To truly experience PEI, there’s no doubt you’ve gotta do as the locals do. Whether it’s getting out on a kayak, tapping along to live music or soaking up the seaside vibes with a cocktail in hand, there are tons of uniquely Island activities that’ll fast-track your initiation to becoming an ‘Honourary Islander’.
As Islanders, seawater is practically in our blood. And there’s no better way to truly get to experience our way of life than by getting out on the water and having experienced locals show you the ropes. Whether it’s hopping aboard a stand-up paddleboard with Paddles or getting your adrenaline pumping with Flyboard PEI & Seadoo Adventures, we’ve got something for every taste, preference, and thrill-level. Of course, the perfect way to end any ocean adventure is to treat yourself to an ice cream cone afterward. Famous COWS at Peake’s Wharf is always a delight or head to local fav Kiwanis Dairy Bar in Victoria Park.
The heart of Prince Edward Island can be felt in our vibrant music scene, with live acts presented in an array of outdoor and cozy settings. Take in an intimate performance by local talent at the Trailside Music Hall or settle in on one of our patios for an evening of live acoustic entertainment.
With few exceptions, we Islanders are passionate about our PEI seafood. The warm waters surrounding our fair province teem with fresh fish and our fishers work tirelessly to bring in big catches throughout the year. So it’s practically our duty to enjoy the fruits of their labour, right? Right. So whether it’s a plate of freshly shucked oysters, steamed mussels or a lobster boil with all the fixin’s, there are no shortage of restaurants serving up fresh local fare, like Claddaugh Oyster House, Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar, Dave’s Lobster, and Lobster on the Wharf, among others.
PEI is known for being a leader in the environmental movement and since Charlottetown was designed pre-car era, it’s super easy to get around by foot or bicycle. Whether it’s checking out all of the public art on display throughout the city, taking in a ghost walking tour with the Confederation Players, or hearing legends and folklore with the Secrets of Charlottetown Walking Tour, there are plenty of ways to see the city with your two feet and a heartbeat. For those more inclined to explore on two wheels, Fun Wheel Rentals is a great choice for bike rentals within the city or you can experience some of the best trails on the Island with Sacred Rides PEI Mountain Bike Tours.
Nothing says “Island Life” quite like a seafood spread and cold craft beer by the water. For a casual drink and local eats, check out The Cork & Cast, one of PEI’s first floating restaurant. Got gourmet pizza cravings? Nimrods’ at Peake’s Wharf has you covered. Peake’s Quay Restaurant & Bar also offers a sprawling deck, cool cocktails, and a large menu. And for the best place to watch the boats come and go with a cold brew in hand, check out the upper deck of Salt & Sol.
With 800+ km of pristine beachfront around the Island, Charlottetown makes the ideal home base for getting out to the beach – many just 20+ minutes away. Not only this, but PEI’s beaches are primed for connecting with the stunning beauty of the landscape and the calming sound of the sea. Check out our Top 10 PEI Beaches Loved by Locals blog to pick your favourite one!
By its very nature, PEI’s capital city is a huge draw for those looking to relax and soak up all the magic the Island has to offer. And with yoga studios like Modo Yoga and the Charlottetown Yoga Space, as well as healthy & beauty spas like Pure Spa and Grand Senses, the choice is all yours for ways to unwind.
It’s been over 100 years since the redhead orphan who put PEI on the map was created by L.M. Montgomery, and yet she continues to win over hearts all over the world. Whether you’re an Anne of Green Gables fan or not, you’ll want to visit one of the Anne of Green Gables Chocolates locations (on Queen St. or at their flagship store at 15 Milky Way) for delectable treats made by hand. Don’t miss the chocolate-covered potato chips!