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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.
5. Enjoy concerts in the garden in Summerside.
6. Touch the Confederation Bridge at the Marine Rail Historic Park in Borden-Carleton
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.
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.
30. Stay in a lighthouse keepers quarters at the West Point Lighthouse Inn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
51. Delight your taste buds at the Summerside Lobster Festival.
52. Take your pup for a run or walk along the shore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Leave a comment
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.
In 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.
A 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.
Mary 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.
Chef 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)
Formerly 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.
The Inn at Bay Fortune
The 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.
Prince 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!
New 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
A 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 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.Leave a comment
Traveling with children on a budget is not always easy but when you come to Prince Edward Island, it’s effortless! There is so much to see and do here that is kid-friendly and affordable. For all of you family oriented travelers out there, here is a typical weekend spent in P.E.I. with ongoing family fun!
Walk through Victoria Park (and boardwalk) where you will find a baseball field, swimming pool, play ground and skateboard park.
Explore historic downtown Charlottetown by walking the Victoria Row (pedestrian street) and enjoy some tasty treats, local art, or outdoor music
Tour Downtown Charlottetown with the Confederation Players Walking Tour, a troupe of costumed, young, bilingual Canadians, trained as the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation. Join the Players for a guided walking tour or attend their historic vignette outside Province House — the site of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference.
Make your way to Peake’s Quay at the Charlottetown waterfront where you will find Cow’s Ice Cream, PEI Dirt Shirt and much more!
Head to Cows Creamery and tour the factory of Canada’s best ice cream and learn how it’s made.
Make your way to New Glasgow stopping in at the Butterfly House located within the Gardens of Hope. This is a wonderful little greenhouse that is home to imported tropical butterflies from Costa Rica from June to September. The Gardens of Hope is a serenity garden for all to enjoy on a 12 acre site.
Pop into The Toy Factory just up the street where you will find many assortments of hand-crafted toys. Children of all ages are welcome to play-test hundreds of toys in the store. They can visit the toy-making workshop too, and if they’d like, they can help make a little wooden car or magic wand to take home as a special souvenir.
Spend the afternoon at Brackley Beach at the PEI National Park offering miles of pristine sandy beaches and majestic dunes to help relax on Island time.
Stay at a campground in Cavendish such as Marco Polo Land with over 100 acres of PEI camping, tailoring and RV sites and has all the services you need for your Island vacation. The resort will keep you entertained with a take-out, dairy bar, store, restaurant, themed entertainment, pools and large play areas.
Make your way to Victoria by the Sea where you will find Beachcombers, the modern family restaurant located at the end of the wharf. Wander the colourful fishing village’s shops and galleries in the village of Victoria, tucked neatly on the south shore of the Island.
Tour the PEI Potato Museum located in the community of O’Leary in the western part of PEI. It is surrounded by fertile potato growing fields where the humble potato has played an important role in the economy for many years.
Check-in at West Point Lighthouse Inn where there are 13 rooms with great views, two of which, (The Keeper’s Quarters and The Tower Room) are within a historic Lighthouse. The West Point Lighthouse stands among the Island’s most recognizable places. At 69 feet tall, it’s also one of PEI’s tallest and most unique lighthouses.
End your vacation with nothing less but a spectacular sunset on the beach over looking the Northumberland Strait.
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If you’re looking for something out-of-the-ordinary, something that will take your breath away in both, taste, smell and feel… look no further. The Inn at Bay Fortune is not just any Inn but it is the home to a stellar destination located on 46 acres in Eastern PEI.
It is known for its beautiful scenic landscape sitting on a hill overlooking over the Bay Fortune and amazing cuisine.
It has won numerous awards though; the most distinguished consist of the TIAPEI Operator of the year in 1995 and Hospitality in 1998, Taste Our Island award in 2012, CAA/AAA award in 2002 – 2014 and Wine Spectator award in 2008 and 2014. In saying that, the food critics are not the only ones who are raving about The Inn at Bay Fortune; but the guests as well! Fifty seven percent of Trip Advisors ratings were above average leaving over half of the Inn at Bay Fortune patrons with ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’ descriptions of their stays.
This spectacular location was not always so pristine. David Wilmer, the current Inn Keeper first walked into an early 1900’s run-down old summer home and turned it around into a 17 room Inn with covered patio dining. This particular dining room has been recognized as one of Canada’s best while incorporating vegetables fresh from their garden behind the Inn. Chef Dana Wood, the current chef at David’s restaurant goes above and beyond for his guests to assure that they are happy and enjoys embedding fresh organic herbs and vegetables into nearly every dish he serves.
Having gone to the restaurant this past weekend, I felt at home surrounded by great views and people. The menu had provided us with a three course Table d’Hôte menu and being a meat lover I chose to split the two-person Charcuterie as well as the burger while the rest of my party all ordered the steak. This particular Charcuterie was one of the best I’ve ever had. The meats were handpicked, pickles had been pickled by the Chef himself and everything melted beautifully together. The burger and steaks were also more than noteworthy. The first thing that came out of my neighbors mouth was “that is a perfectly cooked rare steak” – words that do not often appear at a dinner table. Our desserts arrived and all of the vibrant colors on our plates were exposed. The mint green ice cream, luscious red strawberries and dark chocolates were all heavenly. Needless to say, we all left a little bit heavier but beaming from ear to ear. A definite must-do on Prince Edward Island.
The Inn at Bay Fortune
Toll Free: 1-888-687-3745
Bay Fortune, PEI C0A 2B0
Local telephone: 902-687-3745
Innkeeper: David Wilmer
Motoring out of the Charlottetown Yacht Club, the engine purring below the cabin and the boat rocking slightly against the waves. The sun begins to set in the distance reflecting gloriously against the blue Atlantic water as you finally get far enough from land to set sail. Helping the skipper of the boat, pulling ropes or just watching as the large white sail unfolds from the boom and a sheet immersing onto the mast; you’re sailing!
The engine turns off and the boat lifts slightly out of the water on a heel. The sound of the small waves hitting the side of the boat replaces any motorized sound. Peaceful. The wind pushing the boat forward, tightening and loosening ropes as requested by the skipper. Sitting on the edge of the boat with your feet dangling over the side, the occasional splash of salty water touching your toes.
Looking out past the water, red cliffs supporting lighthouses on the edges surround you. From the middle of the harbor looking around the boat, three separate lighthouses are visible with others just around the corner. The warm sun is gleaming down on your face as you sail past the rocky sandstone cliffs. The chef on board then presents you with his latest scrumptious creations made fresh in the boats cabin upon departure. After having a few bites the skipper then points out to the right side of the boat where a seals head has popped up out of the water. His body bobs in the blue as he checks out his new neighbors. Behind him are two herons along the shore also enjoying their dinner while scouting for insects, perhaps even a fish if they’re lucky.
The sun begins to set and the boat prepares for its return back to the yacht club. As the sail lowers and the motor starts up, it is back to reality after an enchanting afternoon in Charlottetown’s memorable Northumberland Straight.Leave a comment
Being an islander it is sometimes hard to see what we take for granted from this Island of ours. The long dirt roads, the lush fields and the ocean surrounding us; these are merely a background noise to our everyday routine. As I had been away from the Island for so long, upon my return I was able to see things that I had taken for granted for so many years.
What I always loved most about Prince Edward Island was the water encompassing this small piece of land and mingling with the sandy shoreline beneath my toes. In saying that, the water may have been what I missed but the most alluring thing about the Island that I had neglected to admire was the commonness of such beautiful lighthouses occupying the many coasts of Prince Edward Island.
Many of the colonial lighthouses found on the Island were built before 1873 while providing a distinguishing flash pattern to early settlers when travelling by sea. These lighthouses in particular have an octagonal shape much like the Covehead lighthouse, while each one has it’s own individual day markings and flash patterns.
Travelling across the Island, whether you’re vacationing in Cavendish, oyster shucking in Souris or even downtown Charlottetown; a lighthouse is always nearby reflecting off the adjacent Atlantic Ocean. As my admiration for the Island’s beauty grew stronger, I decided to become a tourist for a day and see this province for what it really is, disregarding the fact that I’ve seen many of these roads before – I called it “Lighthouse Hunting”.
Any day that I had free I would travel to a coast line, unaware of any lighthouses nearby in the hopes that I would spot one. To my surprise, I have yet to travel without sighting one in the distance. Some were old and needed a little TLC while others were grand, standing tall over steep vibrant red cliffs. Looking through tourist’s eyes in my own hometown allowed me to see these marvelous sights and I am so grateful that it happened to be in beautiful Prince Edward Island.
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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.”Leave a comment