Charlottetown Travel Guide

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Charlottetown Highlights

  • Pro
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    mydreamquest says…

     Quiet, relaxing, pleasant in the summer. 

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     Hard to find budget accomodation, quite hard. 

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     Great (small) city to visit..has the feel of a small town 

Charlottetown Things to Do

  • Old Charlottetown

    This is a pedestrian street in downtown Charlottetown, close to the main attractions in town, such as the Confederation Centre, Province House, Peake's Quay, etc. There are small restaurants, outdoor cafes, bars, art galleries, and souvenir shops along the street. In the summer, there's often a few jazz bands playing on Victoria Row, and they're...

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  • Historic houses/buildings

    The official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island which also has offices of the administrative staff to support official duties of the Lieutenant Governor. Built in 1833-34 by Isaac Smith, Henry Smith and Nathan Wright has basically stayed the same for the most part. It's first occupant was Lieutenant Governor of the day,...

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  • Peake's Quay

    This is the waterfront. It's beautiful and perfect for an evening walk. There are a few restaurants and souvenir shops in the area. Occasionally, you'll see some buskers putting on a show for the kids.

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  • Victoria Park

    Established in 1805, has been guarding the city ever since. Even though it was never actually used for warfare it has been the site of many ceremonies. It is a nice place to wander around for about 15 to 20 minutes. On November 8, 2005 it was recommissioned by Michaelle Jean the Governor General of Canada. It is located along Park Roadway by...

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  • St. Dunston's Basilica

    This church, known for its fine Italian carvings and twin Gothic spires, is one of the largest Churches in Canada.

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  • Downhill skiing on the Island !

    It was quite a surprise for me to pass a downhill ski hill here on Prince Edward Island. I just had to stop and snap a pic !The Brookvale Alpine Winter Activity Park is located in the middle of Queens County, on PEI. For downhill skiing, it has a 250-foot drop, serviced by three lifts (chair lift, T-bar, and rope tow). It has 11 Alpine courses, 5...

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Charlottetown Restaurants

  • China Garden

    I went into this place late one night...it was one of those surreal evenings. I guess what made it so surreal was that there were people in this restaurant who were out of place and I had probably too much to drink. Anyway, I walked in and the place was filled with these junior high school aged kids all dressed up (sort of a prom night thing). I...

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  • Gahan House

    I ate here in Sept. 2008. A popular dish here is the Brown Bag Fish and Chips, at $10.99, so I ordered that. Three pieces of battered fish come with french fries, served in a paper bag, on a plate. While it was good, I wasn't blown away. I think the fish was fresh (forgot to ask), but it was a better value for the money than an equivalent...

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  • Fish Bones Seafood Grill

    Fish Bones is one of the restaurants that enjoys a good location on Victoria Row, a small pedestrian way closed off to auto traffic; and, in the summer months, offers outdoor seating. Also, I think it is the only oyster bar in Charlottetown, so, if you are looking for raw oysters, head over there. Naturally, I started off with a half dozen oysters...

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  • East Side Mario's

    This place has an Italian-American New-Yorker type of theme. It's mostly Italian food (mainly pizza and pasta), with an American twist to it. The setting looks somewhat like what you would expect to see on a street in New York City's Little Italy. On some nights after 9:00pm, appetizers are half-price if you eat at the bar. I take advantage of...

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  • Home of the Gahan House microbrewery

    I ate here in Sept. 2008. A popular dish here is the Brown Bag Fish and Chips, at $10.99, so I ordered that. Three pieces of battered fish come with french fries, served in a paper bag, on a plate. While it was good, I wasn't blown away. I think the fish was fresh (forgot to ask), but it was a better value for the money than an equivalent...

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  • Pubs always have great food.

    With A new name The Claddagh Oyster House. Very great meals. For a very fair price.As well in the same building The Olde Dublin pub.. I've tried steak & fries. And enjoyed it.

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Charlottetown Nightlife

  • Myron's Cabaret

    This is the biggest bar/nightclub/live music venue in the city. It is very popular on friday and saturday nights and there is always a line up on weekends, because people from all over the island come to the city just to go there. The first floor is more lounge, with live bands, the 2nd floor has pool tables and a dance floor that is like a...

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  • Dooly's

    Dooly's is a bar where you can play pool and chill. The drinks aren't that expensive ($3 for a shooter, $4 for a cocktail), and local beers from the Gahan house (the only brewery in town) are available here. You can order pizza from Pizza Delight and they'll deliver it to Dooly's (the menus are on the tables) and after 9:00pm, you can go through...

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  • The irish spot

    A very lively pub live music. Also in the same building. Have a bit to eat.I have also eaten here and the food was great. Prices were average. Comfortable

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Charlottetown Transportation

  • driving

    To get to Prince Edward Island, you can drive across from New Brunswick via the Confederation Bridge. It takes about 9 minutes one-way, if you're driving at the posted speed limit. You don't pay the toll driving east to the island, but have your credit card or cash ready when you're leaving. For 2007, the toll is $40.75 for a 2-axle vehicle, $6.75...

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  • walking

    Charlottetown is a wonderful walking city in pleasant weather. It's relatively small, so you can easily walk the residential neighbourhoods, shopping district and historical landmarks with nothing more under your feet than comfortable shoes. PEI as a whole is easily navigable by car or bicycle. Personally I would love to return for a cycling trip...

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  • Confederation Bridge

    To get to Prince Edward Island, you can drive across from New Brunswick via the Confederation Bridge. It takes about 9 minutes one-way, if you're driving at the posted speed limit. You don't pay the toll driving east to the island, but have your credit card or cash ready when you're leaving. For 2007, the toll is $40.75 for a 2-axle vehicle, $6.75...

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Charlottetown Shopping

  • Indigo

    Indigo is the biggest bookstore in Charlottetown. Aside from books, you'll also find magazines and music. The staff is friendly and there are also computers to help you search for the books you want and allow you to order them if they are not available in the store. Books - fiction, non-fiction, biography, history, classics, romance, children's,...

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  • Second-hand bookstores

    There are lots of second-hand bookstores in town. The Bookman and The Book Emporium are on Queen Street, and the Reading Well is on Water Street.So if you don't want to end up spending a fortune at Indigo or Bookmark, buy your reading material at these stores! The Bookman also has some antique books, but most are for display only and not for...

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  • If you're a dancer, gymnast, or figure...

    This is the only dance supplies store in town. They sell things for dance as well as figure skating. I don't know about the skating or gymnastics brands, but the dance brands available include Bloch, Capezio, Leo's, Angelo Luzio, Mondor, Danskin, GildaMarx, etc. Gaynor Minden is not available here.If you're not interested in buying dance clothes,...

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Charlottetown Local Customs

  • Summer festivals

    In August, there's Old Home Week at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The main event is the big horse race, but there's also a midway with carnival rides and games, as well as farm animal exhibits. All this happens at the Charlottetown Driving Park. On Friday morning/afternoon before the big race (which is Saturday), there's the Gold Cup and Saucer...

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  • Old Home Week

    In August, there's Old Home Week at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The main event is the big horse race, but there's also a midway with carnival rides and games, as well as farm animal exhibits. All this happens at the Charlottetown Driving Park. On Friday morning/afternoon before the big race (which is Saturday), there's the Gold Cup and Saucer...

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  • Farmer's Market

    The Farmer's Market is open every Saturday from 9am to 2pm. In the summers it's also open on Wednesdays. There is a large variety of food, crafts, and other things available. Since many immigrants from other parts of the world sell food there, you can see how Charlottetown is become more multicultural, and get a taste of international food. It can...

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Charlottetown Warnings and Dangers

  • Water/beach safety

    There aren't any beaches in Charlottetown, but this is for the people who want to go up to the beaches on the north shore of the island. Most of the beaches have lifeguards, but you must still be careful. If there is an undertow, DO NOT go out too far and if you do get caught in it, don't try to fight against it. Even if you're an olympic swimmer,...

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  • Pretty, Safe and small town flair

    Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island for that matter is a safe province. Just watch out for the one way streets downtown. And please don't drink and drive, lot of police presence at night near the clubs.

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  • A few laws

    It's illegal to bring a camera into a bar. Apparently, it's because it can be used to take incriminating pictures of people. If the bouncer or staff sees a camera, they'll confiscate it.It's illegal to smoke in public buildings, even in bars. So you have to stand outside or on the balcony if you want to smoke.If you have a dog, it must be on a...

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Charlottetown Off The Beaten Path

  • Highest point on PEI

    Over the past couple of years, I've taken an interest in hiking/climbing up the highest elevations in the region. With the help of Google Earth, I located the two points on Prince Edward Island and went prepared to climb - dare I call them - "the peaks of Mount Springton " ?In the first pic, I'm at "Peak #1", looking towards "Peak #2". Then, after...

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  • Day trips outside Charlottetown

    There are a lot of places outside of Charlottetown worth visiting. Cavendish is one of the most popular ones, mainly because of Green Gables House and Cavendish Beach. It takes about a half hour or 45 min to drive there.Summerside is a small city about an hour's drive outside of Charlottetown. It has a nice waterfront and the Jubilee Theatre often...

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  • City Cinema

    The City Cinema in downtown Charlottetown is a small movie theatre that shows mostly independent and foreign films (many of which are in subtitles). So if you want to see a non-Hollywood movie, this is the place to go. To know which movies are showing when, check out the City Cinema page in The Buzz - PEI's artsy newspaper.

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Charlottetown Sports & Outdoors

  • Hockey games

    If you want to see a hockey game, winter is hockey season. There is a new rink at the University of Prince Edward Island, and other rinks in town where you can see hockey games. But you have to buy tickets in advance, and buy them quick because some games can sell out.

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  • Winter sports

    If you come in the winter, you can go skiing or snowboarding in Brookvale. You would have to drive there, it's outside Charlottetown. I think you can also go cross-country skiing in Victoria Park and other parts of Charlottetown. If you like skating, there is an outdoor skating rink in Victoria Park and a few indoor rinks around town. Also, in the...

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Charlottetown Favorites

  • Canada Games 09

    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...

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  • Survey Stones

    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.

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  • Royal Canadian Legion

    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...

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