Welcome to Charlottetown
June, a perfect time to visit the land of Anne and savor fresh seafood! Whether you arrived by ferry, the “Bridge” or by air, the CAOT 2017 Conference Committee would like to welcome you to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Charlottetown, incorporated in 1855, is a city rich in both history and charm. The “Birthplace of Confederation” is located in the centre of the south shore of PEI and features a beautiful waterfront, lots of green space, great shopping, friendly people, live theatre and wonderful food. The temperature at this time of year ranges from 16-24 degrees – so make sure to pack both a sweater and your shorts!
Local History – In 1864, the Fathers of Confederation walked from the Charlottetown wharf, up Great George Street, to Province House to participate in a meeting to discuss the formation of a country. You can follow in these same footsteps past the beautiful Saint Dunstan’s Basilica and other historic buildings to see historic Province House. You may even see a Father of Confederation wandering the streets and providing tours of this historic city.
Confederation Centre of the Arts, Canada’s national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, was opened in 1964 and is dedicated to visual and performing arts. For those of you who love Anne of Green Gables, the production has been a mainstay for the Centre for 54 years and continues to captivate audiences of all ages.
Dining – there are over 120 restaurants listed in Charlottetown alone, ranging from fine dining to charming pubs, modern lunch counters to cozy tea houses. Often described as a foodie haven, the bounty of our traditional fisheries and farms meet the passion and creativity of our many fine chefs.
Shopping - there are many artisan shops to be found on the streets of the downtown where you can find that unique souvenir for yourself or gift for someone else. There is one shopping mall in the downtown and shopping available on the outskirts of the city.
Top June activities:
- Walk or bicycle on the Confederation Trail, PEI’s portion of the Trans Canada Trail. After the railways were disbanded in 1989, the rail-beds were converted to 470 km of trails that stretch from tip to tip and travel through rolling hills, quaint villages and broad seascapes.
- Take one or all three of PEI’s Coastal Drives (Central, North Cape and Points east) to explore the Island’s diverse landscape (fishing and farming communities, small towns and cities, beaches, etc.) and bask in the history of our early settlers. Regardless of where you are, you are never more than 20 minutes from water!
- Play golf on one of PEI’s world-class golf courses. Whether you’re a beginner, a regular player or dreaming of turning professional, you’ll find just the right course, there are more than 25 courses, to suit your ability. Golf PEI has a listing of all courses including profiles, fees, and reviews. PEI is described as pure golf heaven!
- Indulge yourself by spending time swimming, beachcombing or just playing in the sand on one of the many beautiful beaches across the province. Beaches on the north shore often feature white sand dunes and exciting surf, those on the south shore are best known for low tides and the warmest waters north of Florida.
- All tourist attractions are open for business by June 15th; including provincial and national parks. You can browse through craft/artisan shops, tour museums, visit Green Gables, take in a ceilidh/ kitchen party, try sea kayaking or deep-sea fishing charters, rent bicycles or try out an amusement ride.
- Try lunch/dinner on a wharf or in a café tucked away in a small village. There are many wonderful restaurants to be found across the province featuring seafood and/or unique local specialties. Chef Michael Smith’s “Fireworks” restaurant, located in the Inn at Bay Fortune, was named one of the top ten new places to eat in Canada in 2016!
- If you didn’t arrive via “the Bridge”, drive to Seven Mile Bay or to the base of the bridge itself for a view of the Confederation Bridge. “The Bridge” was completed in 1997 and is a 13 kilometre engineering marvel. This curved structure that stretches from Borden-Carleton, PEI to Cape Jourimain, NB. There will be many events celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation, particularly in the days leading up to July 1st, Canada’s birthday. Follow Welcome PEI’, Festivals and Events PEI, or PEI tourism for details.