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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!

Day One

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

10808332414_60ed0b6647_zTour 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.

Day Two

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.

14541198192_e53fc3f573_zSpend 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. 

Day Three

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.

9578877374_d55d810ec9_zVisit The Bottle House located in Cape Egmont and explore the three fantasy-like buildings that create the first-ever Bottle Village on P.E.I.

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.

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The Inn at Bay Fortune

If you’re looking for something out-of-the-ordinary, something that will take your breath away in both, taste, smell and feel… look no further. The Inn at Bay Fortune is not just any Inn but it is the home to a stellar destination located on 46 acres in Eastern PEI.

It is known for its beautiful scenic landscape sitting on a hill overlooking over the Bay Fortune and amazing cuisine.

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It has won numerous awards though; the most distinguished consist of the TIAPEI Operator of the year in 1995 and Hospitality in 1998, Taste Our Island award in 2012, CAA/AAA award in 2002 – 2014 and Wine Spectator award in 2008 and 2014. In saying that, the food critics are not the only ones who are raving about The Inn at Bay Fortune; but the guests as well! Fifty seven percent of Trip Advisors ratings were above average leaving over half of the Inn at Bay Fortune patrons with ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’ descriptions of their stays.

This spectacular location was not always so pristine. David Wilmer, the current Inn Keeper first walked into an early 1900’s run-down old summer home and turned it around into a 17 room Inn with covered patio dining. This particular dining room has been recognized as one of Canada’s best while incorporating vegetables fresh from their garden behind the Inn. Chef Dana Wood, the current chef at David’s restaurant goes above and beyond for his guests to assure that they are happy and enjoys embedding fresh organic herbs and vegetables into nearly every dish he serves.

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Having gone to the restaurant this past weekend, I felt at home surrounded by great views and people. The menu had provided us with a three course Table d’Hôte menu and being a meat lover I chose to split the two-person Charcuterie as well as the burger while the rest of my party all ordered the steak. This particular Charcuterie was one of the best I’ve ever had. The meats were handpicked, pickles had been pickled by the Chef himself and everything melted beautifully together. The burger and steaks were also more than noteworthy. The first thing that came out of my neighbors mouth was “that is a perfectly cooked rare steak” – words that do not often appear at a dinner table. Our desserts arrived and all of the vibrant colors on our plates were exposed. The mint green ice cream, luscious red strawberries and dark chocolates were all heavenly. Needless to say, we all left a little bit heavier but beaming from ear to ear. A definite must-do on Prince Edward Island.

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The Inn at Bay Fortune
Toll Free: 1-888-687-3745
Bay Fortune, PEI C0A 2B0
Local telephone: 902-687-3745
Innkeeper: David Wilmer

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Sailing the Island

photo 3sailingeditedMotoring out of the Charlottetown Yacht Club, the engine purring below the cabin and the boat rocking slightly against the waves. The sun begins to set in the distance reflecting gloriously against the blue Atlantic water as you finally get far enough from land to set sail. Helping the skipper of the boat, pulling ropes or just watching as the large white sail unfolds from the boom and a sheet immersing onto the mast; you’re sailing!

The engine turns off and the boat lifts slightly out of the water on a heel. The sound of the small waves hitting the side of the boat replaces any motorized sound. Peaceful. The wind pushing the boat forward, tightening and loosening ropes as requested by the skipper. Sitting on the edge of the boat with your feet dangling over the side, the occasional splash of salty water touching your toes.

         photo 1sailingedited   Looking out past the water, red cliffs supporting lighthouses on the edges surround you. From the middle of the harbor looking around the boat, three separate lighthouses are visible with others just around the corner. The warm sun is gleaming down on your face as you sail past the rocky sandstone cliffs.  The chef on board then presents you with his latest scrumptious creations made fresh in the boats cabin upon departure. After having a few bites the skipper then points out to the right side of the boat where a seals head has popped up out of the water. His body bobs in the blue as he checks out his new neighbors. Behind him are two herons along the shore also enjoying their dinner while scouting for insects, perhaps even a fish if they’re lucky. 

            photo 4sailingThe sun begins to set and the boat prepares for its return back to the yacht club. As the sail lowers and the motor starts up, it is back to reality after an enchanting afternoon in Charlottetown’s memorable Northumberland Straight.         

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Lighthouse Hunting

Being an islander it is sometimes hard to see what we take for granted from this Island of ours. The long dirt roads, the lush fields and the ocean surrounding us; these are merely a background noise to our everyday routine. As I had been away from the Island for so long, upon my return I was able to see things that I had taken for granted for so many years.

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What I always loved most about Prince Edward Island was the water encompassing this small piece of land and mingling with the sandy shoreline beneath my toes. In saying that, the water may have been what I missed but the most alluring thing about the Island that I had neglected to admire was the commonness of such beautiful lighthouses occupying the many coasts of Prince Edward Island.

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Many of the colonial lighthouses found on the Island were built before 1873 while providing a distinguishing flash pattern to early settlers when travelling by sea. These lighthouses in particular have an octagonal shape much like the Covehead lighthouse, while each one has it’s own individual day markings and flash patterns.

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Travelling across the Island, whether you’re vacationing in Cavendish, oyster shucking in Souris or even downtown Charlottetown; a lighthouse is always nearby reflecting off the adjacent Atlantic Ocean. As my admiration for the Island’s beauty grew stronger, I decided to become a tourist for a day and see this province for what it really is, disregarding the fact that I’ve seen many of these roads before – I called it “Lighthouse Hunting”.

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Any day that I had free I would travel to a coast line, unaware of any lighthouses nearby in the hopes that I would spot one. To my surprise, I have yet to travel without sighting one in the distance. Some were old and needed a little TLC while others were grand, standing tall over steep vibrant red cliffs. Looking through tourist’s eyes in my own hometown allowed me to see these marvelous sights and I am so grateful that it happened to be in beautiful Prince Edward Island.

 

 

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Travel + Leisure

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In July 2013, Travel + Leisure magazine announced that Prince Edward Island has been named #5 on its World’s Best survey. This is a major honor that we are very proud of. There are many excellent reasons for our high standing, including: our magnificent landscapes and seascapes – miles and miles of broad, sandy beaches, lighthouses, coastal trails, parklands, and campgrounds – our warm hospitality, our famous Island cuisine, our spirited Island culture – the list goes on and on. Come see for yourself, check out the countless sensational, memorable ingredients that make us one of Travel + Leisure’s “hottest island getaways.”

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