This is our second summer now in Charlottetown and we absolutely love it here. We rent furnished as we are now homeless. We do not own anything anymore which gives us total freedom to go anywhere in the world. We love spending our summers in Charlottetown. Charlottetown has everything a big city has less the traffic and hectic atmosphere. The restaurants are great, tons of outdoor patios, concerts, theatre etc.
Just last night we were at the Guild to see “Atlantic Blue, with Tara MacLean.” This was a celebration of Atlantic song writers, with Tara and her band, playing beautiful Atlantic music. It is a must see.
“Anne and Gilbert,” plays at the Guild, all summer. Great musical, with so much young talent. It tells the story of Anne of Green Gables and the love affair between her and Gilbert Blythe.
The story of Anne of Green Gables, plays at the Confederation Centre and is also a great play to see. If you have read the books as a child, like I had, you will love this show.
Golf is one of the forms of entertainment that we have really gotten into this year. I only started with lessons last summer and now this year we are exploring all the beautiful Golf courses that the island has. It is very popular on the island. I personally love the game. We go to the driving range almost daily to practice. The weather here is not humid the way it is in Ontario so bike riding, walking, playing golf is doable all summer. Always a nice breeze off the ocean.
Biking around the city is very convenient as there are so many bike lanes. The Confederation Trail can get you to any part of the island. Confederation Trail used to be the railway on the island. The trail was completed in August of 2000 and mainly used for walking, biking and running in the summer months. In the winter months it is used for snowmobiles. Many bike the trail from one tip of the island to the other.
We haven’t biked the whole trail but we do bike portions of the trail. Brackley Beach is one area we love to bike. We bike to the Blue Mussel Cafe in North Rustico, have lunch and a pint, and bike back. After the bike ride you can relax at the beach, which has some beautiful sand dunes. Blue Mussel Cafe is an amazing stop for great seafood. It’s located on the North Rustico Harbour. It’s owned by a family from Ontario who purchased it, and did not know anything about running a restaurant. It’s another one of our favourite restaurants on the island. Always busy with people.
On the way from Brackley Beach to North Rustico, you can also stop for something to each at Richards Fish and Chips, which is very popular. There is a huge line up waiting to order as soon as the shop opens at 12:00 pm. They also have many deep-sea fishing excursions from there.
Another great place to visit near Brackley Beach is “The Dunes.” This is a gourmet cafe, filled with art, gorgeous gardens and surrounded by craft studios filled with work from over 50 artisans. It is owned by two guys that have expanded it over the years and now is over 18,000 square feet. Many treasures to explore here. If you’re looking for a unique gift for someone, this is a great place to go. The restaurant serves fresh local seafood and produce. Dining is also offered in the lounge and on the patio that overlooks the beautiful gardens. The Cafe is fully licensed and you can enjoy a cocktail anywhere on the grounds.
If you like seafood, the place to go is in New Glasgow, called the Lobster Suppers. This restaurant is always full but seats many people so never a problem getting a table. Here you can order any size lobster. With this purchase you get all you can eat mussels, all you can eat sea food chowder, all you can eat salad and desert, for under $50.00. It is an experience that you will never forget.
Water Prince Corner Shop is a restaurant in Charlottetown that you have to make reservations for. We find them to be one of the best seafood restaurants right in town. Delicious lobsters and any other sea food you desire.
The markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, provide us with another place to bike on the Confederation Trail, to purchase great Turkey Sausages, meatballs, fresh produce and lots of other fresh products.
Many cruise ships come into the harbour in Charlottetown. A floating dock called “Steamers,” is right at the harbour where the cruise ships docks. Great place to have a glass of wine, a pint and some great sea food. On cruise ship days, there is a pint and mussel special, which we have often taken advantage of.
John Brown’s at Victoria Square, offer half price mussels between the hours of 2 and 4 and Dublin House has $1.00 oysters between 4 and 6. Just some of the specials we enjoy.
Canada Day in Charlottetown is very busy with fireworks, lots of people and activities at Victoria Park for kids and adults. They put on a beautiful firework show at 10:00.
These are just some of our favourites. There are so many things to do here, which will bring us back here summer after summer.