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10 Ways to March Break on Prince Edward Island

1) Cuddle-up to cute little goats or maybe even bottle feed them at Island Hill Farm

2) Hit the slopes at the Mark Arendez Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale

3) Family adventures are plentiful at Mill River Resort. Splash around in the indoor pool or take in an outdoor winter activity like tubing, skating and sleigh rides. Don’t forget to cap off your adventure by warming up with a bonfire and hot chocolate! 

4) Bounce away your energy at Off the Wallz in Summerside. Be sure to make a stop after to Holman’s Ice Cream Parlour for a sweet treat! 

5) Experience a horse and sleigh ride at Great Northern Adventures – A Prince Edward Island tradition.

6) A Family Getaway at Tree Top Haven is perfect to explore the great outdoors and relax. Warm up int he private hot tub after a day of exploring the trails! 

7) Swing on in to the March Break FUNzone at The Delta Marriott Prince Edward Island. 

8) Lace up your skates and enjoy the great outdoors at one of the many outdoor skating rinks located in Charlottetown and Summerside. Be sure to warm up at a local cafe with a hot beverage. 

9) Explore the trails by X-Country or snow shoes with the Souris Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Club

10) Spend some time exploring winter on Prince Edward Island while the kids are at one of the many March Break day-camps located across the Island.

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10 Unique Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on PEI

1) Sleep under the stars at Treetop Haven – Surprise your loved one with a luxurious sleep under a starry sky. Treetop Haven has two winterized pods; each with its own personal hot tub.

2) Go snowboarding at Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale – Try something new and adventurous.

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3) Vacation at Mill River Resort – A spa, great restaurant, newly renovated rooms and tons of winter activities such as skating, tubing, x-country skiing and snowshoeing. Cozy up by the fire, roast marshmallows and make the most out of winter.

4) Take in the Valentine’s Cabaret at The Mack. Expect a musical union of romance, humour, and classic love songs accented by the swinging sounds of another era.

5) Need to celebrate a little earlier this year? Winterdine is an annual event that is taking place over three different weekends in January and February. Participating restaurants are asked to create innovative three-course menus!

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6) Not into celebrating a cheesy Valentines? Take your date to the first axe-throwing lounge on the Island Chuck Hatchets!

7) Test how well you and your partner work together at PEI Escape Rooms. PEI Escape Rooms is owned by the Voluntary Resource Council as a fundraising initiative, so not only will you have fun but you’ll help this great organization.

8) Enjoy night skiing with the Souris Strider’s Ski & Snowshoe Club. You can rent your skis for only $5!

9) Craft brews for you! Visit Copper Bottom Brewing in Montague on the 16th and enjoy some treats from Holy Fox Food Truck, like their famous YOLO stick.

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10) Head over to Samuel’s in Summerside for a morning date and gush over each other with yummy treats and incredible coffee.

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Lobster season is upon us!

Lobster season is in full swing and Islanders and visitors alike are excited for their first taste.  We’ve waited all winter for this! Prince Edward Island has two lobster seasons, the first from the beginning of May until the end of June and the second starting in August until October.

There are so many delicious ways to enjoy your lobster. These are some local favourites:

The Traditional Lobster Dinner:

Roll your sleeves up and dig in! The traditional lobster dinner is served with normally a 1 – 1.5 lbs lobster (Cold or hot – the choice is yours!) and accompanied with melted butter, potato salad, coleslaw and a fresh roll! I promise you’ll be looking at your plate wondering “how do I even tackle this?” but luckily there is always an Islander around to provide a little guidance and we sure do love teaching someone the Island ways.

Did someone say Lobster Roll?

You’ll be sure to find a lobster roll in almost every restaurant across Prince Edward Island during our lobster seasons. Lobster mixed with mayonnaise with celery and most times green onion served on a buttered and toasted bun is the most traditional way you will find a lobster roll. Some restaurants kick things up a notch adding ingredients like bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and more!  Indulging in a lobster roll is a must on any PEI vacation! I suggest trying a few to decide which one you like the best!

Lobster Mac n’ Cheese:

As if Mac n’ Cheese could get any better. Taking comfort food to the next level you’ll find this dish on menus across the Island. Paired perfectly with local artisan cheese, your mouth will be watering and your taste buds will want more!

How will you enjoy your PEI lobster?

Happy eating 🙂 

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The 2017 PEI Fall Flavours Festival

Throughout September, the annual Fall Flavours Festival shines a spotlight on PEI’s tradition of authentic, local cuisine. Restaurants design menus tailored specifically to the festival, and chefs both local and celebrity host hands-on events meant to give the public a greater appreciation of the quality of Island food. These events are spread over the entire province, covering fishing, farming – and, of course, feasting!

One such event is Field to Fork, hosted by Chef Roark Mackinnon. He’ll lead groups through the countryside on a producer tour, showing everything and everyone that will be contributing to the tour’s closing four-course fire-roasted dinner at The Table Culinary Studio. Pick some of Al Pickett’s black garlic to put in your artisanal bread, collect vegetables from Sandy MacKay’s organic farm, talk sheep with Nancy and Ken Sanderson, and check on your appetizers at Green Gables Oysters. After that, it’s back to The Table, where Chef Mackinnon will cook your meal right before your eyes, explaining every step of his process. Finally, you’ll dig into a meal you know absolutely everything about!

For those that would rather stay under one roof, there’s The Great Big BBQ at the PEI Brewing Company. There you’ll find the best the Island has to offer, including potato, beef, and seafood dishes, prepared by the Food Network’s Chef Corbin alongside chefs of the Murphy Hospitality Group. To make the evening even better, local beers and wine pairings will be available.

But the Festival’s entrée is the Taste of Coastal Communities series. These three separate events – hosted in Georgetown, Tyne Valley, and North Rustico – pair local restaurants’ cooking with beautiful by-the-water backdrops for the finest Island dining experience possible. At each event a celebrity chef will work beside their Island peers: Paul Rogalski at Georgetown, Jessie Vergen at Tyne Valley, and Connie DeSousa and John Jackson at North Rustico.

No matter what events you choose to attend, you’ll be treated to food prepared by some of the best chefs around. Whether its local legends like Kyle Paton or world-wide celebrities like Michael Smith, every Fall Flavours kitchen will be cooking with passion and expertise.     

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Family Time

Have some fun with these family friendly ways to spend your days on the Island.

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150 Things To Do On PEI in 2017

150 THINGS TO DO ON PEI IN 2017

PEI has endless opportunities for adventure. Since we couldn’t include everything in this list, make sure to check our Festivals & Events so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!

1. Walk the boardwalk in North Rustico where you can shop and eat beside the ocean.

2. Go clam digging and on a kayaking adventure with By-The-Sea-Kayaking and enjoy some fresh beach-side chowder for lunch.

3. Take in a sunset on the North Shore.

4. Listen to some local music on Victoria Row in Charlottetown.

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5. Enjoy concerts in the garden in Summerside.

6. Touch the Confederation Bridge at the Marine Rail Historic Park in Borden-Carleton

7. Walk or drive along a beautiful heritage road. Make sure to check out our Spotify Fall Drives playlist for some local music to accompany you.

8. Enjoy a peaceful carriage ride by the Lake of Shining Waters. With “Matthew” as your guide and driver, drive through beautiful flower gardens and be driven around the Anne of Green Gables Museum property.

9. Climb a lighthouse to the very top!

10. Walk on the floating boardwalk at Greenwich.

11. Get dressed up as Anne in Gateway Village.

12. Discover the mountain bike and hiking trails at Robinson’s Island in the PEI National Park.

13. Learn how to make potato fudge at the Potato Museum during the Spuds, Fudge & tales Farm Tours.

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14. In August attend the Rock the Boat Music Festival in Tyne Valley.

15. Dip your toes in the Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St Lawrence – all in the same day if you want!

16. Ride the Miniature Railway at the Elmira Railway Museum.

17. Ride in a hot air balloon over PEI.

18. Go to the Drive in Theatre in Brackley.

19. Explore the pools on the south shore at low tide.

20. Get a photo taken at Grandpas Antique Photo Studio.

21. Have lunch at the Leard House in Lower Bedeque.

22. Visit the Farmers’ Bank of Rustico & Doucet House Museums.

23. Take a heritage interpretive tour of Lennox Island First Nations Community with the Path of our Forefathers Guided Tour.

24. Learn how to use a lathe to create some magic, turning a square block of wood into a beautiful craft with “What Wood You Make” in Charlottetown.

25. Learn how to build unique sandcastles with the Sensational Sandcastles Experience.

26. Learn about falconry with the Fun with Falcons Experience.

27. Pick up some baked goods from the Maroon Pig in Georgetown.

28. Learn to “Weave with Wood” from Irish, Acadian, and Aboriginal artisans in Richmond.

29. Walk the boardwalk in Summerside and Charlottetown.

30. Stay in a lighthouse keepers quarters at the West Point Lighthouse Inn.

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31. Get up close with wild tuna on a local tuna fishing charter.

32. Experience 5 days of amazing local PEI cuisine with the Culinary Itinerary.

33. Attend the 32nd Annual PEI Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival in Rollo Bay.

34. Visit Artisans on Main in Souris and Montague.

35. Experience what it is like to be a racehorse “Owner for an Evening”.

36. Participate in the Wyatt Heritage Property’s Ghost Walk on October 19th . . . if you dare.

37. Visit an orchard and go apple picking.

38. Attend the PEI International Shellfish Festival.

39. Step back in time at the Roma at Three Rivers National Historic Site.

40. Take a drive out to Murray River and visit Of The Island vintage shop and grab a drink at Companion Coffee.

41. Visit Malpeque Fine Iron in Lower New Annan and learn “Metal Magic”.

42. Walk in the footsteps of our Fathers and Mothers of Confederation with the Confederation Players.

43. Discover the Island by bicycle with a guided tour from PEI Cycling Tours.

44. Eat world famous Malpeque oysters right at the wharf at the Malpeque Oyster Barn.

45. Take a ride on a solar boat at midnight in the Charlottetown Harbour.

46. Watch the Highland Storm and enjoy this high-energy performance of Celtic music and dance at the College of Piping in Summerside.

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47. Have the most delicious ice cream you have ever tasted from COWS.

48. Hear the sand sing beneath your toes at Basin Head Provincial Park.

49. See all that the PEI Jazz and Blues Festival has to offer.

50. Grab fresh ground coffee at Receiver or Kettle Black before exploring downtown Charlottetown.

51. Delight your taste buds at the Summerside Lobster Festival.

52. Take your pup for a run or walk along the shore.

53. See iconic Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™ at the Confederation Centre of The Arts.

54. Go deep-sea fishing at one of our many harbours.

55. Take in some live music at The Habourfront Theatre.

56. Grab a pint of PEI craft brew.

57. Try some of the famous Blueberry wine at Rossignol Estate Winery.

58. Visit the most instagrammable picture at Tea Cup Rock.

59. Be stunned by the beauty of the red cliffs at Orby Head.

60. Get moving and hike the 18km of trails at Bonshaw.

61. Follow the Arts and Heritage Trail.

62. Play around with some cute little goats at Island Hill Farm.

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63. Explore The Bottle Houses in Wellington.

64. Dine on a Riverboat in Montague.

65. Enjoy some tunes at Cloggeroo – the Island Folk Festival in Georgetown.

66. Get soaked at Shining Waters Family Fun Park in Cavendish.

67. Have a lobster roll at Point Prim Chowder House.

68. Watch the ferries come and go at Wood Islands Provincial Park.

69. Feel like a captain aboard the Tall Ships docked in Charlottetown Canada Day weekend.

70. Head to the Charlottetown or Summerside farmer’s markets for fresh food and local culture.

71. Get some historical and cultural information at the Acadian Museum in Miscouche.

72. Visit Village Pottery in New London where you will find handmade treasures and see potters creating first hand.

73. Write on the “Before I Die” board beside The Guild.

74. Get your hair cut at the Humble Barber.

75. Eat chocolate covered potato chips.

76. Learn all about wind energy at the North Cape Wind Energy Interpretive Centre.

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77. Try some moonshine at The Myriad View Artisan Distillery.

78. Watch the boats come in with their catch of the day in one of our many harbour towns.

79. Spot a blue heron along our bays.

80. Attend Cavendish Beach Music Festival in July.

81. Experience The Feast at Chef Michael Smith’s restaurant FireWorks.

82. Discover Village Musical Acadien and learn to cook some very popular Acadian pastries and taste some of the traditional dishes.

83. Stroll through the Gardens of Hope at the PEI Preserve Company in New Glasgow.

84. Come face to face with an alpaca at Green Gables Alpacas.

85. Get lost in the corn maze at The Chuckwagon in Belfast.

86. Learn how to rake oysters and then enjoy an Oyster picnic on the shore during the Wild Oyster Experience in Tyne Valley.

87. Spot the three little pigs and the big bad wolf at Kings Castle Provincial Park.

88. Go Stand Up Paddleboarding in Summerside with the Paddleshack.

89. Get spooked at the Haunted Mansion in Kensington.

90. Play lawn games while having a drink and wings at Brakish.

91. Cycle the Confederation Trail.

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92. Kayak in North Rustico, Victoria-by-the-Sea, Brudenell, Morell, and Malpeque.

93. Enjoy some of Atlantic Canada’s best mountain bike trails at Brookvale Nordic Mountain Bike Park.

94. Eat dinner while listening to a favourite vinyl record at HopYard.

95. Skim across the salty seas while kiteboarding on Malpeque Bay.

96. Run in the PEI Marathon in October.

97. Search for sea glass on the beach and learn how to make it into a unique piece of jewellery with Create an Ocean Gem in Bay Fortune.

98. Get some inspiration from our beautiful landscape and learn the Joy of Watercolour.

99. See PEI from a birds-eye view while parasailing.

100. Attend a local ceilidh.

101. Discover Georgetown through the historic walking tour.

102. Spend three days touring all things Anne with the Anne of Green Gables Itinerary.

103. Learn how to loom at Knit Pickers in Rustico.

104. Take in Dream Catchers of Canada — an outdoor theatrical performance created by Canada’s youth and First Nations representatives.

105. Take a culinary class in a beautifully renovated church.

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106. Go bowling at The Alley in Charlottetown.

107. Try a Frosty Treat In Kensington.

108. Visit community halls all over the Island to hear local musicians and story tellers during the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls in June.

109. Shuck an oyster.

110. Play a round of golf at one of the many world-class courses on the Island — bonus points if you play more than one course in a day.

111. Feast on fish & chips on the deck at Richard’s Fresh Seafood.

112. Check out Green Eye Designs or Garnish in Charlottetown and pick up some local artisanal goodies.

113. Grab some vinyl records at Back Alley Music in Charlottetown.

114. Watch the Fireworks Canada Day weekend.

115. Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada and the 20th anniversary of the Confederation Bridge at BridgeFest 150.

116. Watch the RCMP Musical Ride.

117. Check out The Story of Confederation at The Confederation Centre of the Arts. This includes an accurate replica of the Confederation Chamber in their upper foyer.

118. Find a sand dollar on the beach.

119. Ride the Ferris Wheel during Old Home Week.

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120. Try the cinnamon rolls at Mary’s Bake Shoppe.

121. Join the March of the Crows and walk about Charlottetown as part of Art in The Open in August.

122. Visit all 50 beaches on the Points East Coastal Drive.

123. Go Zombie hunting at Crossfire Adventure Paintball.

124. Take in a live music show at Trailside Café in Mount Stewart.

125. Go thrifting at the 19th annual 70 Mile Coastal Yard Sale in September.

126. Stroll through Avonlea Village.

127. Sample artisanal cheese at New Glasgow Glen Farm.

128. Sail the Charlottetown Harbour.

129. See the Lady Slipper in bloom at Brookvale Provincial Park.

130. Take your kids to Orwell Corner to make homemade ice cream.

131. Trace your PEI ancestry at the Public Archives and Record Office.

132. Get your adrenaline pumping as you climb and zipline at the Rise and Climb Adventure Course.

133. Bounce to your hearts delight at Off The Wallz Trampoline Park.

134. Visit the Stompin’ Tom Centre and Schoolhouse in Skinners Pond.

135. Do some shopping at the historic Peakes Wharf in Charlottetown.

136. Experience delicious fresh mussels at the Blue Mussel Café in North Rustico.

137. Have a picnic on the beach.

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138. Walk the breakwater to reach the Indian Head Lighthouse in Summerside.

139. Try some beer made with oysters at Moth Lane Brewery in Tyne Valley.

140. Go camping or sleep under the stars.

141. Cheer on the Islanders and the Island Storm at the Eastlink Centre.

142. Rollerblade or cycle along the paved coastal trail from Brackley to Dalvay.

143. Rent a segway and drive along the Spinnaker’s Landing in Summerside.

144. Get the Factory Coffee or some hot chocolate at Island Chocolates in Victoria-by-the-Sea.

145. Stop for a photo op at the Central Coastal Drive look off in French River.

146. Enjoy some beautiful music at the Indian River Festival in historic St. Mary’s Church designed by renowned architect, William Critchlow Harris.

147. Visit Lennox Island Mi’kmaq Cultural Centre, as well we the annual Abegweit Pow Wow in August to learn about PEI’s aboriginal heritage.

148. Join Captain and multi-instrumentalist J.J. Chaisson – The Fiddling Fisherman onboard his boat Chaisson A Dream for an Authentic PEI Experience with music, dance, and hands-on learning of traditional music and the fishing industry of PEI.

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149. Go antiquing at The Phoenix in St. Peter’s Bay.

150. Enjoy some traditional French pastries at Chez Cartier located at La Petite France.

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