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Prince Edward Island is a small province with a big heart. And as the capital city, Charlottetown has lots to offer, from authentic island charm and picturesque red sand beaches to a modern art scene, diverse culinary experiences and everything in between! If you grew up reading Anne of Green Gables, you’ll be transported back to childhood when you visit Green Gables Heritage Place or L.M. Montgomery’s childhood home. Fly with Swoop from Edmonton to Charlottetown and try some iconic PEI potatoes and fresh lobster right out of the ocean!
Did you know that it takes around 3 hours to drive from one side of PEI to the other? That means once you land in Charlottetown, you can easily explore the whole island on your trip! In Charlottetown itself, there are lots of ways to get around. You can rent a car from the local rental company, PEI Car Rental or take public transit. If you’re looking for something a little more fun, rent a four- or two-person Surrey Bike from Funwheel Bike Rentals.
No matter what time of year you’re visiting Charlottetown, you can explore the events page on the Discover Charlottetown website and filter for ‘free’ events to find awesome free activities in town, like free concerts in the summer and “snoga” (aka yoga in the snow) in the winter.
Make sure to bring your stretchy pants – for such a small island, PEI is bursting with delicious food to enjoy! Well known for potatoes and seafood such as lobster and oysters, you will find them prepared in countless different ways. Another must-try is COWS ice cream, a PEI-based ice cream parlour that has become popular worldwide for their creamy and delicious frozen treats. There are also many breweries in town, and you can join an official brewery tour or build your own to explore all that Charlottetown has to offer!