Discover historic Charlottetown, a popular port of call for many cruise ships on the Canada-New England route. The cruise ship season runs from early May into October. Due to COVID-19 the Canada-New England cruise season is delayed until 2021.
Great George Street National Historic Site in Charlottetown is one of the most important streets in all of Canada. In 1864 The Fathers of Confederation (23 elected officials) walked the street to Province House to attend the Charlottetown Conference which set in motion plans for the Confederation of Canada. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr
Take a “best of the island” tour
Rent a car and take a “best of the island” tour, if you like to explore on your own. Make sure to book your rental before leaving your home city. Ask the rental agency about shuttle service to and from port.
Be mindful of the time, so you return to the ship before it leaves port.
We rented a car and spent a full day touring, combining Red Sands Shore Drive and Green Gables. When we arrived back in Charlottetown, we quickly did a drive along the main streets, parked when we wanted a quick photo, then returned to the rental car agency. The agency provided a return shuttle to the port.
Things to do and see in the beautiful PEI countryside. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr
Prince Edward Island’s scenic Red Sands Shore drive takes you on red clay roads winding through the countryside of farmlands, rolling hills and woodlands and then onto impressive red sandstone cliffs and red sand beaches. Irish Moss can be found here.
The lighthouse at North Rustico has helped many ships and fisherman since 1876. It still continues to give off light but it has been deemed surplus by the Canadian Coast Guard and the community is trying to preserve it for tourists, educational purposes and historic significance. The lighthouse is one of only a few left on PEI with living space.
The scenic PEI Green Gable Shore drive gives you access to stunninåg Cavendish seascape views of red sandstone cliffs and pristine white sandy beaches. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr
Prince Edward Island’s scenic Red Sands Shore drive takes you on red clay roads winding through the countryside of farmlands, rolling hills and woodlands and then onto impressive red sandstone cliffs and red sand beaches. Irish Moss can be found here. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr
Take a tour to see Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge in the world crossing ice-covered waters. The bridge opened in 1997, connecting New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island. It is 8 miles/12.9 km long and remains Canada’s greatest engineering feat.
See Confederation Bridge on a driving tour from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Go deep-sea fishing
Go deep-sea fishing at North Rustico for cod or mackerel in the summer months. Rustico is famous for its lobster.
The charming seaside town of North Rustico, near Cavendish, Anne of Green Gables and it is on the scenic PEI Green Gables Shore driving route.