Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

The place Canada calls home.

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Where It All Began.

Canada was born in this vibrant seaside capital city. And it hasn’t stopped celebrating since. A lot has changed since the fathers of confederation landed at Peakes Wharf in 1864. Today the historic waterfront is dotted with unique shops, and is home to legendary Cows ice cream, handcrafted jewelry, boat tours, restaurants, live music, and the Island’s favorite waterfront summer nightclub.

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The Little Island That Could.

In Charlottetown, you are never far from shopping, world-class theatre, historic sites, and the most beautiful golf courses you’ve ever seen. Walking trails and waterside boardwalks. Flower beds and tree-lined streets. And a lively cultural scene—the Confederation Centre of the Arts is home to the award-winning, world-famous Anne of Green Gables – The Musical. Charlottetown has it all. Take a carriage ride through the side streets of historic downtown, and be sure to stop at Province House National Historic Site, the birthplace of Confederation and the seat of Prince Edward Island’s provincial legislature since 1847.

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So Many Reasons to Celebrate.

And the food! It’s no wonder Charlottetown’s culinary scene is on fire. Promising chefs flock to the Culinary Institute of Canada at Holland College, and the city is full of restaurants that feature Island seafood and our signature agricultural bounty. Charlottetown celebrates many festivals throughout the seasons, but the city takes its role as the place of this country’s birth very seriously, with its Canada Day Festival of Lights—the biggest birthday bash east of Ottawa, featuring three days of concerts, buskers, and fireworks. Canada was born in this special place. And you can see why retains a special place in the nation’s heart.