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Cool Things to See on Prince Edward Island

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Here are the best things to do and see on Prince Edward Island, Canada, a perfect stop on the New England/Canada cruise itinerary.

What’s the best way to get to Prince Edward Island, Canada? Why a cruise, of course!

Imagine my excitement when my Canada/New England cruise with Holland America had Prince Edward Island (PEI) on the itinerary! Not only had I never been to this part of Eastern Canada, but I was going to be visiting the town of Anne of Green Gables fame, my mother’s all-time favorite story. Here are the cool things to see on Prince Edward Island that I found during my cruise excursion.

flowers of prince Edward island

1. Charlottetown 

Charlottetown is the capital of Prince Edward Island. Victoria Row is the main artery of the town with locally-owned shops, restaurants, and the ever-so-popular “Anne of Green Gables” musical, showing at Confederation Centre of the Arts.

It is fun to just stroll around the area’s cobblestone streets while you are in port, maybe having an ice cream or a fabulous fresh seafood dish. Be sure to see St. Dunstan’s Basilica Cathedral, the most visible landmark of Charlottetown. 

downtown Charlottetown pei

2. The Anne of Green Gables Stops 

Lucy Maud Montgomery’s most famous work, “Anne of Green Gables”, was inspired by the time the writer spent at her aunt and uncle’s farm in Prince Edward Island. The story features Anne, a young orphan girl who was mistakenly sent to live with an older brother and sister on Prince Edward Island and wound up growing up on the island.  

You can see the sites featured in the story when you visit the beautiful Campbell Homestead or “Silver Bush”, where the the Anne of Green Gables Museum is found. The home is filled with historic treasures from 1872. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s niece (pictured in the white/black blouse below) is one of the tour guides, who graciously offers to sign the books purchased in the gift shop.

Anne of green gables museum and authors niece

The famous barn, lakefront, and other memorable book/movie sights are on the property. You can even have lunch at the museum, which consists of a tasty sandwich, cheese stick, veggies, cookie, and choice of water or tea. You may get lucky like I did and see an Anne look-alike casually greeting customers at the property. 

A short distance away is Lucy Maud Montgomery’s birthplace. 

Tip: “Anne of Green Gables” souvenirs are more expensive at the museum gift shop than anywhere else that I visited in PEI.

Anne of green gables barn and silver bush lake

3. Confederation Bridge

The Confederation Bridge spans the Abegweit Passage and links Prince Edward Island with the mainland of New Brunswick. This is a toll road and costs $47.75 to cross the eight mile bridge. To date, Confederation Bridge is the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered waters and it takes about 10 minutes to get from one side to the other.

We viewed Confederation Bridge from the Borden-Carleton area on my cruise excursion. Take note of the wooden Port Borden Front Range Lighthouse, built in 1921, at the picturesque park which is great for bridge pictures. The rock boulders add a great dramatic flair to your pictures. 

lengthy confederation toll bridge pei

4. French River

One of the most gorgeous spots on Prince Edward Island (and also a premier destination for fishing) is French River. This picturesque fishing village is responsible for many of the paintings of PEI with its rolling hills, farm fields, drastic limestone cliffs, and secluded beach. You’ll find fresh seafood markets and food shacks with incredibly affordable prices on oysters, lobster, mussels, and scallops, the island’s most sought after items. Cute fishing shacks add to the allure and charm of French River. Learn all about the lobster or oyster industry from a local—they love to educate the tourists!

French river PEI Canada
French river picturesque village

5. Cavendish Beach and Park

Cavendish is the hotspot of Prince Edward Island. Known for its beautiful beaches and scenic views, this is a place to get lost in nature, blue skies, and fresh air. Cavendish is home to the Prince Edward Island National Park, which in turn is home to the Green Gables Heritage Place that inspired the “Anne of Green Gables” novels and the Green Gables house. 

Cavendish beach prince Edward island Canada

At the beach, a boardwalk and amusement park provide hours of fun for the entire family. The Homestead Trail is a great place to enjoy shoreline photo-ops of the Gulf of St Lawrence. There are several choices for accommodations in the area and delicious eateries. One of the Cows ice cream shops centered around cow-themed merchandise is in Cavendish. It is continuously voted Canada’s best ice cream, so be sure to have a scoop while you are there. The Sea Salted Toffee was all the rage, but I chose the Cownadian Maple with maple cookie chunks and swirl.

Cavendish beach prince Edward island

Prince Edward Island: A Full Day’s Worth of Things to See

We barely scratched the surface of the things to see and do at Prince Edward Island. I found it to be a perfect cruise ship stop and a place that I would like to go back to for more. 

Have you visited this part of Canada yet?

More PEI Photos

Lucy Maud montgomery birthdplace
anne of green gables museum
Cavendish prince Edward island national park

Thanks to Holland America for hosting my cruise to Prince Edward Island. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased. 

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