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Charlottetown

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Charlottetown showing a church or cathedral and a city

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.

Rodd Charlottetown
Rodd Charlottetown
4.5 out of 5
75 Kent St, Charlottetown, PE
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $140 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
Located in Queens Square, this luxury hotel is steps from Charlottetown City Hall, Confederation Court Mall, and St. James Presbyterian Church. Confederation ...
4.1/5Very Good! (993 reviews)
"My only complaint is that there wasn't sufficient hot water available for showers. I showered in cold water as my husband got his in first. I snoozed and lost."

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2021

Rodd Charlottetown
The Sydney Boutique Inn
The Sydney Boutique Inn
5 out of 5
55 Weymouth Street, Charlottetown, PE
The price is CA $153 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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 ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (860 reviews)
"We love the location, the charm, and wonderful service from all staff. This is our forth stay at the Sydney."

Reviewed on Jul. 31, 2021

The Sydney Boutique Inn
Rodd Royalty
Rodd Royalty
4.5 out of 5
14 Capital Drive, Intersection of Highways 1 & 2, Charlottetown, PE
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $144 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
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 ...
4/5Very Good! (998 reviews)
"Great room - clean, big bed, comfortable. Bed was super comfy!"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2021

Rodd Royalty
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Lucky Star
Lucky Star
4.5 out of 5
85 Bardin Crescent, Charlottetown, PE
The price is CA $142 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Located in the heart of Charlottetown, this luxury vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of That Fun Place, Charlottetown Mall, and University of Prince Edward ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Lily is such a friendly owner. She was such a welcoming person. Her place is clean. I love the area. Such a nice and quiet place. What a lovely stay. It feels home. I would recommend this place"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2019

Lucky Star
2 Bedroom Luxury Condo With Views of the Charlottetown Harbour
2 Bedroom Luxury Condo With Views of the Charlottetown Harbour
Charlottetown, PE
Located in Queens Square, this condo building is steps from Historic Charlottetown Waterfront, Charlottetown Port, and Confederation Landing Park. St. Paul's ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Lovely but noisy!
"This area is close to where the shipping boats come in and they start working regardless of time of night. So it is not quiet and sleep was difficult. Some mornings it was 5am the trucks, back up beeper etc where non stop and the dumping of the dump trucks was insane. Huge booms every 3 mins. It ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 26, 2021

2 Bedroom Luxury Condo With Views of the Charlottetown Harbour
Modern Apartment Walking Distance to the Heart of Downtown Charlottetown
Modern Apartment Walking Distance to the Heart of Downtown Charlottetown
Charlottetown, PE
Located in the heart of Charlottetown, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Confederation Court Mall, The Mack, and Charlottetown City Hall. ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Consummate hosts !
"Kelli & phillip were wonderful hosts. They left lots of thoughtful extras to enhance my stay. The decor of the apartment was lovely, very clean & modern. I found the street a bit noisy, but location was good I terms of easy walk to shops & restos. Overall a great week in the island !!"

Reviewed on Nov. 12, 2019

Modern Apartment Walking Distance to the Heart of Downtown Charlottetown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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