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Things to Do in Prince Edward Island

Spend a bit of time here, and you’ll understand why PEI is known as the “gentle island.” This itty-bitty island in the middle of the Atlantic was the birthplace of Canadian confederation, and despite its small stature and population, it packs a big tourism punch.

As soon as you cross the Confederation Bridge, stop for ice cream at Cow’s. This place is legendary for its wacky flavors. If you’re spending the night in Charlottetown, get out and explore on foot. For such a small city, the place is surprisingly cosmopolitan and there’s a large student population to keep the nightlife alive.

You can’t leave the island without pausing at the Anne of Green Gables house. Even if you’re not an Anne groupie, you will be by the time you leave. Tour the iconic household with its period-style rooms, and wander the gardens that were so much a part of Anne’s life. And if you’re still unconvinced, pick up a copy of her first book in the gift shop!
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Prince Edward Island National Park
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Stretching along the rugged north coast of Prince Edward Island, this national park features some of the province’s most dramatic scenery. It encompasses red sea cliffs, sandy beaches, towering dunes, salt marshes, and sprawling birch forests inhabited by red fox, muskrat, and mink.

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Dunes Studio Gallery & Café
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An easy detour from the coastal route of the Prince Edward Island National Park, the Dunes Studio Gallery & Café offers a unique glimpse into Canadian art, with its impressive collection featuring work by more than 50 local artists and craftsmen. Owners Peter Jansons and Joel Mills are renowned for their award-winning pottery and visitors can watch the ceramists at work in their studio, as well as soaking up the scenery in the idyllic gardens or stopping for lunch at the on-site café-restaurant.

Of course, the real highlight of the gallery is the varied array of crafts on sale, with items including oil, watercolor and batik paintings; gold and silver jewelry; woodwork and furnishings; textiles; blown glass; and handmade gifts like scented candles and organic soaps.

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Covehead Harbour Lighthouse
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Perched on a grassy hilltop above sweeping red sands, Covehead Harbour Lighthouse is one of the most photographed spots on Prince Edward Island (PEI). While this lighthouse is one of the island’s shortest at just 27 feet tall (8.2 meters tall), its charming white and red-trimmed exterior and panoramic coastal views make it one of the most popular.

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Cavendish Beach
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Set within Prince Edward Island National Park, Cavendish Beach is characterized by sandy shores, red sandstone cliffs, and rolling dunes. On calm days the water here is ideal for swimming and kayaking, while nearby campsites provide spots to post up for a night of campfire tales and stargazing.

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Green Gables Heritage Place

A must-see for fans of Lucy Maud Montgomery’sAnne of Green Gables books, this farmhouse once belonged to Montgomery’s relatives and served as the inspiration for the “Cuthbert farm” in her novels. Today the whitewashed dwelling is furnished as described in the books, with multimedia exhibits covering Montgomery’s life and works.

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Confederation Centre of the Arts
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Housed in an imposing stone building, right next door to the landmark Province House (famously the birthplace of the Canadian Confederation), it’s impossible to miss the Confederation Centre of the Arts and the multipurpose cultural center is the main hub of Charlottetown’s thriving arts scene.

The sizable complex has a history dating back to 1965 and now takes over an entire block, including a theatre, an art gallery, a public library and a children’s theatre, along with a cluster of shops, cafes and restaurants. As well as hosting an ever-changing roster of art exhibitions and theatric performances, the Confederation Centre of the Arts is best known for hosting the summer Charlottetown Festival, as well as regular showings of Anne of Green Gables–The Musical, Canada's most popular and longest-running musical.

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