5 Experiences You Can't Miss on Prince Edward Island

It might be Canada’s smallest province, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in incredible scenery and things to do. We asked Nomad Arienne to share her top picks for adventure-junkies and foodies.

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Home to red-sand beaches, rolling potato fields, dozens of lighthouses, and delectable seafood, Prince Edward Island (PEI) will steal your heart from the moment you step foot on the island. Give yourself a minimum of five days to explore it all, and be sure to prioritize these experiences on your itinerary.

Cavendish

Cavendish is the most popular area on the island due to its central location and everything Anne of Green Gables related. A visit to the Green Gables Heritage Place is a must when you’re visiting PEI, as it’s here that author Lucy Maud Montgomery was inspired to write this classic Canadian story.

Rent a Car to Explore PEI

Explore the rest of the island by renting a car. Visit the Northshore and East Point Lighthouses, the charming towns of Victoria, Stratford, and West Cape.

PEI is also full of glorious beaches, especially Prince Edward Island National Park, Greenwich Beach, and Basin Head Beach, which is also known as "Singing Sands" because of the noises that will come from your beneath your feet (due to high silica content) as you walk across the beautiful white sand.

The protected sand dunes in Prince Edward Island National Park. Photo credit: iStock

Cycle the Confederation Trail

Cyclists will love the Confederation Trail which spans the entire province. It’s built on the old, abandoned railway lines and includes 270mi (435km) of trails to enjoy. Pick up a detailed map from the Tourism Office.

If hopping on a bike isn't for you, PEI is also Canada’s top golf destination with 17 courses to choose from.

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Stuff Yourself Silly With Seafood

You can’t leave PEI without sampling the delicious seafood – including the island’s biggest exports, mussels and oysters.

One culinary experience you can’t miss is a church lobster dinner. New Glasgow Lobster Suppers was the first to offer this back in 1958 and continues to this day. Your meal includes your choice of lobster, and comes with unlimited fresh rolls, clam chowder, freshly-steamed PEI blue mussels, salads, and dessert. Yes, all unlimited. Pack the stretchy pants!

A lobster fishing village on Prince Edward Island. Photo credit: iStock

Visit Charlottetown

The birthplace of Confederation in Canada, Charlottetown is teaming with old historic Victorian homes, has a walkable downtown core, boasts excellent restaurants, and has an impressive theatre scene, including Anne of Green Gables – The Musical, the longest-running Canadian musical.

Make a point to walk along the waterfront at Victoria Park, sample the famous PEI seafood at the Water Prince Corner Shop, enjoy a pint of beer at the Gahan Brewery, and meander your way through town with a Cow’s ice cream cone in hand.

Charlottetown in Winter, Prince Edward Island. Photo credit: iStock
Want to know more about Canada? Check out our podcast. We discuss when a traveler becomes a snack; the perils of wilderness adventure, a culinary tour of the provinces for foodies, and we speak to World Nomads photography scholarship mentor Richard I'Anson.

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