I have never been here. I'm on a journey from my brother's home in Connecticut (we live in California), to Acadia Park, Halifax, PEI and finally to see my mothers birthplace in VanBuren Maine. We have only 1 1/2 days on PEI. What would you recommend? I've been looking at the Barreshois Inn in Rustico, vs staying in Charlottetown?

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Charlene Upton
Morgan Hill CA, USA
Nicole Bellefleur
Nicole Bellefleur

General Island

Hello Charlene:


Greetings from Prince Edward Island!


This is a lovely time to visit the Island… the leaves are starting to change, the weather is usually still warm, and there is lots to do.


The first thing you should know is that Fall Flavours started on September 1st, and continues until October 1st. This is a month-long, Island-wide celebration of food. There are many events taking place – I highly recommend you try to take one in while you are here. Click on that link for more information (including a complete schedule of events). 


Here are a few more of my favourite things to do in September:

  • If you’re an Anne of Green Gables fan, I suggest you take in a performance of the Charlottetown Festival’s Anne of Green Gables - the Musical, ending September 23 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Anne and Gilbert is another sweet musical – it’s the story of Anne as a young woman falling in love). It also plays in Charlottetown, at The Guild.

  • If you’re here on Saturday (year-round), visit the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market (bring your appetite!).

  • If you’re in Charlottetown on Sunday (until the end of September), take in the Downtown Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, which is an open-air market on Queen Street (between Grafton Street and Dorchester Street).

  • Take in a ceilidh while you’re here – this is very much an Island experience. They take place throughout the week at different venues around the Island, so you’re sure to have lots to choose from. The link gives an Island-wide ceilidh schedule.

  • The 70 Mile Coastal Yard Sale will take place on September 23rd and 24th. If you’re into yard-sale-ing, thrift shopping and antiquing, do take this in. You’ll spend the weekend treasure-hunting, discovering new places, and meeting Islanders and visitors along the way… it’s a fun adventure, and a great way to explore eastern PEI. For more information, click on the link.


For a list of everything happening on PEI on any particular day, visit The Buzz...  (festivals, events, theatre, etc.).


As for places to stay, the Barachois Inn in Rustico is one of my favourite inns, so yes, this would be a fantastic choice. If they’re full, here are a few other places you might want to consider:


I hope this information is helpful. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us again.


Have a fun trip!