Prince Edward Island is the "gentle island" - but it's anything but sleepy!
I take every opportunity I can to go back to visit and I think it's the perfect place to spend a week - or even just a spare afternoon. And best of all? It's incredibly affordable. You'll find fantastic value throughout the island, especially when you do some of my favourite things.
Do the Tip-to-Tip Tour
Head to the Harbour for Seafood
Take a Trip to the Beach
Visit the Land of Anne
In Cavendish itself, just down the road from Green Gables, is the village post office. It's been a functioning Canada Post bureau for a long time - so long, in fact, that Montgomery herself was once post mistress there. This is the perfect place to mail your post cards and souvenirs! (Speaking of souvenirs, I heartily recommend the chocolate covered potato chips sold in gift shops all over Cavendish. I know, I know, it sounds strange, but they really are incredible and when the chips are made from local potatoes, they're even better).
In Charlottetown, you have to take the time to take in a performance of Anne of Green Gables The Musical. It's a magical show and kids will absolutely love it -and so will adults!
Discover Charlottetown's Artsy Side
If you're looking for music recitals, concerts, plays, festivals, art exhibitions, lectures, or special events, you're going to love The Buzz. It's a comprehensive newspaper of all the artistic happenings and, while most events take place in Charlottetown, they cover everything on the island.
A lot of people come to PEI to rent a cottage on the shore - an excellent plan! But the accommodations in Charlottetown are extremely affordable compared to other Canadian cities and, in particular, I think the local bed and breakfasts offer a great value.
Some Final Tips
To leave PEI, I suggest taking the ferry to Nova Scotia. My preference for this lies in the fact that there is counter selling homemade fudge in the gift shop at the PEI ferry terminal! This trip is VERY scenic and a sunset ferry ride is a fantastic experience. There are also musical performances on several of the summer ferry crossings. Occasionally crossings can get busy and for that reason I don't suggest taking the last ferry of the day, just in case you can't get on.
Of course, that's all contingent on the fact that you'll actually want to leave - an unlikely scenario once you get one glimpse of the island!
I'd love to hear from you - what's you're favourite island in the world?
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