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While Prince Edward Island is Canada's littlest providence when it comes to area and population, it more than compensates for this deflect using the friendliness of its people, its natural splendor, as well as for being referred to as birthplace of Canada.
The island's landscape is dramatic featuring moving hillsides, pristine forests, red-whitened sand beaches, sea coves and also the famous red-colored soil. The main city of Charlottetown offers the suburbs feel along with a slow paced life having a cosmopolitan flair. The city has developed right into a dynamic city without compromising its historic charm. One certainly cannot consider Prince Edward and not mention the writer Lucy Maud Montgomery who once resided on PEI and came inspiration in the land throughout the late Victorian Times for that setting of her classic novel "Anne of Eco-friendly Gables." PEI also offers another claim that they can fame using the Confederation Bridge built-in 1997. The earth's longest bridge over ice-covered waters supplies a connection from PEI towards the landmass Canada.
Prince Edward Island is situated north from the province of Quebec and it is attached to the province of recent Brunswick around the west through the 13-kilometer (9-mile) Confederation Bridge. The island's biggest urban area, with 35,000 citizens, is Charlottetown, situated centrally on PEI's southern shoreline as well as on the Northumberland Strait. Around the north side from the island is PEI's National Park and also the Cavendish area -- the place to find many Anne-related points of interest.
Upon coming in Charlottetown by cruiseship, people are met by sounds of fiddling and Islanders (a nickname with each other mentioning towards the citizens) outfitted in Celtic costumes carrying out traditional step dancing. These performances really are a reflection from the ethnic makeup from the island, weight loss than 60 % from the citizens have Scottish or Irish descent. In the terminal building, a winding boardwalk systems round the harbor next to most of the shops and restaurants on Peake's Wharf. The self-led Historic Walk, planned out by PEI Tourism, highlights 19th-century architecture, and also the stroll goes in the Wharf, up Great George Street, by Victoria Row on Richmond Street, after which up West Street to finish through the feet of Victoria Park at Kent Street.
Obviously, no trip to PEI could be complete with no sampling from the costs from the land and ocean. Dining musts include local sea food like Malpeque Bay oysters, PEI lobsters or bluefin tuna, all offered fresh, and PEI's taters -- come see exactly what the buzz is about.
Where You are Docked
Historic Charlottetown Seaport is situated right downtown. Following a recent $18 million investment to upgrade its cruise ship facilities, Charlottetown presently has a extended berth to permit bigger ships to go to. There's additionally a Cruise Welcome Center.
Hanging Out
Directly while watching cruise terminal is Founders' Hall (Canada's Birthplace Pavilion) and also the Charlottetown Customer Center, where site visitors can select up maps and pamphlets. Also around the waterfront is Peake's Wharf Historic Waterfront Retailers for souvenir shopping, homemade frozen treats and fresh sea food.
Making Your Way Around
Walking: Because the ship docks right in the middle of town, many points of interest are inside a couple of blocks of one another. The different options are an entire day walking the little city, going to historic points of interest as well as consuming a theatrical performance.
Biking: Go Wheelin' offers bike rental fees for $20 for any half day or $30 for any full day. They're situated in the Charlottetown Customer Center around the Historic Waterfront.
Taxi: Co-op Taxi Line has cars waiting in the pier you are able to have a local ride, or request a tropical tour for $50 each hour per vehicle.
Rental vehicle: National Vehicle includes a kiosk in Founders' Hall. Rates can start $70 each day and can include limitless mileage.
PEI National Park
Prince Edward Island National Park occupies much of the island's central, northern coastline. Three sections of the park offer beaches, wildlife watching, outdoor activities, historic buildings, and "Anne of Green Gables" attractions. Campgrounds and picnic areas cater to families and outdoorsy vacationers.
Near the soft sands of Cavendish Beach, Anne fans enjoy visiting the iconic Green Gables House as well as Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish Home. The Cavendish area also has a frenzy of high-profile attractions, amusement parks, and golf courses.
In the park's central portion, Dalvay-by-the-Sea historic house was once a regal summer home and is now a hotel and restaurant near Brackley and Stanhope Beaches. At the eastern end of the park, the more isolated Greenwich area has a beach and boardwalk trails that are well suited to bird watching for the park's 300-plus species.Official site: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/pe/pei-ipe/visit.aspx
Charlottetown has a Victorian-era charm and a surprising small town feel. Heritage buildings, including the ornate St. Dunstan's Basilica and elegant Beaconsfield Historic House, line the city streets. The Confederation Centre of the Arts is the city's major cultural hub with an art gallery, museum, and theaters. The must-see "Anne of Green Gables" musical is performed each summer season. Across the street from the center sits Province House National Historic Site, which hosted the Charlottetown Conference in 1864 to discuss confederation. PEI didn't actually join the union until 1873.
Contemporary restaurants and shops selling ice cream and souvenirs add a modern, vacation feel to the PEI center. A lovely pathway fronts the harbor and leads out to Victoria Park, the location of historic fortifications at Prince Edward Battery.
North Cape
North Cape is the more rugged side of Prince Edward Island, and a scenic drive passes through farmlands and follows an eroding, rural coastline to the province's northernmost point. Intense winds make the blustery cape an ideal setting for towering turbines, turning the abundant wind into energy at one of Canada's leading wind test institutes. North Cape Interpretive Centre has exhibits that explain the process. Nature trails and the North Cape Lighthouse are near the wind farm.
Address: 21817 Route 12, North Cape Official site: http://www.northcapedrive.com
Summerside is the second largest city on Prince Edward Island. The island's western hub has a number of historic buildings, a picturesque waterfront district, and a vibrant cultural scene. In the city, the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada presents summer outdoor concerts of Celtic music and dance, while Eptek Art & Culture Centre introduces local history and pieces from island artisans.
Delving into Prince Edward Island's past, the Acadian Museum reaches back to 1720 and the first European settlement on the island at Port La Joye. Another unique museum, the International Fox Museum and Hall of Fame, traces the history of trying to breed foxes in captivity. Its displays are housed in the Holman Homestead, the former residence of a mercantile magnate.

Confederation Centre of Arts
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Opened in 1964 as a monument to Confederation, this cultural institution houses an art gallery, museum, and two theaters. The Confederation Centre of the Arts presents the "Anne of Green Gables" musical each summer, part of the annual Charlottetown Festival. It's just across the street from Province House National Historic Site, the famed setting for the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, where the idea of Canada was born. Address: 145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown -- Official site: http://www.confederationcentre.com
Points East Coastal Drive
Points East Coastal Drive explores the eastern end of the island where beautiful beaches, rare dune systems, and lighthouses mark the coastline. At the scenic drive's end, East Point Lighthouse has an elevated vantage over mixing tidal waters. Red foxes are a common sight in the area.
Other sightseeing attractions along the drive vary widely. Orwell Corner Historic Village recreates a late nineteenth century setting (including a historically furnished farm, shingle mill, church, store, and community hall). Elmira Railway Museum, once the end of the line for the island railway, displays photographs and artifacts from the rail-era. The museum also features a recreated stationmaster's office and ladies' waiting room.Official site: http://www.pointseastcoastaldrive.com/ - 7 Confederation Trail
Confederation Trail
When the trains stopped running in Prince Edward Island, it opened up a new opportunity: for a 273-kilometer gravel trail that crossed the island from end to end. The main trail runs from Tignish in the northwest to Elmira in the east. Smaller trails branch to Charlottetown, Wood Islands, and the Confederation Bridge in Borden. The flat and well maintained routes are open to walkers, runners, and cyclists. And as the trail was originally a rail bed, there are no steep hills and no more than a two percent grade.
Basin Head Provincial Park
This beach and provincial park on Points East Coastal Drive is an action-packed spot. First time visitors delight in scuffing their feet along the sands to try and create a distinct "singing" noise, and the squeaky beach is nicknamed Singing Sands.
Giant Irish Moss, a food additive, grows in the tidal lagoon behind the dunes. The entry point to the lagoon is a popular swimming spot. Also located in the provincial park, Basin Head Fisheries Museum presents exhibits about Prince Edward Island's inshore fishery. Address: 336 Basin Head Road, Route 16, Basin Head
Wood Islands
The Wood Islands ferry is a favorite way for visitors to head home from a Prince Edward Island vacation. The island link crosses the Northumberland Strait between Wood Islands, on PEI's southeast coast, and Caribou, Nova Scotia. A small lighthouse in Wood Islands Provincial Park has exhibits about the area's seafaring history and serves as a lookout point. Address: 173 Lighthouse Road, Wood Islands
Borden-Carleton is the first town visitors reach after crossing the Northumberland Strait via the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick. The town's feature attraction is the view of the majestic, 12.9-kilometer bridge that's the world's longest over freezing water. The concrete span provided a permanent link to the mainland when it was completed in 1997, fulfilling a promise made when PEI joined Confederation in 1873.
 A tiny fishing village, Victoria-by-the-Sea enchants with its waterfront fish shacks, colorful take-out stands, and small lighthouse. The red sandstone cliffs along the Northumberland Strait coast are constantly eroding, which has resulted in expansive red-sand flats at low tide. A theater, chocolate shop, and fishing wharf are favorite tourist attractions in the friendly community.
The Bottle Houses
More than 25,000 glass bottles form the walls and design features of the light-filled buildings known as The Bottle Houses. A quirky artist and builder, the late Édouard Arsenault used colored bottles to construct a six-gabled house, a hexagonal tavern, and a chapel furnished with pews and an altar. It's all built from glass and cement. Address: 6891 Route 11 Boîte 53, Cap-Egmont -- Official site: http://www.bottlehouses.com
Don't Miss
Founders' Hall: Situated while watching cruise terminal building, site visitors can find out about the story of Canada. A multi-dimensional video and media presentation describes the Charlottetown Conference of 1864 and just how it brought towards the Birthplace of Confederation.
Province House National Historic Site: Built-in 1847, this building has got the unique distinction to be both provincial legislature along with a national historic site. It had been here that in 1864, the very first meeting occurred that cause the Confederation of Canada. The inside from the building continues to be restored also it still can serve as the chair from the province's legislature (situated on a corner of Richmond and Great George Street).
Beaconsfield Historic House: Located in a cove having a commanding look at Charlottetown harbor, Beaconsfield Historic House was built-in 1877 for any wealthy shipbuilder. This grand 25-room home is an long lasting indication of Victorian elegance, however it seemed to be among the first houses around the island to possess flowing water, gas lights and heating. It features eight fire places, imported chandeliers, plaster moldings and stained glass (Victoria Park and Kent Street).
Sandland: Situated beside Founders' Hall, sand sculptures produced from 2 million pounds of red-colored Island sand. Existence-sized figures and architecture illustrate a brief history of Islanders within the “Living through the Sea” exhibit.
Confederation Center from the Arts is where where one can catch a performance of "Anne of Eco-friendly Gables -- The Musical." It's Canada's longest running musical using the year 2008 marking its 44th season (Victoria Row and Full Street).
Avonlea Village: Situated within the Cavendish area, the interactive village (named after Anne of Eco-friendly Gables' home town) offers site visitors the opportunity to step in time for you to 1908 and experience again some pages of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic novel. Costumed stars guide site visitors around miniature houses while kids and grown ups can wear period costumes, have a hay wagon ride, watch puppet shows and taste freshly made sweets in the chocolate factory.
PEI National Park: Miles of sand dunes, beaches, sandstone coves and walking trails from the park, but this is the house of Eco-friendly Gables House. Eco-friendly Gables may be the farm that inspired the setting of "Anne of Eco-friendly Gables."
Eco-friendly Gables National Historic Site Eco-friendly Gables National Historic Site. Eco-friendly Gables, the 19th-century farm situated in Cavendish, was the setting and inspiration for Lucy Maud Montgomery's much-loved "Anne of Eco-friendly Gables" books. Tour the farmhouse, barns and gift shop. Prince Edward Island National Park Prince Edward Island National Park
This stunning national park was produced after vacationers clustered to Cavendish to see the Eco-friendly Gables house. It features red-colored sandstone coves, beaches and hosts many indigenous species.
Silver Rose bush & Anne of Eco-friendly Gables Museum Silver Rose bush & Anne of Eco-friendly Gables Museum. The Anne of Eco-friendly Gables Museum at Silver Rose bush is placed on the stunning 110 acres, and also the museum, site visitors can stroll round the flower garden, and revel in sights from the Lake of Shining Waters.
Charlottetown Charlottetown
Pretty Charlottetown is both biggest city and also the provincial capital of Prince Edward Island, featuring many historic structures, in addition to a wonderful harbor and lively shopping district.
Blue Heron Scenic Drive Blue Heron Scenic Drive
The attractive Blue Heron Drive, named following the island's herons, stretches across the scenic beaches from the North Shoreline, with the National Park by the island's red-colored sandstone coves.
Close to Queens County, Victoria-by-the Ocean is really a historic seaside village noted for its attractive treelined roads and scenic lighthouse.
North Rustico
This stunning harbor and beach around the island's North Shoreline began circa 1790 and is known for its spectacular red-colored sandy beaches, wealthy farming and vibrant fishing community.
Shoreline Activities
Better of Anne: The "Ultimate Anne of Eco-friendly Gables Experience" is roughly 4.5 hrs and features a scenic seaside drive and a vacation to the farm site and Eco-friendly Gables House that inspired the classic novel.
Perfect for Foodies: Enroll in a local oyster shucker around the “Ah Shucks Shellfish” trip, provided by Princess Cruise ships, and discover the the inner workings of purchasing, storing, shucking and cooking seafood. Following the oyster lesson, savor a brand new sea food lunch (tour is roughly three hrs). Alternatively, the “So You Realize Lobster, Right?” trip, provided by Holland America Line, concentrates on the PEI lobster. Find out about lobster behavior in addition to how you can prepare, serve and revel in this local favorite (tour is roughly three hrs).
Better of Charlottetown: "Charlottetown by Trolley" includes a historic and cultural tour aboard a Bay Area-style trolley. The trolley passes numerous houses in the early 1800's, and stops in the Province House you will have the chance to walk lower Victoria Row using its quaint boutiques (tour is roughly two hrs).
Perfect for Active Vacationers: Due to the abundance of peaceful rivers, ocean kayaking is popular and provided by the majority of the cruise companies. Paddle past high coves and lengthy beaches as the guide describes concerning the local character, wildlife and landscape (tour is roughly four hrs).
Local Experiences
Hit the shore: It's stated it does not matter where you stand around the island, you are only ever fifteen minutes from a seaside. The area has beaches for each purpose, from supervised swimming beaches for families to deserted coastlines for solitary walks or clam digging. Cavendish is most likely the region's most popular beach because the waters from the Northumberland Strait would be the most warm ocean waters north from the Carolinas.
Cycle Area of the Confederation Trail: The island's conversion of old railroad tracks to paths for biking has led to near to 300 kilometers of trails with the rural heartland. The very best limited-time trip reaches St. Peter's Bay. Drive 25 minutes from Charlottetown and rent bikes from St. Peter's Bay Craft and Giftware.
Golf: The area has over 30 courses all inside a 45-minute drive of Charlottetown. Among the best known may be the Links at Crowbush Cove, that was identified by Golf Digest in 2004 as Canada's best new course.
Driving Tour: Prince Edward Island is eminently appropriate for driving tours. The tourism office has them planned out, and you may combine (according to closeness) outings to evocatively named regions for example "Hillsides and Harbours," "Bays and Dunes," "Charlotte's Shoreline," "Florida sunsets and Seascapes" and "Anne's Land." For simply scenic drives, it's not hard to find routes for example Nobleman Byway, Blue Heron and woman Slipper -- all taking you thru different parts of Prince Edward Island.
Eating Out
Casual Dining: Lobster around the Wharf is the best for sea food inside a casual atmosphere. The Gahan House Pub and Brewery (world wide web.gahan.ca, 126 Sydney Street, from 11:30 a.m.) is definitely an trendy brewpub situated within an historic townhouse that serves seafood and chips inside a brown bag. Piazza Joe's Italian Eatery serves large portions while offering an exciting-you-can-eat bread bar and refillable sodas. Seafood Bones Oyster Bar includes a raw bar together with island oysters and niche sauces. On Victoria Row, close to the Confederation Center, browse the number of bistros and cafes with pavement coffee shops, bookstores.
Gourmet Dining: Lucy Maud Dining Area overlooks the doorway towards the harbor. This restaurant is run by students in the Culinary Institute of Canada underneath the guidance of world-class chef teachers. Try the PEI Mussel Linguine.
On vacation: Inside PEI National Park is really a National Historic Site known as Dalvay Through The Ocean. The elegant Victorian home was built with a Scottish American oil magnate and today the home operates like a 26-room boutique Hotel and restaurant. The Manager Chef Andrew Morrison was lately granted Chef of the season by PEI Chef Association. They will use fresh local elements such menu products as Island Blue Mussels or even the Lobster Croissant.
Charlottetown contains two major shopping centres: the Confederation Court Mall (right downtown, across from Province House), and the Charlottetown Mall, which is just out of town in West Royalty, on University Avenue. They contain the usual anchor stores (Zellers, SportsChek, etc), as well as many smaller stores. West Royalty also has many stand-alone big-box stores, such as Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, Future Shop, etc.

If you get off the beaten path, though, you'll find lots of great specialty shops just waiting for your business. Walks along Queen St. and University Ave. (among others) will yield wonderful surprises in terms of shopping selection.

Groceries are readily available from many major supermarkets within Charlottetown. Typical closing time is 10:00PM. Since 2011, the government has allowed Sunday shopping year round, which will be in place until further notice. Sunday store hours are generally noon to 5:00 PM.

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