Welcome to Charlottetown!
Charlottetown, Canada, is the capital and biggest city in the province of Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.). Charlottetown PEI was named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz who was the queen consort of King Edward III, of the United Kingdom. The city is known as the birthplace of confederation and is important in Canadian history as the place where Canada came together to form a country.
The city of Charlottetown has just under 40,000 residents, many of who claim Scottish or Irish heritage. As such, you’ll notice as soon as you leave Charlottetown Airport that the city has a very small-town maritime atmosphere with a very distinct Celtic twist. Charlottetown is a unique little city and a worldwide local knows that these quirky little cities are always worth seeing. This insider’s guide will show you some of the best spots around Charlottetown, P.E.I
Worldwide Local Tip: Charlottetown is very small, so small that a trip to the airport from downtown is only, between $6-$10. Getting around town by taxi is a good idea as cab drivers are always friendly and willing to help visitors by showing them the city. The city is also easily walkable from most of the Charlottetown hotels, so just strolling through the city by foot should allow you to see most of it.
Seafood in Charlottetown
Charlottetown and P.E.I. in general, have a deep tradition of boating, whaling, and fishing. Perhaps, unsurprisingly, some of the best seafood in the country can be found here. P.E.I. prides itself on some great seafood dishes. Make sure to head to Dave’s Lobster for a delicious and fresh lobster roll (served with New Brunswick potato chips and a dill pickle) or mouth-watering lobster tacos served on a fresh tortilla. For dessert head to Cows Creamery for some of the best ice-cream in Canada. Devour a delicious sundae as you enjoy the Charlottetown weather.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you’re looking for a more upscale eatery, there’s Sims Corner Oyster Steakhouse and Oyster Bar, which serve some great surf and turf. Everything’s made with locally sourced ingredients. Terre Rouge, in the heart of downtown, also serves similar fare and is just as delicious.
Hop into History
Charlottetown put coastal small-town culture on the map. There are some amazing and historic places around town like the Great George Hotel. If you can manage to get a room here, it’s definitely one of Charlottetown’s most unique and historic little inns that harkens back to a simpler time. Not only is it a blast from the past but there are oven-fresh cookies baked daily at 3. The grounds offer tours around this historic property, so you can soak up the fascinating stories that happened here. Legend has it, the hotel is also haunted.
Worldwide Local Tip: Just a short walk up the street is the Pilar Shephard Art Gallery. The gallery shows a ton of art from local artists depicting maritime life and scenes from the P.E.I. coast. Best of all, if there’s anything that you like they can have it shipped to you after buying it.
Surprisingly, for a city and province as small as Charlottetown and P.E.I. there’s a lot of landmarks around. Taking a short trip outside the city to visit a few local landmarks is a great way to experience some local culture and a worldwide local knows that exploring the culture is always important. One of P.E.I.’s most famous spots is Anne of Green Gables, and if you’re a fan of the stories you’ll definitely want to check out the house that inspired L.M. Montgomery and tour the grounds. There is also the National Park and Cape Tyron, which is home to one of the island’s most famous lighthouses.
Worldwide Local Tip: For one of the best views of the island, head to Cape Tyrion for a short stroll down a dirt path towards a clearing. There will be an old red and white lighthouse overlooking cliffs with crashing waves below. Climb up to be greeted by an amazing view of the ocean and horizon.
Enjoy Your Visit!
This is a beautiful, unique town, and the Charlottetown Islanders are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Experience some amazingly delicious food, old and vibrant culture, and some unparalleled natural beauty, and as a worldwide local, there’s nothing better.