Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Introduction to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

The historic district of Charlottetown is charming; a home to many pretty 19th century buildings. The 1864 Conference which led to the formation of the Canadian Confederation was held in Charlottetown’s Province House. If you take a wander, you’ll find on most street corners there are storyboards to tell you the story of the town and its role in Canada’s history.

Home to the Province House that hosted the Canadian Confederation Conference in 1864, Charlottetown is the birthplace of Canada. A charming, historic city, Charlottetown serves as a shrine to the nation, representing the best that Canada has to offer.

Combining historic buildings and monuments with various elements of modern life, Charlottetown is a haven for all. Cafes, restaurants, shops, golf courses and more sit amongst some incredible 19th century architecture to create a unique blend of past and present culture. Visit The Guild and watch a musical, take a boat tour to the historic waterfront or relax at the spa. Whatever your mood, Charlottetown always has something to offer.

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Anne of Green Gables, Charlottetown

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES & ISLAND DRIVE

  • Explore PEI—Canada’s tiniest and arguably most charming province.
  • Discover the famous red earth and white beaches
  • Stop at Green Gables—the farmstead that inspired the setting for L.M. Montgomery to create her beloved tale of a red-haired orphan.
Activity Tour
Price£25.00-£35.00
DurationApproximately 3 1/4 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Departing from the quayside, you will be taken through Charlottetown, the birthplace of Canada and the provincial capital of Prince Edward Island. Sit back and relax, enjoying views as you travel en route to Cavendish, home of the Green Gables Heritage Place, the house that inspired the children’s classic. In fact, it is hard to think of Prince Edward Island without mentioning author Lucy Maud Montgomery, who lived here during the late Victorian era and used PEI as the setting for her beloved novel, Anne of Green Gables. You can also admire the breathtaking landscape surrounding the property, and admire the farm, which is decorated in authentic pieces from the time period in which the story is set.

Published in 1908, the tale of a spunky red-haired orphan was an instant hit, and from that moment onward, visitors flocked to Cavendish, leading to the establishment of the National Park. The homestead immortalised in the book is exceptionally beautiful, and you are sure to get a kick out of exploring the ground you have read or heard so much about. Relatives of the author often offer guided tours, and you never know when Anne or Diana will appear to greet you.

Be sure to browse the gift shop for books and Anne souvenirs.

Back on the coach, you will travel through the stunning National Park to the red sandstone cliffs, set against white-capped waves and a baby blue sky. You’ll want to have your camera ready for this dramatic photo opportunity, which has graced many a local postcard.

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TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately one hour of leisurely walking at Green Gables, some of which may be over uneven and rocky ground and there may be some steps to negotiate. Time spent at Green Gables is at your own leisure and not fully guided, however there are interpreters at various points throughout your visit. You may be able to see Anne Shirley onsite, or be able to view various demonstrations of making butter and ice cream, crocheting, embroidery, rug hooking, hardness care and whittling onsite. This tour is considered suitable for wheelchairs guests as long as they are able to board the coach unaided.  Please note the upper level of the home museum is not accessible for wheelchairs.

 


Coastal Charms, Charlottetown

COASTAL CHARMS & PANORAMIC DRIVE (TOUR A)

  • Enjoy a leisurely drive of Prince Edward Island
  • Admire the pastoral beauty & gorgeous southern coastline
  • Visit a quaint seaside lighthouse
  • Capture magnificent views of the Confederation Bridge
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£35.00 -£40.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Your tour commences with a southerly drive through Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest and greenest province. The island is known for its gently rolling landscape, picturesque beaches and red-hued soil, the result of its iron oxide, which rusts when exposed to air. Driving along, you will be taken by the land’s immense natural beauty, and the villages are just as scenic.

You will enjoy a scenic photo stop at the Port Borden Front Range Lighthouse built in 1918 where before the arrival of powerful ferries, ice-boats were used to transport mail and supplies and it was the light stations like these that mariners relied on for safe passage especially during winter storms.

Continuing on, you drive to the base of the spectacular Confederation Bridge, the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered water. At a cost of more than a billion dollars, the bridge opened in 1997, connecting the provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. You can get a great photo of the bridge from the village of Borden-Carleton.

Before returning to your awaiting ship in Charlottetown, you will drive through even more pastoral countryside.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES:  There is very little compulsory walking involved in this tour. The amount of walking undertaken at the photo stops is at the guest discretion. Please note the terrain can be uneven at the Borden Light House.

 


GREEN GABLES & LOBSTER LUNCH (TOUR D)

  • View rolling farmlands, stunning seascapes, tiny villages and bustling harbours along the scenic Blue Heron Drive
  • Stop at Green Gables—the farmstead that inspired the setting for L.M. Montgomery to create her beloved tale of a red-haired orphan
  • Visit the community of New Glasgow, voted one of Canada’s prettiest little villages
  • Enjoy a lobster lunch at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company— an island landmark renowned for its food
Activity Tour
Price£70.00-£80.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationMinimum of 40 required
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Departing from the quayside, you will be taken on a journey over the roving hills of the north shore landscape on the Blue Heron Scenic Drive, famous for its red cliffs and sandy dunes. During your drive you will get a taste of what makes Prince Edward Island a treasured holiday destination.

Arriving at Green Gables in Prince Edward Island National Park, you are invited to walk in the footsteps of one of Canada’s most celebrated authors, Lucy Maud Montgomery. Here you can find the gabled house that inspired Montgomery’s story Anne of Green Gables. Following a short video introducing the history of Anne, you will then see the historic house where the story is based. You can also admire the breathtaking landscape surrounding the property, and see the farm, which is decorated in authentic pieces from the time period in which the story is set.

Following a visit here, you re-board your tour coach and travel to the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company in New Glasgow, where you can take in a true Island tradition – the lobster Ceilidh. During your visit you can admire the impressive view of the River Clyde and surrounding gardens whilst enjoying a traditional lobster lunch and foot-stomping live music!

At the end of your tour, you return to the quayside and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately one hour of leisurely walking at Green Gables, some of which may be over uneven and rocky ground and there may be some steps to negotiate. For reference, lunch includes a cup of tea or coffee or a soft drink. Time permitting, there may be an opportunity to purchase souvenirs at both Green Gables and the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company.


Historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

HISTORIC CHARLOTTETOWN BY HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE (TOUR E)

  • Relax and enjoy an hour-long horse-drawn trolley ride
  • Take in the sights as you pass by many of the town's most spectacular landmarks.
Activity Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 1 hour
LimitationLimited Availability
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

 

Let the rhythmic sound of horse’s hooves and the sway of the carriage transport you through Charlottetown’s pretty downtown by horse and carriage. Very proud of their city’s past, residents take pride in their manicured lawns, well-kept flower beds, tree lined streets and the tastefully painted historic homes.

Enjoy a historic overview of this vibrant seaside capital city where you pass by the quaint shops and view the impressive Victorian architecture which has historic charm and pride of place, in a unique mode of transport.

Travel down Great George Street and Province House where the 1864 delegates and Fathers of Confederation laid the foundations of Canada. You’ll then spot the Confederation Centre of the Arts, known for its lively theatre and sprawling art gallery, before looping back around to Founders’ Hall, Canada’s Birthplace Pavilion.

 

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that this is predominantly a scenic tour and the only walking is from the ship to the horse trolley and vice versa (approximately two minutes each way, depending on the berth of our ship). All guests must be able to board the carriage unaided (there will be one step to negotiate to board the carriage). Please note that no stops will be made on this tour.


Province House, Charlottetown

HISTORIC WALKING TOUR OF CHARLOTTETOWN (TOUR F)

  • Enjoy a stroll with your local tour guide along the waterfront and through the heritage district of Charlottetown
  • Hear the story of Charlottetown’s’ origins and its growth into a prosperous community during the Victorian Era
Activity Tour
Price£15.00-£25.00
DurationApproximately 2 hours
LimitationLimited to 60
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Discover more about the families responsible for the development of the community and admire some of the heritage they left in beautiful homes and public buildings of wood, sandstone and brick. Learn about the famous Conference of 1864 which gave the city its designation as the Birthplace of Canada.

Your guided walk will take you past Province House National Historic Site (where the meetings of Confederation actually took place) and Great George Street—a charming national Historic District, and concludes at Founders’ Hall, located in a restored heritage building on the Charlottetown Waterfront.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that this is a walking tour. There will be some steps to negotiate, so it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes. At the end of the tour, guests who wish to walk into town may do so, but are responsible for making their own way back to the ship in time for sailing. We understand that Charlottetown is accessible independently, however this tour is for those wishing to enjoy the knowledge and experience of a qualified local guide.


LIGHTHOUSES OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND (TOUR C)

  • Discover a few of Prince Edward Islands stunning Lighthouses
Activity Tour
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 3 1/2 hour
LimitationLimited to 50
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Prince Edward Island is dotted with 50 lighthouses and this tour will give you a chance to visit a select few!

The Woods Island Lighthouse was completed in 1876 and consists of a 52 foot square pyramidal wood tower with lantern and gallery, rising from one end of the one and a half storey wood keeper’s house. The building is painted white with red trim and the lantern and keeper’s house roof are red. The keeper’s house is used as a crafts shop and visitor centre, so a stop here is sure to give you a chance to capture wonderful photographs and shop for souvenirs.

The Prim Point Lighthouse set against a wild, windswept landscape was built in 1845. It is the first and oldest lighthouse on Prince Edward Island, and one of only two round brick lighthouses in Canada. Standing just over 60 feet tall from foundation to weathervane, it consists of five levels all of which are connected by a series of wooden steps. For those who wish, you may step inside, climb to the top and be rewarded with wonderful views.

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Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately 30 minutes of leisurely walking at Woods Island Lighthouse and 30 minutes of leisurely walking at Point Prime Lighthouse, some of which may be over uneven and rocky ground and there may be some steps to negotiate. This tour is suitable for wheelchair users. There are five flights of “ladder” type stairs consisting of approximately 75 – 100 steps. The visit to the lighthouses are not guided, however there are interpreter’s onsite.


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