Artisans / Crafts

From the hands of our people


We'll start on Water St. (In the summer, you'll find many quaint little shops opening up in Peake's Quay like flowers in bloom, at the bottom of Great George St. But culture abounds year-round.)

At the foot of Great George St., head west on Water. That's the oldest remaining brick building, the Gainsford House, immediately on your left. After a great fire in 1866, more brick buildings began to be constructed. On your left, as well, you'll see the newly established Young Folk & the Kettle Black. This meeting place was immediately ingratiated into the community (and they’ve opened a sister location, roasting their own coffee on Victoria Row.) Upstairs, you'll find original paintings, knitted goods and supplies. Across the street, the odd and romantic vision of Overman greets you. This one of a kind jewelry and small decor shop was a feature in the guesting suite at the 2012 Emmy awards. Beside that shop, Michael Stanley Pottery and Walker Studios open their studios to visitors. Michael Stanley's pottery has been sought after by many, with his family establishing themselves decades ago. Nostalgic paintings and elegant jewelry comprise Walker's offerings.

Continue along to the neighbor, and the smell of essential oils and handmade soaps greet you at Moonsnail. This eclectic gift shop bears goods from around the world and locally sourced sundries.

Hang a right on Queen St. Nessya's Gems is a well-established, original designer. If you can pass by Anne's Chocolate's without going in, you're a stronger willed person than most. Watch the potato chips get lovingly coated with milk chocolate, and pack some gift bags with some more delicate treats. Now, focus, and continue up to Richmond St. Turn right on what is Victoria Row, a beacon of socializing and entertainment. (In the summer, this stretch of terraces and brickwork is open only to pedestrians.)

In a sweet little window display, Happy Glass beckons you to head upstairs. Watch as this fun jewelry, loaded with personality gets made. Past the many welcoming restaurants and terraces, don't miss GGGallery, tucked below street level. Northern Watters, with cozy, locally made sweaters, scarves, mitts, and pieces for all seasons draws you in with loving embrace. Best of PEI features an assortment of crafted goods from across the Province. Details, Past and Present features local paintings, crafts, and antiques – a beautifully appointed store, with a rich trove of finds. Look around you. That masterful aesthetic achievement with the columns is Province House, the storied seat of our Legislature. The Fathers of Confederation walked up this very street, Great George St, to first discuss confederation. To the left, built to commemorate this event, is the brilliantly designed Confederation Centre. More on this in the history and arts tours. Now, just half a block north of Province House, popular locally designed and made clothes can be found behind the always eye catching window display at the Greenman.

Across the street, cut back through the Shops at Confederation Court Mall to find yourself on Queen St. Have an eye for design, or, rather, wish you did? Cottage Industry, just a few steps west from the intersection of Grafton and Queen has an abundance of stylish décor and furniture. A couple of buildings east on Grafton from that same intersection will put you in front of Moving Designz, another popular furniture and décor destination.

In addition to a bountiful harvest of seasonal produce and meats, and irresistible baked goods, the Charlottetown Farmer's Market, which you’ll find just north of the Historic Downtown, about 15 minutes walking on the Confederation Trail, features unique crafters - knitted goods, candles, floral displays, wood and metal work, pottery, paintings...

Be sure to attend any seasonal markets that take place during your stay. A wonderful way to immerse yourself in local culture, some popular markets include (dates/locations): Colonel Gray Christmas Craft Fair, Glen Stewart Christmas Fair, and the juried PEI Craft Council Christmas Market all in November and early December. And to cap off the end of summer, Farm Day in the City is a feast of culture and food.

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