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What’s new on PEI for 2016

Upstreet Craft Brewing

Upstreet Craft Brewing
Opened in June 2015, Upstreet Craft Brewing has expanded the craft beer scene on PEI by making unique and refreshing flavour combinations at their location in downtown Charlottetown. At Upstreet, they believe in community almost as much as they believe in making the best possible beer. As a result, they’ve created a gathering place to come together with friends, to meet neighbours and to celebrate camaraderie over a beer and a few laughs.

Glasgow Glen Farm

Glasgow Glen FarmIn addition to the over 16 varieties of Gouda cheese produced at Glasgow Glen Farm in the rolling hills of New Glasgow, PEI, they’ve now teamed up with Island Hill Farm to bring cheese lovers everywhere two types of Prince Edward Island goat cheese.

Deep Roots Distillery

Deep Roots Distillery - AbsintheA small distillery in Warren Grove is the first in the province to produce absinthe, a potent green alcohol swirling with history and mystery. This drink was very popular in France until it was banned in 1915, only returning to shelves in 2011. With a base of their own distilled spirits, carefully selected herbs, and through multiple distillations and infusions using traditional methods, Deep Roots Distillery has created their authentic Absinthe. They’ve released a limited number of bottles – approximately 290 – and each will be marked with a specific number.

RESTAURANTS/CAFES

The Table – New London, PEI

The TableMary and Derrick Hoare are the new owners of Annie’s Table, New London’s award-winning culinary studio. Founded in 2012 by Annie Leroux, the studio, now known as The Table, focuses on experiential cuisine create with Island foods. From dining, cooking classes, and hands-on gathering from the garden, each step culminates in a meal focused on fresh, local ingredients. The culinary adventures have resulted in The Table being recognized by international press for bringing local history, food and culture together. They will open on Victoria Day weekend in May of 2016.

FireWorks – Inn at Bay Fortune, PEI

FireWorks - Chef Michael SmithChef Michael Smith and his wife Chastity offer one of the most authentic and immersive food experiences in the world at The Inn at Bay Fortune. Their FireWorks is an atelier of young chefs devoted to rediscovering, respecting and reimagining the food ways of the past. Each evening’s Feast is 100% prepared from vegetables grown on their own organic farm, 100% prepared from live fires and served interactively at a variety of outdoor fire stations and in their Fire Kitchen. You are invited to experience a true farm-to-flame-to-fork experience while visiting the Maritimes!

The Galley, Summerside, PEI (and surrounding area)

The GalleyFormerly the executive chef of Annie’s Table in New London, this year Chef Norman Zeledon started his own business: a gourmet food truck called The Galley. But it’s not the type of food you’d expect to see at a typical food truck on the street. The menu is full of local seafood, like oysters, mussels, quahogs, bar clams, and lobster, and customers have been raving about his Island Po’boy Sandwich.

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Inn at Bay Fortune

Inn at Bay FortuneThe Inn at Bay Fortune is to be renovated under new ownership of celebrity Chef Michael Smith. The Inn was built in 1913 as the summer home for Broadway playwright Elmer Harris and his family. As it turned out, Fortune, Prince Edward Island was the summer residence of many New York City Broadway and silent screen types that fled the Big Apple to beat the heat. As years passed, the Inn had another famous owner. Actress Colleen Dewhurst (famously known for her role as Marilla Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables) and her family spent their summers there. The 15-room inn has long been a favorite among Island visitors. At the beginning of the 2016 season, Chef Michael and his wife, Chastity will launch the first 5-star property in Eastern Prince Edward Island.

oTENTiks in the Prince Edward Island National Park

oTENTiks in Prince Edward Island National ParkPrince Edward Island National Park is proud to introduce the newest accommodation option on the North Shore – the authentic oTENTiks in Prince Edward Island National Park! A structure that blends the fun of a tent with the convenience of a cabin, oTENTik is an appealing option for those who want a camping experience without the hassle. The 6 new oTENTiks at Cavendish Campground showcase the very best that this beautiful seaside campground has to offer. Each oTENTik has a different theme reflected in its name and décor, and is equipped with its own parking area, deck overlooking stunning Cavendish beach, picnic table, BBQ, fire pit and more. Parks Canada will also be adding 8 brand new oTENTiks at the Stanhope campground as of June 24th so watch for them this season!

ACTIVITIES

PEI Coastal Tours and Experiences

Oyster Fishing with PEI Coastal ToursNew in 2015, PEI Coastal Experiences offers experiences ranging from Aboriginal forest walks to tonging oysters in Malpeque Bay in western Prince Edward Island. John Martin, a former clam fisher and currently a guide with the Canadian Potato Museum, and his partner Eileen Conway-Martin have developed close relationships with local experts in potato farming, oyster fishing, lobster fishing, music, art, and culture.

Starfish Hunt with Tranquility Cove Adventures

Starfish Hunt with Tranquility Cove AdventuresA day at the beach can result in the discovery of some very special treasures: Sea Stars (or better known as Star Fish). At Tranquility Cove Adventures, they provide a guided 2-hour beach hunt for these beautiful Echinoderms along the shores of the beautiful Brudenell River. This new experience has become very popular with families who delight in combing the beaches and taking these creatures home as keepsakes.

Robinsons Island Trail in PEI National Park now complete

Robinsons Island Trail System is now 5 kilometres of multi-use trail and the newest addition to the National Park’s outdoor offer. Located on a small island that was once home to a popular campground, this family-friendly trail has options for hikers and bikers of all levels. Designed as a “stacked loop,” explorers can choose a shorter or longer route depending on skill level or time constraints. All routes end up on a secluded beach that is perfect for a mid-afternoon picnic.

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Tourism PEI to host 2013 GoMedia Canada Marketplace September 8-12

August 27, 2013
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Tourism PEI to host 2013 GoMedia Canada Marketplace September 8-12

Tourism and Culture

Over 125 travel media from all over the world will descend on Charlottetown next month for the annual GoMedia Canada Marketplace, and Prince Edward Island’s tourism industry stands to benefit, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson.

“Given the upcoming 2014 celebrations, there has never been a better time for our province to host this important annual event,” said Minister Henderson. “GoMedia Marketplace brings together travel writers, journalists, bloggers and photographers from all over the world as well as representatives from destinations across Canada in an effort to promote the country to potential visitors. It’s the first time the event will be held anywhere east of Quebec City and, since it’s being held here on the Island, it will give travel media the opportunity to explore our beautiful province, share that beauty with the world and learn about all the events and activities taking place in 2014.”

Minister Henderson was also quick to point out that the construction of the new Prince Edward Island Convention Centre was a key factor in bringing the event to the Island.

The province and PEI 2014 Inc. have invested a total of $300,000 to bring the event to Prince Edward Island.

GoMedia is produced annually by the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC). It will be held in Charlottetown from September 8 to12, 2013. The event also offers media the chance to experience a variety of pre and post tours across the country. The CTC, in partnership with 2013 hosts Tourism PEI, will promote the province alongside other Canadian destinations.

“GoMedia is a wonderful opportunity for our travel partners to meet with Canadian and international media face to face. Through the event itself, as well as the wonderful pre and post media tours that several provinces and territories have organized, media walk away with a roster full of inspiring Canadian story ideas,” says Ernst Flach, Executive Director of Global Communications with the CTC. “The CTC, Tourism PEI and all of our partners have been hard at work preparing for this event. Everyone is in for a wonderful experience on Canada’s ‘million-acre farm.’“

For more information about the event, please visit the GoMedia website at: GoMedia Canada Marketplace

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Media Contact: Andrew Sprague

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West Point

Each summer a close group of friends and I make a point to spend a weekend in West Point, PEI, and each year we are more thrilled with our time than the last. Some of the highlights are the quiet beaches populated by you alone, the wind turbines that punctuate the beautiful landscape and farmland, the incredible rocky red cliffs that line the shores, and of course, the iconic West Point lighthouse – this place has got it all! But this year’s top prize for the greatest West Point attraction easily goes to the remarkable sunset we experienced on the West Point beach one evening… and I mean jaw-dropping, can’t-believe-it’s-real, brings-tears-to-your-eyes remarkable!

Woman walking on the West Point Trail boardwalk

We were spending the night at the Cedar Dunes Provincial Park campground in anticipation of sleeping under the West Point starry night sky that we have come to love over the years. We were thrilled to learn that our campsite was only a few minutes walk away from the lighthouse and miles of beautiful beach that we had all to ourselves for the entire evening.

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Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2013 logo

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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Setting Day

On Prince Edward Island, we love our lobster.

Lobster fishing has been deeply rooted in Island culture for over 100 years and Setting Day marks the opening day of the lobster season each Spring. It’s a tradition among many Island families (mine included) to wake-up before dawn, go to the harbour to watch the fishers as they leave the wharf and head for the fishing grounds to set their traps.

Lobster boats loaded wth traps at the Wharf PEI Culinary Adventrues boat

Growing up on Prince Edward Island, I have been on countless lobster boats but never on Setting Day. Every Islander knows that on Setting Day, the fishers are too busy and boats are too weighted down to ever take an extra person — especially one who isn’t there to help. So, naturally, when Chef Ross of PEI Culinary Adventures invited me along to take part in this event, I was thrilled.

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PEI International Shellfish Festival – Line Up Announced

(Charlottetown, PE – August 22, 2013) Take a generous portion of authentic tastes and traditions. Blend with a heaping helping of succulent shellfish, then combine to produce the biggest kitchen party in Atlantic Canada.

Going into its 18th year, the Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival is excited to announce a stellar entertainment line up. “We have compiled the best acts in Atlantic Canada to bring you the largest East Coast Kitchen Party,” says Liam Dolan, Festival Chair. “Be prepared to dance the night away in the big white tent at the Charlottetown Event Grounds.” Kicking off the Festival on Friday September 13th is The Trews, a Canadian hard rock band from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Coming up to their 10th anniversary of their debut studio album, the foursome has received a truckload of Juno Award nominations and East Coast Music Award and Independent Music Award wins, and a couple of gold records. Opening up for The Trews is Bang On The Ear, a Celtic folk rock band back for a second year to rock the tent.

Joining the party on Saturday September 14th is Signal Hill, a popular Atlantic Canadian band born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and performing across Canada. Taking the stage to open for Signal Hill is a local Charlottetown-based band performing a variety of classics to brand new chart toppers, Sunday Punch. Also expect are lively performances by Celtic Ladies and Men, Eastern Front featuring Joey Kitson, Eddie Quinn, Boys In The Kitchen & The Chaisson Family.

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Travel website names Basin Head best beach in Canada

July 10, 2013
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Travel website names Basin Head best beach in Canada

Tourism and Culture

Canadian travel website vacay.ca has named Basin Head Provincial Park beach the best beach in Canada, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson.

“Basin Head Provincial Park beach has long been a favourite among Islanders and visitors alike,” said Minister Henderson. “Our beaches are well known across Canada and around the world for their relatively warm water and beautiful white sand. They are also a key part of our marketing plan, and a big reason why visitors choose to come here, so this award couldn’t have been better timed.”

The website recognized Basin Head for having the warmest water north of Florida and for its famous singing sands. It also made note of the excellent on-site facilities, services and the nearby Basin Head Fisheries Museum.

Other beaches in the top ten included Wasaga Beach near Toronto and Ingonish Beach in Cape Breton.

To view the full list of the 10 best Canadian beaches, visit http://vacay.ca/2013/06/top-10-beaches-in-canada.

For up to date conditions at all provincial park beaches including Basin Head, visit www.tourismpei.com/beachreports.

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Media Contact: Andrew Sprague

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Named top Island destination by major travel magazine

July 3, 2013
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Prince Edward Island named top Island destination by major travel magazine

Tourism and Culture

Readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine have named Prince Edward Island the top Island getaway in continental North America and the fifth best Island destination in the world, says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson.

“It’s a real honour to be included on the list and to see the industry recognized in such a big way by the readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine,” says Minister of Tourism and Culture Robert Henderson. “Government and industry have worked very hard for decades to make Prince Edward Island a world-class destination for tourists. To see Prince Edward Island included on the same list as Maui, Santorini and the Galapagos Islands in an American publication is a testament to the excellent product we’ve built over the years, and it speaks volumes about all our hard work.”

In 2012, readers of Travel and Leisure were invited to participate in a questionnaire designed to score individual destinations on things like natural attractions, food, people, activities and overall value. This isn’t the first time Prince Edward Island was recognized by the magazine; it also ranked the Island number one among North American islands in 2003.

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