Welcome to Charlottetown

Historically, in 1864, it was here that the Confederation Conference set in motion a series of events that led to the birth of the nation of Canada, and while the whole compact capital in itself is like walking through a beautifully preserved local history museum, there aren't many attractions to speak of.

There is, however, a burgeoning restaurant scene capitalizing on the island's abundant seafood and fresh produce, combined with its wealth of talented graduates from the Culinary Institute of Canada. Add a lively cultural scene and you have a capital city oozing small-town feel and appeal.

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$56.25 Tours & Sightseeing

Green Gables Shore Tour from Charlottetown

Meet your tour guide and group at the Charlottetown Visitor Information Centre. Then board your vehicle and head out of town to the Green Gables Shore, a region on Prince Edward Island’s north coast that’s known for its natural beauty and Anne of Green Gables-related attractions. During the approximate 45-minute drive, listen to commentary from your experienced and informative guide, and admire the landscape as it changes from rolling farmland to windswept coastline. Pass by tiny fishing villages and make photo stops at lighthouses and Cavendish Beach, a broad stretch of sand in Prince Edward Island National Park. Known for its dunes and cliffs, it’s a favorite local beach.Next, head to Green Gables itself. Famous for being the inspiration and setting for native daughter Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 novel, the 19th-century farm in Cavendish is a National Historic Site. Tour the classic green-and-white farmhouse to see its Victoria-era decor and artifacts.Finally, stop by the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company in the lovely village of New Glasgow. You can browse the selection of jams, marmalades and other goodies made with locally grown fruit. Your tour ends with the 30-minute drive back to the departure point in Charlottetown.

$21.09 Tours & Sightseeing

City Highlights Bus Tour of Charlottetown

This bus tour of Charlottetown takes you through areas of the city, waterfront, residential areas and more aboard double-decker sightseeing bus! Enjoy fun and informative commentary by your local guide and take in the highlights of the city. Discover the history and charm of Canada’s birthplace, as you ride through the streets of Charlottetown. Drive past Province House, Beaconsfield, Historic Great George Street, Charlottetown Driving Park, The Lieutenant Governor’s House, Victoria Park, University of Prince Edward Island, residential areas, and much more!Support the wishes of Island children between the ages of 3 and 17 who have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness. For every guest riding on our bus, a contribution will be made to the Prince Edward Island chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation.

$313.36 Private & Custom Tours

Shore Excursion: Charlottetown South Shore and Confederation Bridge

This tour begins with a brief tour of the city of Charlottetown and then travels along the scenic Central Coastal Drive through the heart of the South Shore, famous for its rolling hills, red cliffs, and winding rivers. Visit the seaside promenade of Victoria-by-the-Sea, an enchanting little village offering seaside charm and quaint, local shops and restaurants.  Enjoy some free time to stroll through the shops, take in the view, and maybe even grab a chocolate at the Chocolate Factory! Then take the short drive to Borden-Carleton, home of Gateway Village and the Confederation Bridge. Spanning 8  miles (12.9 kilometers), this engineering marvel is the world’s largest multi-span bridge over a tidal current waterway.

$326.74 Cultural & Theme Tours

Anne of Green Gables Adventure Private Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Anne of Green Gables Museum, Kensington, Prince Edward IslandPassengers will visit the Anne Museum at Silverbush, the homestead of the Campbell Family, L.M. Montgomery's cousins. On the property you will find a museum filled with Anne artifacts, gardens surrounding the museum, Matthew's Carriage Rides, and the Lake of Shining Waters. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Green Gables, Cavendish, Prince Edward IslandPassengers will visit Green Gables Heritage Place, the original farm site that inspired the setting for L.M. Montgomery's first novel, Anne of Green Gables. The building is a white one-and-a-half storey farmhouse with a green gable roof surrounded by farmstead, gardens, and wooded trails. Duration: 1 hourStop At: North Rustico BeachPassengers will visit the active Acadian fishing harbour in North Rustico where they will get the chance to learn about the fishing industry on Prince Edward Island. Passengers will see fishing boats, lobster traps, bait sheds, and receive a demonstration on how lobsters are caught. Duration: 20 minutes

$359.22 Private & Custom Tours

Shore Excursion: Prince Edward Island and Anne of Green Gables

Begin your day with pickup from your accommodation in Charlottetown at your selected time. View rolling farmlands, stunning seascapes, tiny villages, and bustling harbors along the Green Gables Shore scenic drive as you make your way to the North Shore area. Brief photo stops will be made at quaint little fishing villages, lighthouses, and the world-class Cavendish Beach National Park (admission included). Then tour Green Gables House (admission included); this old farm site inspired L.M. Montgomery’s first novel, Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908. A must-see stop is Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, located in one of Canada’s prettiest villages. The company uses locally grown fruit to make delicious jams and marmalades. Relax and enjoy the picturesque landscape on the drive back to the city as your tour winds to a close. Tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

$123.05 Cultural & Theme Tours

Afternoon Charlottetown City Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: St. Dunstan's Basilica, Charlottetown, Prince Edward IslandThis church is the Cathedral of the Diocese of Charlottetown and is a prominent part of the city's skyline. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Province House National Historic Site of Canada, Charlottetown, Prince Edward IslandProvince House is where the Prince Edward Island Legislature has met since 1847. It is Canada's second oldest seat of government and is where the Father's of Confederation Met during the historic Charlottetown Conference. Currently under renovations but a temporary exhibit has been erected next door that will be an included stop.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Victoria Park, Charlottetown, Prince Edward IslandAs you drive through the city and along the harbour you will learn about the history and important buildings like Government House (Fanningbank) & Beaconsfield Historic House.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: University of Prince Edward IslandTour the Island's only university and learn about it's history and influence.Stop At: Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, Prince Edward IslandEnjoy a brief stop at Charlottetown's Driving Park. Built in 1888 our driving park is often referred to as the "Kentucky of Canada". Duration: 15 minutes