Charlottetown

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Introduction

Charlottetown - Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown - Prince Edward Island

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Charlottetown is the capital of the province of Prince Edward Island, Canada. It has just over 30,000 people in the city itself, double that amount of the urban area. Charlottetown is a great place to spend a few days. It's a quaint and pretty town, small enough to be able to walk around, and has lots of good restaurants and bars. It's also within easy reach of the PEI National Park.

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Sights and Activities

  • St. Dunstan's Basilica, 45 Great George St, ☎ +1 902 894-3486. Tourists welcomed between services.
  • Province House, 165 Richmond Street, PE C1A 1J1. This National Historic Site and has functioned as the provincial legislature since 1847, but is closed for renovations until 2020.
  • Confederation Centre of the Arts, 145 Richmond Street. Art gallery hours Oct 10-May 21: W-Su 11AM-5PM, Su 1-5PM; May 22-Oct 9: daily 9AM-5PM. The Confederation Centre is open year-round and showcases the best in the Canadian visual and performing arts. It houses several theaters, an art gallery, Mavor's Bistro and a gift shop.
  • Beaconsfield Historic House, 2 Kent Street. Nov-Apr: M Tu Thu F noon-4PM​; May Sep Oct: M-F noon-4PM; June: M-F noon-4PM, Su 10AM-4PM - hours may vary, call +1 902-368-6603 to confirm. Jul Aug: M-Sa 10AM-4:30PM, Su noon-4:30PM. The Beaconsfield Historic House Museum is open year-round for tours. One of the Island's finest residences, built in 1877, the site offers a program of house tours and lectures, and special events in the Carriage House. Adult $5.00, Student: $4.00, Senior: $4.50.
  • Ardgowan, Mt Edward Road (near bus station). 8:40AM-4:30PM. Only outside can be visited. The Ardgowan estate contains the country cottage of William Henry Pope, one of the Fathers of Confederation. Pope hosted delegates and observers of the Charlottetown Conference of 1864 at his house. The building and grounds are restored to an 1860s appearance. The grounds are open to the public, while the building houses Parks Canada staff.

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Weather

Charlottetown has generally warm summers and cold winters. Temperatures in summer (June to September) are between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius during the day, while in winter (December to February) temperatures are below zero during the day, nights averaging a chilly -13 degrees in January. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year with snowfall in winter.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max-3.3 °C-3.3 °C0.9 °C6.7 °C14.1 °C19.6 °C23.2 °C22.6 °C18 °C11.8 °C5.7 °C-0.1 °C
Avg Min-12.6 °C-12.4 °C-7.1 °C-1.4 °C4 °C9.6 °C13.8 °C13.5 °C9.1 °C3.8 °C-1.1 °C-8.1 °C
Rainfall106.4 mm85.5 mm91.8 mm87.8 mm97.7 mm93.2 mm85.8 mm87.3 mm95.4 mm108.6 mm110.8 mm123.1 mm
Rain Days18.816.11615.414.712.812.411.313.71517.520.6

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Getting There

By Plane

Charlottetown Airport (YYG) functions as the main gateway to Charlottetown by air.
Destinations are mainly to other Canadian cities like Montreal and Toronto with for example Air Canada. There are however seasonal flights to Detroit, New York and even to La Romana in the Dominican Republic.

By Car

Drive across the Confederation Bridge or take a ferry from Caribou (Nova Scotia), ~11hr along the Trans-Canada Hwy from Montreal (Rivière-du-Loup, Edmundston, Fredericton, Moncton) or 3hr30min from Halifax.

By Bus

Maritimebus is the only company for the area: from Moncton (NB), 2/day, $33.75, 3hr05min; from Bathurst (NB), 1/day, $68.50, 8hr35min; from Halifax (NS), 2/day (7:05PM, noon), $58.25 (+tax 15% + bridge $2.40 + fuel ~$70), 5hr20min with change at Amherst (depending on how full the bus is, you will usually switch to smaller bus from Amherst). A few shuttle services are also available for similar prices.

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Getting Around

Taxis are cheap. $10 gets you from the airport to downtown. $6-10 will get you anywhere around town. All taxis are flat rate by zone. None has any specific licensing information in them; not to worry though, taxi drivers are typically friendly, enjoy meeting tourists, and are honest above all else.

By Car

Some of the options to rent a car include the following companies:

By Public Transport

If you need a local bus, check T3 services.

By Foot

Charlottetown is a small, very accessible city: you can walk almost anywhere downtown.

Most of downtown is also easy to walk through, a bit less in winter.

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Eat

  • Cedar's Eatery, 81 University Ave, ☎ +1 902 892-7377. Great Lebanese food and reasonable prices. They have won many awards and have a great atmosphere. Shish Taouk, Falafel and other traditional dishes are prepared much more thoughtfully and are far tastier than the normal hole-in-the-wall Mediterranean joints in most cities.
  • Brickhouse, 125 Sydney St, ☎ +1 902 566-4620. Romantic meal, sophisticated atmosphere, and there is a well stocked bar upstairs called Marc's Studio.
  • Gahan House, 126 Sydney St, ☎ +1 902 626-2337. Home of Gahan Micro Brewery, with great fresh-brewed beer! A favourite is Iron Horse, but the others are all great. The nachos are a favourite with locals and the best value on the menu. Tourist dishes such as the fish and chips can be paltry and overpriced.
  • The Merchantman Pub, 23 Queen St, ☎ +1 902 892-9150.
  • The Pilot House, 70 Grafton St, ☎ +1 902 894-4800.
  • Formosa Tea Room, 186 Prince St, ☎ +1 902 566-4991. Provides shockingly inexpensive vegetarian meals. Serving a selection of fine Asian teas, dim sum treats like dumplings, and large bowls of noodles, vegetables and vegetarian "ham", you won't go hungry. The menu is small but every item on it is delicious and very reasonably priced.
  • The Water Prince Corner Shop and Lobster Pound, 141 Water St (corner of Water and Prince St), ☎ +1 902 368-3212. Offers simple but well prepared seafood meals at exceptional prices. Start with an order of fresh Malpeque oysters, and then have a lobster roll, some lightly battered fish and chips, or even a 2-lb steamed lobster.
  • The Noodle House, 188 Great George St, ☎ +1 902 628-6633. Serves authentic Chinese cuisine; well-known for their Kung Pao Gar Ding, Hot & Sour soup, and friendly service.
  • Town & Country, 219 Queen St (next to Charlottetown City Hall at the Kent/Queen Sts. intersection), ☎ +1 902 892-2282. "Asian Fusion" cuisine. Formerly a Lebanese restaurant, their menu now contains Lebanese, Indonesian, and Canadian items. Impressively tasty food for a good price. Great Indonesian curries.
  • Churchill Arms, 75 Queen St (right near the Delta Hotel), ☎ +1 902 367-3450. A cozy British pub and restaurant. Well known for their curries, everything is tasty and affordable. Portions can be quite large.
  • Brits Fish and Chips, 41 University Ave, ☎ +1 902 892-3474. Famous for their fish and chips and their casual and friendly atmosphere.
  • Chez Cora, 123 Queen St, ☎ +1 902 569-5681. Casual restaurant serving breakfast and lunch. Extensive breakfast menu.
  • Cows Ice Cream, 150 Queen St, ☎ +1 902 892-6969. Canada's most popular spot for ice cream! A trip to Cows is unlike any other ice cream experience. The smell of fresh made waffle cones will lure you in through the door, but you will stay for the apparel! Cows not only offers a bounty of creatively named (and delicious) ice cream flavours like "Gooey Mooey" or "Wowie Cowie", but the store sells t-shirts for women, men, and children that are humorous parodies of pop culture, such as "Cowy Potter and the Udder of the Phoenix".
  • Peake's Quay Restaurant, 11 Great George St, ☎ +1 902 368-1330. Peake's Quay Restaurant is located a few feet from the Charlottetown Waterfront with a full lunch and dinner menu.
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery Dining Room, 4 Sydney St, ☎ +1 902 894-6868. At the Culinary Institute of Canada, a well respected school for chefs. The students prepare and serve meals under the tutelage of their instructors. The food is classically and competently prepared. The dining room has an excellent view over Charlottetown Harbour, though the institute's building is hopelessly municipal in appearance. Begins service at 6PM, reservations requested.
  • Thai Food & Dimsum Place, 198 Kent St, ☎ +1 902 367-9094. Pretty authentic Thai food. Hot! But they ask you how hot you want it. Very tasty, made fresh, affordable. The interior of the place is very simple (your date will not be impressed) but the food is perfect.
  • Maid Marians Place, 7 Ellis Rd, PE C1A 7X1 (East of university), ☎ +1 902-566-4641. Really the local place to eat. Cheap, old American cantina style but good food.

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Drink

  • Fishbones, 136 Richmond St. (Victoria Row), ☎ +1 902 628-6569. A seasonal bar and restaurant, located on Charlottetown's historic Victoria Row. Great atmosphere and more than reasonable prices.
  • Baba's Lounge, 81 University Ave., ☎ +1 902 892-7377. A spot that many young locals go year-round. Generally the most reliable but is quite small.
  • Olde Dublin Pub, 131 Sydney St., ☎ +1 902 892-6992. An authentic Irish pub.

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Sleep

There is no reason to stay at a chain hotel or motel in Charlottetown. The city is dotted with some of the cutest, and most comfortable, inns and B&Bs you can imagine. All offer fantastic service and most have locations that allow you to walk downtown. They will often be cheaper and offer much more comfortable accommodations than a hotel. These places live and die by their reputation, so most innkeepers are incredibly helpful. In winter, many places are closing for the season.

  • Charlottetown Backpackers Inn (HI-Charlottetown), 60 Hillsborough St, ☎ +1 902 367-5749. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 11AM. Only hostel in Charlottetown. Single-sex dorms, co-ed dorms, and private rooms available. Free wifi and internet terminals. Open April to October. $28 dorms, $71.10 private rooms.
  • Elmwood Heritage Inn. The first 5-star Bed & Breakfast in Charlottetown, it is still one of the best. Innkeepers Jay and Carol are known to be some of the most helpful.
  • The Great George. Charlottetown's historic boutique hotel. Probably the best location in all of Charlottetown. It is getting pricier over time, but it is probably still one of the best overall values in town. It is right in the middle of it all.
  • Fitzroy Hall. Another well located bed & breakfast, it is typically well maintained.
  • The Shipwright Inn. Highly rated.
  • The Dundee Arms. An inn with an attached motel. The Dundee has a nice pub frequented by locals.
  • Fairholm National Historic Inn, 230 Prince Street, toll-free: +1-888-573-5022. Fairholm National Historic Inn is a designated National Historic Site and has large rooms with superb architectural detail, walking distance to theatre, restaurants, shopping and waterfront.
  • Heritage Harbour House, 9 Grafton St., toll-free: +1-800-405-0066. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. This hotel is in the most perfect spot in Charlottetown. Two blocks away from the city centre, and filled with staff members who are familiar with the city. It's rated #1 on Tripadvisor. 99-219.
  • The Sonata Inn, 3 Grafton St., toll-free: +1-800-370-0066. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Great location, close to the city centre. Highly rated, and updated with new furniture. This spot is perfect for families, as it has many rooms with multiple beds. Ask for the Standard Rooms with 2 double beds and a sofa bed for families of 5. Great breakfast too! 119-149.

View our map of accommodation in Charlottetown or use the form below to search for availability (Travellerspoint receives a commission for bookings made through the form)

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.

Post

Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [1]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.

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Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 46.235419
  • Longitude: -63.126521

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