101 Things to Do in Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island…the land of red dirt, potatoes, and of course, Anne of Green Gables. Canada’s smallest province may be small in size but not in fun. It’s Canada’s homegrown island getaway that has a little something for everyone. Spend a night in a rotating circular house. Become a harness racing owner for a day. Race on the longest go-kart course east of Montreal. Get your fill of lobsters and fiddles and bagpipes and theatre. Play some of the finest golf courses around. Complete your lighthouse bucket list. The birthplace of Canada has amazing beaches and quality breweries, and if all you really want to do is put on some fake red braids and visit Green Gables, PEI is here for that too.
I want to help you get a little red dirt between your toes this summer, so I’ve pulled together this fun (and completely unordered) list of things to do in PEI. What will you start with?
- Visit GREEN GABLES
If you only know one thing about Prince Edward Island is that it’s the home of Anne of Green Gables. Make a stop in Cavendish and visit the actual house of L.M. Montgomery’s relatives that was an inspiration for the fictional Green Gables.
- Get a scoop of Cowie Wowie at COWS CREAMERY
You can’t leave the island without trying its most famous ice cream. You just can’t. While you’re visiting a shop spend some time giggling at their very punny t-shirt designs.
- Build a sandcastle on CAVENDISH BEACH
There are almost too many white-sand beaches to count on PEI but Cavendish Beach might be the most well-known. Pack your buckets and scoops and see what masterpiece you can create with sand and saltwater.
- Stroll on the CAVENDISH BOARDWALK
Known as the place to shop in Cavendish! Stroll through specialty shops offering an eclectic mix of summer fashions, accessories, unique gifts, and souvenirs.
- Cross CONFEDERATION BRIDGE
Whether you’re coming or going driving across this 13km long bridge is quite the experience. You’ll feel a bit like you’re in a Care Bear cloud car in the sky.
- Go for a ride at SANDSPIT
Sandspit is PEI’s classic amusement park with more than 15 carnival favourites for all ages. If you’re a thrillseeker, ride the Cyclone, the longest roller coaster in Atlantic Canada, or try the 70-foot high Ferris wheel.
- See a show at CONFEDERATION CENTRE OF THE ARTS
Music, art, dance, theatre, comedy… whatever you liked you can find it at Canada’s national memorial to the Founding Fathers.
- Plan a day trip to PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
Situated on the province’s north shore, the national park is best known for its broad, sandy beaches. The perfect place to spend a day.
- Cycle ROBINSONS ISLAND TRAIL
This 5km multi-use trail located inside the national park was once a campground but is now designed for hikers and mountain bikers. Try one of the 11 technical challenges along the way.
- oTENTik on the North Shore
Love the idea of camping but don’t want to sleep on the ground or pack your own tent? An oTENTik is the perfect blend of tent and A-frame cabin. Choose from Cavendish or Stanhope Campground.
- Shop VICTORIA ROW in Charlottetown
What is a vacation without a bit of shopping on the side? Visit the beautiful commercial street of Victoria Row with its lovely shops, fine dining spots, and old Victorian-era charm. The things you can buy here range from clothes to beautiful artifacts.
- Listen to the “SINGING SAND” of Basin Head Provincial Park
Did you know that PEI had a beach that would sing to you? The trick is to scuff along the dry sand and you’ll hear the magic.
- Spend a night at WEST POINT LIGHTHOUSE
Watch the sunset at this iconic black and white striped lighthouse and then tuck in for the night in one of their 13 rooms.
- Play 18 holes at the Links at CROWBUSH COVE
Recognized by Golf Digest as Canada’s Best New Course in 1994. Overlooking the north shore dunes of PEI, Crowbush continues to enthrall all those that take the challenge to conquer one of the best.
- Experience farm to table culture at the INN AT BAY FORTUNE
Originally the summer home of a Broadway playwright, The Inn at Bay Fortune is now a 5-star country inn run by chef Michael Smith and his wife Chastity. Known for their farm-to-table feasts, a stay here is a PEI bucket list item.
- Tour the PEI ALE TRAIL and sample some brews
Make it a point to visit all 8 of the craft breweries on the island and sample a flight from each. Which is your favourite? An IPA from Upstreet? A red ale from Barnone? Maybe the spiced cider at Bogside?
- Go SEAL WATCHING in a zodiac
Are you a lover of wildlife, and you would love to visit them in their natural habitat? You should go seal watching with the Adventures Marines. You will get to observe the seals and learn more about them.
- Shop and stroll at SPINNAKER’S LANDING
Summerside’s waterfront marketplace is a must-visit every summer for tourists and locals alike! Spinnakers’ Landing was designed on a fishing village theme and offers something special for every visitor – unique shops, artisanal studios, tasty food, cold drinks, and live entertainment.
- Take in ANNE & GILBERT – the Musical
Go to the Confederation Centre and see a performance of Anne of Green Gables the Musical. This is the musical adaptation of PEI’s most-loved books about the orphan Ann and her romance with her childhood sweetheart.
- Shop for fresh produce at the CHARLOTTETOWN FARMERS MARKET
If you enjoy eating organic produce, you should head down to Charlottetown Downtown farmer’s market. You can get fresh vegetables from the farmers, ranging from new potatoes to flavorful peppers.
- Throw some axes at CHUCK HATCHETS
Blow off some steam and have some fun with friends whipping some axes at PEI’s only licensed axe throwing lounge. Tap into your inner lumberjack. Plaid shirts not required.
- Screen an independent film at CITY CINEMA
At City Cinema, you can see a wide range of independent, largely non-mainstream movies in a very casual setting. So if you are looking to discover more movies and to relax while in Charlottetown, you should visit City Cinema.
- See history come alive with the CONFEDERATION PLAYERS walking tour
Discover Charlottetown with competent tour guides on the Great George Heritage Walk, which will take you on a historic tour of downtown Charlottetown, and the ghost walks, which will take you on a mysterious journey through Charlottetown’s haunted past.
- Get cookin’ at a CULINARY BOOTCAMP
Book this amazing Canadian experience and have a chef will take you on a delicious culinary journey through PEI’s local bounty of shellfish, beef, pork and, of course, PEI potatoes. Local products will be used in creating a mouth-watering menu you then get to devour.
- Soar high FLYBOARDING
Want to feel like Iron Man flying over Charlottetown Harbour? Book a flyboarding session and they’ll have you airborne in no time.
- Pick yourself up a silver ring at GARNISH JEWELLERY
Bring home memories of your PEI vacation in the form of a beautiful piece of locally made jewelry. Artist Stacey Leunes uses smooth, curved lines contrasted with organic textures and embellished with raw gemstones. Her designs celebrate minimalism and pay a subtle nod to nature.
- Date with Lady Luck at REDSHORES Racetrack and Casino
If you love horses and horse racing, you should visit the Redshores Racetrack. Enjoy the harness racing heritage of the island.
- See PEI from the air in a HELICOPTER TOUR
Another special tour you should go on is a helicopter tour of PEI through Green Isle Air. On this tour, you and your loved ones can experience the beauty of Charlottetown and its surrounding lovely fields, picturesque lighthouses, and water bodies.
- Paint your own pottery at the HIVE + HONEYCOMB
Pick a piece of pottery, paint it anyway you like, pick it up 2 weeks later or have it shipped to you. Perfect rainy day activity in Charlottetown.
- Cycle the CONFEDERATION TRAIL
This tip-to-tip cycling/walking/snowmobile trail is a real treasure. Created from the old railed, you can ride the entire length of the province and not have to worry about traffic. And the best part is that it never inclines or declines at more than a 2% grade making for doable cycling, even for beginners.
- Enjoy dinner at THE MILL
The view from this 120+ year old building on the banks of the River Clyde are just about as good as the food. The unpretentious style and approachable food is a pleasure for all the senses.
Cheer on the ISLAND STORM at a basketball game
Do you like basketball? Catch an Island Storm basketball game and go cheer them on to victory.
- See Charlottetown by land and sea on the HARBOUR HIPPO
Board the Harbour Hippo and go on a tour of historic Charlottetown by land and by sea. Check out the sights and sounds of the city, go on a gentle crude of the harbour. Some of the places you will see on this tour include Peakes Quay, Province House, downtown Charlottetown, and Victoria Park.
- Paddle along the HILLSBOROUGH RIVER
Rent a kayak and travel along the gentle shoreline of the historic Hillsborough River where you’ll see historic houses, the beautiful Victoria Park coast line and continue up the gentle North River where you’ll see large homes and the Island’s beautiful shore.
- PROVINCE HOUSE National Historic Site of Canada
Considered the birthplace of Canada. From September 1–7, 1864, Province House had an important role in helping Prince Edward Island host the Charlottetown Conference which resulted in Canadian Confederation.
- Tackle the ropes at RISE & CLIMB Adventure Course
If you are looking for a little adrenaline rush or a spectacular adventure, try a night climb at this aerial adventure park. Grab a standard climbing harness and attempt this high ropes course.
- SECRETS OF CHARLOTTETOWN walking tour
One of the best ways to take in the uniqueness of Charlottetown and find out some of its hidden treasures is by going on a walking tour of the town. Set out on foot and discover the beauty of Charlottetown.
- Where the OCEAN MEETS THE STRAIT
Visit North Cape where the Northumberland Strait meets the Atlantic and you might see the draft horses dragging for Irish Moss.
- Bowling and beer at THE ALLEY
If you are looking for a super fun activity to carry out in Charlottetown, look no further than The Alley. The Alley features a bar with a bowling alley. Here, you can enjoy a craft beer, dine out with your family, and go bowling.
- Sing along with the band at the OLDE DUBLIN PUB
For over three decades, Islanders and visitors alike have been tipping back Guinness, enjoying Irish and East Coast dishes with a twist, and raising a cheer for some of the best traditional and contemporary music to grace the province.
- SHINING WATERS Family Fun Park
With over 40 wet and dry attractions, your family will have a blast. Start with the Surf’s Up surf coaster, or the Buccaneer Bay Bullet rollercoaster, then take the plunge down one of their four large waterslides or splash around in Turtle Cove.
- Visit AVONLEA VILLAGE
Shop for island souvenirs or have lunch in the ever so cute village. In addition to the original schoolhouse that Lucy Maud Montgomery taught in, the Minister’s residence and the 1872 Historic Long River Church, Avonlea Village has replications of houses and shops from the time of Anne of Green Gables.
- Fish for giant BLUEFIN TUNA in North Rustico
October is peak season for Bluefin, as the fish reach their max weight before migrating south for the winter. Start the day off fishing mackerel to be used as live baits, then go on the attack in search for a giant Bluefin!
- Play with a giant Lite-Brite at RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT
Marvel at the curiosities that Ripley’s has collected over the past century. Come face-to-face with a genuine shrunken head, encounter extraordinary people, and do a double take of animal oddities.
- Get lost in an AMAZING MAZE
It’s just like a corn maze…but without the corn. Navigate your way through the almost five-thousand square feet of pathways designed to keep you on your toes.
- Fill up on lobster rolls at PEI INTERNATIONAL SHELLFISH FESTIVAL
What would PEI be without its shellfish? For over 25 years they’ve been celebrating the industry with a big party. Enjoy lots of cooking demos, entertainment, and of course eating.
- Get a celeb selfie at WAX WORLD OF THE STARS
Ever wanted to meet Matt Damon, Halle Berry, Johnny Depp, Nicole Kidman or, Jessica Alba? Get the next best thing and grab your red carpet selfie with their wax lookalikes.
- Experience the music in an intimate setting at the PEI FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS
Experience the best of PEI’s musical talent t in a collection of community halls and churches across the island. An intimate and exhilarating festival.
- Take a tour of CANADA’S ROTATING HOUSE in North Rustico
You’ve never seen a house like this before. Built on a special platform, this circular house rotates so that every room gets a great view of the ocean during the day. You can book it to stay or you can come for a tour to see how it works.
- Pan for gemstones at MARINER’S COVE MINING COMPANY
Pan for emeralds, rubies, gemstones and fossils in our mining sluice. Is that a crystal point you just found? Keep mining and you may discover an arrow head. It’s educational and fun for little miners
- Get a new family heirloom at GRANDPA’S ANTIQUE PHOTO STUDIO
Not only do you get to play dress-up but you get a cool photo as a souvenir. Choose from 18 different sets like a Victorian living room, an old west saloon, or a 1920s speakeasy.
- Kick up your heels at the CAVENDISH BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL
Meet 25,000 of your closest friends at Atlantic Canada’s largest outdoor concert. It’s three days each July of music, friends, and good times. Just be sure to book your accommodations early…like a year in advance, early.
- Get an adrenaline rush at PEI KITEBOARDING
The many flat water bays of PEI make it the perfect spot to learn how to kiteboard. Think water skiing, but using the power of the wind to pull you across the water.
- Visit GLASGOW GLEN FARM, PEI’s only artisanal cheese farm
A visit here is more than a stop to buy gouda, it’s an experience. Pick up a fresh stone-baked pizza, cinnamon rolls, and some cheese (of course) and make yourself a little picnic on the farm.
- Get some kisses at the BUTTERFLY HOUSE
There’s something magical about hanging out with butterflies, watching their beautiful colours.
- GO-KARTING on the largest track east of Montreal
Challenge your friends and family to a race as you speed around the course set in the countryside of Burlington.
- LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY’s birthplace
See for yourself where the esteemed author’s life began and where she spent her first years. Period furniture such as a Franklin Stove, the organ belonging to her Montgomery relatives, and many other artifacts are also on display throughout the home.
- Scare yourself at ROUTE 6 MOTEL HAUNTED HOUSE
Walk, run or crawl through the dark and winding corridors of the Route 6 Motel. Legend is that only the hardiest of souls can make it to check out time.
- The FARMERS’ BANK OF RUSTICO, the first people’s bank
The bank is a building of national importance, an important monument of P.E.I. architecture as well as a symbol of Acadian survival.
- Attend Sunday Mass at ST. DUNSTAN’S BASILICA
Designated a national historic site in 1990, you’ll marvel at the 300 angels in the stained glass, the 23 statues, and the French Gothic architecture.
- Learn to play the bagpipes at the COLLEGE OF PIPING
If the sound of bagpipes stirs your soul, you’ll want to be sure to drop in to the College of Piping for aspiring musicians and local talent.
- Make a new friend at GREEN GABLE ALPACAS
Get up close and personal with the most adorkable creatures around. This is a working alpaca breeding and wool production farm but they ofter daily tours where you’ll learn a whole lot you didn’t know about alpacas.
- Go for a spin with PEI SEGWAY TOURS
Segways are adorkable fun and here you can choose either a one-hour experience with PEI Segway which will get you comfortable on the machine or a two-hour tour along the waterfront. Why walk when you can roll?
- PADDLEBOARD YOGA with SUP Prince Edward Island
Whether you want to SUP or kayak solo or as part of a tour The Paddle Shack can get you on the water. Tour options include a trip to Holmans Island or a visit to Summerside’s most historic lighthouse.
Get goosebumps at KOOL BREEZE HAUNTED FARM
- PEI SPORTS HALL OF FAME in Summerside
Learn the impact islanders have had on sports from hockey to curling to boxing to baseball and beyond. It’s free to visit inside Credit Union Place.
- Visit BISHOP’S MACHINE SHOP, a turn of the century belt-driven shop
Bishop’s Machine Shop is an intact old-fashioned machine shop that boasts an amazing collection of lathes and machining tools and gadgets. The small shop is the only remaining evidence of the foundry complex that stood between Autumn and King Streets.
- Marvel at CAVENDISH CLIFFS
These cliffs get their signature colour from the high levels of iron in the rock which turn red when oxidized, in other words, the colour is caused by natural rusting.
- Feel the sand between your toes at BRACKLEY BEACH
Of the 6 beaches that dot the coastline of PEI National Park, Brackley Beach is the largest and most popular of the bunch. Be careful to stay off the dunes.
- Slurp it up at POINT PRIM CHOWDER HOUSE
Plan for a late lunch since they’re only open 12pm-6pm but the chowder is worth a visit to this cheery, rustic eatery offering down-home seafood eats, a full bar & a patio with views of the sea.
- Visit WOOD ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
Get out and stretch your legs at the Wood Islands Lighthouse where you can watch the ferries arriving and departing.
- Meet Bud the Spud at the CANADIAN POTATO MUSEUM
Get your photo taken next to the giant potato outside. Here you’ll find the world’s largest exhibit of potato-related farm machinery, agricultural and community artifacts.
- Go for a tasting at ROSSIGNOL ESTATE WINERY
The island’s largest and oldest winery, where you can see the grapes growing kissed by salty sea breezes and taste their selection of premium quality table wines.
- Black and white striped WEST POINT LIGHTHOUSE
The only lighthouse you can sleep in on PEI. The iconic black and white striped lighthouse was built in 1875 and is not only a great photo op but perfectly located at the southwest corner of the island for amazing sunsets.
- Visit the Edouard Arsenault BOTTLE HOUSES
What started as a clever recycling project has turned into a beautiful attraction. There are now over 30,000 bottles used to make the three main buildings: the 6-gabled house, the tavern, and the chapel. Spend some time admiring the colours inside each as well as stroll the gardens and literally stop to smell the roses.
- Catch a film at the BRACKLEY DRIVE-IN
- BUFFALOLAND Provincial Park where the buffalo roam
- ACADIAN MUSICAL VILLAGE
- ORWELL CORNER HISTORIC VILLAGE
- Stop and smell the flowers at A.A. MACDONALD MEMORIAL GARDENS
The largest municipally owned park in PEI. It’s a 3.8 acre park filled with over 15,000 flowers, park benches, a fountain, and Canada’s largest ship’s wheel.
- ACADIAN MUSEUM in Miscouche
- Get to know a legend at STOMPIN’ TOM CENTRE
Visit Skinners Pond, the childhood adoptive hometown of the legendary Stompin’ Tom Connors. Learn all about his life and music and even visit the homestead and schoolhouse on site.
- Get lost in the BELFAST CORN MAZE
- Find your new favourite book at the BOOK EMPORIUM
- Sample legal moonshine at MYRIAD VIEW ARTISAN DISTILLERY
The home to Canada’s first legal moonshine. Pick up some vodka, gin, or rum to sample.
- Island Traditions Store: Home of the Basket Weavers
- DEEP ROOTS DISTILLERY
- LENNOX ISLAND MI’KMAQ CULTURAL CENTRE
Have a unique Mi’kmaq beachside experience you won’t get anywhere else. Spend some time today among these strong, resilient people and learn about their history and culture.
- Buy a PEI DIRT SHIRT
- Pay a visit to THE PHOENIX: Antiques and Oddities
- ISLAND HONEY WINE COMPANY
- CANADA’S SMALLEST LIBRARY in Cardigan
Books are free to check out and donations are always welcome at this 3.5m x 3.5m book repository.
- Marvel at the RED DIRT of PEI
- Visit SAND DUNES THAT MOVE – Greenwich
Home to the largest sand dunes on the island with boardwalks and trails that roll across the marshes and grass like something out of a storybook. Check out the floating boardwalk that crosses Bowley Pond – picturesque and fun to walk on. The 4.3km walk is generally considered easy and should take about an hour.
- Clap along to the “FIDDLING FISHERMAN” with J.J. Chaisson
- Go CLAM DIGGING in Tranquility Bay
Head out at 8:00am aboard their 45-foot lobster style boat to the deserted island of Boughton where the very best of the clamming grounds are waiting for you. Once you gather enough, you’ll hit the beach to steam and share your treasure.
Thunder Cove and TEACUP ROCK
Unfortunately, the rock formation known as Teacup Rock was destroyed by Hurricane Fiona in 2022.
- Pick up handcrafted wind chimes from ISLAND WINDS
- Have a feed of LOBSTER
- Become a HARNESS RACING owner for a day
- Clap along at the ROSS FAMILY CEILIDH
What’s on your PEI bucket list?
How to get to PEI
To get to PEI you can either fly into Charlottetown, take the ferry from Nova Scotia to Wood Islands, or drive across the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick to Borden-Carleton. With both the ferry and bridge it’s free to cross onto PEI but you’ll need to pay to leave. Confederation Bridge will cost you $50 per vehicle, while the ferry is $84.
Best time to visit PEI
The best time to visit PEI is in the summer months, between June and September. If you’re a shoulder season traveller like me and want to avoid the peak summer crowds, May and October can also be nice, although some tourism operations may not be open so just do a little extra pre-trip research.
How many days should you spend in PEI?
If you can, give yourself 10-14 days to really explore PEI. You can certainly have a nice long weekend beach visit, but if it’s your first time, explore the island tip to tail and experience the different regions. Between beaches, theatre, active adventures, and a plethora of seafood to eat, you’ll be kept busy.
Do you need a car in PEI?
Unless you’re only going to spend your vacation in Charlottetown, you will need a car to visit PEI. T3 is PEI’s transit operator that services multiple communities across the island, however it only operates Monday-Friday only and you need to book at least 3 hours in advance, though each ride, even between towns, is only $2. It’s designed as a commuter service so to really see all of the attractions in PEI you’ll want to rent (or bring your own) vehicle so that you can get into all the nooks and crannies of the island and find all those hidden gems.
Is PEI worth visiting?
Visiting PEI is absolutely worth it! If you like sandy beaches, warm ocean water, fresh seafood, world-class golf, red dirt roads, and exploring Celtic, Acadian, and Indigenous cultures, you’re going to love Prince Edward Island.