It’s more important than ever to do our part to preserve this beautiful place we call home. While we’ve been a place that recycles and composts for many years now, there is always more we can do. Here are 12 ways to help make more eco‑friendly choices during your time in the heart of PEI. We can’t wait to see you!
1. BUY SECOND HAND BOOKS
We have many wonderful second‑hand books stores, all the same block on Queen Street in Charlottetown. Enjoy flipping through previously loved editions and spend the day getting lost with your favourite characters.
2. WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN
Lots of our heritage homes in the downtown core have been carefully restored and revived to their original glory. Take a self-guided walking tour of the downtown area and grow a deeper sense of appreciation for these perfectly-preserved properties. Bonus points when eco‑friendly materials are used!
3. OPT OUT OF DAILY HOUSEKEEPING
Hotels like the Great George and the Hotel on Pownal are committed to doing their part for our environment. Guests can “go green” and forego their housekeeping service at any time during their stay. In exchange, they receive a $10 gift certificate that’s valid at any of the 13 Murphy Hospitality Group locations.
4. SWITCH TO CLEAN PRODUCTS
Pure Anada is an all-natural bath and beauty boutique. Their cosmetics, skincare, soaps, and lotions are all made in Canada from fresh, wholesome ingredients. Visit their boutique on Great George Street to check out all their goodies. Or, stop by Rosewood Refillery, Charlottetown’s go-to shopping experience for a conscious, low waste lifestyle. Located on Kent St in downtown Charlottetown, check out their ever-growing selection of small batch, locally made products, Canadian-based refill options, and low waste essentials that are natural, non-toxic, and sustainable.
5. ADD VINTAGE PIECES TO YOUR WARDROBE
It’s always fun to dive into a carefully curated vintage shop. Green Eye Designs on Victoria Row has a wonderful selection of vintage pieces, along with lots of locally‑made accessories, home decor items and body products. Looking for sustainable fashion? Look no further than Swenn in the Confederation Court Mall.
6. THESE STREETS WERE MADE FOR WALKIN’
With a downtown core that was originally designed to be walkable, it’s super easy to get around to all your favourite locations using only two feet and a heartbeat. Your body and Mother Earth will both thank you!
7. SHOP LOCAL
Founders’ Food Hall & Market has everything you need under one roof. From gourmet sandwiches to wood‑fired pizza, you don’t have to travel far to shop local and have a fun time doing it! Another gem for local goodies is Kent Street Market, carrying the freshest produce, locally baked goodness, and much more. Nothing screams local love like a good ol’ farmer’s market. Check out the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market every Saturday (year-round) and Wednesday (summer months) or the Downtown Farmers’ Market every Sunday on Queen Street during the summer months.
8. ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Charlottetown is full of trails and green spaces that make adventuring in nature convenient, inspiring and refreshing. Need a starting point? Check out Confederation Landing Park (2 Great George St), a 6-acre green space nestled along Charlottetown’s waterfront.
9. TEACH YOUR LITTLE ONES
If you do your best to be mindful of choosing more eco‑friendly practices, be sure to pass them on to your children! They are like little sponges, after all, and our planet will someday be theirs to care for.
10. BRING YOUR OWN SUPPLIES
Do you love grabbing a coffee in the morning? One simple step you can do is to bring your own reusable coffee mug to your favourite coffee shop! Grabbing take-out? Bring your own utensils! It’s a win‑win for everyone involved.
11. TWO WHEELS ARE BETTER THAN FOUR
Biking in Charlottetown is not only a fun time, it slows down your experience and allows you to visit places you might not see in a vehicle. Many of our locals are choosing to bike to work now rather than drive, so it’s becoming more of a bike‑friendly place each day. Head to Rising Tide and experience the thrill of zipping around on an electric bike. Rent a bike at FunWheels at Founders’ Hall and cruise the city on two (or four) wheels. Make it a party with Ride Solar, a solar-powered Party Bike, offering a unique food & beverage tour experience. Take it to the ocean with Ride Solar Harbour Cruise or Sol Paddle Tavern. Epic Electric Scooters can be found on almost every street corner downtown.
12. AN ADVENTURE IS NEVER FAR AWAY
A day trip beyond the city centre means driving no more than 25‑45 minutes along any one of our charming coastal drives. These drives are not only easy on your gas mileage, but they offer some of the most awe‑inspiring landscapes and are definitely worth the visit.
READ: PEI Day Trip Destinations
And there you have it- we’re seeing green! This season, discover endless ways to enjoy our little city with a conscious and appreciative mindset. Earth appreciates you back!
Need a place to stay? Check out our amazing selection of accommodations. Curious about what else to do around Charlottetown? Don’t miss a beat over on our events page.
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