The Family Friendly Island
Traveling with children on a budget is not always easy but when you come to Prince Edward Island, it’s effortless! There is so much to see and do here that is kid-friendly and affordable. For all of you family oriented travelers out there, here is a typical weekend spent in P.E.I. with ongoing family fun!
Walk through Victoria Park (and boardwalk) where you will find a baseball field, swimming pool, play ground and skateboard park.
Explore historic downtown Charlottetown by walking the Victoria Row (pedestrian street) and enjoy some tasty treats, local art, or outdoor music
Tour Downtown Charlottetown with the Confederations Players Walking Tour, a troupe of costumed, young, bilingual Canadians, trained as the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation. Join the Players for a guided walking tour or attend their historic vignette outside Province House — the site of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference.
Make your way to Peake’s Quay at the Charlottetown waterfront where you will find Cow’s Ice Cream, PEI Dirt Shirt and much more!
Spend an afternoon at The Celebration Zone – All programming is free and includes nightly performances showcasing Canadian and PEI artists, a culinary zone that offers a taste of PEI, daily food demonstrations and food tastings, an arts and heritage zone with hands-on demonstrations, and a children’s zone with interactive activities.
Head to Cows Creamery and tour the factory of Canada’s best ice cream and learn how it’s made.
Make your way to New Glascow stopping in at the Butterfly House located within the Gardens of Hope. This is a wonderful little greenhouse that is home to imported tropical butterflies from Costa Rica from June to September. The Gardens of Hope is a serenity garden for all to enjoy on a 12 acre site.
Pop into The Toy Factory just up the street where you will find many assortments of hand-crafted toys. Children of all ages are welcome to play-test hundreds of toys in the store. They can visit the toy-making workshop too, and if they’d like, they can help make a little wooden car or magic wand to take home as a special souvenir.
Spend the afternoon at Brackley Beach at the PEI National Park offering miles of pristine sandy beaches and majestic dunes to help relax on Island time.
Stay at a campground in Cavendish such as Marco Polo Land with over 100 acres of PEI camping, tailoring and RV sites and has all the services you need for your Island vacation. The resort will keep you entertained with a take-out, dairy bar, store, restaurant, themed entertainment, pools and large play areas.
Make your way to Victoria by the Sea where you will find Beachcombers, the modern family restaurant located at the end of the wharf. Wander the colourful fishing village’s shops and galleries in the village of Victoria, tucked neatly on the south shore of the Island.
Tour the PEI Potato Museum located in the community of O’Leary in the western part of PEI. It is surrounded by fertile potato growing fields where the humble potato has played an important role in the economy for many years.
Check-in at West Point Lighthouse Inn where there are 13 rooms with great views, two of which, (The Keeper’s Quarters and The Tower Room) are within a historic Lighthouse. The West Point Lighthouse stands among the Island’s most recognizable places. At 69 feet tall, it’s also one of PEI’s tallest and most unique lighthouses.
End your vacation with nothing less but a spectacular sunset on the beach over looking the Northumberland Strait.