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.

The fall colours are spectacular in late September and October but you can’t always time it right, as nature does not necessarily cooperate with your schedule. The fall can offer some windier days, fog and rain, as tropical storms might work their way north from the Caribbean. If fairer weather appeals to you, the summer months are warmer and with more days of sunshine. Be prepared in any season by dressing in layers, wearing windproof and rainproof clothing as well as comfortable walking shoes.

Things to do while in Charlottetown Port of Call

Arriving in port there are many options to choose from.

  • Walk a short distance to explore Charlottetown on your own or take a guided walking tour. More than a full day can be spent here discovering all the historic sites and museums. Find out more about the top things to do in Charlottetown.
  • 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. Also 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.
  • 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.
  • Go deep-sea fishing at North Rustico for cod or mackerel in the summer months.
  • Shop along the historic Peake’s Wharf on the waterfront where the Fathers of Confederation landed in 1864.

Quick Facts

  • Lobster season is May and June
  • Prince Edward Island is the smallest Canadian Province.
  • Charlottetown is the capital city of PEI.
  • The city is considered the birthplace of Confederation.
  • PEI is the only province without land borders.

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