From the Hotel to the Path: Sights and Sounds of Charlottetown
Prince Edward Island is one of the smallest provinces in Canada, located on the Atlantic Ocean close to Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Tourists from New York, Maine and other northeastern American countries close to the border with Canada making it easier for fans of Anne of Green Gables located in the United States to make a pilgrimage to his birthplace, and its creators.
The historic sites
There is plenty to do in Charlottetown, but the most famous export from PEI is, without doubt, the fictional hero of Avonlea, the red-headed Anne. While staying at one of the many hotels in Charlottetown, take the opportunity to travel to the island to find the school building where Lucy Maud Montgomery teaches and other historic sites related to the author or character. The family home is still standing and continues to be occupied by a new generation of Montgomery. A performance is held annually at the Confederation Center for the Arts in July: ‘Anne and Gilbert,’ a story about their love. Visitors and locals await the return every year.
The Canadian Confederation is said to have begun in the capital city, so hotels in Charlottetown are well-positioned for visitors with an interest in the country’s history. Take a tour of the Provincial House and Founding House, perhaps as part of a guided tour. Other guided tours include a variety of historical information and ghost knowledge.
Food Festival, funfair plus a Jazz and Blues Festival
The past of Eastern Canada is rich and exciting, but so is now. Visit on time for a food festival, perhaps one that focuses on shellfish. Take time out of your regular running routine to stay in Marathon in October. August is busy with a funfair plus a Jazz and Blues festival. The culture here is rich in music from the Acadian (French) and Celtic (Scottish / Irish) sides of the province. These people founded PEI, and most of its influence remains in popular culture.
Workshops to work with clay, wool, or silver
Many workshops are offered throughout the island, so if you live in Charlottetown, you are in the city center to try one or several during your stay. Learn to work with clay, wool, or silver. Color the watercolor or use shells. Kayak, trap lobster or learn to cook local seafood. Relax with yoga or stories from the province’s past.
While the east side of Canada is often associated with harsh winters, remember that this is an island. Surrounded by wild ocean waters that create beautiful beaches, miles between them. They are clean, amazing places for relaxation by the sea. There are quiet places protected from the wind and waves of the beach where certain water sports make a clear choice for outdoor activities. Knowing you have a comfortable hotel room to return with a shower and clean towels, you can let yourself go. Get wet. Sandy. Go.
After a day of activities, visions develop a ferocious appetite. Satisfy your hunger and thirst at one of the many restaurants in the city. They represent culinary traditions from all over the world, including English afternoon tea. Seafood is, of course, the main attraction here, but if you prefer steaks or salads, there is plenty to offer.
Take a golfing holiday at PEI, where some of the continent’s best golf courses are located. One way to maximize your stay is to book a golf/accommodation package for two at one of the local hotels. This can save a little money if you know golf is your goal. Shop and gamble with friends only as part of the weekend package.