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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is a delight of rolling green hills, pasture and farms, ringed by sandy beaches, red cliffs, cosy coves and bays. The capital Charlottetown charms with small-town ambience, maritime heritage and Victorian style.

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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

The magic of Prince Edward Island was so inspirational for the famous author L.M. Montgomery that she chose it as the setting for her much-loved novel, Anne of Green Gables. Today you can let the pages spring to life as you explore the Green Gables house, Haunted Wood and Balsam Hollow that set the stage for this world-renowned classic tale in what locals refer to as ‘Anne's land.’

Sporting Adventures

Beaches abound on this tiny atoll. As a matter of fact, they say that no matter where you are on the island you're never more than 15 minutes away. Some are busy. Some are virtually deserted. Some are warm enough to swim in. And one even has ‘singing sands.’ Take an ocean kayak adventure, go fishing and explore the island's spectacular sea (you may even spot a seal or two). And if you're looking for another great way to get your adrenaline up, two-wheel it! There's no better way to take in all this spectacular scenery than on a bike and there are plenty of paths to pick from. The Confederation Trail covers most of the island – about 200 miles – if your legs are up for it!

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

Have you ever tried Malpeque oysters or Island Blue Mussels? Here's your chance! As you can imagine, the seafood is mouth-watering and lobster is a local favourite. So break out the butter and a bib. And in case you didn't know, Prince Edward Island is famous for its potatoes, so make sure to sample some and see what all the fuss is about.

Shopping for Bargains

If you're looking to bring home a few mementoes from your trip, Charlottetown's your town. The Confederation Court Mall is the city's shopping mecca where you can find serious retail therapy in over 90 shops. Searching for authentic handmade specialities? You'll be glad to know handicraft is taken very seriously on Prince Edward Island, so make sure to put some pottery, woollen sweaters, wooden crafts and soap on your must-have list.

Local Currency

In Canada, the Canadian dollar (CAD) is the official currency. Credit cards are widely accepted and often offer a good exchange rate. In all of Canada, a 5% Goods & Services Tax (GST) must be paid on all transport, accommodation, restaurant meals and just about anything else you purchase, right down to a pack of chewing gum.

Weather in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 26.1° -3.28°
Average Low 11.7° -11.28°
Mean Temperature 19° -7.22°
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 3.8 in 9.65 cm

    Before You Visit

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