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Top 10 Things to Do in Charlottetown on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we’ve put together a list of 10 great ways to celebrate the mom(s) in your life in Charlottetown!

1.     Spa It Up!

Make your mom feel like a million dollars with a visit to Grand Senses Spa, where she can try an aquatherapy bed, get a new hairstyle or make an appointment for the ultimate luxury, a fusion stone massage.

2.     Brunch on the Waterfront

Brunch is a quintessential part of any Mother’s Day celebration and Water’s Edge Resto Bar & Grill will be pulling out all the stops to make it an unforgettable meal for mom.  With a massive buffet offering that will feature everything from Belgian waffles to roast turkey to PEI mussels, there’ll be no worries about menu selection or waiting for your meal to arrive (translation: more time to eat!).

 3.     Show Your Love with Chocolate Treats

Chocolate is the best friend of moms everywhere! Sweeten her day with a gorgeous gift basket from Anne of Green Gables Chocolates, filled with irresistible delights including Cows chips (chocolate-covered potato chips!) and Chocolate Sweeties (brown sugar fudge covered in milk chocolate).

Moms

4.     Experience Historic Elegance on the North Shore

Take a leisurely drive out to picturesque Dalvay-By-The-Sea, just 15 minutes from town, and indulge in a delightful Mother’s Day brunch while soaking up the North Shore’s stunning vista. Their menu offers a wide selection of options including brunch classics like Eggs Benedict, sea-inspired dishes such as an Atlantic Lobster BLT, and twists on breakfast fare such as Banana Battered French Toast.

5.     Enjoy an Impromptu Photo Shoot at the Harbour

A morning walk along Charlottetown’s colourful waterfront is a must if your mom loves the outdoors. Bring a camera (or your phone!) to snap sweet and goofy pics of the family as meander your way from Founder’s Hall to the Delta and beyond.

Family on the Waterfront

6.    Celebrate the Arrival of Lobster Season

Here on PEI, no Mother’s Day is truly complete until a lobster dinner has been devoured. For a traditional lobster dinner and brilliant water views, make a reservation at Lobster on the Wharf - the children’s menu and expansive deck make it the perfect place for family dining . For more elaborate lobster dishes (think lobster poutine, lobster lollipops and lobster gnocchi to name a few) and fare from the land, the Row House Steak & Lobster Co. on Victoria Row is a must.

 7.     Give Her the Gift of Music & Live Theatre

If musicals are your mom’s thing, surprise her with tickets to see Mamma Mia!at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in June – tuck them in a bouquet of fresh spring flowers and, if the kids are game, channel your inner-ABBA and delight her with a preview show!

 8.     There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Brunch!

Eating is definitely a big part of Mother’s Day in Charlottetown, so it’s no surprise the restaurateurs have created amazing offerings for this special Sunday. One brunch-alicious option in downtown Charlottetown you’ll want to check out is The Brickhouse Kitchen & Bar. With a love for local, they’ll be serving up an all-day brunch bursting with options for the whole family. Importantly, there’s also a selection of brunch-friendly cocktails to keep Mom hydrated – mmmmm is for mimosas!

9.     Discover Your Artistic Talents Together

Fancy taking your mom to one of Charlottetown’s coolest new events? Piatto Pizzeria,well-known for their scrumptious Neopolitan-style pizza, will be hosting a special Mother’s Day edition of Art After Dark.  No need for any background in painting, as a seasoned artist will guide everyone in creating a gorgeous image while sipping drinks and having a grand time. Typically an evening affair, this Mother’s Day edition will start at 1PM.

 10.     Sit Back and Enjoy Mighty Fine Brews

Beer after brunch – perhaps it’s time to start a new tradition? If Mom appreciates a good craft brew, pop into Upstreet Craft Brewing or PEI Brewing Co. for a leisurely afternoon beverage. For moms that love sipping wine rather than beer, tickets to the upcoming Festival of Wines at the Eastlink Centre are sure to be a hit.

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10 Ways to Spend an Afternoon in Charlottetown

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.

 

Victoria Park in the fall

Victoria Park in Autumn- Photo Credit: Stephen Harris

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.

 

St. Dunstan's Basilica - Photo Credit: Stephen Harris

St. Dunstan’s Basilica – Photo Credit: Stephen Harris

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.

 

Skating at Founders' Hall - Photo Credit: Stephen Harris

Skating at Founders’ Hall – Photo Credit: Stephen Harris

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.

 

Fanningbank - Photo Credit: Stephen Harris

Fanningbank, Photo Credit: Stephen Harris

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.

Charlottetown Farmers' Market Cheese - Photo Credit: Expedia.ca

Charlottetown Farmers’ Market Cheese – Photo Credit: Expedia.ca

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.

Peake's Wharf Historic Waterfront - Photo Credit: Stephen Harris

Peake’s Wharf Historic Waterfront, Photo Credit: Stephen Harris

 

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.

Blockhouse Point Lighthouse - Photo Credit: Expedia.ca

Blockhouse Point Lighthouse – Photo Credit: Expedia.ca

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.

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A Foodie’s Guide to the Fall Flavours Finale

By Shannon Courtney

With Charlottetown’s new Fall Flavours Finale Weekend taking place Oct 2nd to Oct 4th, I’m here to help you make the most of your foodie getaway.  As any seasoned foodie knows, planning a weekend getaway of feasting is a fine art that takes years of intense study and experimentation. Finding that sweet spot between being simply satiated and being stuffed to the brim is a worthy, yet often elusive endeavour. Besides the arduous task of choosing what and where to eat during a foodie-centric weekend getaway, one must also take into consideration post-meal resting periods and include time for some basic exercise  (like walking from one eating spot to the next).

Really, when you boil it down, it’s all about pacing. Lucky for you, I’ve got my Masters in Food Festival Pacing and have spent countless hours planning out the ultimate Fall Flavours Finale experience. Follow my sage advice (don’t you love how easy it is to make food puns) and you’re sure to have a deliciously grand time.

 

PEI Seafood

 

Kick your Friday night off with an Acadian-themed evening courtesy of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.  Evangeline the Musical, based on Longfellow’s famous poem of the same name, tells the tale of star-crossed lovers torn apart during the 1755 Acadian Deportation and this year’s refreshed version of the musical has been winning the hearts of audiences and reviewers alike. What does a heroic love story have to do with food you might ask.   Well, what’s a night at the theatre without a three-course dinner to start things off?  And, oh my, the Centre’s in-house restaurant, Mavor’s, has gone to great lengths to make sure you fall as much in love with its menu as you do with the musical that follows. Inspired by Louisiana cuisine that has its roots in Acadian cuisine, you can look forward to gumbo, a bourbon-inspired chicken dish and a most decadent dessert of bread pudding finished with rum sauce. Really, you can’t go wrong with a meal that includes bourbon and rum in the food itself! After you’ve polished off your meal, it’s mere steps to the your seats in the theatre, where sit back and enjoy world-class theatre while your stomach takes a much-needed rest.

 

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After the theatre gets out, I’m going to wager you’ll be ready to head back to your lovely accommodations to enjoy a fitful sleep before Saturday’s marathon of food. Be sure to set your alarm, Saturday is going to be a full day!

For many Islanders, including yours truly, a visit to the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market is a Saturday morning ritual.  The CFM, which is located across from UPEI on Belvedere Avenue, is really one part market, one part breakfast/lunch spot, and one part social hub.  I can absolutely guarantee that whilst you are making your way through the indoor aisles, you will come across a group of people who’ve run into each other and are ‘catching up’. I can also guarantee that you’ll be impressed by the array of local produce, meats, cheese and other edible products on offer (bring a re-usable grocery bag and stock up for next week’s meals!).  On Oct 3rd, the Market will be featuring a Fall Flavours Finale Cook-Off. The event will see three local chefs duke it out in a friendly competition to create culinary masterpieces with food sourced from the market.  Well-known local foodies Todd MacLean, Ann Thurlow and Andrew Sprague will be on hand to judge the creations.  The cook-off takes place from 10am until noon, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

 

Charlottetown Farmers Market

 

Apples at the Market

 

Lunch options abound in Charlottetown, but if you have a hankering for bacon, I highly recommend heading to one of the restaurants participating in Porktoberfest. This year’s month long celebration of all things pork will see Island chefs vying to win the award for The Ultimate Bacon Sandwich and I can’t think of any better way to ensure lunch satisfaction.

 

Porktoberfest

 

After lunch, you might be ready for a sit down and what better place to give your feet  a rest than at the Culinary Institute of Canada, where you can take in a FREE canning and pickling workshop hosted by Bernardin’s very own executive chef, Emerie Brine, from 1pm to 2pm. Learn how to make the perfect bread and butter pickles, as well as super easy freezer jam! Enjoy samples and leave with a bevy of canning knowledge!

 

 

A mid-afternoon wander through Charlottetown’s charming streets will give you a chance to stretch your legs and enjoy the many delightful shops, cafes and historic sites in the downtown area. Or, if you’re in the mood for a brew, you could check out one of Charlottetown’s three craft breweries. The Gahan House, PEI Brewing Company, and Upstreet Craft Brewing all have unique atmospheres and delightful beers to suit every taste.

 

Saturday evening marks the final Signature Fall Flavours event of this year’s festival and you’re going to need your eating pants for this one.  The Great Big BBQ with Chef Mark McEwan is new to the festival roster this year, but I’m already convinced it’s going to be a keeper and, in all likelihood, it will be sold out so you’ll want to purchase tickets in advance.  The BBQ takes place on Charlottetown’s historic waterfront at the bottom of Queen St. Beneath a big white tent, you’ll have the chance to indulge in a buffet-style BBQ that includes 7 different food stations. Taking centre stage will be a 300lb Bluefin Tuna served up in various styles (sashimi, tartare and seared over a couscous salad), but there will loads of other Island fare to enjoy, including lobster poutine, mussel chowder, Island beef sliders with gouda cheese, and grilled striploin. With Chef Mark McEwan heading up this feast, it’s most certainly going to be a night to remember for all that attend!

 

Great Big BBQ

 

After an evening of BBQing, you’ll be all tuckered out. No need to set the alarm clocks Sunday morning should be reserved for an unhurried awakening and lounging around.  Once you feel ready for the day, you’ll want to head to lower Queen Street for the 8th Annual Farm Day in the City, the Island’s largest outdoor farmers’ market of the year. With over 130 farmers, food producers, artisans, crafters and exhibitors, as well as  live music on two stages, a petting zoo,  and plenty of other family-friendly entertainment, you’ll want to allocate a good two or three hours to meandering along Queen Street (from Grafton to Dorchester), Victoria Row and the Confederation Centre’s plaza. The market runs from 11am to 5pm and is free to attend.

 

Farm Day is a great place to pick up fresh farm food as well as lunch from one of the vendors or the many restaurants that line the streets and offer Farm Day specials. Make sure you save room for dinner though, because the Certified Organic Producers Cooperative will be capping off the Fall Flavours Finale Weekend with their Annual Organic Harvest Meal, which you don’t want to miss! You’ll be amazed at the dishes created exclusively using fresh, organic foods grown by members of the co-operative.  Sit back and enjoy your organic meal while listening to tunes by the Amanda Jackson Band. And if you feel the urge to ask the farmer sitting at your table for some gardening tips, I’m pretty sure they’ll be happy to oblige.

And that, my foodie friends, is how you make it through a food-centric weekend in Charlottetown with your taste buds satisfied and your tummy intact. I hope you find yourself inspired by the Island’s bountiful harvest and our many talented farmers, food producers and chefs.

Shannon Courtney is a  avid foodie and local food advocate. While she doesn’t really have a Masters in Food Festival Pacing, Shannon did write her Masters thesis on the role of local food systems with regards to community development.  Shannon is currently employed with Discover Charlottetown as the Communications & Marketing Manager. 

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Exploring Charlottetown by Water

By Aaron Hansen

Charlottetown has many elements that contribute to it being one of the best places to visit and enjoy during the summer. Many would argue that one of Charlottetown’s greatest assets is its proximity to the water. Nestled between two rivers, there is no shortage of stunning views, shorelines to explore, and activities to take part in that are water-centric. As a seafaring kind of guy, who spends many, many hours every summer enjoying Charlottetown’s waterscapes, I’m here to give you the insider’s scoop on some of the city’s best water-based outing. Whether you’re visiting on holiday, a seasonal resident, or simply looking for something fresh and fun to try, Historic Hillsborough River has got you covered.

Go On An Amphibious Adventure

Take an exciting ride on the very large amphibious vehicle called the Harbour Hippo! Discover Charlottetown from the water on this guided tour that travels both in the water and through the streets of downtown Charlottetown. You and your family will love crashing into the water as the Hippo drives from the street straight into the water. Not only will you enjoy unique views of the City from the water, you’ll also be privy to great insights and stories from the friendly tour guides!

Get out on the red boat, the Harbour Hippo!

Get out on the red boat, the Harbour Hippo!

Fun For The Whole Gang

If you happen to be part of a larger group and are looking for something unique and guaranteed to be good fun, I recommend checking out Peake’s Wharf Boat Tours. These guys will accommodate pretty much any request when it comes to experiences like hauling in a lobster trap, cooking mussels or checking out some seals. If you  are playing host to a family reunion or your team just won a big game, the 45ft Fairview can handle the whole group and provide some fantastic summer memories.

Get a gang together and check out Peake's Wharf Boat Tours

Get a gang together and check out Peake’s Wharf Boat Tours.

Another great option for those who are especially keen on trying their hand at lobster fishing and lobster feasting is Top Notch Lobster Tours. Captain Mark Jenkins offers morning, afternoon and evening tours for up to 12 people on his genuine lobster boat. You’ll get to haul trap, band a claw, take your turn at the wheel and, of course, sit down to a lobster meal at the end of it all. Truly, it doesn’t get much more PEI than heading out on a lobster boat!

mmerse yourself in a lobster fishing experience with Top Notch Lobster Tours.

Immerse yourself in a lobster fishing experience with Top Notch Lobster Tours.

Charter A Sailing Boat

If you’re looking for something a little more hands-on to fill a beautiful summer day, you may want to consider chartering a sailboat for you and up to 12 of your closest friends. Saga Sailing Adventures offers a beautiful 36’ Canadian designed fiberglass sail boat that will take your group out on the water, where you can enjoy all sorts of activities, from snorkelling and swimming to exploring isolated beaches or catching a tan on deck. With Captain Kurt Martel at the helm you can rest at ease as he puts his 20+ year of sailing experience to work and provides you with an enjoyable and memorable outing that is sure to be on your summer highlight reel.

Get Really Close To The Water

If being a bit closer to the action is your preference, there are all sorts of paddle activities that you can try your hand at in Charlottetown. Your starting point will be the Charlottetown Yacht Club, where  there is a beautiful public boat launch for kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards. Feel free to take your own boat down and launch from this facility or, if you’re visiting, Paddles PEI is conveniently located right next to the boat launch. Their friendly staff will get you on your way in a single or double kayak or you can try your hand at stand up paddleboarding! Once on the water you can explore the various marinas, cruse along Victoria Park or take a longer paddle up the North River. Again, this is one of those activities that will, undoubtedly, be etched in your memories of summer for a long time to come.

Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding

Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding

Sit Back And Enjoy The View

Perhaps sitting back and enjoying some food and drink is on your ‘must do’ list, or maybe you’re just really hungry after kayaking the river!  No problem, Charlottetown’s waterfront has many spectacular patio restaurants with the mesmerizing views of the water. Feel free to pull up a chair, order some grub and watch the sailboats, cruise ships, and stunning vistas of the Historic Hillsborough River. There are many options to choose from including of Steamers, Lobster on the Wharf, Peake’s Quay, and Brakish. Wile away the evening hours on one of these patios or enjoy the Island tradition known as ‘patio-hopping’.

Enjoy waterfront views while you dine on delicious, local foods.

Enjoy waterfront views while you dine on delicious, local foods.

There’s plenty more to do on and along Charlottetown’s waterways, but part of the joy is in discovering those hidden gems, so I’ll leave a few for you to find on your own.  And remember, when visiting Charlottetown, you’re on island time, where everything is close by and you’re never more than 30 min from an amazing beach!

Happy adventuring!

Aaron Hansen is a lifelong Islander who grew up in Stratford and works in Charlottetown. He spends the majority of his time on the Charlottetown waterfront and operates Paddles Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals at the Charlottetown Yacht Club.

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A Summer’s Day in Charlottetown

By Jennifer MacPhail

First, I’m here to tell you a secret. Like any good secret, it’s a well-known one, but in the event you haven’t been told – this city is pretty great in the summer.

Summer starts on Sunday, June 21st. To kick off the season and celebrate the longest day of the year, Discover Charlottetown has created Summer Solstice Weekend, which will feature three days jam-packed with summer-inspired things to see, do, taste, and hear in Charlottetown, running from June 19th to June 21st.

With so much to enjoy in the City, where does one begin? I’ve been asked to share my tips on how to make the most of a sun-filled day in Charlottetown – whether it be during Summer Solstice Weekend or any other time during the season.

Fueling Your Day

The sun is shining and you’ve just woken up. What are you going to do today? Well, first you need to grab a bicycle. The Confederation Trail runs through Charlottetown and links downtown to the rest of the Island, offering a safe route for cyclists, dog walkers, joggers, and everyone else you find on the trail. If you’re visiting and don’t have a bike, we’ve got you covered with numerous rental spots in Charlottetown.  If it’s Saturday or Wednesday, you’ll want to head to the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market first thing in the morning. It’s conveniently located on the Confederation Trail and full of delicious local foods and beautiful artisan items. As part of the Summer Solstice Weekend, on June 20th, the Market is hosting a special chef demo. Be sure to sign up ahead of time for this tasty experience!

Enjoy locally produced food at the market!

Enjoy locally produced food at the market!

If your trip to the market didn’t fill your belly (hard to imagine!) and you find yourself a bit peckish, you’ll want to head to Receiver Coffee Co. on Victoria Row. You will arrive, look at the menu, and think, “So many delicious options, however will I decide?!” You will order the breakfast bake. Yes, other things will tempt you, but don’t second guess yourself (If you choose to ignore my advice you’ll be fine, as everything on the menu is excellent!).

Shopping & Wandering

So far I have advised you to eat a lot of food. It’s important to maintain balance in life, so now you might want to take a stroll. Make your way to Peake’s Wharf Historic Waterfront and visit the shops that open their doors for the summer season. Enjoy live music at the outdoor stage and check out the sales taking place during Summer Solstice Weekend. On your wander down to the waterfront, you’ll also discover plenty of other unique shops and beautiful storefronts, particularly on Queen Street, Great George Street, Water Street, and Victoria Row.

Peake's Wharf Historic Waterfront

Peake’s Wharf Historic Waterfront

Peake’s Wharf Historic Waterfront is handily located next to Confederation Landing Park, which will play host to many Summer Solstice Weekend activities. Stop in and visit Parks Canada’s Discovery Dome, stroll through Artisan Alley and stop to marvel at the artisan demonstrations, enjoy a sneak peek of snippets from the Island Fringe Festival, take in National Aboriginal Day Celebrations, and get your face painted (or, you know, maybe your kid’s face).

Fun Times Outside

Charlottetown is blessed with great swaths of green space, the most popular being, arguably, Victoria Park. There is a boardwalk that stretches along the waterfront, trails in the woods, a children’s play area, tennis courts, a pool, and lots of space to toss around a frisbee. During the summer, one of the driving lanes is shut down to traffic and turned over to cyclists, skateboarders, and in-line skaters.

Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk

Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk

Frisbee at Victoria Park

Frisbee at Victoria Park

If your golf clubs are begging to be used, you are in the right place. Although there are many golf courses in the Greater Charlottetown Area, Fox Meadow Golf & Country Club gets a special mention for their Summer Solstice promotion. On June 20th or 21st, you can enjoy unlimited golf for the entire day at a special rate of $50.

Perhaps swinging a club at a tiny, white, unpredictable ball (sigh) doesn’t appeal to you, but you feel like reaching new heights. Cornwall’s Rise and Climb Adventure Course gives you the chance to channel your inner monkey as you clip on for an exciting ropes course. On Friday, June 19th, they are hosting their first-ever Solstice night climb starting at 8:30pm, which will allow participants to complete the course in a new, challenging way.

I’m Hungry Again!

For entertainment of a different sort, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino offers a choice of two restaurants and front row seats to live harness racing while you enjoy your meal. You can even place bets on the races from your table!

Enjoy front row seats to the races while enjoying dinner at Top of the Park

Enjoy front row seats to the races while enjoying dinner at Top of the Park

Watch live harness racing up close.

Watch live harness racing up close.

Stomach still rumbling? Perfect, now it’s time for ice cream. COWS was selected by Reader’s Digest as Canada’s best ice cream, a well deserved designation. Ice cream is also available at numerous other downtown locations, including Billy Timber Ice Cream & Candy Co. at Peake’s Wharf, Downtown Convenience, Cy’s, Kiwanis Dairy Bar at Victoria Park, and others. I feel pretty confident in saying Charlottetown is an ice cream friendly destination.

This COWS statue gets almost as much love as their ice cream!

This COWS statue gets almost as much love as their ice cream!

Sometimes it happens that you’ve already had ice cream for, oh, eight days in a row. For something different head to Anne of Green Gables Chocolates. Smile politely and act surprised when the store’s friendly staff offer you a sample. There are lots of goodies here fighting for your attention, but the show stealer is the chocolate covered potato chips.

Night Time Fun

You’re full now, right? Good, because we need to talk about fun evening activities. One particular Charlottetown cultural activity you might not read about in your guide is pub trivia. On almost any night of the week there is a pub somewhere in Charlottetown hosting trivia. Hunter’s Ale House leads the pack by having trivia three or four nights a week. I will warn you, trivia can be busy. You shouldn’t expect to get a table if you wait until start time to arrive. Also, schedules do change and you may find some places on hiatus during the summer months (surely reason enough to return to PEI during the fall or winter!).

Oh My, It’s Raining

Anytime I imagine a particular day or event, I always envision sunny skies. It is a fact, however, that PEI’s weather can be unpredictable by times and the reason our grass is so green is because it rains on occasion. No bother, grab your wellies and rain coat and head downtown. Do you like musicals starring red-headed heroines? Me too! Catch Anne of Green Gables – The Musical on stage at the Confederation Centre of the Arts or cross the street to The Guild and enjoy Anne all grown up and in love in Anne & Gilbert: The Musical. Both venues also house art galleries, so be sure to arrive early and take some time to wander around. The Confederation Centre is also the temporary home of an impressive recreation of Province House’s legislature, which is currently closed for refurbishment, and a fascinating video that will give you insight into the role Charlottetown played in Confederation.

The Confederation Centre of the Arts

The Confederation Centre of the Arts

If you prefer stage productions that don’t star enthusiastic orphans, you’ll be pleased to know that there are numerous live theatre performances and musical revues at the Confederation Centre, the Mack, The Guild, and the PEI Brewing Company on select nights to suit all ages and tastes.

Sometimes it’s nice to incorporate a bit of education into your day. Pop up your umbrella and head to Founders’ Hall. This attraction tells the story of Canada’s birth and how the country evolved geographically to get to where it is today. The venue also has a shop, restaurant, and Visitor Information Centre should you be stuck for fun activities, need a map, or wish to pick up some souvenirs.

Many people are willing to golf in the rain, but if you prefer to stay dry go upstairs in the Confederation Court Mall and go to All About Golf, an indoor golf simulator.

City Cinema is a single-screen cinema showing movies that are not typically screened at major theatres. On the weekend there are two showings per night, which still gives you plenty of time to pop into a pub later for a beverage and live music.

Well That Was a Busy Day

That was a pretty full day, wasn’t it? And one of the best parts is that there is still lots left to do throughout the rest of the summer! Be sure to return to Discover Charlottetown’s website frequently, give them a like on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter to learn about the latest Summer Solstice events and other festivals happening throughout the summer.

Happy exploring!

Jennifer MacPhail is a long-time blogger, avid cyclist, former Disney World Cast member, and cat lover. She lives in downtown Charlottetown and is excited every time there is a cruise ship in town.

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An Insider’s Guide to Winter in Charlottetown

The best food, shopping, sightseeing, arts & culture, and activities in PEI’s quaint capital

By Ellen Egan

Sure, we all know island summer has been ranked as Mother Nature’s favourite season for the last 1,000 years running, but I’ve come to believe that winter on Prince Edward Island has been severely underrated for far too long—especially if you happen to be staying in our downtown core.

I’ll admit, however, that it took a couple of years living abroad to realize this and truly appreciate the quaint city I’m lucky enough to call home. But after spending the past two winters living in the heart of downtown Charlottetown, I’ve grown to appreciate how the peace and quiet of winter (spontaneous snow day, anyone?) balances off with the town’s arts, food and entertainment scene—keeping locals and visitors alike buzzing from morning ‘til night.

Now, to help you sort through all the action, I’ve compiled a handy-dandy guide to making the most out of your next visit to our beloved capital city.

EATING & DRINKING

1. Indulge in local fare

Dining in CharlottetownAs home to some of the finest natural bounty in the world and the celebrated Culinary Institute of Canada, Charlottetown is a foodie haven—no matter what time of the year it happens to be. In fact, many top notch restaurants stay open for lunch and dinner during the winter months. And not to worry, the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market is still the place to be on a Saturday morning.

Since I tend to stay within waddling distance of home when going out to eat, a few personal favourites within the downtown core are Terre Rouge Bistro Marche for its use of fresh, local products and savoury combinations, Sims Corner Steakhouse for its fabulous Island beef program, and Sirenella’s Ristorante definitely takes the cake for some seriously drool-inducing Italian fare. And before we know it, April will soon be here and you know what that means: Burger Love! Oh yes, the month-long campaign that promotes island beef and sees our many chefs competing for the role of reigning champion is just around the corner. My waistband feels tighter already.

2. Discover your favourite watering hole

Charlottetown-local-pubsLike a warm hug, you’ll inevitably want to tuck into the inviting atmosphere of many of our local pubs at various points during your stay. The authentically British pub, Churchill Arms, offers a variety of delicious curries and is where many locals can be found hollering trivia answers over pints of lager on Saturday afternoons. And for those who like a side of live music with their cold brew, you’ll find local musicians playing evening acoustic sets at popular spots like the Gahan House, Marc’s Studio (above The Brickhouse), The Old Triangle and Next Door (beside Merchantman).

3. Bring on the java

I’m especially fond of this next one, particularly on chilly days when I want a cozy place to meet friends, Charlottetown Caferead a book, or get some work done. The newest kid on the café scene happens to be my absolute favourite—Receiver Coffee Company (in the former Cafe Diem location on Victoria Row)—which, in my opinion, is doing a swell job of roasting Third Wave coffee and serving the most tempting breakfast and lunch options in town. For an extra dose of charm, I like to head to Leonard’s Café on University Ave. for a healthy and delicious lunch. Their baked goods are also to die for—just don’t say I didn’t warn you!

4. Learn the art of beer making (and drinking)

PEI-Brewing-Company-in-CharlottetownIf you’re looking to find out where a lot of the tasty craft beer comes from that’s served at many of our restaurants, look no further than the PEI Brewing Company at 96 Kensington Road. Here, you can actually tour the facility for yourself and find out how the raw ingredients eventually end up as the refreshing pint you’ll be dying to try after the tour. The brewery is also home to a large event space, which sees many events roll through, like Art Battle, a live, competitive painting competition taking place monthly and drawing huge crowds.

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES

5. Embrace the great outdoors

Charlottetown-Outdoor-RinkWe’re really lucky that island winters still stay bright and sunny, seeing approximately 22 days of sunshine during the colder months, even in January and February. So outdoor activities are totally doable, and a simple walk does wonder for the mind and body. Just beyond the quaint streets of Charlottetown are two popular walking trails: the Confederation Trail and Victoria Park boardwalk. And for a little ice skating action, head south towards the harbour at lower Prince Street where you’ll find the Founder’s Hall rink—a favourite ice skating spot for locals and visitors alike. For those with the kiddies in tow, the annual Jack Frost Festival takes place February 27th to March 1st, and offers a selection of both indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family.

6. Walk back in time

John A Walk back in timeLiving just a couple of blocks from Great George Street, I find it’s easy to take the many historic sites (and sights) for granted. But one structure that continues to amaze me is Saint Dunstan’s Basilica—from steeples to steps, the 100+ year old building just reeks of history and old world glory. Closer to Victoria Park and overlooking Rochford Square is All Soul’s Chapel on All Soul’s Lane. Built in 1888 of Prince Edward Island sandstone in the High Victorian Gothic style of architecture, it was design by architect William Critchlow Harris and its interior walls feature paintings by his brother, Robert Harris. Not far from there on the corner of Kent and West street is Beaconsfield Historic House, which brings back plenty of nostalgia from my days spent visiting it as a child. It’s a fine example of Victorian architecture open year-round with many original features intact and a fascinating story to tell.

7. Get your sweat on!

Yoga in Charlottetown PEIFor those planning an extended trip, you may be interested in a bit of exercise at some point during your stay—especially after all of that eating and drinking you’ll have been doing, right? To cure what ails you, drop into a hot yoga class at Moksha Yoga near Founder’s Hall or hop on a spin bike at Dynamic Fitness on Queen Street. If exercise isn’t quite what you had in mind, you can get your sweat on via the dance floor at any one of our live music venues. I’m particularly fond of Hunter’s Ale House on Kent and Baba’s Lounge on University for their steady stream of talented East Coast musicians.

ARTS & CULTURE

8. Release your inner art enthusiast

Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown PEIBy the time you’ve finished hiking our trails and sampling our local fare, you might be ready to admire the handiwork of some of Canada’s prolific artists. I suggest checking out some of our art galleries in the downtown core. Home to the largest Robert Harris Collection in the world, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery proudly displays the work of Canadian historical, modern and contemporary artists. I especially look forward to PEI painter Heather Millar’s solo exhibition, Heather Millar: Second Chances, which opens on February 7th. And just across the street on the corner of Queen and Richmond, it’s worth popping into the Gallery at The Guild (lower level), which displays self-curated exhibitions by many talented artists from all disciplines.

9. When in doubt, catch a show

Confederation Centre of the Arts Charlottetown PEIAnother great option for when the weather is truly miserable is catching a flick at either one of our two theatre options. Appealing to your artistic side, City Cinema is right in the heart of downtown and offers a variety of independent films that don’t always hit the big screen. Cineplex Charlottetown is the larger cinema in town, just a five-minute drive from downtown, and features a handful of Hollywood blockbusters. For live entertainment, Confederation Centre of the Arts’ winter programming, Live at the Centre, offers live music, theatre, and comedy on PEI’s finest stages from October until May. The Guild, on the other hand, offers a more intimate experience and remains a hub of activity for various styles of performances.

SHOPPING

10. Find that special token

Charlottetown's Green Eye DesignThere’s nothing I love more than finding a unique treasure from a new place to keep the memories fresh when I return back home. Added bonuses go to those with killer back stories—like an artisan I met in Santorini, Greece, who custom-made a beautiful bracelet for me in less than 20 minutes. Those are the sorts of memories that really stick with you. And Charlottetown happens to be full of charming boutiques—yes, even in the winter—that have the best characters waiting to welcome you and swap stories. A few shops I can’t resist include: Moonsnail (the best soaps and treasures), Cordelia’s Artisan Boutique (such beautiful pottery), Overman Jewellery & Art (crazy unique pieces…now moved to a new location at 54 University Avenue), and ColourBlind (Cutest. Dresses. Ever).

And if all else direction fails, don’t be shy to ask a local for assistance. Trust me, they’ll be more than willing to help. You never know, it could even be yours truly you run in to…

Have fun!

 

Ellen Egan is a freelance writer, editor and curator who was born and raised in Charlottetown, PEI, and is happy to have returned just in time to see it blossom and thrive before her very eyes. You can see more samples of her work at www.ellenegan.com.

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Chef Ilona’s Foodie Tour of Charlottetown

Charlottetown is a foodie destination with a lively story. Spend a weekend savouring our historic capital and our from-the-heart hospitality!

To begin your weekend foodie getaway, make your way to the Culinary Institute of Canada, to participate in a Culinary Boot Camp. Learn the tricks of the trade with internationally renowned chefs, in state-of-the-art kitchens. Local oysters, honey, potatoes, beef, pork, beer, wine, and even moonshine are just some of the many premium Island ingredients you can expect to work with during your Culinary Boot Camp hands-on, or demo class experiences.

Holland College Culinary Bootcamps

Holland College Culinary Bootcamps

Make some room for a little snack by walking over to the Historic Charlottetown Waterfront; there you’ll find Steamers Boathouse. They offer simply prepared steamed mussels, and clams. It’s hard to beat the freshness of the shellfish, and combined with the al fresco seating overlooking the Hillsborough river makes for an authentic Maritime experience.

For your evening’s selection, check out one of Charlottetown’s newest dining hot spots, Piatto. Piatto specializes in traditional, and ultra-authentic Neopolitan pizza. The woodburning oven is maintained at a constant 900 degrees, and cooking a pizza from start to finish happens in a mindblowing 90 seconds. The décor is playful and makes some interesting decorative focal points using repurposed industrial pieces. The ambiance is relaxed, friendly, and casual, making a wonderful way to leisurely enjoy an evening.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Sunday is an optimal opportunity to experience a myriad of local eats all within the core of historic downtown Charlottetown. The open air Downtown Farmer’s Market kicks off at 11:00 am, and there are several food vendors offering an array of cultural eats for you to nosh on. You’ll also find local farmers, and artisans with their products available for purchase along with great stories and smiles all around.

Afterwards, make your way to the warmly contemporary Claddagh Oyster House on Sydney Street. The staff is well-versed on all things oyster and are happy to share their knowledge in pairing wines with our world famous oysters.

Any foodie adventure to Charlottetown would not be complete without a PEI Lobster Roll. Stroll down to Founder’s Hall, and tucked within its walls, you’ll find Dave’s Lobster. Dave’s is a come as you are, lobster shack decorated with punches of red and white, and additionally serves Prince Edward Island Brewing Company Beer on tap. A generously stuffed lobster roll, with a sudsy pint of local brew, and a relaxed patio is a spectacular way to enjoy the afternoon.

Sims Corner

Sims Corner

Round out your day, by finishing with a meal at the luxuriously appointed Sims Steakhouse and Oyster Bar. The lively, upscale casual atmosphere typifies the steakhouse experience, and to make certain you get the most variety of their offerings, allow your server to recommend the best dishes to share. The PEI Beef Steak Bread is not to be missed.

Charlottetown is picturesque, and pedestrian friendly; eat, stroll, and savour our city again, and again!

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Chef Ilona Daniel, Executive Chef Holland College Culinary Boot Camps, Freelance Food Writer, Founder, Tribe Fresh Catering & Consulting, Foodie Writer G! Magazine Twitter: @chef_ilona Instagram:@poachedheaven

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The Art of Patioing

By Katie Smith

When I was asked to write a piece about “patioing”, I immediately thought I had to write about how to build a deck. I was a little hesitant, as deck building isn’t on my list of specialized skills. Upon further explanation, however, I learned that patioing has a whole different meaning and is a trend that continues to grow around Charlottetown each summer.

The art of patioing is socializing with friends and loved ones on the patio of a restaurant or pub. Yet it can be so much more. No matter where you walk in downtown Charlottetown, it seems there’s a patio filled with Islanders and visitors. And if you are right downtown, you will enter a live, upbeat sphere of music, conversation and great food and drinks called Victoria Row.

Located on Richmond Street, “the Row,” as it’s known to Islanders, is home to a variety of shops, restaurants with indoor/outdoor dining and most importantly, atmosphere. In the warm summer months, the street is bumping. Whether it’s live music you crave, delicious Island fare to taste or if you are simply looking for somewhere nice to sit outside and have a few pops with friends, look no further than Victoria Row.

The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse

The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse

If you are looking for a pub to have a few pints but still want to enjoy the sunshine, The Old Triangle Irish Ale House has a large deck that fills up fairly quickly during the sunny weekend afternoons where you’re sure to have a laugh and take in some live traditional Irish tunes. Enjoy a thunder mug of beer on the patios at Hunter’s Ale House. This venue, both day and night, is filled with happy people having a great time. Often when I’ll walk by Hunter’s someone will yell my name and invite me in for a beer and conversation. Naturally, I oblige. I wouldn’t want to be rude, after all!

Perhaps what you’re looking for is somewhere to take a date, somewhere a little more fine dining, Sim’s Steakhouse has a nice patio and ambiance with comfortable seating and a top-of-the-line menu.

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Sim’s Steakhouse

One of the newest patios is Brakish! (it’s what water is called when fresh water meets ocean water-I looked it up). Brakish! is tucked away behind the Delta at Peake’s Wharf and offers yet another great place to take a breather and taste some local brew.

Brakish!

Brakish!

With more and more patios going up around Charlottetown, the art of “patioing” has become an increasingly popular way to socialize in the summer. Perhaps this is because we get through the cold winter months by looking forward to a warm breeze and sunny day. So once the snow melts and the patios are out in full swing, you will see many happy faces laughing and enjoying life.

Give patioing a try; it might just become your new favourite summer activity. I know it’s mine. Cheers!

 

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Katie Smith was born and raised in Charlottetown where she currently lives doing media sales and writing part-time. She loves driving around and taking all the beautiful sights and sounds. Facebook: Katie Smith

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A Weekend Stay-cation in Charlottetown, PEI

Summer on Prince Edward Island is definitely the most relaxing time of year for my husband and I. Don’t get me wrong – there are benefits to skiing, tobogganing and other outdoor activities throughout the winter months but winter is often just, so, very, long! So when the weather begins to warm up and we decide we want a break from work and school, a weekend stay-cation in Charlottetown is the perfect way to unwind.

Weekend accommodation is best spent at The Great George Hotel. Situated comfortably on a quiet street downtown, the hotel is a peaceful retreat appropriate for couples looking for a luxurious get-away. Its convenient location also places you close to Charlottetown’s historical sites, the beautiful waterfront, cafés, pubs, and many restaurants.

Receiver Coffee Co

Receiver Coffee Co

For a delicious cappuccino or espresso, you should check out Receiver Coffee on Victoria Row. The service is excellent and is one of the newest cafes in Charlottetown.

Another benefit is that the café is located a stone’s throw away from the Art Gallery at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Historical and contemporary exhibits by Canadian artists are always pleasing at the Art Gallery. You can take in many different mediums including painting, sculptures, photography and more. In particular, be sure to check out the work of the iconic Islander Robert Harris.

In addition to admiring some of Charlottetown’s art collection, a stroll by the waterfront is a favourite activity for my husband and I. Peake’s Wharf is an exciting place to be on weekends. Often the area is buzzing with tourists, and there are a number of shops to explore. On really busy days you will find 1, 2, or even 3 large cruise ships docked nearby! You can grab an ice cream from the infamous COWS, check out some cool finds at the How Bazaar store, and then take in live music playing in the main square. Indeed there is a lot to see and do at Peake’s Wharf.

Peake's Wharf

Peake’s Wharf

Finally as your day is coming to an end, a quiet dinner at Sim’s Corner Steakhouse and Oysterbar is a must. Serving the best steak in Charlottetown with the most delicious red wine, you will not be disappointed by the restaurant’s signature menu and charming ambience. For larger groups there is even the option of booking out a private dining room for your enjoyment. In fact, last year my husband and I used Sims’ private dining room and bar area to tie-the-knot in front of a large group of family and friends.

Our Wedding at Sims

Our Wedding at Sims

Without a doubt Charlottetown has a lot to offer couples of any age, type, and background. This friendly city is guaranteed to make you feel welcome and accepted as you spend your time exploring. My husband and I invite you to come and see how wonderful our city is!
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Bobby Cameron is a policy analyst in Charlottetown. Him and his husband Lucas enjoy taking advantage of everything the city has to offer. Twitter: @btrcameron Blog: htp://bobbycameron.net

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Postcards from Charlottetown

A postcard is a distillation of experience in a single shot: Storefronts saturated in warm, late afternoon sunlight; a maple tree aflame with a collage of crimson leaves against a baby blue sky; steam rising out of the delicate contours of a hand-painted teacup sitting atop a hand-smoothed wooden table top, a journal opened to a half written entry, pen lying in wait in the crease between pages; church steeples piercing an endless rush of inky storm clouds. The key to choosing the perfect postcard is finding one that captures the tactile experience of place in the spot where the shot was snapped, so that a friend or family member back home is given the gift of momentarily discovering a sense of place in a destination that they may not have visited yet. Below are six postcards that capture some of the things we love about Charlottetown in the fall:

Porktoberfest 

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PEI Porktoberfest at Terre Rouge Bistro Marche

October on Prince Edward Island needs an extra day. For 31 days solid, restaurants all across the Island are serving pulled pork sandwiches – 32 of them to be exact. The pork is all local, and perusing the list of the sandwich ingredients is guaranteed to make you drool. The month-long festival—aptly named Porktoberfest—is a terrific way to celebrate the local hog industry and the perfect excuse (if you needed one!) to enjoy a cold pint of Island-brewed blueberry or pumpkin ale!  If you prefer a home-cooked meal, a number of local markets like Riverview Country Market have an extra supply of PEI pork this month so that you can put your creative juices to the test and create your very own Porktoberfest sandwich at home! This is the second annual Porktoberfest Festival, and there are 24 options in Charlottetown alone, so you need not even venture out of town! For a full list of restaurants taking part visit www.peiporktoberfest.ca.

Fall Foliage

Leaves

© Discover Charlottetown, PEI

Charlottetown’s parks and streets in October transform themselves into a natural festival of colour: sunlight streams through canopies of brilliant crimson, pumpkin orange, canary yellow leaves, turning them into a breathtaking, constantly evolving collage against the wide open sky. Elms, lindens, maples and oaks blush brilliant hues and then slowly drop their fall blossoms like confetti, turning sidewalks, lawns and walkways into thick carpets of colour. Not to be outdone by the trees, residents decorate porches with pumpkins and scarecrows, and hang wreaths of dried flowers and crab apples on their front doors.  If you are on PEI for the last weekend of October, Charlottetown also boasts the best small town Trick-or-Treating in Atlantic Canada. Don’t take our word for it—come see for yourself!

Eclectic Shopping

Green Eye Designs, Charlottetown

Green Eye Designs, Charlottetown, PEI

If you know where to look, Charlottetown is an excellent place to find those one-of-a-kind, “where on earth did you find that?” purchases. From vintage clothes and antiques, to hand-made lace scarves, jewelry, pottery, home decor, music and soaps; olive oil and cheese to chocolates, the number and diversity of shops is surprising for a town the size of Charlottetown. Refreshingly, many of the most unique shops are located within easy walking distance of each other in the heart of the downtown core, which gives shopping in Charlottetown a distinctly European flavour.

Charlottetown Farmers' Market, PEI

Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, PEI. © Discover Charlottetown

Fall is also the perfect time to spend a morning at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market. Open Saturdays from 9-2pm you can mill around outside, enjoy a cup of hot apple cider and browse hand made clothes, home-baked cookies and fresh produce while listening to live music, or take the plunge and immerse yourself in the surge of shoppers inside. The market serves Island-roasted coffee, a flavourful array of teas and tea lattes; freshly baked bread; pastries and handcrafted chocolates; vegetables; Island wine and beer; fresh and cured meats, cheese, fish, and ethnic food from Africa, Mexico, the Middle East and China. Once your belly is full be sure to check out the jewelry, soap made using island seaweed, hand-dipped candles, pottery, hand-woven sweaters, scarves, hats, mittens and slippers, fresh flowers and door wreaths.

Vibrant Art/Music Scene

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Live music at the Guild in Charlottetown, Saturday, November 16th, 2013

With all the colour outside, it is hard to want to go indoors. Save it for a rainy day, but don’t miss the Confederation Centre of the Arts Art Gallery, a beautiful exhibition space whose curator, a graduate of Yale’s art history program, brings a wonderful diversity of nationally acclaimed art together with lectures and literary events. This fall the gallery has three ongoing exhibits: Quotation: an exhibition focused on works of art that quote masterpieces from art history; Hilda Woolnough: A Retrospective, which includes drawings, prints, paintings and quilts created by one of PEI’s most influential artists of the past fifty years; Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island, which uses Wigwam-inspired structures to tell stories and interpret Mi’kmaq history; and Tactile Desires: The Work of Jack Sures, an exhibit of pots, sculptural forms and large-scale murals that explore the artist’s own roots, recent history and traditions of ceramics and pottery. A full list of upcoming workshops, lectures and readings can be found here. The Guild, across the street from the Confederation Centre of the Arts, also runs an interesting mix of art shows, dramatic performances and concerts.

There is so much happening in the Charlottetown music scene that it is hard to choose what live music performance to head out to every evening. From the lively, foot-stomping traditional Acadian fiddle tunes to jazz, blues or rock, Charlottetown’s nightlife is alive and thriving. A few upcoming performances you won’t want to miss at the Guild, The Mack and The Confederation Centre of the Arts are Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café; Billy McGuigan’s Rock Legends; John McDermott; The PEI Symphony and Lennie Gallant; Dennis Ellsworth & The Dwellers and Jessica Rhaye; Rose Cousins, and the Cecilia String Quartet. For a full, updated list on everything happening around town, visit The Buzz or our website.

A Place to Rest Your Head

Fairholm Inn, Charlottetown

Fairholm Inn, Charlottetown. © Discover Charlottetown

Charlottetown’s hotels, motels, B & Bs and Inns are charming, cozy, centrally located, and often downright luxurious. Whether you’re a budget traveler looking for accommodations that provide just the basic necessities, a business traveler searching for meeting facilities, or a couple looking for a private romantic retreat, you are guaranteed to find accommodations that will fit the bill. Many of our downtown hotels, B & Bs and Inns are located in historic buildings that combine old world class with modern conveniences. Large windows that look out onto tree-lined streets, the occasional clatter of a passing horse-pulled carriage, colourful, beds covered with hand-made quilts, claw foot bathtubs and crackling fireplaces for warming up next to with a hot cup of tea or coffee after a stroll along the coastal boardwalk provide the old-fashioned comforts of a slower way of life in the heart of Charlottetown. To see a full list of our accommodations and book an island escape visit our website.

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