Central Coastal Drive
As with every other region of Prince Edward Island, treasures abound in Green Gables Shore. In Lower New Annan, you'll find a seemingly unlimited assortment of folk art, garden accent pieces, candle holders, and home decor. Art galleries in the Kensington area feature paintings of Island scenes. In New London, look for fine art, rare books and maps, and antiques. At New London Village Pottery, get ready to be dazzled by the work of ten different PEI potters; now in its 39th season, it's the oldest such shop on the Island.
The Kitchen Witch Tea Room & Country Crafts in Long River offers craft supplies, games, greeting cards, specialty teas, and of course, a wide selection of kitchen angels and witches. Make your way to Route 6 and travel east. You'll soon come to Stanley Bridge, home to some of the most breathtaking views on Prince Edward Island. This is a good place to park the car, stretch your legs and visit Stanley Bridge Studios for pottery, reproduction tin lighting, rungs, baskets, and more. From there it's a short walk to Stanley Bridge Antiques, Gifts & Gallery, a charming restored home providing two levels of antiques and collectibles, and a gallery of Island art. Still within the village and only a short drive away, you'll find the Stanley Bridge School, where you can explore two floors of crafts and collectibles in a completely restored 1911 schoolhouse. Just accross the bridge in New London, take a turn right on Rt. 6 and look out for Gallery 18, which offers an impressive selection of fine art, original antique maps and prints, old and collectible books, vintage posters, ephemera, small decorative items and furniture.
Returning east on Route 6, you'll quickly arrive in Cavendish, with its variety of gift shops, antique stores, and craft outlets. Don't forget the Boardwalk. For still more eye-popping scenery, visit the harbourfront in the quaint fishing village of North Rustico. Woodworking, pottery, and other crafts abound in this area. Continue a short way to Brackley Beach, home to The Dunes Cafe & Studio Gallery and its stunning water gardens, beautiful views, and a wide variety of arts and crafts produced by fifty Island artisans. From here, you may want to double back to Route 13 and head south toward New Glasgow, where you'll find the Prince Edward Island Preserve Co.; the gift shop features a great selection of unique, locally-made items. Or continue on from Brackley Beach, heading east on Route 6 toward Stanhope. If you're interested in handmade soaps or woodworking, you're in the right area. Following Route 6 to the end, you'll turn right onto Route 2 heading south.
As you head west on the Trans-Canada Highway, you'll discover numerous antique and craft stores. But look carefully -- some are a little hard to spot. Don't miss Gateway Village in Borden-Carleton for wonderul food, magnificent views of the Confederation Bridge, and a wide selection of Island arts and crafts outlets. At Cavendish Figurines Ltd., you can watch skilled artisans bringing Anne of Green Gables characters to life. Looking for custom designed clothing and giftware? It's all here. Then head toward Summerside on Route 1A. In North Bedeque, visit Thompson's Woodcraft for all kinds of handmade household items.
Charlottetown is just minutes away, with its large selection of antique shops, galleries, workshops, gift and specialty boutiques. Stroll along Victoria Row, then walk across the street to browse the gift shop at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. the Be sure to visit the Anne of Green Gables Store for that perfect Anne-related souvenir or gift. Looking for handmade sweaters, soap, or chocolates? It's all here, within easy walking distance. Don't forget the Factory Outlets near the causeway on the way to Cornwall.