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CharlottetownCanada

Enjoy the historic waterfront, charming streets, entertaining theater, diverse dining options and rich art and cultural scene of Prince Edward Island’s capital city.

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.

Top Hotels in Charlottetown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Sydney Boutique Inn
The Sydney Boutique Inn
5 out of 5
55 Weymouth Street, Charlottetown, PE
The price is CA $161 per night

Located in Queens Square, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Historic Charlottetown Waterfront and St. Paul's Church. Public Archives and Records ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (735 reviews)

"we really enjoyed the Sydney boutique Inn. The staff is super friendly."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 19, 2020

The Sydney Boutique Inn
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlottetown
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlottetown
2.5 out of 5
200 Capital Drive, Charlottetown, PE
Free cancellation
The price is CA $110 per night

Situated in Charlottetown, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Charlottetown Mall and That Fun Place. University of Prince Edward Island and Ardgowan ...

4.3/5Excellent! (721 reviews)

"Staff were very friendly and helpful. Great location."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 19, 2020

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Charlottetown
Hampton Inn & Suites Charlottetown
Hampton Inn & Suites Charlottetown
2.5 out of 5
300 Capital Drive, Charlottetown, PE
The price is CA $124 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from That Fun Place and within 3 miles (5 km) of Charlottetown Mall and University of Prince Edward Island. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (205 reviews)

"Massive big room and friendly staff. Hotel was extra clean and friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Charlottetown

Popular places to visit in Charlottetown

Confederation Centre of the Arts
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Confederation Centre of the Arts

4.5/5(131 reviews)

Find exhibitions about Canadian confederation, admire artwork by national artists and attend entertaining theater productions at this cultural center.

Government House of Prince Edward Island
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Government House of Prince Edward Island

4/5(21 reviews)

Admire the stately architecture of the official residence of Prince Edward Island’s deputy governor and take a tour of its richly ornamented rooms.

St. Dunstan's Basilica
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St. Dunstan's Basilica

4.5/5(45 reviews)

This community church impresses with its soaring Gothic spires, its beautiful stained-glass windows and the echoing acoustics of its choir.

Top things to do in Charlottetown

The Best of P.E.I. Tour
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The Best of P.E.I. Tour

88% of travellers recommend
CA $158
Per adult
Shore Excursion South Shore PEI & Confederation Bridge
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Shore Excursion South Shore PEI & Confederation Bridge

100% of travellers recommend
CA $400
Per adult
Shore Excursions Best of P.E.I.
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Shore Excursions Best of P.E.I.

CA $650
Per adult
Private Shore Excursions Island Drive and Green Gables
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Private Shore Excursions Island Drive and Green Gables

100% of travellers recommend
CA $400
Per adult
Private Shore Excursion Lighthouse and Winery Tour
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Private Shore Excursion Lighthouse and Winery Tour

CA $400
Per adult
Shore Excursion PEI's Islands Finest Tour
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Shore Excursion PEI's Islands Finest Tour

CA $650
Per adult

Reviews of Charlottetown

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 8, 2020

We love Charlottetown

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 3, 2020

My daughter was married at the Haviland Club and required a nights stay in the city ... loved the property

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 17, 2020

I love Charlottetown it’s a friend place with lots to do.

3/5 - Okay

Sherri

Dec 18, 2019

I am sure this would have been a more exciting experience if done in the summer when all the locations would have been open. As we were there only 2 days in winter, there was not a lot open.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 26, 2019

I have been to Charlottetown many times. I lived there for 5 years quite a number of years back, and I have a daughter who has lived there for a number of years. I'm pretty much at home there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 17, 2019

Beautiful place. People are nice and friendly. Seafoods are fresh and delicous. It was an awsome little get away

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