Described by many as quaint or charming, Charlottetown is every bit as pretty as its name. With a population of just over 35,000 people and as the designated capital of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown is regarded as the birthplace of Canada.
Surrounded by the Hillsborough River, a Canadian Heritage river, the city is steeped in history. The friendly community is welcoming to the many visitors that arrive by cruise ship or other means to take part in festivals, to sample the sumptuous dining, or to tour beautiful Prince Edward Island. The city is also home to first-rate golf courses.
Historic buildings line the city streets, perfect for exploring on a walking tour of the city. Guided tours are even conducted in full period dress. Take in a showing of Anne of Green Gables – The Musical, the longest running musical in Canada set in the Prince Edward Island region.
The many waterfront restaurants and cafés allow for indulgent dining in beautiful surroundings. A wonderful mix of history and modern development, Charlottetown is also a cultural hub. Theatre shows, live music, festivals and artistry are all prevalent in the area.
Charlottetown is the perfect base from which to explore the remainder of Prince Edward Island, or it also makes a beautiful stopover during a Canadian tour.
Historic Charlottetown Seaport is located within 5-10 minutes’ walk from the centre of town. The busiest common-user marine terminal facility, Historic Charlottetown Seaport is the main port for all cruise ships arriving in the area.
Historic Charlottetown Seaport is predominantly a port only. There is a multi-purpose event centre, industrial storage, and port operations. Additional facilities are only a few minutes’ walk from the port. Cruise ship arrivals are common and there are visitor information centres close by to help you find your way around town.
How To Get Around
Travel to and from Charlottetown is available by air, sea and road. As the capital of Prince Edward Island, transportation is plentiful. Cruise ship passengers can make the journey from the port to accommodation or attractions by foot or make use of public transport.
Public transport in Charlottetown includes bus and taxi services. Hire cars are also available, or opt for a walking tour of the city.
Travel times from Historic Charlottetown Seaport:
- It is a 31 minute journey to Victoria Park
- It is a 32 minute journey to Peakes Wharf.
Currency – The local currency in Charlottetown is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Coins are available in 5, 10 and 25 cent pieces, as well as $1 and $2 coins (colloquially known as loonies and toonies respectively). Banknotes are available in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.
Time Zone – Charlottetown runs on Atlantic Standard Time, which is 4 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). During the summer months, Charlottetown observes Atlantic Daylight Time, which is 3 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Weather – Charlottetown has 4 distinct seasons, with crisp winters and hot summers. Summer temperatures range from 20 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius. Winter temperatures range from -3 degrees Celsius to -11 degrees Celsius. Late May and early June are popular months to visit, with temperatures reaching up to 22 degrees Celsius.
Victoria Park – Charlottetown is home to numerous parks and green spaces, although few are quite as impressive as Victoria Park. Stretched across 40 acres, this waterfront park boasts woodland walking trails, a swimming pool, a playground, a harbour boardwalk, tennis courts, and a baseball diamond. The native foliage is rich with colour during the autumn months.
Peakes Wharf Historic Waterfront – The original landing spot for the fathers of confederation in 1864, Peakes Wharf is a beautiful waterfront location populated by stores and restaurants. There is something here to suit all tastes, from craft wares to cuisine, including the famous Cows ice cream store. During the summer, Peakes Wharf hosts a series of free summer concerts.
Province House National Historic Site of Canada - As the birthplace of Canada, Province House is immaculately presented in the centre of the city. Surrounded by houses and buildings that are more than 150 years old, the area is a popular tourist location and a stunning sight to take in. This should be a highlight of your visit whether you are a history buff or not.
Victoria Row – The beautiful cobblestoned street is closed to traffic and functions as a pedestrian mall during the summer months. Victoria Row is lined with boutique stores, restaurants, cafés, galleries and stunning historic buildings as well as the Anne of Green Gables Store.