Province/Territory: Prince Edward Island

Canada's Confederation Capital

  • 32 flavours of PEI's famous Cows Ice Cream
  • 35 different shows at The Confederation Centre of the Arts
  • 30 minutes from Anne of Green Gables birthplace

Welcome to the heart of the island. The perfect mix of Canadian folklore and breathtaking landscapes, Charlottetown offers a diverse range of activities to suit all tastes. Stand in Charlottetown Harbour and watch the waves crash against the shoreline under a setting sun or immerse yourself in the history of the nation in the place where it all began.

Mingle with costumed interpreters who can debate the merits of Confederation or chat with a local who'll debate the best flavour of locally made "Cows" ice cream. Catch a flash of a double-braided red head in stores and shops throughout the city and on the stage of the country's longest running play. Come for the beauty and find it in the people who enjoy watching you fall in love with one of the friendliest places on earth.

Outdoor adventure

  • Dig for your supper then relax on the beach at an authentic east coast clam bake.
  • Discover the quiet beauty of PEI in the morning while fishing in the wild.
  • Use a snowmobile to forge your own path on close to 1000 kilometers of groomed trails in the winter.

Food & Drink

  • Sign up for a culinary bootcamp and discover the secrets behind Culinary Institute of Canada chefs' masterful dishes.
  • Savour the benefits of Farm to table cuisines whether shopping in the local farmer's markets or enjoying them once they've been transformed by local chefs.
  • Crack open a lobster caught fresh hours before as you dine with a local at a St. Ann's Parish Supper.

Arts & Culture

  • Explore Atlantic Canada's largest Art Gallery and discover a Canadian talent you might've otherwise missed.
  • Have a chat with a father of Confederation's costumed look-alike on a morning stroll through the Historic District.
  • ake a drive out to author Lucy Maud Mongomery's homestead, the inspiration for Anne of Green Gables.

Events & Festivals

  • Come in the summer and celebrate Canadian culture through theatre at the annual Charlottetown Festival.
  • Share in one of the biggest benefits of island life (fresh seafood!) at the annual PEI Shellfish Festival.
  • Ring in the winter with all of the fun the season demands at the Jack Frost Children's Winterfest each February.

Weather

  • Enjoy temperatures between 20°C and the mid 30°C in the summer months in Charlottetown. You'll find area beaches are popular and waters are warm.
  • January and February in PEI bring the coldest temperatures and snowiest months. Expect lows around -3°C but note that wind can add a significant chill.
  • Spring may bring temperatures around 8°C and by late April and early May temperatures start to rise. Expect light jacket-worthy weather and chances of rain throughout.
  • Fall has ideal temperatures for road trips to watch the leaves change colour across the province. A light jacket is all you need to enjoy the temperatures that range from 12°C - 18°C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area 44.33, sq-km
Capital City: Charlottetown
Largest City: Charlottetown
Population: 32,174
Name: Charlottetown is named after Queen Charlotte, wife of England’s King George III
Status: The birthplace of Canada, following an 1864 conference

When to go
  • In the summer PEI is at its glorious best. Beach weather and warm swimmable waters as well as plentiful seafood are celebrated island wide.
  • Fishing season begins and birdwatchers converge on the province each spring.
  • Autumn is a great time to hit the Confederation Trail on bike or foot. Or take a road trip along one of several provicial scenic routes with stops that celebrate the fall harvest.
  • Winter brings almost 1000km of snowmobile trails, cross country trails and snowshoe paths. Winter carnivals will keep spirits up outside but there are also plenty of cozy inns and winterized cabins complete with roaring fires.
  • Plan your vacation to enjoy Prince Edward Island's incredible festivals and events.
Getting Here
  • Charlottetown is located on the south shore of Prince Edward Island.
  • Prince Edward Island is located on Canada’s East Coast and can be accessed by car via the Confederation Bridge or car ferry from New Brunswick.
  • You can also take the train. Both Via Rail and Amtrak will get you as far as Moncton, NB or Halifax, NS where you can transfer to bus, shuttle or rental car onto the island.
  • You can also take a bus from the Maritime Bus line. Buses connect from Moncton into Borden-Carleton, Summerside and Charlottetown.
  • You can fly direct to Charlottetown International Airport (YYG) from several major cities, year round.
  • Several major cruiselines dock in Charlottetown.
  • Ferry transfers from Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec run from April to the end of January and ferries from Caribou, Nova Scotia are also available from May to late December.
Getting around
  • Trius Tours has bus lines with routes connecting Stratford, Cornwall and Summerside to Charlottetown; T3 trolleys offer 8 scheduled city routes to help get you around the city centre.
  • Grab your bike or your favourite pair of sneakers and head out on to the Confederation Trail or one of 5 cycling itineraries on the island.
  • The city is easily walkable but the easiest way to make the most of the island is to drive/rent a car.