I’m going to Charlottetown, P.E.I. (Canada) in August, but I’m not going by cruise ship. I’m flying in on Air Canada Express-Jazz to taste the famous seafood and explore the island for four days. And even that is not enough! Many folks just cruise in and out by ship. This is a suggested itinerary for a too brief visit:
When your cruise ship docks here you have a lot to see in a little time. This is a description of a port excursion available through your travel agent, for approximately $150 per person, that offers a scenic overview of the island, plus two lighthouses, a wine tasting, mill tour, lunch and sightseeing in the Historic District that can be done in 4 hrs leaving plenty of time for exploring the Historic District on your own.
Charlottetown is the capital and largest city of Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is a modern thriving port city with one of Canada’s only two downtown historic districts, which dates back to the 1770s. Prince Edward Island is the seafood center of the Canadian Maritimes whose PEI brand is recognized throughout the world for its quality and freshness.
You’ll begin aboard an air-conditioned motor coach for a scenic drive through beautiful agricultural areas outside of Charlottetown to Point Prim to view the unique Point Prim lighthouse, the oldest on Prince Edward Island. On the way you’ll see where cranberries are grown and harvested.
Next you’ll visit the second lighthouse on this tour – the Wood Islands Lighthouse. Here you’re able to climb the lighthouse for a panoramic view. You’ll also see several interior rooms, each dedicated to a theme such as rum-running, lighthouses of Prince Edward Island, the ferry service between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island through the years, the Burning Ghost Ship, and other items for a good overview of the regional and nautical history of the area.
From lighthouses you’ll move on to Rossignol Winery where you can enjoy tasting Prince Edward Island wines and cheeses, before going to Belfast Mini-Mills, where you will be taken on a guided tour with demonstrations of the machines and processes of transforming fibers into yarns.
Then, leaving the agricultural area behind, you’ll return to Charlottetown for a sightseeing drive around Victoria Park overlooking the harbor, view Fanningbank, the official residence of the Lieutenant-Governor, and City Hall.
You’ll also drive up historic Great George Street, one of only two National Historic Districts in Canada, viewing Saint Dunstan’s Basilica and Province House along the way, before stopping at a local restaurant for a light lunch of local specialties.
After partaking of the culinary specialties the region is famous for, your tour is over. If time allows, you can explore Charlottetown’s charming Historic District, or you can return to the cruise terminal.
Certainly time better spent than wandering aimlessly around the harbor for the afternoon, but whatever you do, enjoy the food & scenery! #PrinceEdwardIsland #PEI # Charlottetown, #Canada #cruiseexcursions #AirCanadaExpress-Jazz