Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

One word to describe the city: Coke-less

Cost per person: $150

Kilometers driven: 1340 (unless we are counting from Halifax)

Hours spent: 42

Attractions/Sights: for more detailed info, see our “What We Did” page

Rating: 10 out of 12

Ideal Visitor: Anne of Green Gables fans and Pepsi lovers

Level of sadness watching the Island disappear as we left: Infinity

Since we had driven all the way out to Halifax, we thought we’d add on another city: Charlottetown.

Our drive to PEI was a short trip in comparison to some of our other cities – it was only 4 hours! We arrived under the cover of darkness and literally set up camp in Cavendish National Park. It was quite glamorous.

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The next morning we awoke ready to take on PEI! We ventured down to the world famous red sand beach and enjoyed a nutritious breakfast (Nutella: a 12in12 must.) all the while trying to stay ahead of the multiple Japanese tourist buses coming to see all things Anne of Green Gables.

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Thus began our day of Prince Edward Island. First, we went to the house that was the inspiration for Green Gables, and a dream of mine was achieved. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was fangirling. Elyse and Liz joined in on the fun too!


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From there, we went to Cows Creamery (a PEI landmark) for a tour of their factory and the free scoop of ice cream. Cows is also well known for their various cow-themed spoofs and original comics, a select few that we thought were great:

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We then ventured into the bustling city of Charlottetown! As Canada is coming up on the big 1-5-0, there were some festivities in town to celebrate as the Charlottetown Conference (where talks of Canada’s independence first started) was in 1864.

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Obviously, the Islanders were quite invested in this “uniting as a country” idea.

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Red sand sculpture of the Charlottetown Conference.

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Sneaking a peek at the view from the PEI legislature building.

We finished the day the way we started: with Anne. The Anne of Green Gables Musical has been playing in Charlottetown for over 50 years, so it definitely qualified as a must-do for the city.

All in all, it was a great city. However, we feel that we should warn in advance that the delicious, refreshing drink Coca-Cola is a hard thing to find on the Island. They have it in their heads that Pepsi is the better choice. Outside of this ideology, PEI is a beautiful province and was a great city #7 for 12in12!

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