While millions of people travel to Canada’s largest cities each year, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit Canada’s Prince Edward Island. Prince Edward Island is a large island off the East Coast of Canada near Nova Scotia. It’s about the size of Delaware and is truly a unique place to visit. The island is known for its natural beauty, seafood, and is the setting for the book Anne of Green Gables. America By Rail offers a Novia Scotia and Prince Edward Island train trip that starts in Chicago and travels to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton Island, and Montreal. Experience the best of Prince Edward Island with our list of things to do.
Spend an afternoon at the beach
When past travelers think of Prince Edward Island, they remember the red sand beaches. They were even nominated as one of Canada’s natural wonders. You’ll be amazed by how clean the beaches are and water temperatures can reach a perfect 70 degrees on hot summer days. Cavendish Beach is a great beach to visit if it’s your first time. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, try Cedar Dunes Provincial Park or Northumberland Provincial Park. While walking the beaches are fun, Prince Edward Island beaches are also great for clam digging and watching a sunset.
Bike or walk Confederation Trail
The 435-km trail was made after Prince Edward Island’s railway was abandoned in 1989. It’s now a smooth walking and biking trail that visitors regard as one of the most scenic spots on the Island. On the trail, you’ll see forests, wetlands, wildlife, and beaches. There are several branching trails from the main trail that take you through the Island’s villages.
Visit Anne of Green Gables attractions
Prince Edward Island native, Lucy Maud Montgomery, wrote the book Anne of Green Gables in 1908. The book is set in a fictional town based off the real Avonlea Village where you can explore the small town’s shops and gardens. Visit the Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place in Prince Edward Island National Park and tour landmarks from the book, explore interpretive displays, and watch the Anne of Green Gables film in L.M. Montgomery Theater. Your last stop on your journey should be the Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silver Bush in Park Corner.
Shop Victoria Row
Victoria Row in Charlottetown is a quaint cobblestone street lined with historic buildings, shops, and restaurants. The shopping is the biggest attraction including the official Anne of Green Gables Store and several galleries and artisan shops. It’s a great place to sit on a bench with ice cream or a cup of coffee and watch local street performers and live music in the summer.
See a Performance at Confederation Centre of the Arts
The huge Confederation Centre for the Arts stretches a whole city block and showcases the best of Canadian performing arts. The center holds five theaters, an art gallery, and a restaurant. It’s also home to the Anne of Green Gables Musical, the longest running Canadian musical. The theater currently hosts historic walking tours of Charlottetown and concerts featuring Canadian artists.
Eat great seafood
The waters surrounding the Island are full of fresh seafood such as oysters, clams, and lobster. If you want a large family style seafood dinner, the original New Glasgow Lobster Suppers is the place to be. The dining experience includes appetizers, salad, and desserts along with any lobster entrée. Other notable seafood restaurants include the water views at Lobster on the Wharf, succulent oysters at Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar, and the best fish and chips at Skip’s Fish N’ Chips. Visit the Island again in September for the Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival where you can listen to live music, watch cooking demonstrations, and eat all the shellfish you want.
If you ever get a chance to visit the natural wonder of Prince Edward Island, take our guide with you for an unforgettable vacation. A train trip to Prince Edward Island will make your Canadian travels even more unique.