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Top Reasons to Take a Stroll in Charlottetown

May 27, 2020

As spring blossoms in Charlottetown and summer soon to rear its sweet head, there’s no better time to get out and walk or bike the lesser-known spaces of this charming seaside city. The side streets and neighbourhoods where our residents live, work, and play are full of idyllic homes and pops of colours around every turn. Our historic downtown layout makes such adventuring easy, walkable, and rewarding. Read on for why you’ll want to explore Charlottetown’s nooks and crannies.

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Colourful Contrasts

In the downtown core, you’ll find yourself stopping often to read menus posted outside restaurants, gaze at window displays, and take in the contrasting sights of striking, modern architecture, historic red brick buildings, and colourful seaside homes. There is also a pleasant bustle of friendly citizens living in the core, adding to the character and energy of the city.

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Storybook Sidestreets

To get a real sense of the varied neighbourhoods and people that infuse this culturally rich hub with personality, set aside some time to stroll along the side streets east and west of the main core. What better way to discover the character of our little coastal city? You’ll find yourself admiring thoughtfully preserved heritage buildings, impressively landscaped green spaces, and gorgeous abodes of all sizes and colours.

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Beyond the Downtown Core

If you want to venture a bit further, continue due east from downtown until you reach the Confederation Trail, intersecting with Kensington Road or Longworth Avenue, and head north (take a left!) to explore the city’s midtown and uptown via this easy walking path. Along the way you’ll find gems like bar1911, Red Island Cider, Upstreet Craft Brewing, the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, and the Charlottetown Mall.

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Grand Old Splendor 

If time permits, wind your way through Victoria Park, whose boardwalk skirts along the Charlottetown Harbour, and continue west on Queen Elizabeth Drive. This marks the entry to Olde Brighton, a beloved neighbourhood filled with impressive homes, splendid water views, and streets lined by grand, old trees. Sunsets here are also a dream!

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To help you get situated on your adventures, be sure to print a copy of our walking map HERE