We are heading to PEI this summer and would love to know what experiences you recommend for young children.

Julianne S

A ride on the ferry would be a magical way to start your PEI adventure! The Northumberland Ferry sails from Caribou, Nova Scotia to Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island several times a day in the summer season. It’s exciting to see all the cars and trucks get loaded onto the ferry and drive on to the boat as well!  Once boarded, your family can walk around the ferry and explore. My daughter loved to go up and down the different levels. Looking over the water as you ride across the Northumberland Strait, while enjoying a cold drink or ice cream... There is also a small play area inside. 

 

A visit to Orwell Corner Historic Village will feel like a step back in time while still having a lot of fun together. We loved learning how to make candles and  watch a blacksmith make a hook. We went on a bumpy wagon ride around the village. The general store with the tiny post office in the back was one of our favourite place, looking at all the old products available back then. We had packed a picnic lunch and there is a great open field by the schoolhouse with picnic tables that we enjoyed eating at. Orwell was both a relaxing and entertaining experience for us, one where we left the modern world behind for a few hours!  

 

In Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island, a fun and free activity that feels like a treasure hunt is to search for Eckhart the Mouse around the downtown streets. A PDF is available, free to download, with clues to help you find the small statues. You can follow the clues to find Eckhart the Mouse and enjoy seeing more of the charming historic downtown. Eckhart is a character from The True Meaning of Crumbfest, a children's story book written by PEI author David Weale and illustrated by Dale McNevin from Charlottetown. 

A nice reward after the Mouse hunt could be a stop at Cows Creamery for delicious award winning PEI ice cream. Cows Chips are one of my family’s favourite, they are plain chips covered in chocolate, a must try! If you are thirsty, another local favourite, inspired by Anne of Green Gables, is the non-alcoholic Raspberry Cordial. 

A day at the beach at any of the PEI National Park locations is sure to please the entire family. The sand is so soft and the beaches are very spacious. Even on a busy summer day, we never feel like it is crowded.  Family friendly Stanhope Beach Complex has a great playground in a grass area off the beach, washrooms, showers, and lifeguards at specific times. Brackley Beach also offers facilities with lifeguards and a snack bar. Depending on the day, there are organized activities at certain beaches, for example sand castle building teaching and nature inspired activities.