A red and white lighthouse on the coast of Prince Edward Island

Cruise to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Soak in the Victorian-era vibe of Charlottetown, the provincial capital of Prince Edward Island. Hit the city's compact waterfront boardwalks to stroll its historical sights and maritime heritage. Take a guided walking tour, board a double-decker bus, or step back in time with a horse-drawn carriage ride. Cruise to Charlottetown and venture out of the town center and encounter sandy beaches, rolling green hills, red caves and coves. Take a drive to the North Shore, where you'll see the quaint villages and farmland that inspired the classic novel "Anne of Green Gables."
National Language English
Currency Accepted Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Things To Do in Charlottetown

A lighthouse at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Lighthouse

Watchtowers and Wine

Watchtowers and Wine

Climb Point Prim — PEI's oldest lighthouse, built in 1846. You'll be rewarded with unimpeded views of Hillsborough Bay. Or head to Wood Islands, another historic lighthouse with an interactive museum that has 11 differently themed rooms. Wash the day down at the Rossignol Estate Winery for pairings of wild blueberry wine and PEI's best cheeses.

A man holding a beer mug

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Beer Mug

Drink in the History

Drink in the History

Thirsty for historical knowledge? Let a Father of Confederation take you on a tour of Charlottetown's past, one pub at a time. Spend an afternoon recreating the three years of toil — and many mugs of ale — it took to form an independent nation.

A horse drawn carriage

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Horse Drawn Carriage

Take a Trot

Get the royal treatment on a horse-drawn carriage ride through Charlottetown's historical downtown. Trot along the quaint shops of Great George Street to Province House, the site where delegates met to bring Canada together as a nation. Jump onboard a Charlottetown cruise and clip-clop to the Confederation Centre of the Arts and loop back to Founder's Hall.

Mussels in an aluminum bowl

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Mussels In A Bowl

Local Cuisine

The local fare in Charlottetown, whether from the land or the sea, is a foodie's dream. Taste the best blue mussels on the planet. Slurp down a Malpeque oyster, or munch on salt-spangled chips made with the island's Russet-Burbank potatoes. Don't miss the PEI lobster paired with a glass of local wine.

Various sweaters hanging on a rack at a shop

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Sweaters Hanging On Rack


Find one-of-a-kind treasures in the many boutiques or the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown's historical district. Visit local artisans offering oiled-wool sweaters and accessories, maple syrups and preserves, handcrafted chocolates, pottery and sea glass jewelry — plus "Anne of Green Gables" memorabilia.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Wear comfortable shoes — Historic Charlottetown is best seen on foot.
2 Stop into a bike shop, easily found in the city center, to see Charlottetown on two wheels.
3 Although tipping isn't mandatory, most people tip 10 to 20 percent of their pre-tax bill at restaurants.

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