Filled with recommendations for sightseeing destinations, restaurants, shopping, photography, culinary tours, and other activities, these Tips For Visiting Prince Edward Island will make your visit to Canada’s smallest and greenest province a little easier. PEI is simply, unexpectedly, beautiful…
Tips For Visiting Prince Edward Island
I recently had the opportunity to visit and discover the uniqueness of Prince Edward Island…and truly it is a treasure of Canada. I had so many firsts…my first time seeing a lighthouse. My first time on the east coast. My first time on a sandbank (pictured below: parabolic dune system at Greenwich Breach in the PEI National Park).
As someone from a big city (Toronto)…I kept thinking “Where is the traffic?!” It was a pleasure…a pleasure I tell you…to walk without the hustle and bustle of crowds and to drive without the bumper to bumper traffic I know in my every day life. Prince Edward Island (known as PEI or simply ‘The Island’) is friendly and open (much like the islanders themselves). And food…well, there was food…
Island Flavours Culinary Boot Camp, Culinary Institute of Canada
If you are a foodie in search of a culinary tour – you have to start at the Culinary Institute of Canada in Charlottetown, PEI. Our menu included buttery pan rolls, PEI lobster and cheddar dip, bacon-wrapped spinach, stuffed pork tenderloin, classic Victoria sponge, fiddleheads, and more. Island ambassador Chef Ilona Daniel welcomed us into this full-day cooking class (which included a trip to a local market to pick up fresh ingredients).
Dining in Prince Edward Island
Leave the chain restaurants at home because the independently owned eateries on the Island are quirky and divine. Be sure to visit the Trailside Cafe & Inn in Mont Stewart (great food and service!) where – if you time it right – can enjoy dinner & a show (I saw Juno award winning singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan, making for a fantastic evening of food and east coast entertainment).
You will also want to bookmark eating at The Pearl Eatery in North Rustico (pictures above give you a taste of the fare). In the middle of a country road, you park on the grass, and walk into The Pearl Eatery – it’s quaint and quirky and everything you want to discover on vacation.
Anne of Green Gables, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island
Puff sleeves, Anne and Gilbert, raspberry cordial. A visit to the home of Anne of Green Gables is a must. Not the actual green gables mind you (that was a story, of course) but you can visit the home of L.M. Montgomery – the author of Anne of Green Gables. Her childhood home has been set up to reflect Anne’s storybook home – complete with Marilla’s kitchen and Mathew’s bedroom. You can also interact with Anne (in character) as she wanders the garden. I loved Anne of Green Gables and knew I would love this visit but what I didn’t know was how much I would enjoy the surrounding area. Such rolling green hills. Such views. It was a breath of fresh air.
Accommodation on Prince Edward Island
Never has a bed been so comfortable as the queen bed I slept in at The Holman Grand Hotel. Centrally located to shops and restaurants in Charlottetown the Holman is a traveler’s refuge.
One of my most important tips for visiting Prince Edward Island is this: pack your camera. We, very often, pulled off to the side of the road due to an amazing view that had to be photographed. The white crests on deep blue water. The jagged red cliffs. It was as much a photography tour as it was a sightseeing tour.
You will feel welcomed from away when you visit Prince Edward Island.
Whether it’s a day on the beach, an evening at the theatre, or the best seafood you’ve ever tasted, the memories you make last longer on Price Edward Island. It’s an island filled with fun and unique adventures. No matter what experience you’re searching for, it’s easy to find when you add a little island. Start planning your PEI getaway today only in PEI.com