2017 is sure to be an exciting year here on Prince Edward Island. Along with festivals and events celebrating Canada 150 there are new restaurants, accommodations, and experiences to discover!
Restaurants and Breweries
Moth Lane Brewing: New in 2016, Moth Lane Brewery is Prince Edward Island’s only brewery that offers a water view while enjoying craft beer made on site. Located along the North Cape Coastal Drive in Ellerslie, you are sure to get lost on the way and find yourself with a beer in the end. If you are feeling adventurous make sure to try out the Moth Lane Stout beer which is made with oysters.
Lot 45: Opened in February of 2017, Lot 45 Pub & Eatery is located across the street from the ferry terminal for les isles de la Madeleine on Breakwater Street in Souris. They serve fresh home style meals in a casual relaxed environment. This new restaurant has quickly become a local hotspot.
Bar 1911: The perfect place for grabbing coffee on the way to work, or a beer after a long hard day. Bar 1911 has 20 taps with a constant rotation of different craft beers as well as a slow and quick coffee bar and a small bites menu. The new beer and coffee bar is located in the lower level of the old 1911 jail.
The Handpie Company: Inspired by the series Outlanders, Benetto O’Brien decided to start making Handpies like the ones that were described in the novels and it took off once she realized that people were obsessed with these delicious portable pies. Over the winter, she decided to close her restaurant Scapes and change it over to The Handpie Company. These delicious pies come in sweet or savory options. This gem of a spot is located in Borden-Carleton, which is the first town you visit when arriving to PEI off of the Confederation Bridge.
Experiential Dining:-The Table This year the Table will have experiential dining for up to 14 people each night, transforming the studio into a boutique restaurant each evening. Guests will be able to interact with the chefs as they prepare the meal and learn about the fresh local foods that are being served. This will be Island dining at its best, served from platters at the big harvest table where guests will be able to share stories and laughter in the historic church. Evenings will end with dessert and storytelling or entertainment either inside or out on the grounds by a lovely campfire surrounded by the fields of rural PEI.
Sugar Skull Cantina: The Sugar Skull Cantina is located on Water Street in downtown Charlottetown. The restaurant is being opened by the owners of HopYard Beer Bar. The Sugar Skull Cantina will represent the heart, soul and playful creativity of Chef Jane Crawford as she brings her own brand of authentic tacos and margaritas to the Island. Great tacos, ice cold drinks, patio life.
Copper Bottom Brewing: The Copper Bottom Brewing Company will be opening summer 2017 in the eastern town of Montague. Young husband and wife team Ken and Ashley wanted to create a space that will bring this small rural community together. The brewery will also have a taproom where you can enjoy a couple pints and listen to some live music. What better way than to mix their two passions, Ken who is passionate about brewing, and Ashley who is a known musician. The brewery is located in a historic building in Montague which was the first town hall in 1938 and has acted as the office space for the town newspaper for the past 40 years. The Taproom has a great view overlooking the Montague River. The opening of this brewery is highly anticipated as it is the first craft brewery in Kings County! Tours will be available on the site.
Montague Brewing Company: Opening in the summer of 2017. The Montague Brewing Company will be located at 9 Brook Street in the beautiful town of Montague. The beer will be made by a Bavarian brewmaster. The brewery will provide flavourful authentic Bavarian beer as well as seasonal offerings. They will have a canning line so that they will be able to sell to restaurants and in retail spaces. There will be a tap room and they hope to provide the space as an event venue.
Day Drift Brewing: launched in July 2017 and is offering artisanal craft soda. It is brought to you by the creators of UpStreet Craft Brewing. The sodas are made with locally sourced all natural fruit juices, aromatic spices, fresh botanicals, and fair trade organic cane sugar. They are currently offering 3 flavours: Apple Ginger Elderflower, Strawberry Rhubarb Basil, and Spiced Malt Cola. The sodas are handcrafted in small batches but deliver big flavour. Day Drift Soda is a perfect pairing for an Island adventure.
The Island Honey Wine Company: just launched in July in the village of Wheatley River. Owned by Charles and Laura Lipnicki who moved to Prince Edward Island after visiting and experiencing the immediate sense of community as well as the slower pace of life. The Island Honey Wine is part of La Serena Farm, which is a certified organic farm (more like a little slice of paradise). The winery now has 4 mead wines available, all made with some amazing local ingredients.
HUB 223: This property is brand new for 2017. Hub 223 is located in downtown Summerside in the same building as popular restaurant Open Eats and has 20 units. Each unit was designed for those who want a simplified lifestyle and enjoy minimalistic designed spaces that still have all the amenities you are used to. They have a philosophy of balanced minimalism at HUB 223. The units feature unique lofts areas that open to the living space below which includes a kitchenette. The units all vary slightly.
Treetop Haven : Have the unique experience of sleeping in the trees. Five TreePods fully equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, barbeque, and a personal hot tub. This is the first of its kind for Prince Edward Island. A beautiful venue centre set in fifty acres of woods. The perfect place for woodland weddings, family reunions, and out of the ordinary accommodations. Conveniently located in Mount Tryon; 15 minutes from the Confederation Bridge, and 10 minutes to Chelton Provincial Beach.
Mill River Resort: This property is now under new ownership and will be renovated in stages throughout 2017. It is expected to be a 4.5 star resort. The renovations include the main lobby, dining room, bar, outdoor patio, and expanding of the conference and wellness centre. The rooms will also be updated. It is located 57 km west of Summerside. Mill River is a full service resort with 18-hole championship golf, indoor pool, 90-ft. waterslide, kiddies’ pool, whirlpool, sauna, spa, squash courts, tennis courts (day/night), and fitness centre.
The Inn at Bay Fortune: 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. They recently purchased a local organic farm and have hired the farmers who previously owned it to help cultivate and grow the produce and ensure it’s the best possible quality. Each evening’s feast is 100% prepared from vegetables grown on the 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!
New Event Grounds
Grand Victoria Weddings and Events: A former church in Victoria-by-the-Sea was purchased in 2016 by a young married couple who have renovated and brought it back to life as a wedding venue. The renovations included adding a wedding suite for wedding parties to get ready in, or for the bride and groom to spend the night. Grand Victoria Weddings and Events is a classic and romantic wedding venue in a 140 year old historic building.
The Nest: The Nest Venue Centre is located in Mount Tryon at Treetop Haven. The space is 2300 square feet to host weddings, receptions, or reunions. The Nest has a full commercial kitchen onsite as well as a bar area. There is also an outdoor area set in a birch tree clearing with seating and an elevated stage. The trees will be lit with white lights for an elegant rustic feel.
The RiverShed Events Centre: Murphy Hospitality Group purchased a former restaurant on the water in Oyster Bed Bridge which they plan on opening as an event space, wedding venue, and corporate retreat place. Opening June 1st, 2017 this venue will be a unique place to host smaller events with a standing limit of 150.
The Fiddling Fisherman: Musician J.J. Chaisson just recently became ordained so he can fulfill couples wishes on his boat. Sailing out of the Souris Marina to a private location, he offers small beautiful traditional Island weddings aboard Chaisson a Dream.
Tranquility Cove Adventures: Get married 8km off the coast of PEI on a secluded beach on an uninhabited island. Enjoy private small weddings on a 45 foot long charter boat that leaves historic Georgetown Port.
Stompin’ Tom Centre and Schoolhouse: Opening Canada Day 2017 weekend, the Stompin’ Tom Centre and Schoolhouse will offer concerts, dinner theaters, open mic nights, song writing / performing workshops, and storytelling. This venue will provide the opportunity to introduce visitors originally attracted by nostalgia and passion for Stompin’ Tom to the abundance of current and emerging talented Island performers who will be showcasing their skills and abilities. The new facility will contain retail, food and entertainment all under one roof. As well the schoolhouse has been renovated and fit-up with interactive digital interpretation to share the life and Canadian Journey of Stompin’ Tom Connors.
If It’s Alright With You – The Life and Music of My Father, Gene MacLellan: Catherine MacLellan will bring her new show, If It’s Alright With You – The Life and Music of My Father, Gene MacLellan to the PEI Brewing Company from July to September. The show will play three times a week. Gene MacLellan was a famous songwriter, responsible for hits such as “Snowbird” and “Put Your Hand in the Hand”. Catherine is a Juno award winning singer/songwriter from Prince Edward Island.
Anne of Green Gables: Anne of Green Gables seems to get more and more popular every year and with the announcement of the new Netflix series ANNE 2017 will be sure to bring even more Anne of Green Gables fans to PEI. The new series is being created with a team of female powerhouses-this is a fact that Anne herself would love. Dreaming of the Lake of Shining Waters, running down a red clay road, or walking through the Haunted Wood and Lover’s Lane? Although fictional, Anne of Green Gables is very real in the hearts and minds of Islanders and fans alike. We have attractions all over the Island dedicated to our beloved Anne and Lucy Maud Montgomery. In Charlottetown, see Anne of Green Gables – The Musical ™ at the Confederation Centre of the Arts or Anne & Gilbert: The Musical at The Guild. In Cavendish, drop into Green Gables Heritage Place, visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum in Park Corner where Lucy Maud Montgomery was married, then go to Lower Bedeque and see the school where she taught. You can almost see Anne hitting Gilbert over the head with a chalkboard! Feel the influence this Island had on Lucy Maud Montgomery, and you will understand why Anne was so enchanted by life here. Braid your pigtails and come explore Anne’s land.
Forest Bathing: Take a trip to Treetop Haven and visit one of the designated Forest Bathing trails. A forest bathing trip consists of visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in substances called phytoncides. Forest Bathing is a step in the right direction to get you to distress, improve mood and cognition, and calm your nervous system. Treetop Haven will also have massage therapists and yoga instructors on request.
Chinese Junk Boat: Step aboard the Hai Long junk boat which was built in China. The only boat you will find like this in North America! Sailing Hillsborough Bay on this one of a kind boat and learning the story of the Treasure Feet which set out to explore distant lands during the Ming Dynasty is a truly unique experience. Morning and Afternoon tours will be available where you can sample traditional Chinese foods and tea while preparing a dessert. You can also enjoy a sunset cruise where you can have a full meal, and even dress up in costume if you choose.
Ride Solar: The world’s first solar-powered dinner cruise and boat tour is launching on Prince Edward Island in May 2017. Take a cruise on the Isola Solaretto which operated out of the Charlottetown Marina. Daytime tours, dinner & wine Cruises, as well as midnight champagne & oyster cruises will all be available. Ride Solar will also offer 30 minute charity tours while the boat is docked. All proceeds will go towards Children’s Wish foundation.
Oyster Obsession-The Table: Oysters grown and harvested in the waters of Price Edward Island are among the best you will ever taste. In this class, you will be joined by local Island oyster fisherman George Dowdle who will teach you all about oyster and quahog aquaculture. You will get to experience a “day in the life” of an oyster fisherman by visiting George’s oyster lease and taking part in some of the daily tasks of farming oysters. You will get to taste oysters taken straight from the water and learn how to shuck your very own oysters and quahogs. We will then use our fresh catch to prepare delicious culinary delights back at The Table. This is a true sea to table experience you won’t want to miss!
Canada 150: A Taste of the Past -The Table: As Canada celebrates 150 years of greatness, join us as we take a step back in time to prepare a menu of traditional Island dishes and recipes from days-gone-by. In this class, you will visit the birthplace of Anne of Green Gables author L. M. Montgomery to see what life was like at the time of Confederation and then return to The Table where they use locally grown organic vegetables, fresh meats and seafood to create a taste of the past. The journey through time is completed by dining on antique china and sharing Island stories with a local storyteller.
Experiential Dining-The Table: This year the Table will have experiential dining for up to 14 people each night, transforming the studio into a boutique restaurant each evening. Guests will be able to interact with the chefs as they prepare the meal and learn about the fresh local foods that are being served. This will be Island dining at its best, served from platters at the big harvest table where guests will be able to share stories and laughter in the historic church. Evenings will end with dessert and storytelling or entertainment either inside or out on the grounds by a lovely campfire surrounded by the fields of rural PEI.
Route 6 Motel: Nestled in a spruce grove in the centre of Cavendish, the Route 6 Motel welcomed guests from all over the world with its promise of clean, comfortable rooms at an affordable price. Located on the main entrance to the beach, it operated from its opening in 1955 until the mid 1970’s when the owner, George Lynde, ran into financial problems after a number of unexplained disappearances and “accidents” on the property. He was forced to close the motel in 1975 and the property has sat empty for the past 40 years, mostly ignored and falling into disrepair as the beach entrance was relocated. More recently, as tourism booms in Cavendish, investors purchased the old motel intent on restoring it to its former glory and reopening it once again to happy families. However, they were unable to finish the project as they encountered numerous disturbing obstacles from the very first swing of the hammer…..Come walk, run or crawl through the winding corridors of the Route 6 Motel and find out what lurks within. Legend is that only the hardiest of souls can check out.