If like me you're going to be in Charlottetown during the Canada Games (Which run all of August in 2009) book your hotel now!
I've had a lot of trouble getting accomodation! The only 2 places i know of with rooms still left are the Great george or Econo Lodge!
I got into the Great George and found the rates cheaper on Expedia than on their own website!
Favorite thing: As surveying new territory was always taken seriously a meridional line was established and these stones were used in 1820. You can still see them in the Victoria Park area. Three stones were used but I only saw these two.
Favorite thing: Incase you are one that frequents Royal Canadian Legions you might be interested in knowing that branch number one is located in Charlottetown. There is nothing really special about this branch besides the number. I only visited the basement which is kinda dingee but there is cheap pool and for you drinkers there is cheap booze. It is located on Pownal St. a couple blocks down from the Rodd Charlottetown.
There is a lot of local theatre in Charlottetown, especially during the summer. There is always something going on at the Confederation Centre of the Arts whether it be a local dance recital, a ballet by a professional company on tour, or the world-famous Anne of Green Gables musical. Also, there are usually a lot of performances in places such as The Mack, the Arts Guild, the Carrefour de l'Isle St-Jean, etc.
The Confed Centre is the main theatre in town, but the others are pretty popular too. Many Acadian performances and shows in French are shown at the Carrefour as well.
To find out more about local shows, pick up an issue of The Buzz (free local newspaper about theatre/artistic events happening on PEI). It's available in most public places in town.
Fondest memory: I love getting involved in theatre and the performing arts, and I've done a lot of theatre in Charlottetown.
The UPEI (University of Prince Edward Island) Theatre Society puts on a show every semester, usually on campus but occasionally in another place in town. I've been involved in shows with the Theatre Society, and last semester did Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus (I played a chorus person, a devil, and Beezlebub). Aside from that, I've done community theatre shows, such as the Vagina Monologues (it's shown every year) and school plays. I've also got my dance studio's recital every spring at the Confed Centre.
My best memory of PEI involved that which is the Holy Grail for hockey fans, the Stanley Cup.
Grant Marshall, then of the Cup-winning Dallas Stars, had married a woman from North Rustico, PEI, and settled there in the off-season. In his community work with the local kids' hockey teams, he promised them that if he ever won the Cup he'd bring it back to North Rustico for them.
'Yeah, right, Grant,' they said in disbelief. 'Like if you ever won it you'd bring it back here.'
Well, he was true to his word, and believe it or not, the day Grant Marshall shared it with the people of North Rustico was the FIRST time in history the Stanley Cup had ever visited Prince Edward Island.
We happened to be driving through North Rustico and asked a local resident why the throngs of people were gathering in a wee park on one end of town. Of course, when I heard why, I put my foot down. "If Liane can have us spend a day in Cavendish to look at Anne of Green Gables' bedroom, then dang it we can sit in the sun and wait for a turn to kiss the Cup."
Unfortunately the picture of me kissing Lord Stanley's mug didn't turn out. But the one you see here is still a fond reminder of just how far a lifelong Canucks fan has to travel for a chance to touch the Cup. :)
(Oh, and that dude on the right? That's Grant Marshall, ex of the Ottawa 67's, Dallas Stars, and Columbus Blue Jackets, and proud owner of one shiny-ass Stanley Cup ring. As of today he's three wins away from a second, this time with the New Jersey Devils.)
Photo credit: Liane "I-am-so-bloody-patient-with-this-hockey-boy-thing" Turman
Get out of Charlottetown and see the rest of the province.
Fondest memory: Doing the 'Anne thing', visiting Green Gables.