As the birthplace of Canada, Prince Edward Island’s biggest city is rich in history and must-see cultural attractions. But there are also plenty of outdoor activities that show off Charlottetown’s natural side. Here are four of our favourite.
Sea-Doo the city
You may be visiting the Gentle Isle, but you’ll get your adrenalin pumping by letting it rip on a FlyBoard or Sea-Doo around the Charlottetown Marina with FlyBoard PEI and its sister company, PEI Seadoo Tours. After you’ve tried to get air on the FlyBoard, take a Sea-Doo tour to cruise along the Hillsborough River and into the Northumberland Strait—it can be a gentle ride or a more challenging adventure depending on how choppy the waves are when you get to the strait.
Hike the coastline
The coastline of P.E.I. is breathtaking thanks to its combination of red sands and cliffs, dunes, and windswept sea grasses. And a hike through the area is definitely the best way to take it all in—there are many coastline hikes to be found all around the island. From Charlottetown, drive 20 minutes to the lovely Parks Canada Gulf Shore Way East trail. This trail takes you on an easy 10-kilometre trek (one way) from stunning Brackley Beach to Dalvay by the Sea, where Prince William and Princess Kate honeymooned.
Take a leisurely paddle
Paddleboard or kayak along the Hillsborough River. Take in the views from the water, including those of Charlottetown’s grand historic houses, as you paddle around pretty Victoria Park. Paddles PEI offers rentals and tours, with both double and single kayaks available as well as paddleboards.
Cycle to Green Gables
Rent a single or tandem bike (or bike trailers to take the kids along, too) from Outside Expeditions and ride about 10 km along the coastline from North Rustico (30 minutes north of Charlottetown) to Cavendish, home of Anne of Green Gables. Prefer a guided tour? This outfit also offers The Land of Anne tour that takes you to Green Gables, along Lover’s Lane, and teaches you about the life of author L.M. Montgomery (picnic lunch included).