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May 31, 2016
Canada was born in Charlottetown, the vibrant seaside capital of Prince Edward Island, and the city hasn’t stopped celebrating since. A lot has changed since the Fathers of Confederation first landed at Peake’s Wharf in 1864 to convene at the Charlottetown Conference and discuss the formation of a sovereign nation. Today, the historic waterfront is dotted with unique shops and home to the legendary COWS ice cream. In the summer, the area is buzzing with daily boat tours, waterside restaurants, and live music, and the sounds of late night revelers at the Island’s favourite waterfront nightclub.
With plenty of entertainment options within walking distance of your accommodations and close proximity to world-class beaches and golf courses, Charlottetown is the ideal base from which to explore the Island and experience its nightlife. And if it’s an escape from the hustle and bustle you’re in search of, this enchanting coastal city will woo you with its charming streetscapes and sun-dappled patios that beckon.
Be sure you take time to experience the city’s world-class theatre at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. With many stages and live music venues throughout the city, you’ll be spoiled for entertainment choices no matter what time of year you visit. History buffs can learn all about the city’s role as Birthplace of Confederation at the Confederation Chamber or by taking a tour with the Confederation Players. And celebrate Canada’s diverse culture and history with the Young Company’s free outdoor performance at the Centre’s amphitheatre during the noon hour in July and August.
It’s no wonder Charlottetown’s culinary scene is on fire. Promising chefs flock to the recently renovated Culinary Institute of Canada and the city plays host to a number of food-centric festivals and competitions, including the PEI International Shellfish Festival, WinterDine, and Burger Love. Take time to explore Charlottetown’s restaurants, local markets and artisan food shops – they are sure to awaken your taste buds. A dedication to local ingredients and the city’s cultural diversity are reflected in tantalizing menus, while an array of cozy pubs, hip bistros and upscale dining rooms ensure there’s an ambience to match your tastes.
Make sure you check the city’s busy calendar of festivals and events while planning your visit. There’s something for everyone, from the music buff to the sports spectator to the art lover. Some highlights throughout the year include the Festival of Wines in May, DiverseCity Multicultural Street Festival in late June, Old Home Week and Art in the Open in August, the Fall Flavours Festival in September, and Jack Frost WinterFest in February.
Canada was born in this special place and once you’ve visited you’ll understand why it retains a special place in the nation’s heart.