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6 Reasons To Make Charlottetown Your Winter Getaway Destination

1. Hit Up Jack Frost WinterFest, Feb 14 – 17, 2020
This year’s Jack Frost Winterfest is slated to be bigger and better than ever before. While the famous outdoor snow kingdom and all the other festival favourites will be back, visitors of all ages will enjoy fresh programming in the downtown core. So be sure start planning and take in the extreme snowmobile demos, axe throwing, gaming stations, a snowskate park, a disco skate, ice bars, fireworks, firepits, DJs, and tons more! Head to www.jackfrostfestival.com for the full schedule.

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2. Explore the City and Beyond by Snowshoe
We want you to enjoy a unique winter experience with their Snowshoes in the City initiative! Book your stay with a participating hotel or inn and you can take advantage of complimentary loaner snowshoes during your visit. Trek around the city after a fresh snowfall or venture into the countryside and discover the vast beauty of PEI under a blanket of white. You’ll even get a curated trail guide to help you navigate your adventure!

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3. Feast on Culinary Delights During WinterDine
Discover why PEI is known as Canada’s Food Island and explore downtown Charlottetown’s diverse restaurant scene during Winter Dine (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Jan 16 to Feb 9).  Treat yourself to a carefully-curated 3-course feast inspired by local ingredients and created by talented chefs at one of the many participating restaurants. Round out your foodie getaway with a visit to the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning, afternoon tea or coffee at one of the city’s many cafes and a sampling of craft brews at one (or more!) of Charlottetown’s breweries.

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4. Do Yoga in the Snow
One of our favourite regular events of the year has become Snoga in the Park with 3e Yoga’s Erika Killam. Taking place every Saturday at 1pm outside of Founders’ Food Hall & Market, it’s the perfect way to warm up from the inside out! It’s an amazing way to enjoy the great outdoors while stretching out those winter kinks. It’s free and all ages + abilities are welcome. Simply bundle up and show up! Then head inside for a snack with your yogi pals. Go to Snoga in the Park on Facebook for more!

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5. Take in the Lively Arts and Music Scene
Charlottetown’s live music and arts scene knows no rest. During the winter, venues across the city continue to host a myriad of live events, from concerts to comedy to acoustic sets and more. Live @ the Centre! brings musicians and other performers to the Confederation Centre of the Arts all winter long, including Steven Page, Ben Caplin, Rose Cousins, Basia Bulat, and more. PEI Music Week also takes place February 5-9th, 2020 and features incredible local talent at venues across Prince Edward Island. A visit to the Centre’s National Art Gallery is also a ‘must’, and features the works of accomplished Canadian artists throughout the year. Across the street at The Guild, you’ll discover exhibitions of local art as well as plenty of community-based theatre and music on offer at the black box theatre. Live music is on tap at plenty of the city’s bars and pubs, including The Old Triangle, bar1911, the Olde Dublin Pub, PEI Brewing Co., Water’s Edge, Baba’s Lounge, and Hunter’s Ale House.

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6. Embrace This Special Season of Snow with WinterLove PEI!
WinterLove PEI is one part festival and one part philosophy. Created by a group of passionate Islanders, Winterlove PEI is a celebration of the magical season that brings us snow days, tobogganing, trees dusted in sparkling white, outdoor skating rinks, snowmen and snow angels, excuses to drink hot chocolate, snowshoeing, big wooly scarves, and a sense of renewal. Throughout January & February, Winterlove PEI hosts and promotes several events and activities pretty much guaranteed to have you falling in love with winter – from Speed Skating 101 to a tubing night at Brookvale Provincial Ski Park to an outdoor disco skate at Founders’ Hall to Curling for Beginners and more. Of course, your winter love need not be bound to the month of February – you’ll find plenty of winter activities to take part in all season long. Share your love on Instagram using #WinterLovePEI.

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