We Enjoyed A Great Stay in Charlottetown PEI
On our visit to Prince Edward Island (PEI), we enjoyed a great stay in Charlottetown. Our luxury stay at the Delta Hotels PEI in Charlottetown pampered us for 4 days. There was much to see on the waterfront where we stayed. But we also headed out and explored PEI.
On two day trips we explored the National Parks in PEI and loved the great beaches we found. We saw some of the iconic spots in PEI as we travelled around. And a visit to Point Prim got us a lighthouse, tasty seafood and a colourful treat at Hannah’s Bottle Village.
Heading To Prince Edward Island From Nova Scotia
After our stay in Halifax, we planned 4 days on Prince Edward Island. There were two ways to get on an off Prince Edward Island. The fares for both options assumed a round trip using the same route.
The ferry went from Caribou in Nova Scotia. We paid for a return fare and for a reservation. The long Confederation Bridge into New Brunswick cost less.
In the end we decided it was easier and more direct to take the ferry to PEI and then leave by the bridge. But it was not the cheapest choice. We still paid the bridge fee when we left the island. And because we paid the reservation fee for the ferry, we got no discount for that ferry cost.
From Halifax it took about 2 hours to drive to the terminal in Caribou in Nova Scotia. This trip took us back along the route we followed to Cape Breton Island before we finally exited towards Caribou. The ferry trip was just over an hour. After we landed on PEI at Wood Islands, it was then another hour drive to Charlottetown.
Ferry From Nova Scotia To Prince Edward Island
On this road trip to Eastern Canada, we did many ferry trips. On our stay in Newfoundland, we took two ferries. The trip to Newfoundland was 6 hours and we took the overnight ferry back from Newfoundland. The Escoumins ferry crossing in Quebec after whale watching in Tadoussac was only about an hour.
We purchased our ferry ticket reservation online. When we arrived in Caribou, we parked and wandered to the passenger terminal while we waited.
Once our car was onboard, we headed for a seat. It was a grey wet day and we did not need to be on deck for the whole trip. As we neared the dock at Wood Islands on PEI, we went out and got our first view of the red soil of the island.
When we got off the ferry we got our first look at PEI and the welcome sign. From Wood Islands there were several different scenic paths available. It was getting late for our hotel check-in so we got on the Trans-Canada Highway for the fastest drive. We saw many of the colourful route signs on our day trips around PEI.
We were on our way for our stay in Charlottetown in PEI.
Amazing Luxury Accommodations In Charlottetown
The Delta Hotels PEI was very proactive even before we arrived. And the focus on customer service continued on every day of our stay. We were amazed when we got a great upgrade to a massive suite. Even with our Marriott status, the suite was stunning. Two living areas, a large bedroom and even a full dining room greeted us.
We were delighted with the welcome amenity waiting in our room. And the towel swans posed in our window.
But the customer service went beyond this welcome. The staff ensured they learned all about us and our travel blog. And they created a book of personal suggestions on great places to visit on PEI. We did not get to all the recommended spots. But we loved the great local input for places to visit.
The Delta Hotels PEI team ensured we had an incredible stay in Charlottetown PEI.
Enjoying The Waterfront In Charlottetown
The Delta hotel was right on the waterfront. We got amazing sunsets over the water. And found lots to see and do as we wandered on the boardwalk.
Being in the heart of Charlottetown ensured that we never went far for great food. We started our day with a tasty breakfast at the Delta Hotels PEI. The outdoor patio area at Brakish drew us in for several great seafood dinners. We even put our bibs on when we ordered the Seafood Boil.
There were restaurants all along the waterfront. And we had a great fish and chips meal at a restaurant across from the hotel.
We loved being on the waterfront on our stay in Charlottetown.
Heading To The Milky Way
One day we headed out for a fun day trip. We plugged the “Milky Way” into the GPS and were amused as we got voice updates on our way to the Milky Way.
When we arrived we found a large outdoor mall with so many great options for food and drink. We were in search of a good coffee roastery and were happy we waited for this visit to the Receiver Coffee shop.
No stop was ever complete without chocolate. So we could not pass on a visit to Anne of Green Gables Chocolates. We found a great selection of more standard chocolate treats. And some unique chocolate designs for PEI.
But we were not done with treats on the Milky Way.
Take A Tour Of The Cows Creamery
We got our first taste of the great Cows ice cream when we stayed in Halifax. But we knew that the Cows Creamery was based in PEI. We found a Cows ice cream shop on the waterfront by our hotel. But we knew we could tour the Cows Creamery factory on a visit to the Milky Way.
The tour started with a short movie that talked about the history of the Cows Creamery. We learned that the factory also produced cheese. But we were most amused by the vast array of custom t-shirts available.
Of course, we left with large bowls of Cows ice cream. A tasty end to our visit to the Milky Way on a stay in Charlottetown.
Stay In Charlottetown PEI For Anne Of Green Gables
As a young girl growing up in Canada, I read all about Anne of Green Gables in books written by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The novels were set in the 19th century and they chronicled the tales of orphan Anne in the fictional town of Avonlea in PEI. I am sure I read every book more than once.
So on this visit to PEI, we made sure to find the Green Gables Heritage Place. Sadly when we finally arrived, it was already closed for the day.
The site offered a visitor centre, a tour of the Green Gables House and a series of trails to walk. This was definitely a visit to properly plan on a stay in Charlottetown PEI.
Day Trips To The Provincial Parks
We used our stay in Charlottetown as the base and explored the great National Parks in PEI. On our first day trip, we started at the Dalvay National Park and enjoyed some time on Stanhope Beach. From there we headed along the coast to Cavendish Beach. While the beach was a good draw, the stunning red cliffs were the big attraction for us.
We stopped for lunch in North Rustico at the Blue Mussel Cafe. The weather was great so we sat on the patio. Of course we started with mussels and then moved through several other tasty seafood options. It was a great staff recommendation from the Delta Hotels PEI.
On our second day trip, we headed to Greenwich National Park. We enjoyed a great walk through the park and on the boardwalk over the marshy Bowley Pond. And then we explored the massive sand dunes by Greenwich Beach.
The National Parks in PEI were amazing to visit. We had a good first visit. But on a return stay in Charlottetown, we would plan much more time at the parks and beaches.
A Visit To Point Prim
At the end of one long day, we headed out to Point Prim. We followed the scenic route and got great views of the Point Prim Lighthouse Point Prim Lighthouse. The tide was out so we spent more time admiring the red rocks of PEI.
We found a seat with a view and enjoyed some of the best seafood in Prince Edward Island (PEI) on a stop at Point Prim Chowder House.
On our visit to Point Prim we were delighted when we discovered a colourful treat at Hannah’s Bottle Village. The buildings created with colourful bottles were such a fun sight. And it was wonderful that entry fees were donated to the children’s hospital (IWK Health Centre) in Halifax.
We were definitely glad we managed to fit a visit to Point Prim into our busy plans on a stay in Charlottetown PEI.
Victoria By The Sea After A Stay In Charlottetown PEI
There were a few things we just ran out of time for on our stay in Charlottetown. PEI was known all over the world for the unique taste and excellent quality of the potatoes. We sampled many on our visit. But it was not until we drove off the island that we finally saw a PEI potato sign!
We wanted to spend some time in the charming town of Victoria By The Sea. But we only got a drive-through look on our way out. We stopped and got our first view across the water.
We saw the lighthouse in the main port. And many of the charming shops. Victoria By The Sea was definitely worth more time on a return visit to PEI.
Leaving PEI On The Confederation Bridge
The route to our stay in New Brunswick took us over the Confederation Bridge. We stopped in Cape Traverse and got our first view of the bridge over the PEI potato fields. This was Canada’s longest bridge and the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered water.
When we got to the other side in New Brunswick, we stopped at the Cape Jourimain National Wildlife Area. From this spot we learned more about the bridge. And got great views back along its length.
A Busy Stay In Charlottetown PEI
We enjoyed an amazing luxury pampering stay at the Delta Hotels PEI in Charlottetown. From the hotel we explored the waterfront. And headed out several times for day trips around Prince Edward Island.
We loved our first visits to the National Parks in PEI and were entranced with the red sand and rocks we found. Iconic spots around PEI delighted us. And when we visited Point Prim we got great views, seafood and a colourful treat.
It was a busy stay in Charlottetown PEI on our road trip around the Atlantic provinces. We filled our days and saw a lot. But one day we need to return to enjoy this lovely island at a slower pace.
Have you enjoyed a stay in Charlottetown PEI? Did you have a favourite spot?
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