By Jessica Howell

Nestled in the Gulf of St. Lawrence just north of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island is Canada’s best kept secret.  With sprawling sandy beaches, rolling green hills, and quaint towns, the island is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a fun filled family vacation.  Located directly in the center of the island, Charlottetown, offers visitors top notch amenities with a small town charm that will make it one of your best vacations yet.  Charlottetown’s central location makes any part of the island accessible.  But with interesting museums, art galleries, over 50 restaurants and lounges, and beautiful scenery, you may never want to leave this friendly town. invites you to book your next vacation to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and see why it was named a 2011 Cultural Center of Canada.   

Prince Edward Island is served by the islands only airport, Charlottetown Airport (YYG).  Airports’ central location makes every part of the island accessible to travelers.  Only minutes away from downtown Charlottetown, visitors of the island can easily get from the airport to town using a shuttle, taxi, or bus.  To book your flight to Charlottetown, click on the following link:  (  On Prince Edward Island, islanders take great pride in offering only the best accommodations and services to their customers.  Click on the following link to browse the island’s selection of hotels (

Charlottetown’s main claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of the Canadian Confederation.  While one may be surprised that Canada’s smallest province paved the wave for this great nation, Charlottetown’s charming heritage and historic past will enchant visitors from the moment you arrive.  To learn how Canada got its humble beginning, recommends you visit Founder’s Hall, Canada’s Birthplace Pavilion, which uses multi-media technology to engage visitors in the history of Canada. 

Charlottetown takes great pride in its historic past and pays homage to its heritage through historical reenactments and interpreters who stroll the streets in period costumes. recommends that you relive the past on a walking tour of one of Canada’s most famous streets.  Walk alongside the Confederation Players and listen to interesting stories about Charlottetown’s historic heritage.  There are several tours available including Historic Great George Street, Merchants and Mansions, The Ghostly Realm, and Parks Canada Historical Reenactments.  Tickets and departures are available at Founder’s Hall.

Charlottetown does not just take great pride in its history, but in its culture as well.  Before Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote “Anne of Green Gables” in 1908, it is likely that very few people were aware of Prince Edward Island’s spectacular natural beauty and intoxicating charm.  Whether you are a fan of Montgomery’s classic novel or not, no trip to Prince Edward Island is complete without exploring the picturesque landscape that inspired her timeless classic. insists you take a day trip to the nearby town of Cavendish to visit The Prince Edward Island National Park, where you can see The Green Gables House and Farm.  Located just 45 minutes from Charlottetown, the park is one of the best places to explore the islands’ gorgeous landscapes including beaches, sand dunes, barrier islands and sandpits, sandstone cliffs, wetlands and forests.  You can even take a stroll through the Haunted Woods and Balsam Hollow trails as described in the book.  These trials are very mild and suitable for people of all walks of life.  Admission to the park can be purchased for a small fee and includes entry to most of the heritage sites located within the park.  However, special tours of various sites may require additional fees.  Before you leave Cavendish, also recommends visiting Avonlea Village, where lovers of the classic novel have recreated the type of rural community where Anne lived complete with music, wagon rides, candy shop, period costumes, and heritage buildings.

When you return to Charlottetown, recommends that you experience a little more of ‘Anne’ by purchasing tickets to see Canada’s longest running and most beloved musical “Anne of Green Gables – The Musical.”  Performances run all year around at The Confederation Centre of the Arts, one of the largest art galleries in Atlantic Canada.  After you have seen the musical, spend a day exploring the galleries impressive collection of art, and spend the night dining in one of the towns great restaurants.  Make your way to Victoria Street in the Historic District to sip on spirits and enjoy live outdoor entertainment.  Whether you are in the mood for jazz, rock, contemporary, or even traditional Celtic music, entertainment and eateries of all kinds are bountiful on Victoria Street.

From the pages of her classic novel L.M. Montgomery wrote, “Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about?  It just makes me feel glad to be alive – it’s such an interesting world.”  Once you travel to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island you will understand how this picturesque landscape had the power to enrich and inspire all who set foot on its soil. promises that your vacation to Charlottetown will tantalize your senses and invigorate your spirit. 

MUST SEE IN Charlottetown LIST:

  • 1. Founder's Hall
  • 2. Prince Edward Island National Park
  • 3. Green Gables House & Farm
  • 4. The Confederation Centre of the Arts
  • 5. Anne of Green Gables -The Musical
  • 6. The Historic District - Victoria Street & George Street
  • 7. The Waterfront at Peake's Quay
  • 8. Beaconsfield Historic House
  • 9. Saint Paul's Church
  • 10. Saint Peter's Cathedral

Charlottetown EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Jack Frost Festival - February
  • 2. Canada Day - June
  • 3. Summer Festival - June/July
  • 4. Prince Edward Island Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Festival - July
  • 5. Prince Edward Island Sound & Light Show - July to September
  • 6. Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival - September
  • 7. Fall Flavours Charlottetown - September
  • 8. Prince Edward Island Marathon - October
  • 9. Halloween in the Haunted Wood - October
  • 10. Christmas in Charlottetown - December


Holiday Inn Express Charlottetown
200 Trans Canada Highway, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
By Laura Catherine Koss

Situated just on the edge of Prince Edward Island’s Covehead Harbor, the Holiday Inn Express Charlottetown Hotel is a quiet place to stay with all the amenities of a first class experience. Only a ten minute drive from the Charlottetown Airport, its prime location allows close access to everything from winding bike paths to local restaurants overlooking the island’s North Shore. Guests may check-in after 3 p.m. and can look forward to working with an eager staff ready to accommodate any need that may arise. In addition to free parking, friendly desk clerks offer warm baked goods and an array of cold beverages upon arrival.
With more than 130 rooms, both double and single bed options are available. Equipped with high-speed internet access, each room offers a spacious area prepared meticulously to appear neat and pristine, gourmet chocolates on the pillow completing the homey atmosphere. A non-smoking policy ensures a fresh environment with specially designed hypo-allergenic rooms available for those particularly sensitive guests. Each room offers a 32-inch plasma screen television, coffee maker, miniature refrigerator, hair dryer, and in requested rooms, a whirlpool to soothe tired bodies after a long day exploring the island.
Wake up to the free newspaper waiting by every door or the fully stocked complimentary breakfast buffet guaranteed to satisfy any appetite. Piping hot cinnamon buns or a more healthy fare of fruit and granola are accompanied by a chef whipping up steamy omelets stuffed full of choice ingredients. An indoor pool, fitness center, executive business area, laundry facilities, and babysitting services are all available to accommodate both families and professionals alike. Pets are welcome to stay with no additional fee, ground level rooms providing them direct outdoor access.
With the convenience of an in room video check-out, guests can easily make their 12 p.m. check-out time. The friendly staff is happy to schedule a later time upon request and they make themselves available at all hours to assist with everything from room keys and more towels to directions or suggestions of finding the finest seafood dishes in the area.  
Among the hotels in Charlottetown, the Holiday Inn Express offers the perfect balance of a quiet location close to the area’s finest attractions with services designed to optimize the stay of every guest. To secure the most efficient arrangements valued at the cheapest price, book reservations now through (