From exploring unique historic sites to embarking on exciting boat adventures, there’s plenty for the whole family to see and do in Charlottetown.
Enjoy a lively scavenger hunt that combines technology, history and beautiful architecture with the GPS Heritage Quest walking tour (available year-round). This self-guided tour allows families to go at their own pace while learning fun facts about Charlottetown.
Take a ride on the Harbour Hippo; this quirky amphibious vehicle—with a smiling purple hippo on the front—cruises the streets before splashing into the water for a harbour cruise. Or ride the Hippopotabus, an open-top double decker bus that tours the city and the surrounding areas.
Learn all about flame-worked glass at Happy Glass, a working art studio located on the second floor of a heritage building downtown. Kids will love watching the glass being formed and silver being hand-cut to create shiny, colourful jewelry right before their eyes.
Go on a family bike ride around Charlottetown or the entire island with the help of GoWheelin’. Rentals include helmets, locks, and a Confederation Trail map so you don’t get lost—or you can take a guided group tour of the Trail or of PEI National Park.
Pick up treats for everyone at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, open every Saturday and seasonally on Wednesdays. Browse the many vendor stalls for delicious local produce, yummy baked goods, and artisan wares. Parents will also want to check out Deep Roots Distillery to pick up a bottle of its popular maple liqueur.
Admire Charlottetown from the sea with Peakes Wharf Boat Tours. Excursions allow guests to see the area’s scenic rivers and marine life, including a colony of seals sunbathing lazily on the rocks near Governor’s Island.
Take a leisurely stroll along the Charlottetown Boardwalk. Wander over to the shops at Peake’s Wharf Waterfront Merchants, where kids will love the tasty treats for sale and adults can browse authentic treasures at Amos Pewter, Coastal Culture, and My Little Stash—a new shop selling adorable moustache apparel made by creative local artisans.
The Best Places in Canada to See the Northern Lights
Canada is a prime destination for northern lights viewing, best experienced between October and March. Watch them dance in the night sky above Lake Superior near Thunder Bay, in Whitehorse, on Prince Edward Island, in Yellowknife or near Edmonton.
Things to Do Outdoors In and Around Charlottetown
As the birthplace of Canada, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is rich in history and must-see cultural attractions. Take a Sea-Doo into the Northumberland Strait, hike the coastline, paddle along the Hillsborough River or cycle to Green Gables in Cavendish.