Charlottetown has the best of both worlds. As a coastal city with a vibe that just won’t quit, you’re rarely more than a short walk, bike ride or drive from the water’s edge. Quaint streets lined with colourful houses lead you to harbourside boardwalks, while scenic drives through rolling farmland take you to the Island’s world-renowned beaches. Whether it’s the sound of lapping water, the taste of fresh seafood, or the smell of the salty breeze, there are so many ways to soak up the peaceful Island vibes during your visit.
2) EAT & DRINK
A warm sea breeze is the perfect accompaniment to a feast of fresh seafood and other culinary delights translated through the hands of PEI’s finest chefs. There are plenty of dining options along the Charlottetown waterfront, including (from east to west) The Cork & Cast, Lobster on the Wharf, Nimrods’ Floating Restaurants, JC’s Tiki Bar, Peake’s Quay Restaurant, Dave’s Lobster, Brakish, Salt & Sol, and more.
*With nearly 50 patios within walking distance, and new ones popping up regularly, Charlottetown has a ton of cool options to choose from. From breezy dockside dining to hip rooftop terraces to swanky street-side spaces, find out the top 10 not-to-miss patios HERE.
Much of the city’s waterfront is linked by a series of boardwalks that provide the best views of the harbour and stunning cityscapes no matter the season. Sunset strolls or bike rides in Victoria Park are highly recommended, with a special stop at Kiwanis Dairy Bar for ice cream to enjoy on the nearby floating dock. Bike rentals are available at MacQueen’s Bike Shop, OuterLimit Sports, FunWheel Rentals, Rising Tide Electric Bicycles, and select accommodations around town. Epic Electric Scooters can also be found on almost every street corner downtown.
You can even sleep on the water! The Floating Cottages on the Quay provide a tranquil overnight experience while still feeling like you’re immersed in the heart of the city. Located within Peake’s Quay Marina on the historic Charlottetown waterfront, you can spend your nights under the glow of the stars and your mornings watching the sun rise over the harbour. The Delta Prince Edward by Marriott is also perched on the waterfront and offers wonderful views and full amenities.
If cruising the harbour by boat sounds like bliss, you’re in luck. There are plenty of tours departing from Peake’s Wharf and the SeaPort Marina, including a land-and-sea tour of the city aboard the amphibious Harbour Hippo, a seal watching excursion with Peake’s Wharf Tours, a lobster fishing experience with Top Notch Tours, or an eco-friendly option with Sol Paddle Tavern or Ride Solar.
Charlottetown is the perfect base to explore PEI’s 800km of beachfront. From National and Provincial Park beaches with all the amenities to those with barely any road signs, your options are endless. Whether you hit the red cliffs of the south shore or the white sandy dunes of the north, a day at the beach is never far away.
At the bottom of Water Street sits the big red numbers (2023), the Love Locks and red Adirondack chairs, inviting you to soak in the beautiful surroundings and stay a while. You’ll enjoy listening to the knock of sailboats at the nearby Charlottetown Yacht Club as you embrace the art of doing less.
It’s near impossible to miss a waterfront view while staying in Charlottetown, but we’re not complaining! There are many ways to live the coastal dream here in our little city, and we’re just getting you started. It’s smooth sailing from here on!
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