Charlottetown, rich in history is the capital of PEI and is Canada’s birthplace. Discover the top things to do in Charlottetown. Take a walking tour, explore Canada’s past, visit the waterfront and soak up its quaint charm.
Top things to do in Charlottetown
Explore St. Dunstan’s Basilica
St. Dunstan’s Basilica is a Roman Catholic church with a style of architecture called High Victorian Gothic Revival. The church became a Designated Heritage Site of Canada in 1990. It is one of the Maritimes largest and most ornate churches. The design was fashioned after New York’s St. Patrick Cathedral. The church was completed in 1919 and is the fourth church built on this site. It is also one of 20 Canadian churches granted the title of Basilica by the Pope. The church is located centrally on Great George Street across the street from many impressive heritage buildings.
The Roman Catholic church, St. Dunstan’s Basilica style of architecture is High Victorian Gothic Revival. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr
- Charlottetown’s Victoria Row is a charming area of historic buildings with lots of galleries, shops and restaurants. The cobblestoned street is a pedestrian only zone in the summer months. This area is found between Great George and Queen Streets on Richmond.
- Province House National Historic Site is known as the Birthplace of Confederation and the seat of PEI provincial legislature since 1847. The building’s architecture is neoclassical in design. There are many interpretive panels around the grounds depicting the history.
Province House National Historic Site is the birthplace of Confederation and the seat of PEI provincial legislature since 1847. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©
- The historic Bishop’s Residence, also known as the Palace, serves the nearby St. Dunstan’s Basilica National Historic Site. The architecture is influenced by Italianate and Gothic Revival.
The Bishop’s Residence also known as the Palace, serves the nearby St. Dunstan’s Basilica National Historic Site. Photo Credit: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©
Wellington House, once the Wellington Hotel, was built in the early 1800s and is an example of Georgian style architecture. It is now part of the historic Inns of Great George. It stands on Great George Street National Historic Site.
- 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. There are several heritage buildings along Great George Street across from the Roman Catholic church, St. Dunstan’s Basilica. These historic buildings are part of a collection of 15 inns called Inns on Great George.
Explore more of Prince Edward Island.
Discover more about Charlottetown.
Order an official visitors guide from Tourism PEI to help plan your visit.
Learn about other travel destinations.
View more photo galleries.