander your way through town with a Cow’s icecream cone in hand.
So as you can see, there’s a lot to do in Prince Edward Island, so I’d recommend giving yourself at least 4 nights on the island to get the most of your visit.
Have you been to PEI before? What else would you recommend to see and do? Leave them in the comments below!