You'll find Cow's Creamery stores in various places throughout Prince Edward Island. It's pretty much the de facto provincial ice cream. You can also tour their factory over at the edge of Charlottetown if you so choose.
The Cow's people are very proud of being named "Canada's Best Ice Cream" by Reader's Digest. OK, I get what you're thinking, what does Reader's Digest know about ice cream? Probably nothing, but they are right about Cow's Creamery having a good product, so do give it a try.
They also have a lot of silly t-shirts featuring cows. Generally, they'll insert cows into popular posters or images to make a parody. Some of them are cute, although the t-shirts are pretty pricey, IMHO.
The contrast of the red soil and the greenery (in summer) and ocean is really intense and should be seen.
Overflowing with great blue herons - try near Charlottetowns Victoria park. Sometimes seals can be seen from the shore.
Lots of great unique artisans and artists living on the island - not always the ones with the most advertising, eg. Kolezar pottery
Generally a very quiet place, with very fresh air. No need to see the "whole island" though unless you love bicycling. Great biking destination since it's not very hilly and lots of low traffic roads. Best restaurants are all in Charlottetown, so it's really a better place to stay than the north shore. Less touristy too. Camping is great here because the most dangerous animal on island is a racoon (well, there are a few coyotes too, but they don't bother people) - kind of cool at night though. Bring heavy sweaters jackets - yes even in August!
Fondest memory: I really liked the caelidh's that they had at the Orwell corner historic village. It is an old wooden building lit by oil lamps, and the performers were really good (actually there are a ton of REALLY great musicians on the island) like Teresa Doyle and she was backed up on guitar. Afterwards they sell you icecream and real strawberries in sauce for something ridiculously cheap like $1.00 and then the locals get up and play instruments like fiddles or guitars and tell stories. i think the whole evening cost $6.00 and no lineups or parking. Of course, most of the music is of the east coast variety - fiddles, folk songs, etc.
I also loved in winter cross country skiing down endless country roads that aren't plowed in winter and gently hilly - you can go for miles - on moonlit nights it is especially beautiful. Very cold in winter though - often -20 in daytime-- not so bad when it isn't windy (which is seldom).
Can't remember the name of the beach, about 15 minutes from our motel, but we took our dog, and just loved watching him in the water. He just kept going back out and kinda laid/floated. Lovely view of Confederation Bridge. A little snack bar was there, got some drinks, Odin laid in the grass to dry, and we just enjoyed relaxing, and Odin enjoyed licking the ice cream off a little boy who stopped to say hi.
I think the Confederation Bridge is a must see.
Fondest memory: It's a very laid back place. Everything is close by everything else. Just a slower pace - nice. Also, travelling with a dog, tho it does pose some limitations (especially in the summer), really opens people up. We had a man from Australia start up a conversation with us, and other travellers would smile, or say he reminded them of their pet at home. There were some great pet-friendly places.
Favorite thing: The main industry in PEI is Tourism Farming and Fishing. and as you may or may not know that all non existant in the winter. So PEI is nice in the spring summer and fall , but head south for winter if you can. But is is like no other place on Earth for visiting in Summer
Favorite thing: PEI is widely known for its red sand beaches, but I never really knew why the sand is red. Its not just red on the beaches, but on the roads, the dirt ground, everywhere. It looks gorgeous in contrast with the green grass and water. The only thing I can warn you about is not to get any of it on your light coloured clothing, because it doesn't come off very easily. What I did was put some of it in a bottle and bring it back home with me as a souvenir. That way I'll always have my red sand ;)
It does rain in PEI.
If it does and if you are tired of reading or watching TV there is always a movie in Charlottetown .
Please note , that if you decide on this option plan to arrive early as everyone else on the island will have the same idea and the theatre will be packed .
As well as the soil, the beaches are all red. This beach is on the southern side of the island. We have photos of Cavendish, on the north side, also. I will try to post them as I find them.
Fondest memory: We went in early spring, and the beaches and all the attractions were deserted.
The countryside in PEI is very peaceful. Rolling hills slipping into the ocean. It's a cross between the prairies and the coast.
Fondest memory: The red soil provides an interesting contrast between tohe road and the green fields
Favorite thing: This is the view from the cottage we rented on McMillan Point . The other side of the water is the National Park .
You either know what it is,
or.... you're a guy, and you don't.
I had to be told.
Fondest memory: Can you believe that this attraction has created a market for direct Tokyo-Charlottetown flights?
Favorite thing: Go to the beach. P.E.I. has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world (in my opinion!) The characteristic reddish sand and dirt can be seen at beaches on much of the island.
Golf Course was excellent. Hotel listed as 5 star, definetly over rated. 2 star at best. Holtel...more
I used to work here as a bellhop. I enjoyed working here as the building is like no other pei hotel....more
Main St., Victoria, Prince Edward Island C0A 1G0
Good for: Couples