With plenty of small-town appeal, Charlottetown is an enchanting port of call that bustles with colour and charisma whatever the season. This pretty port of call that is often referred to as the ‘Gentle Island, is the capital of Prince Edward Islands (PEI) and also happens to be the birthplace Canada. Full of historical charm, festivities and the inspiration behind the novel of Anne of Green Gables, it’s hard not to fall in love with Charlottetown.
Founders’ Hall is the place to go to learn the city’s role in the creation of the Confederation using the innovative interactive displays. Alternatively, you can head for the cobblestones of Victoria Row and lose yourself amongst some Charlottetown’s most beautiful buildings before heading to one of the many delightful restaurants that line this beautiful row. During the summer months in Charlottetown, Victoria Row is transformed into a pedestrian mall, closing off its road to all vehicle traffic so locals and visitors can meander all at their own pace.
Away from the historical influences of the city you can take a stroll along tree-line trails and harbour views of Victoria Park before finishing off with a relaxing drink as you blissfully watch the world go by. Then again, you may opt to enjoy all that this town has to offer on two wheels by opting for a bike ride along Confederation Trail that covers over 400km and weaves it way right through the heart of Charlottetown.
With a history that dates back to 1851, there’s no missing the Blockhouse Point Lighthouse that’s only a short 20-minute car ride from downtown Charlottetown. So if you’re looking for that perfect holiday snap, then this is the perfect spot for you.
Perhaps the most popular claim to fame here is the fictional character of the 1908 children's classic, "Anne of Green Gables." The character of Anne was created during the Victorian Era and remains to this day a renowned claim to fame of this fascinating destination. The author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, is said to have taken her inspiration for her novel from the charming scenery of where she grew up. On arrival into Charlottetown you’ll easily see where drew her inspiration from when you are surrounded by lush green landscapes, charming fishing villages, lighthouses, quiet rural communities and green-gabled houses.
Peake's Wharf is the first point of interest from the cruise port. Upon disembarkation from the ship the winding walkways take passengers through an array of shops and restaurants before arriving here. From this point onwards there is also the opportunity to indulge in one of the many self-guided historical walks, the most popular being the route towards Victoria Row before finishing at the sublime area of Kent Street’s Victoria Park.
No visit to Charlottetown is complete without sampling the superb culinary creations. The fresh seafood here is sensational so be sure to try one if not two of the notorious lobster creations, fresh oysters and the magnificent Bluefin tuna.
This Canadian classic is a true gem and a must see aboard a Canadian cruise, with the beautiful backdrop paying tribute to the historical heritage. Come and savour some of the cleanest air, eat your way through a plethora of seafood and discover all the beauty Charlottetown has to offer on your next cruise to Canada.