Prince Edward Island has some of the best beaches on the Atlantic coast, and is home to a number of top artists. Tourists can enjoy shopping, golfing, swimming and bicycling. Details about Charlottetown, auto touring and a list of festivals and events are given.
According to an ancient Indian legend, “…the Great Spirit moulded red clay into the most beautiful place on earth.” In 1534, Jacques Cartier, on claiming this land for France, described it as “The fairest land ’tis possible to see.”
Today, the island is the year ’round home for many artists and artisans and a wonderful place to shop for paintings and crafts. Or just browse and wander and enjoy so many delightful places where time seems to go by more slowly.
People come from as far as Japan to see the home of Anne of Green Gables and enjoy some of the best beaches in the Atlantic region. Golfers choose from 12 stunning courses including the beautiful new course at Crowbush Cove which is patterned after a Scottish links. And seafood lovers never want to leave after trying our lobsters, mussles or our world-famous Malpeque Bay oysters.
Deep sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, swimming and seal watching are popular, in some of the warmest waters north of Virginia. So are biking and hiking as the highest hill in Prince Edward Island is only 150 m.
Along the north shore of PEI you’ll find one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Canada, Green Gables House. Located at Cavendish, thousands of visitors each year make a pilgrimage to this famous farmhouse which was the setting for Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel “Anne of Green Gables.” The house is furnished to reflect the period. Interpretive walks bring to life the Haunted Wood, as well as Lovers’ Lane and Balsam Hollow. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s birthplace at New London is also worth the visit. And to keep the mood, you must call in at Silver Bush at Park Corner, overlooking the “Lake of Shining Waters.” It was a favourite place for Lucy Maud Montgomery and is now a Green Gables Museum with delightful memorabilia and first editions.
Don’t miss Prince Edward Island National Park, 40 km of beautiful scenery and some of the finest bathing beaches in North America at Dalvay, Stanhope, Brackley and Cavendish. And for a meal to remember, try an Island Lobster Supper. They have become a tradition at New Glasgow, St. Ann’s, North Rustico and New London.
At Borden, the Marine Atlantic Ferries cross the 15 km Northumberland Strait from New Brunswick.
Located on the southern side of the island are many lovely land and seascapes. Summerside is PEI’s second largest community. Enjoy a quiet stroll along tree-lined streets and stately homes, or catch the excitement at the local harness races. Don’t miss the Lobster Carnival in July. Nearby, Le Village Pionnier Culturel, is a reproduction of an early 19th century Acadian settlement. Here’s the perfect place to try Acadian cooking and enjoy the local entertainment. A popular heritage attraction on the island is Woodleigh situated at Burlington, featuring scale replicas of British historic buildings. Mill River Provincial Park features a wonderful resort hotel and championship golf course. Malpeque Bay, at the eastern end of the island, is delightful to visit and is the home of the world-famous Malpeque oyster. Plan to stay awhile and have a seafood feast.
At the eastern end of the island, Brudenell River Provincial Park has a first-class resort with tennis, sailing, horseback-riding and championship golf. At Orwell Corner, you can experience life as it was in a 19th century rural community. This is an historic village complete with general store, post office, blacksmith’s shop, shingle mill, school and church. Enjoy the long sandy beaches at Basin Head known for their singing sands. Charter a boat from one of the fishing villages and spend time “jigging” for cod, mackerel or herring. After visiting the picturesque village of Souris, you can take the car-ferry across the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Magdalen Islands.
Charlottetown is a small and a gracious capital city of 30,000 people. Named after the Queen of George III, it’s where the first conference leading to the founding of Confederation was held in 1864.
The downtown core can easily be explored on foot and offers every facility for shopping, dining and sightseeing. Restored buildings extend from Euston Street to the picturesque harbour, with tree shaded squares along the way where you can relax and take pictures. An especially attractive view of the harbour and downtown area can be seen from Victoria Park.
The chamber where the Fathers of Confederation met is in Province House. Fanningbank, the residence of the Lieutenant-Governor, is a National Historic Site. Confederation Centre of the Arts was opened in 1964 by Queen Elizabeth II and houses a museum, art gallery and the theatre where the musical version of Anne of Green Gables is staged every year throughout the summer.
The following is just a sample of the many festivals and events taking place in PEI in 1994.
Summerside Highland Gathering – Summerside, The College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts.
Pipe bands, Highland dancers, solo piper & drummers & traditional heavyweight athletes. Premier competitions, evening concerts & ceilidhs.
Anne of Green Gables – Charlottetown, Confederation Centre of the Arts.
This popular family musical attracts thousands of visitors from Canada and all over the world.
Mon., Tues., Wed., and Sat. nights. Wed., & Sat. matinees. July & August
Confederation Players “Vignettes 1864” – Charlottetown.
Living history experiences with the Fathers & Mothers of Confederation.
Daily re-enactments. July – September
Ceilidh – Orwell Corner Historic Village.
Audience members are invited to share the stage with performers of traditional music & song (Wednesday evenings).
July 6 – Sept. 21.
Race Week – Charlottetown Yacht Club.
Waterside festival featuring keel-boat & yacht races, dances & barbecues.
July 10 – 13
Lighthouse Festival – West Point.
Variety concerts, children’s activities, parades, fishing-boat races, dance.
July 15 – 17
Lobster Carnival – Summerside.
Great food. Midway, parade, PEI live country music & entertainment, harness racing.
July 16 – 23
Souris Regatta – Souris.
A “Celebration of the Sea,” midway, dances, boat racing, arm wrestling. Awards dinner.
July 21 – 23
Northumberland Provincial Fisheries Festival – Murray River.
Parade, races, contests, lobster suppers, local entertainment.
July 28 – 31
Old Home Week Provincial Exhibition – Charlottetown.
Horse & livestock shows, harness racing, parade, midway, 4-H & Women’s Institute displays.
August 5 – 13
1994 International Softball Congress World Senior Softball Championship – Summerside.
48 of the world’s best fastpitch teams, world-class facilities, special events & great hospitality.
August 12 – 21
National Milton Acorn Festival – Charlottetown.
Fun with poetry, stories, music & dance.
August 19 – 20
Plowing Match & Agricultural Fair – Dundas.
Plowing classes, 4-H, heavy horse pull, horse & cattle shows, parade, midway, entertainment.
August 19 – 20
Second Annual Lucy Maud Montgomery Festival – Cavendish & area.
Daily performances by “Anne & Diana”, traditional musical entertainment, period games, barn dance, beach activities, clam bake.
August 19 – 21
Festival of the Fathers – Charlottetown’s Historic Waterfront.
Commemorating the “birthplace of Confederation” and the 130th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference of 1864. Buskers, musicians, dory races, tavern tour, vintage Victorian events, dances. Family fun.
August 26 – 28
Festival of the Arts – Province-wide.
Traditional music, theatre tours, workshops, craft demonstrations, visual arts.
September 5 – 11