There's so much to see on Prince Edward Island... starting from New Brunswick and driving over the largest fixed link in the world (16.5km) just don't look down! PEI is much more than potatoes. Charlottetown hosts the play Anne of Green Gables throughout the summer months. Its not recommended to visit in the winter as the bridge may be closed due...more
In Charlottetown, there is more to do. But on the North Shore in the summertime, you're best off going to the Brackley Beach Drive-In-- really cheap, and you see a double feature!
It's the only thing to do at night on the North Shore besides go in the Jacuzzi (if your accommodations offer it, like ours did). Also, when I called to find out what was playing, I was taken aback when a girl answered!!! Being a Calfornian, I expected a recording and not a live person! When I told her of my confusion, she tried to stifle a laugh. Obviously, there is still something called personal customer service on the Island!
Dress Code: Totally casual.
There are only 2 ways to get on the island. Fly or drive the fixed link from New Brunswick. Sometimes in the summer months they do have the ferries running and its a great tourist attraction. Be prepared the ferries and bridge cost. Depending on the size of your vehicle.Drive or bike.more
Fly into Moncton, New Brunswick and then drive along the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia border, across the Confederation Bridge, and onto PEI. Think it's too long? We flew on a red-eye from San Francisco to Chicago, stopped over for 2 hours, flew to Montreal, stopped over for three hours, flew to Moncton... and then got in a car so I could drive another...more
All people from big cities or highly populated areas of their state should remember that things are much simpler on PEI. For instance, we nearly got laughed out of store by two nice ladies. We wanted to rent a video and we said, 'Okay, how many IDs or credit cards do you need when we fill out the rental agreement?' They were like, 'WHAT? Hahaha!' We were like, 'No, really.' They said, 'Where are you staying?' 'Seawinds,' we said. 'Okay, that's good enough. Just print your name and your cottage number on this list.' We explained that in California you have to go through a lot more just to rent a video and they got a kick out of that!!!
So just be prepared that this is NOT an uptight place. People tend to just leave the doors unlocked in this area. Crime is low. Now, we still locked our doors and all that stuff, but... you can try to let yourself relax a bit while you visit. And all the people we met were so nice and so friendly! Please respect this friendliness and be a good visitor. And watch that speed limit!!!!!
We didn't actually go, but just said 'GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR' as we passed it... 'Avonlea' is some sort of Anne of Green Gables rip-off place, kind of like a theme park. I mean, it might be nice for kids but if you're an adult and you don't want actors reinacting scenes from the books right in front of you while you're trying to enjoy you're vacation, STAY AWAY! There are much better historical sites where you'll enjoy yourself more and soak in more local flavor.
If your travelling to the island in July or early August... shorts, t-shirts, bathing suit, sweatshirt and sweatpants for night (gets cold of the water). If your travelling in June or late August... shorts and tshirts, bathing suit, jeans, sweats, light jacket. Anytime after or before those dates.... snowsuit!!! hahahha its very...more
Family Travel Bring bug spray! Mosquitoes are apparently plentiful in the summer. During our visit in mid-August, there were SOME out but not enough to really cause a problem at all. If travelling in summer, bring a light, easily packable rain jacket. Showers come up unexpectedly, and you want something lightweight that you can just shove into...more
Do what we did and stay in an area near but not close to Charlottetown. We stayed in North Rustico/Rusticoville and got to enjoy peace, beauty, and nature. We were just 20 min. from Charlottetown, but not right down in it! Travel along the north shore... Brackley Beach to the east and Park Corner to the west offer lovely, quiet roads and wonderful...more
BLOOMING POINTPEI's unofficial nude beach is a beautiful long stretch of white sand bordered by the famous sand dunes. When you reach the beach, walk left. Most people prefer spots on top of the dunes due to modesty, privacy, or fear of arrest (unlikely); however, the dunes are fragile ecosystems easily disturbed by trampling.Drive takes about 15...more
If you have the chance visit one of PEI's many beaches really early in the morning, and you'll be able to catch the Fishing, and lobster boats. Real fun is also going to the fishing docks and watch the fishermen bring in their catch. We even had the chance to help gut the fish ( eWWWWWW!!)more
Cavendish Beach would be the most important but then that's depending on what your interests are... read more information in the next few categories.... Camping! Its one of the most entertaining spots to camp and by camping I mean old fashioned tenting. You meet all kinds of interesting people and you cannot go anywhere without smelling the ocean...more
Visit the white sand dunes and red cliffs at Cavendish Beach. Nice long walk... lovely scenery... beautiful water... gorgeous wildflowers in fields... Sitting on this red cliff at Cavendish Beach in the late afternoon, looking at the Gulf of St. Lawrence, contemplating how beautiful life was at that moment, wishing I never had to leave....more
When in Charlottetown, visit the Confederation Building. It is beautiful and historic! Also, if you want to have a little fun, visit St. Peter's Cathedral. It's lovely and the Q&A staff is very nice. Also, if you sit in front of the wooden sign and stare at the building across the street at 10 'til the hour, you are captured on IslandCam Two...more