Whether you arrive by air, boat or bridge, you’ll feel a sense that you’re entering a new country when you visit Prince Edward Island. With a population of just 150,000, Canada’s smallest province swells to over 1.3 million visitors in the summer.

The pace of life is slower and much more relaxed in PEI… I’d say the rolling hills, terre rouge or red earth, and the gorgeous beaches are the reason. Add the ocean and seafood, and the fact that you’re still in our glorious country, I’m ready to move tomorrow.

There are many things to do in Prince Edward Island, but here’s what’s on my must-see list:

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island

Greenwich Beach

When your feet hit the sand on Greenwich, you feel like you’re in another world. The red sand and the beaches are just as you’d see in postcards. That said, even postcard photos don’t do it justice,  as the beauty is only truly appreciated by the naked eye.

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Greenwich Beach

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Greenwich Beach

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Greenwich Beach

Trailside Café & Inn in Mount Stewart

Located in Mount Stewart, close to the Confederation Trail bike path, the Trailside is a charming restaurant and inn. Aside from its mouth-watering menu, the Trailside is an intimate venue for musical performances, seating about 50 people. We happened to be in luck and caught Juno-award winning singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan perform. Owners Pat and Meghann Deighan make you feel right at home. I devoured the haddock and salmon fish cakes with PEI potatoes, of course! Bonus – they are gluten-free.

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Trailside Cafe and Inn

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Trailside

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Trailside

Culinary Institute of Canada

Under the guidance of Island Ambassador Chef Ilona Daniel, the Culinary Institute offers half- and full-day cooking classes in their popular “Island Flavours” Bootcamps. Pick up your fresh ingredients at the local farmer’s market before returning to the Culinary to create locally-inspired dishes you can enjoy later… with wine!

I threw on my chef’s hat and jacket, and went to work! I prepared Chef Ilona’s gluten free pull-apart rolls, and PEI Lobster Mac & Cheese recipe using local Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar and Glascow Glen Gouda. Both recipes turned out wonderfully. From someone who shouldn’t eat dairy and has never tried lobster before, I indulged without regret!

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Culinary Institute

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Culinary Institute

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Culinary Institute

Anne & Gilbert, The Musical

Playing at The Guild in Charlottetown, Anne & Gilbert is a delightful musical based on the Anne of Green Gables series of books by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Based on Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island, and adapted by Jeff Hochhauser, Nancy White, and Bob Johnston, the musical is charming and humorous. By the second act, I was hooked on the characters, including Anne, Gilbert, and the hilarious Josie Pye. I choked up when Anne’s adoptive mother, Marilla Cuthbert, read the letter to Anne about the man she loved.  Some of the songs are forever embedded in my memory, including this one:

Cavendish Beach

Cavendish Beach is everything you’d imagine – its beautiful scenery is breathtaking. Fronting the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the broad natural sand beach stretches for eight kilometres from the entrance to New London Bay in the west, to the red sandstone cliffs at Cavendish East in the east.  The opportunities for postcard-perfect photographs are endless.

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Cavendish Beach

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Cavendish Beach

Must See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island

Pearl Eatery in North Rustico

For an upscale, eclectic dining experience, you must visit Pearl Eatery located between the picturesque fishing village of North Rustico and Cavendish Beach on PEI’s North Shore. The menu is divine and the setting is intimate and charming. Owner Maxine Delaney shows her love of detail in her food, as well as the Pearl’s ambience. The pan-seared halibut with carrot butter, fennel caper jam, crisp chorizo, spring vegetables and roasted potatoes offered a burst of flavours.

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Pearl Eatery

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Pearl Eatery

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Pearl Eatery

Anne of Green Gables

You can’t visit Prince Edward Island without visiting Green Gables in Cavendish, about a 30 minute drive from Charlottetown.  Enjoy a guided tour at the Green Gables Heritage Place, take a walk in the Haunted Woods and stroll down Lover’s Lane. You might just bump into Anne Shirley herself!  Green Gables is open May 1 through October 31.

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Green Gables

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Green Gables

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Green Gables Haunted Wood

Charlottetown Tour

Stroll through downtown Charlottetown with Confederation Players who will take you on a historic walking tour of Great George Street, including St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Province House, and Confederation Centre of the Arts. Follow the path of the original sidewalks of the city where Canada’s founders walked… sometimes crookedly after a few drinks!

Learn about the Island’s fascinating history – Prince Edward Island was first inhabited by the Mi’kmaq. The Island began to be settled in 1720 as part of the French colony of Acadia, and then later, by New Englanders. In September 1864, Prince Edward Island hosted the Charlottetown Conference, which was the first meeting in the process leading to the Articles of Confederation and the creation of Canada in 1867.

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Charlottetown

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Charlottetown

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Charlottetown

Where to Stay: Holman Grand Hotel

This lovely hotel is in the heart of downtown Charlottetown, minutes from Victoria Row and within a few blocks from Peakes Wharf. The room was spacious and the bed was so comfortable, I haven’t had such great sleep in a hotel while travelling. The Aveda products were a lovely touch. I also enjoyed having a deck with a view of Charlottetown, though I wish the weather would’ve been warmer to enjoy!


DSC_0329 (800x533)

Must-See Things to Do in Prince Edward Island Holman Grand Hotel

Although I was “from away,” while visiting PEI, I left feeling like an honourary islander. I’d love to go back to visit with my family. We probably wouldn’t want to leave.

Whether it’s a day on the beach, an evening at the theatre, or the best seafood you’ve ever tasted, the memories you make last longer on Price Edward Island. It’s an island filled with fun and unique adventures. No matter what experience you’re searching for, it’s easy to find when you add a little island. Start planning your PEI getaway today onlyinPEI.com.

pei_bloggerlogo_english

This post was brought to you by Tourism PEI via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Tourism PEI.

Author

47 Comments

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) Reply

    It’s funny because I was JUST talking to my sister in law about maybe going here this summer. They have cruises that leave out of Boston and it sounds like a fun summer adventure.

  2. I REALLY want to go to PEI because Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books ever. I loved the mini-series/television show too. It would be a dream for me!

    • You really have to see Green Gables during your visit. I can’t believe how many tourists visit because of it! There is so much else to explore as well.

  3. My family is from the Island and we grew up visiting during the summers. Now my brother and his family live there, so we have a place to stay whenever we go ;-). It’s such a beautiful place, the beaches are amazing, the dunes, the cliffs, the lighthouses, the wind … it’s all amazing! What I love most though, is the red dirt. It’s so iconic! I can’t wait to see it all again this summer!

    • Oh how lucky are you! Sounds like you go often – the Island becomes a part of you! I miss it already.

  4. Wow, how fantastic is that!! The beach and food look amazing. I can understand where you take a liking to the area.

  5. I’ve wanted to visit Prince Edward Island ever since reading Anne of Green Gables when I was a child and then rereading the series when my daughter was a child. The first time I flew over the island I got so excited. What a fun trip this would be!

  6. This all sounds so nice! I’d definitely have to make it out to the beaches. I wouldn’t be able to resist the Pearl Eatery either.

  7. I live in Ontario but have never been to PEI, looking forward to going one day. It looks beautiful!

  8. Michelle V. Reply

    Wow, great shots! PEI looks beautiful and it seems relaxing to stay there. I will definitely visit someday!

  9. Oh man, those are great pictures. Traveling makes me happy. This is the first time in a long time that I won’t be…but that’s okay.

  10. That looks like a wonderful place to visit. Your pictures are amazing. I will add this to my bucket list.

  11. I have always wanted to visit Prince Edward Island! There seems so much to do and the food looks great! Love how you highlighted everything in your post!

    • Your girls would love the musical. The actors are right there! Such an intimate theatre.

  12. I love PEI. I went when i was younger and it was amazing. I’m really hoping to take my kids at some point soon, its a beautiful place!

  13. My husband and I recently retired and bought an RV. PEI is very high on our list of places to visit. Thanks for all the fantastic ideas!

    • Lucky you! Would love to do a road trip of the east coast with the family.

  14. This looks like an amazing trip. I like to base my vacations on food and your pictures look great. That lobster mac & cheese looks so good. I’m not much of a cook but I’m a great eater. The beach is very different than what I’m used to seeing but looks refreshing just the same.

    • Yes definitely different beaches. You’d love the cuisine! Especially if you love local seafood.

  15. Prince Edward Island has such gorgeous views. I have a cousin in Canada and I have seen her photos taken at the island. I would love to go there someday.

  16. I have never been to Canada. It looks like there is so much to see and do there on Prince Edward Island. What fabulous pictures!!

  17. I have been wanting to go to Prince Edward Island for quite some time. I live in Michigan and Canada is just a drive across the bridge in a few different directions. It’s such a beautiful place and I always have a wonderful time visiting.

  18. Ann Bacciaglia Reply

    When i was a little girl my family went on vacation to PEI. I still remember how beautiful it was. I would love to go back and explore it again.

  19. Thank you so much for this. This is now in my list of places to see – everything just seems beautiful, as if each scene’s part of a TV series or a movie. I just fell in love with Prince Edward.

  20. I would love to visit Prince Edward Island. It looks so peaceful. I haven’t been to Canada yet and hope I get the opportunity one of these days.

  21. I am so inspired to plan a vacation right now. It has been far too long since I’ve gone somewhere to relax.

  22. desirae young Reply

    Love your pictures! It look like you had a fabulous time and that food looks delcious!

  23. Bonnie @ wemake7 Reply

    Prince Edward Island looks like a wonderful place to visit. Your pictures are so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Prince Edward Island looks really interesting. I want to go back to Canada, but to a different part than where I went when I was a kid. Prince Edward Island is looking very interesting!

  25. Krystal's Kitsch Reply

    I would really love to see this place in person. I have heard that it is truly beautiful. Canada is a lot prettier than I thought!

  26. Simply beautiful! I have never been there before, but I now have another place to add to my travel bucket list. 🙂

  27. This is on my bucket list of places to visit. I just love their mussels and we order them whenever we see them on a menu. Looks beautiful there.

  28. smilenwaven Reply

    You really did it up perfect! Sooo many things to see! MUST visit!

  29. These are lovely places you just shared. You definitely captured its beauty…Love that it looks so serene and pretty.

  30. I need to travel more. I never knew there was a place called Prince Edward Island. The scenery is just beautiful ♥ Thank you for sharing

  31. Neha Sultan Reply

    This is great compiled list. If I plan to visit Prince Edward Island I will definitely look this up, so that I do not miss any interesting spots. The scenery is beautiful

Write A Comment