Charlottetown is known as the Birthplace of Confederation, where Canada’s Fathers of Confederation gathered in 1864 to discuss forming a nation stretching between the oceans. See the picturesque cottage home of William Henry Pope, one of the founding fathers, at the Ardgowan National Historic Site of Canada. Interestingly, Prince Edward Island remained independent until 1873.
Follow some of the 250 miles (400 kilometers) of the Confederation Trail, with hiking, cycling and picnicking along woodland paths that were once train tracks. Rent a kayak or sailboat to enjoy Charlottetown Harbour. Play on the beach or try lobster fishing.
Visit diverse museums and galleries ranging from the military artifacts in Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum to artisan boutiques featuring sea glass, pottery, jewelry making and glass blowing. The region also hosts festivals and performing arts events. Performance spaces at the Guild in downtown Charlottetown feature plays, musicals, lectures, improvisation and more. For Celtic appreciation, attend the Highland Games at Lord Selkirk Provincial Park in Belfast, about a 30-minute drive southeast.
Drive north for 30 minutes to Cavendish to view the green-gabled house, haunted woods and trail that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s much-loved series of novels, Anne of Green Gables. See a musical performance of the popular story at the summertime Charlottetown Festival.
Explore the downtown area on foot, with a wide range of restaurants reflecting the diverse ethnicities in the community. Sign up for a culinary bootcamp at Holland College. See if you’re lucky at Redshores Racetrack and Casino. Gaze at the historic buildings along Victoria Row. Find fresh produce at the summer farmers market and enjoy some great golf nearby.
Fly into Charlottetown’s airport, just a few miles from downtown or drive across the Confederation Bridge to New Brunswick. Moncton is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west. For a pleasant journey over the water, take the ferry across the Northumberland Strait to Nova Scotia. Charlottetown is about a 4-hour drive northeast from Canada’s border with Maine.
Before you head off, lock in your reservation for one of the 30 Charlottetown accommodations that can be found on Expedia's hotel website.
The Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward and The Holman Grand Hotel will appeal to those who enjoy a little a little luxury and want to maximize their relaxation time on the island. At the lower-budget end of the accommodation spectrum are the popular Super 8 Charlottetown PE and the Canadas Best Value Inn & Suites.
Open yourself to all there is to see and do and go home with the greatest souvenir of all — fond memories of your marvelous trip!
Charlottetown has plenty of fun things to do. Consider our recommendations:
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Situated in Charlottetown, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Charlottetown Mall and University of Prince Edward Island. That Fun Place and Ardgowan are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Historic Charlottetown Waterfront, St. Paul's Church, and St. Dunstan's Basilica. Public Archives and Records Office and Victoria Row are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Charlottetown, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Charlottetown Mall, University of Prince Edward Island, and That Fun Place. Ardgowan and Victoria Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Charlottetown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Historic Charlottetown Waterfront, Gahan House, and The Guild. St. Dunstan's Basilica and Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Charlottetown, this luxury hotel is steps from Charlottetown City Hall, Confederation Court Mall, and St. Peter's Anglican Cathedral. St. James Presbyterian Church and Confederation Centre of the Arts are also within 5 minutes.
This family-friendly Charlottetown hotel is located by the ocean, steps from Confederation Centre of the Arts, The Mack, and The Guild. Victoria Row and Confederation Court Mall are also within 5 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Charlottetown Mall and University of Prince Edward Island. That Fun Place and Ardgowan are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Charlottetown, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Charlottetown Mall, University of Prince Edward Island, and Ardgowan. Prince Edward Island Brewing Company and Eastlink Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km).