Charlottetown is the perfect place to experience Prince Edward Island’s natural beauty and old-fashioned charm, where you’ll find Victorian-era streets and an old harbor quarter. Visit historical sites, admire ornate cathedrals and explore Confederation Centre of the Arts, the city’s cultural hub.
Things to do in Charlottetown
Walk along the cobblestone streets of Victoria Row, home to restaurants, cafes, art galleries and boutiques. Admire St. Dunstan’s Basilica and its beautiful Neo-Gothic architecture, altar with Italian carving and rose window.
Meander through the Confederation Centre of the Arts, which covers an entire city block, to discover an expansive museum and library. See the theatre venue for the musical “Anne of Green Gables”, then visit the on-site art gallery to admire works by Canadian artists, including famed painter Robert Harris.
The Province House National Historic Site is known as the “Birthplace of Canada”, while the Beaconsfield Historic House features exhibitions highlighting local history with regular lectures. You can also see a row of cannons and small barracks at the Prince Edward Battery.
Got time for a day trip? Explore nearby cities like New Glasgow and North Rustico, where you can visit the Prince Edward Island Preserve Co and the adjacent Garden of Hope. Dine on lobster at The Pearl Eatery & Oyster Lounge or cruise the scenic Central Coastal Drive to Confederation Bridge to see the red sandstone cliffs and beaches.
Getting around Charlottetown
Charlottetown’s city center is easily navigated on foot or by taxi, while a car is needed to travel further afield. Charlottetown Airport is six kilometers from the city centre and offers flights from Toronto, Montreal and New York.