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Where in the world: Canada  /  Prince Edward Island  /  Charlottetown

Top 15 things to do in Charlottetown

1. Boat Tours & Water Sports

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Victoria Park

Laze the hours away with a sunny day out to Victoria Park, Charlottetown's largest and most popular park. Opened in 1873, the park has maintained its peaceful natural beauty while providing a hub for recreation and activity for the residents of the town. Ramble through serene woodland trails, scenic harbour front board walks and flourishing gardens, or challenge a friend to a set of tennis before a refreshing dip in the community pool. A splash pad and playground cater for the kids, so bring a picnic and pick a quiet spot.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $26 › Learn more about Victoria Park

3. St. Dunstan's Basilica

Step into St. Dunstan's Basilica and admire the marble floors, stained glass windows, and atmosphere of calm and contemplation. An original cathedral on the site burned down in 1907; the replacement you see today dates from 1913. Added to the list of National Historic Sites of Canada in 1990, it displays a Gothic Revival architectural style and represents one of the most prominent buildings in the city. As a local landmark, the basilica attracts both worshippers and those interested in the history and architecture of the town.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $19 › Learn more about St. Dunstan's Basilica

4. Island Drive & Anne of Green Gables Tour

FROM $81
Discover “the fairest land ‘tis possible to see” on our Green Gables Shore half-day tour from Charlottetown. This is the quaint, historic region of Prince Edward Island that inspired L.M. Montgomery’s classic 1908 novel ‘Anne of Green Gables.’ You will see rolling hills of farmland, sandy beaches and sandstone cliffs. Tour the popular Prince Edward Island National Park and Green Gables Heritage House with a knowledgeable guide, visit a fishing harbour, pass by oyster and mussels farms, then stop at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company with artisan preserves, fine teas and giftware. You will return to Charlottetown within 4 hours, leaving you time to explore the compact, walkable downtown on your own.
Suggested duration: 4h
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5. Province House National Historic Site

Walk along halls where history was made at Province House National Historic Site. Canada's second-oldest seat of government, the building has served as headquarters of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island since its completion in 1847. Tour the opulent 19th-century period rooms and chat with the costumed reenactors scattered around the grounds. Note that due to restoration efforts under way you may have to limit your tour to certain areas--check the website before visiting.
Suggested duration: 1 hour
Tours from $12 › Learn more about Province House National Historic Site

6. Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island

Venture into Prince Edward Island National Park to discover a striking natural landscape of wide beaches, sandy dunes, saltmarshes, and freshwater wetlands. The area was the inspiration for Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables" novels. Take relaxing walks along its numerous stretches of sand, or choose to trek one of the scenic hiking trails. Visit the Queen Anne Revival mansion, a National Historic site of Canada. Wandering the picturesque park--a designated Important Bird Area--you might see an array of bird species, as well as raccoons, red foxes, weasels, and beavers. See if you can spot the endangered piping plover skittering along the shore.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
Tours from $81 › Learn more about Prince Edward Island National Park

7. Government House

Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $26 › Learn more about Government House

8. Charlottetown City Highlights

FROM $26
See Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island’s capital city, on this one-hour guided bus tour. Explore the waterfront, Old Charlottetown, historic streetscapes and well-kept neighbourhoods in “The Birthplace of Confederation”. Learn about this the Island from your guide as you pass Province House, Victoria Park, Beaconsfield Historic House, the University of Prince Edward Island and more. Get acquainted with our walkable, pedestrian-friendly downtown before exploring on your own for excellent dining options, shopping or searching for Eckhart, the local adventure mouse. This is an excellent introduction for first time visitors.
Suggested duration: 1h
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9. Victoria Row

A stroll down the tree-lined Victoria Row lets you discover Charlottetown's outdoor music scene. Pedestrianized in the warmer months and appealing to many local musicians, this street features fine 18th-century brick architecture, housing various boutiques and galleries. Choose from many dining options or just take a moment for casual refreshments and people watching from one of the area's alfresco cafes.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
Tours from $19 › Learn more about Victoria Row

10. Avonlea Village, Cavendish

Visit Avonlea Village, a rustic village built as a tribute to the books and TV series “Anne of Green Gables”. Opened in 1999, the small village in Cavendish is free to enter and explore. Step back in time and admire replicas of quaint period buildings. Take a pony ride, enjoy a delicious meal, or browse the charming gift shops and artisan stores.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Beaconsfield Historic House

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
Tours from $19 › Learn more about Beaconsfield Historic House

12. Small Group Walking Tour of Charlottetown Prince Edward Island

Likely to sell out FROM $36
This walking tour of Charlottetown Prince Edward Island is guaranteed to deliver history mixed with entertainment while you discover the rich history, architecture and stunning sights with your guide - a retired history teacher/stand up comedian. You'll enjoy a scenic stroll through downtown Charlottetown featuring a mix of history (Great George St., Government House, Beaconsfield Historic House, Province House), arts and culture (Confederation Centre for the Arts, Victoria Row), and scenic waterfront views along the Victoria Boardwalk). This tour is the perfect way to enjoy some socially-distanced entertainment while spending time outdoors and getting some light exercise.
Suggested duration: 2h
Tours from $36 › More about this tour at viator.com ›

13. Tranquility Cove Adventures, Georgetown

Suggested duration: 3 hours
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15. Shore Excursion: Prince Edward Island and Anne of Green Gables

FROM $799
4-hour private guided tour to the North Shore region of Prince Edward Island. Visit the coastal fishing village of North Rustico and the famous Prince Edward Island National Park, home of Cavendish and Anne of Green Gables. You’ll have more than enough time to sample homemade island jams, visit the Anne of Green Gables homestead, and stroll the boardwalk overlooking the beautiful sandy beaches of the island. Continue on to Rustico Harbor, where you will visit a traditional fishing village and learn about the history of the Prince Edward Island fishery. Private tour includes pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Charlottetown. Tour is limited to a maximum group size of nine people.
Suggested duration: 4h
Tours from $799 › More about this tour at viator.com ›