Winter Fun in the Kensington Area
Published October 21, 2022 | Verna Lynne Weeks, Tourism PEI
Categories: Attractions & Sightseeing
The little town of Kensington is a busy summer stop-over for visitors with its intersection of five lanes each leading to tourist attractions of the Central Coastal Drive region. Now is the chance for you to discover the characters and charm of this popular hub town. This half-day itinerary invites you to explore local favourites along with the town’s newest spots for dining and discovery.
Satisfy your sweet tooth
The Willow Bakery & Café at the rail yard has received rave reviews for their baked treats since its doors opened in 2020. Grab a Caledonia coffee and a treat or plan to return for their daily lunch special made with locally-sourced ingredients and a fresh baked loaf of bread to take home. Gluten-free choices too!
Hit the trail
The John Hogg Kensington Public Forest is a delightful place for a family excursion or on your own. Home to a mature Acadian forest and hedgerows, it offers 2.4 kilometers of natural surface trails, including cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. Access the trail by parking at the end of Douglas Street and walking the tree line to the trail entrance.
Hit the greens
Stay in the game all winter at Let It Snow Golf. Play the world's top courses including St. Andrews. Simulators are available for hourly rentals and bookable online.
If you visit on the right day of the week, lunch options are plentiful in Kensington. The C&B Corner Café is known for their culinary creations and daily specials. The authentic house-made bagels alone are worth the drive. Hello Kitchen is the newest kid-on-the-block serving Indian and Canadian cuisine from the former Legion location.
Before country roads take you home
Your visit will not be complete without a stop at Bloom House Plants & Pretty Things to meet Sharon and her furry associates “John Denver” and "Norma Jean". Your spirits will be lifted as soon as you walk in – take in the sweet smell of flowers and houseplants and the beauty of her collection of made-in-PEI products and home décor.
Other places to discover
- Friends and Family Restaurant and Island Stone Pub - Kensington
- Jane & Sue Chocolate – Stanley Bridge
- O’Neils Plate & Palette – French River (open Thursday to Sunday)
- Prince Edward Aqua Farm Retail Store - Springbrook
- Venture Stables - Freetown