PEI is a destination for those wanting to immerse themselves in stunning scenery. Explore ocean coves, relax, and let ‘island-time’ set the pace. The whole island has remote beaches under discovered by tourists and the colour of the rocky cliffs can range from bright orange to burnt red depending on the time of day.
There are a few tourist destinations in PEI connected to Lucy Maud Montgomery and the books she wrote about Anne of Green Gables. These books captured the hearts of people across Canada and the world. The first novel was published in 1908 and has since been converted to 20 different languages.
Charlottetown is the capital of PEI and has much to offer in itself which you can check out on our Charlottetown Blog Post.
Here are some things to do in PEI outside of Charlottetown.
Cavendish Beach, PEI
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Cavendish Beach is arguably the most beautiful ocean side beach on the island and it definitely merits a visit. Tune in to your Canadian side and take a dip in the chilly waters!
PEI National Park
The coastal national park offers many different attractions such as sand dunes, beaches, a Victorian era mansion, Green Gables, wetlands and saltmarshes.
Walk or bike a famous rail to trail path in Canada that will take you through villages, rivers, wetlands and hardwood groves.
Attractions and Entertainment
Island Hill Farm
Take the family for an afternoon filled with animals! The cost is very reasonable, currently at $5 dollars per person. There are bunnies, kittens, goats, a donkey, pigs, roosters, ducks, lamas and an alpaca. You can pet, play and have the animals eat right out of your hand!
The Bottle Houses
Where else in the world can you find buildings made from whole glass bottles and concrete? This is a truly unique attraction that has three buildings as well as gardens and a gift shop. Although this attraction is pretty sweet it does not take that long to go through it, so allow an hour or less.
History & Museums
Photo courtesy of Welcome Pei Blog (http://welcomepei.com/blog/anne-of-green-gables-museum/)
Anne of Green Gables Museum
If you are a fan of Anne, or just want to see ‘Anne’s Land’, this is a must-visit. The museum is in the house that Lucy Maud Montgomery spent lots of summers with her aunt and uncle. The settings provided inspiration for Lucy, and the Lake of Shining Waters is here. There is artifacts, gardens and a gift shop.
Canadian Potato Museum
The right way to see the Potato Museum is to first eat at their restaurant where there is everything from potato fudge to potato stuffed lobster. Then, spend an hour or so learning about PEI’s biggest industry, this will provide some context about the many fields of potatoes you are sure to drive by during your travels. Did you know PEI produces more potato per capita than any other place in the world?
The must-do’s in PEI include eating local lobster and potatoes, relaxing on remote beaches and visiting the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
To rent an RV or hire a campervan in P.E.I, consider picking up in Halifax or Quebec City.