By Guest Blogger, Expedia.ca
When you carry the title “Birthplace of Canada,” there is just a wee bit of pressure to deliver a remarkable experience to every visitor. Fortunately, Charlottetown rises to the challenge in spades. The capital of Prince Edward Island has activities for seafarers and landlubbers alike, so there is no excuse to be bored during a day trip to this waterfront destination. At Expedia.ca, we want you to make the most of your visit to PEI, so we compiled a list of 10 ways to spend your afternoon in Charlottetown.
1. Explore Victoria Park
No visit to Charlottetown is complete until you’ve stretched your legs at waterfront Victoria Park. Meander through serene tree-lined trails, daydream with a harbour view, and sip hot cocoa while you try to spot the roosting crows that live in the park in cold weather.
2. Tour St. Dunstan’s Basilica
Those stunning spires you see in the Charlottetown skyline belong to the St. Dunstan’s Basilica. This French Gothic church has been an institution for more than a century, and its beauty is only rivalled by its cultural significance. To find out more about this storied place of worship take a self-guided tour when its doors are open to the public.
3. Strap on Your Skates
Charlottetown has both indoor and outdoor skating rinks when the temperature dips. As early as October, you can strap on your ice skates and do your best double salchow at places such as Simmons Sports Centre and the Cody Banks Arena. Those in search of an old-fashioned outdoor rink need look no further than Founders’ Hall, where the public are welcomed at any time free of charge.
4. Perfect Your Cross Country Skiing
When powder is present in Charlottetown, the city maintains three cross country ski trails. The Victoria Park, Belvedere, and Beach Grove ski paths are all great for newbie and pro skiers alike.
5. See the Government House, Fanningbank
As the private residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, Fanningbank isn’t open for visitors year round. However, if you visit during July and August you may tour the premises during the week. Visiting in the off-season? You can still investigate the grounds during the day.
6. Pick Up Some Fresh Artisan Creations
The Charlottetown Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays year round, and from mid-June through Thanksgiving it is also open on Wednesdays. Stop in for the chance to buy the perfect wedge of brie, homemade pesto, or artisan mugs and woodwork.
7. Feed Your Artistic Spirit
The Confederation Centre of the Arts houses theatre, arts education, and dynamic galleries. Exhibits rotate, and a day tour of the venue is bound to reveal everything from elaborate painted masks to modern light displays.
8. Relax at Peake’s Wharf Historic Waterfront
The Fathers of Confederation landed at this site in 1864, and today it’s littered with a healthy number of restaurants, music venues, and shops. Between July and August, you can also enjoy afternoon and evening concerts seven days a week.
9. Cycle the Confederation Trail
The Confederation Trail covers more than 400 km, and it weaves right through Charlottetown. Rent a bike, stretch a bit, and head out on a lovely morning cycle adventure atop the rolled stone dust surface.
10. Photograph the Blockhouse Point Lighthouse
With a history dating back to 1851, this beacon of light decorates the west entrance of the Charlottetown Harbour and is a quick 20-minute car ride from downtown Charlottetown. It’s one of the oldest lighthouses on the Island, and the perfect spot to grab some postcard-ready photos.
What’s not to love about this welcoming PEI city? Put on your adventure cap and head to Charlottetown for an afternoon of culture, fun, and scenic surroundings.