Cows ice cream stores are so famous, they could almost fit into the attraction category. First of all, I must appologize to all the Ben and Jerry's and Hagen Daaz lovers but Cows is the best ice cream I've ever tasted in my life! But ice cream is definitely not all that Cows is about - Cows merchandise is also very popular, thanks to its funny t-shirts, calendars and more, all featuring crazy cartoon cows such as the Amoozing Race, Cowrona, Desperate Housecows and Dairy Potter.
What to buy: With over 30 ice cream flavors, it's really hard to pick just one!
There are three official Anne of Green Gables store in Prince Edward Island: one in Borden-Carleton at the Gateway Village, one in Cavendish at the Avonlea Village, and my favorite one in Charlottetown. You will find absolutely everything there is to find about Anne of Green Gables in those stores: books, dolls, souvenirs, videos and more! There's also an Anne of Green Gables chocolate store right next door.
What to buy: The complete collection of Anne of Green Gables books, of course!
I also got an amazing Lucy Maud Montgomery biography there.
When in Halifax, my host gave me a secret tip: Rustico, Olde Village Bakery. I was told that they sell the best pies and rolls in the Maritimes. So when I made it to P.E.I., I drove to Rustico to find that place. The smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls, apple-almond-cinnamon pie and a large number of other delicacies guided me into the small bakery. I went out again with my hands full of great food - these guys definitely can bake!
Rustico Olde Village Bakery actually is not that secret - if you make it to the village, everybody will be able to tell you where it is. Situated at the only noteworthy junction of the village, you'd have a hard time missing it anyway... So in case you are in the mood for some really great pastries, go to Rustico!
PS: The owner told me that Olde Village Bakery opens rather irregularly. Apparently, the best time to come is the weekend.
What to buy: everything you can get - it's all close to perfection
There are a few summer shopping outlets scattered around the Island, and you can find pretty much everything from beachwear to Island souvenirs in them. Prices are reasonable for the most part and it's fun to walk from one boutique to the next. The one located in Borden-Carleton, just as you get off the Confederation Bridge, is bigger and better than the others, but it hasn't got the same beach boardwalk-type of atmosphere...
What to buy: I got my pretty unique potato-pig at one of these outlets!
Shoreline Design is a new company based in Georgetown on the east coast of PEI. The artist, Peter Llewllyn, creates jewelry out of beach glass found locally. He also shapes carving out of PEI red sandstone, in various sizes from candle holders to garden stones. His creations can be found in a number of craft shops around the Island and he welcomes visitors to his small studio in Georgetown.
Shoreline Design now has a shop that is open during the summer-early fall season. It's on the corner of the main road into town and Water Street, very near the harbour proper. In the shop you will find the jewelry and sandstone and also lots of other hand made crafts and items including lovely sweaters, artwork, and other beautiful items.
What to buy: Necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets made of beach glass and silver or silver plate. Sandstone carvings. Sand dollar pendants. Conch shell ornaments
Also, hand knit sweaters, scarves, gloves, mitts, paintings, other jewelry items, other miscellaneous craft items.
What to pay: various prices
The Dunes is a large shop in a modern building in Brackley Beach and features many items created in the studio on site, furniture, as well as wonderful crafts, art and gifts from around the Island and Canada. There's a cafe on site, and a beautiful water garden out back dotted with many sculptures and a lily pond. Like many places on PEI, it is only open seasonally from June to October.
What to buy: Beautiful gifts, jewelry, art, pottery created in the studio
What to pay: Most prices seem fairly steep but quality is top class
You will LOVE this store if you're a girl. There are a few locations around PEI, but none outside of the province which is a big shame! This place sells Asian and African inspired clothes, jewelry and assessories which the owner of the franchise brings back from his annual trips overseas each year. As a result, I believe this store is closed during the wintertime as thats when he's in Asia buying his stock. In the summer time though, full your boots. They have some gorgeous things at great prices.
What to buy: I bought a hair clip that was actually dried red hot peppers glazed over. When I shake it, I still hear the seeds inside them. I also got a few bandanas and earrings. They have a lot of neat stuff - including mirrors, purses, skirts, serongs, headbands, etc. I could have been in here for hours.
There are so many things you can find on Queen Street in Charlottetown (the same street where the Confederation Centre of the Arts is located) relating to almost any cultural, artsy areas of interest.
What to buy: I'm sorry I don't have the proper names for some of these stores, but they are easy to find and you'll see them right away.
Used Book store -you can find novels, travel guides, language books, etc. for a very cheap price!
Music store - guitars, flutes, piano songbooks, etc.
Great Norhtern Knitters - a lot of expensive yarn
Cows Icecream - just about any icecream flavour you can think of! They seel really amusing, funny T-shirts as well.
Anne of Green Gables Chocolates - chocolates, candy, etc. Not cheap, but makes for nice gifts
Anne of Green Gables store - calenders, dolls, candy, flavoured tea, figurines, pillows, jam, ANYTHING common, but with Anne on it.
I remember there was a needlework store located there as well, that sold cross stitch, yarn, weaving, and crochet and sewing supplies and it was very cheap. There are also a few various gift shops that sold unique souvenirs of Prince Edward Island.
Again, I'm sorry for the lack of specific information.. this tip was designed to draw you to Queen street, as I'm sure it will. Good luck, and happy shopping :)
There are several locations of this store on PEI, including Charlottetown, Cavendish, Summerside, and Kensington. It sells mostly women's clothes, jewelry, other accessories, and crafts from East Asia. If you have a funky sense of style, you'll love this store.
What to buy: Wrap skirts, tie-dyed clothes, bohemian style clothing, jewelry (beaded, wooden, metal, etc), funky handbags, soccer shirts, sunglasses, hats, beach sandals, statuettes, etc.
What to pay: The stuff there can be expensive, but at the end of the summer there are often sales.
The Anne of Green Gables store sells mostly Anne-inspired souvenirs and books. There are locations all over PEI. So if you came to PEI because you love Anne, you will love this store!
What to buy: Books by Lucy Maud Mongomery, porcelain dolls, local crafts, nick-nacks, Anne dresses for little girls, etc.
This is a funky place full of unique art, jewellery, gifts and best of all...POTTERY.
I've had their mugs and teapots etc...and use them DAILY (dishwasher/mircowave safe too!) and they still look like the day we bought them.
There is a place to enjoy lunch amongst the gardens and then saunter around to find that 'perfect find'. You'll love it.
What to buy: Did I mention the beautiful pottery?
What to pay: I dunno....$15.00 per mug and $75.00 for a huge unique teapot? Something along that line
These shops (there are several all over the island) sell clothing that has been naturally dyed using the reddish-orange mud from the island's dirt. A unique reminder of PEI.
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