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10 Best Places in Charlottetown to Photograph on Your Next Visit

 

 

 

 

This city has so much character it’s inspiring. I remember walking around Charlottetown on my lunch hours when I first moved here and being so thrilled at the realization that I never had to leave. It’s an absolutely beautiful place with so much style and character, and it’s filled with awesome photo ops. Here are my top 10 best places in Charlottetown to photograph on your next visit:

10. Victoria Park Boardwalk

On summer evenings when the sun is setting and the light is beautiful and warm you can see the cruise ships sailing back to sea. It’s absolutely breathtaking and will stop you in your tracks. The boardwalk is lined with huge, red Island stones and is a favourite for picture taking. Take a walk along the water, stop at the cannons, and then head down to the lighthouse. It’s a great spot, relax on the benches and watch the world go by.

Victoria Park

9. Great George Street

Gorgeous Great George Street begins at the Historic Charlottetown Waterfront and ends at Province House and offers many photo ops in between. Saint Dunstan’s Basilica is a must. From steeples to steps, no matter where the sun is, it is fabulous to photograph. There are also 100+ year old buildings with so much character, and horse drawn carriages. It’s a very beautiful area that will almost take you back in time, it’s just beautiful.

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8. Peake’s Quay

Peake’s Quay is another must on your list. In the summer, there’s always so much going on. You can see cruise ships from the Historic Charlottetown Seaport, visit Confederation Landing, check out the sailboats, take a fun photo next to the COWS statue, and more. There’s always something fun to photograph.

Peakes Quay

7. Confederation Centre of the Arts

There’s a whole lot of talent going on! The Confederation Centre of the Arts has great outdoor lunch time shows all summer, our awesome Island musicians fill the air with beautiful music, and you might even catch Anne.

Confederation Centre

6. Victoria Row

The Sir John A. Macdonald bench at the entrance to Victoria Row is a huge favourite for taking pictures. EVERYONE takes a photo of that bench. So have a seat and have some fun with it. Victoria Row is gorgeous, filled with terraces and beautiful old architecture. The street is closed to traffic in the summer so it’s a great spot to photograph. There’s live music and a street fountain, which makes for really great shots as well.

Sir John A

5. Queen Street

Queen Street is filled with storefronts, restaurants, signage, and street art that make fantastic photographs. One of my favourites is the fish outside the Dominion Building next to The Guild.

Queen St

4. Hillsborough Bridge Cormorants

I still remember my very first visit to Prince Edward Island. As we drove from the Charlottetown Airport to Stratford over the Hillsborough Bridge I remember seeing these crazy-funky birds basking in the sun on the old bridge posts. I thought those cormorants were so cool and I remember it so vividly. I still think their cool and love photographing them.

Charlottetown Harbour

3. Province House

Province House is a piece of history that can’t be missed. Both the front and back of the building are fabulous for photographing, there’s a fountain and our beautiful Cenotaph.

Charlottetown Province House

2. Red Shores Racetrack

Want to get some really great photos? The Red Shores Racetrack is a must. One of my absolute favourite places to photograph, harness racing is a huge part of Island culture. You can go during the day when they’re out jogging the horses. The drivers are so nice they will look at you with a friendly nod as they go by. Friendliness is also a huge part of Island culture. I think that’s a big part of why people love coming here.

Charlottetown Driving Park

1. The Little Things

My favourite way to photograph this beautiful city? Well honestly, it’s to put down the big camera and heavy gear, grab my iPhone and just go for a walk on my lunch hour. It’s the little things that I love most and this town is filled with them. It’s part of what makes this city so beautiful. I love this place. I hope you get out there and enjoy our beautiful city too. Rain or shine take a walk outside, enjoy the beauty and Discover Charlottetown.

Charlottetown Pictures


 

Heather Ogg is a commercial photographer specializing in food photography, portraiture, tourism and lifestyle photography.

Visit heatheroggphotography.com.

Heather Ogg

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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.

Sims Patio Queen Street Charlottetown PEISims Patio Queen Street Charlottetown PEI

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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Exploring Charlottetown by foot

Two days ago myself and a friend took an evening walk down Queen street, admiring shop windows and the golden evening light that falls in shafts down streets and alleys, and tumbles down through the now full, vibrantly green leafy branches of lindens, oaks, and ash trees that line Charlottetown’s streets. Most shops have hanging flower baskets above their entrances that are overflowing with brightly coloured blossoms. We passed a busker who enthusiastically shared his guitar tunes on the street corner, and watched tourists from all over the world wander leisurely along as if in a euphoric daze, licking melting ice-cream cones from Cows. On Victoria Row the cafes and restaurants were filled with the laughter of diners speaking every language imaginable while enjoying fresh seafood and local steak, live music and the cool breeze that blows off the water in the evenings. Wandering down to Peakes Quay a long line of boats bobbed rhythmically in the marina, a couple just heading out for an evening sail. Diners on the deck above were enjoying the view of the harbour, and many children were entertaining themselves by climbing on top of the giant COWS ice cream mascot that stands in the square. A musician set up his equipment and started performing while we made our way down to the waterfront and got ice cream cones of our own. We stopped and watched the children dance on the grass while their parents rested at one of the many picnic tables and enjoyed the live music and harbour views.

What struck us was the breathtaking beauty and vibrancy of Charlottetown at this time of year. For a small laid back town it really does have the feel of a much larger city, and there is so much to enjoy outdoors that it really is hard to do everything that our city offers in just a few days. Those of us who live here have plenty of time to fit it all in, but if you are visiting we thought you might like some tips on outdoor experiences that you definitely do not want to miss while in Charlottetown. Our list was a little too long to cover in one blog post, so I thought I would break them down and share our top three below:

1. Victoria Row

Victoria Row transforms from a pretty ordinary one way street open to traffic in the winter time into a happening pedestrian-only thoroughfare that features two art galleries, a handful of restaurants, a café, dance school, coffee shop, a leather store, hand made arts and crafts stores, a sweater store, and of course, the Anne of Green Gables gift store! Live musicians perform in the afternoons and evenings, and the street has hosts the Victoria Row Concert Series, which has featured well known performers such as Joel Plaskett and Matt Mays! Though not technically located on Victoria Row, if you are in the area be sure to nip across the street to the Confederation Centre of the Arts Amphitheatre for the noon performance by Les Feux Follets: the story of PEI’s creation and subsequent settlement. Because of its prime location across the street from the Confederation Centre of the Arts and around the corner from the Arts Guild, Victoria Row is the perfect spot to hang out for some down time in-between musicals!

Photo © Ariana Salvo, 2013

Photo © Ariana Salvo, 2013

Photo © Ariana Salvo

Photo © Ariana Salvo

Photo © Ariana Salvo

Photo © Ariana Salvo

2. Peake’s Quay 

Peake’s Quay is the place to wander for lunch overlooking the harbour, or to enjoy some shopping for local culinary products, bags, art, jewelry or a PEI dirt shirt (dyed with our Island’s iconic red dirt!), a Cows Ice Cream cone, or a leisurely walk along the waterfront boardwalk. If you head down between 2.30 and 4 or 6.30 and 8.30pm you can also enjoy the live music performed daily throughout the summer. Peake’s Quay has picnic benches if you feel like picking up a sandwich on your way down, and a grassy area if it’s time for a nap. It is the perfect destination if everyone in your family is in a different mood. The kids can play on the grass while you browse the shops for gifts to take back home, enjoy a snack or take in the concert series.

photo © Ariana Salvo

photo © Ariana Salvo

Photo © Ariana Salvo

Photo © Ariana Salvo

© Ariana Salvo

© Ariana Salvo

© Ariana Salvo

© Ariana Salvo

© Ariana Salvo

© Ariana Salvo

© Ariana Salvo

© Ariana Salvo

3. Victoria Park 

Victoria Park is one of Charlottetown’s outdoor gems, boasting 27 acres of wooded area with mature trees, quiet places, and serene walking trails. Located along the mouth of the harbour and bordering lovely residential areas, the park also has tennis courts and baseball fields, a playground, skate park, renovated swimming pool, large open areas for picnics or games, and a boardwalk that is great for a peaceful morning run or a leisurely post-supper stroll. In the evenings thousands of crows take up residence in the tops of the trees, and you can hear them calling out to each other in waves from anywhere in the park.  Children will enjoy running or walking along the boardwalk (FYI: there is the popular Kiwanis Dairy Bar half way down the boardwalk, across the street, so consider yourselves warned!) and you can even take your dog with you as long as you keep it on a leash. Be sure to check out the adjacent Lieutenant Governor’s property (where Prince William and Princess Kate stayed!), and the nearby Beaconsfield Historic House.

Victoria Park Charlottetown

In the next Discover Charlottetown blog post look out for some great suggestions for unique Charlottetown day trips to help you plan out your itinerary while you are here!

By: Ariana Salvo on behalf of Discover Charlottetown

 

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