There’s no doubt that fall gives us all the warm and fuzzy feels. From the harvest flavours that excite our taste buds, the sweater weather temperatures, the brilliant pops of colour throughout the landscape, or the many events like Street Feast and the Charlottetown Scarecrow Festival, it’s all too easy to fall in love with the season of pumpkin-spiced-everything in Charlottetown.
Whether you’re an avid mountain biker or a casual hiker, there’s no better place to witness the changing of the seasons than throughout the various wooded trails just beyond the city limits. For the thrill-seekers, check out Meridian63o MTB for a guided mountain biking adventure, or head to Brookvale, Bonshaw, or Winter River for some of the most stunning hiking trails on the Island. You can also hook onto the Confederation Trail from downtown Charlottetown, which features over 400km of cycling and walking trails that span the Island tip-to-tip.
Pack a picnic and plan to make an afternoon or a whole day of exploring the Island’s stunning red clay heritage roads, where breathtaking scenery greets you at every bend and hillcrest. Keep a lookout for local flora and fauna, as well as signs of the rural life that has shaped the Island’s character and culture. Old barns and golden hay bales also make for great photo ops and stunning red cliffs towering over the ocean are never far from view.
If you enjoy incredible food, you’ll definitely want to come during the annual Fall Flavours Festival, this multi-week festival takes place in September & October and features numerous culinary experiences & foodie adventures like Harbour Feast, the biggest patio party of the year. Taking place on the Charlottetown waterfront at Peake’s Quay Restaurant Oct 9, this upscale-yet casual feast is hosted by a celebrity chef and showcases the best Island ingredients. The PEI International Shellfish Festival (Sept 16 – 19 – cancelled for 2021) is also packed with shellfish, live music, and impressive culinary competitions. Beer Fest also runs Sept 24-25. Street Feast is an all-new two-day Block Party (Oct 1 & 2) featuring special creations and quirkiness from some of the city’s favourite local hang outs. Kent Street will come alive with local food & drink, music, comedy, games, and more! And the second annual Charlottetown Scarecrow Festival runs Oct 8 – 24 and features scarecrows lining the streets, psychic fairs, ghost walks, wine tastings, harvest meals, and more.
Fall is the ideal time to hit up one of our many outdoor markets. Whether it’s the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Downtown Farmers’ Market each Sunday, or Farm Day in the City (returning 2022), nothing gives you a better sense of Island culture and the people who make this place so special than meeting them one-on-one.
Fall is the ultimate time to cozy up in restaurants across the city and enjoy the flavours of PEI’s harvest. Whether it’s a juicy tenderloin and garlic mashed potatoes, an authentic bowl of comforting ramen, or a piping hot butter chicken curry, our eateries are primed and ready to rock your world with the freshest ingredients in the coolest spaces.
Shaken or stirred? Whether you’re the martini-drinking James Bond type or love a beautifully hand-crafted cocktail, the PEI Spirits Festival appeals to all interests and features exquisite liquors from near and far. You’ll have the chance to sample high-end whiskeys, rums, gins, tequilas, bourbons, and other spirits from around the world, along with delicious food pairings prepared by local chefs and tasty cocktails created right before your eyes. Nov 20
Calling all runners, lace up your sneakers! Seasoned marathoners searching for a gorgeous Boston Marathon qualifier race, first-time 10kers looking for a new challenge, or even the enthusiastic cheerleaders will all love the PEI Marathon. It’s an exciting and invigorating way to discover the beauty of Charlottetown and the surrounding area while pursuing your personal best or cheering on the runners. Oct 15 – 17.
The (scare)crows are coming! A silver lining during the pandemic was the creation of a brand new annual festival in 2020 called Scarecrows in the City, which decked the streets of downtown with hundreds of unique scarecrows, live music, and fall decor, plus various events at local businesses. Returning in 2021, the Charlottetown Scarecrow Festival will be bigger and better with even more handmade scarecrows, psychic fairs, harvest meals, horse & wagon rides, and festive events.
And there you have it! Come make all your cozy fall dreams come true.
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