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Have you been to Canada’s east coast yet? If not, you need to check out Prince Edward Island. The tiniest province in Canada, Prince Edward Island packs a punch with so much to see and do. Best known as being the backdrop for Anne of Green Gables, the beautiful sandy beaches, lush golf course and incredible seafood draws a huge crowd during the summer months – Prince William and Kate even made sure to stop in during their honeymoon tour! Read on for the top 7 Prince Edward Island things to do. P.S. Don’t forget to plan your PEI activities as well, we have a handy Prince Edward Island Things to Do Guide.
With so many things to see and do, you’ll want to make sure you have your ride planned to ensure you can easily get to all of them!
The best way to get around on Prince Edward Island is by booking a ride with Turo. With so many Prince Edward Island things to do, make sure you have a car when you’re visiting so you can get around from place to place as efficiently as possible.
Check out available Turo cars in Prince Edward Island here. Turo is a car sharing app where you can book a car from a community of hosts around Canada, U.S.A., the U.K. and Australia. It’s basically AirBNB for cars! You can select the exact vehicle make and model you want, read reviews before booking and have peace of mind knowing that insurance is included with your booking. We especially liked that you could add additional drivers through the app so we could take turns driving!
Prince Edward Island is a small island, and as such, there are only 100ish taxis on the island. Car rentals are not abundant, so in our opinion the best way to get around is with Turo. The convenience factor is amazing, you can pick up the car from a specified location, or choose to have the owner drop the car off at the airport or in your driveway. We loved that we could get the car right from the airport and avoid rental car line ups and taxi wait times.
There is a huge selection of unique cars from Toyota’s to Tesla’s, and as new hosts join, the options continue to grow. Unlike traditional car rentals you have the option to select the vehicle that is best for your needs. We’ve been booking rides with Turo for over a year now and have only had amazing experiences, so we highly recommend the app to everyone traveling to countries where it’s available.
Prince Edward Island things to do and see
1. Greenwich Beach. Our favourite spot in Prince Edward Island, this beach is famous for its dunes. There are long boardwalks and easy sandy trails you can hike which lead you to the beach. This is easily the most gorgeous beach on the island, with sparkling clear water and fluffy soft sand, and it’s located inside the Prince Edward Island National Park.
2. Cavendish Beach. The town that inspired Anne of Green Gables, the area surrounding Cavendish Beach has so much to see and do. Golf courses, amazing shops and restaurants and of course the beautiful sandy beach.
3. Stanhope Golf Course. Only a few minutes from Dalvay by the Sea, this stunning golf course overlooks the cliffs of Covehead Bay, Prince Edward Island.
4. Victoria Park. Take a walk along the boardwalk at Victoria Park, or check out the baseball diamonds, soccer fields or swimming pool. There is also a brand new accessible playground. It’s an awesome place for the whole family to enjoy!
5. Mysa Nordic Spa. The island’s only Nordic spa, with hot pools, a sauna, steam room and cold plunge pool, plus plenty of spots to relax in. Catch stunning sunsets every night from your balcony or at the spa. Stay overnight in one of their cottages, and enjoy delicious food at their onsite restaurant. You never have to leave this waterfront spa which overlooks St. Peter’s Bay.
6. Rent bikes and explore the coastline. There are endless trails throughout Prince Edward Island which pass by endless beaches and iconic lighthouses. Many companies rent bikes for day use and this is such a great way to explore the island.
7. Dunes Studio Gallery. A mixed space with a zen garden, cafe and fine art gallery which celebrated fine dining and fine art from the maritimes and beyond. You need to spend time exploring the tranquil garden which blew us away with it’s natural beauty!
Where to stay
Mysa Nordic Spa. Set amongst 18-acres of paradise, this Prince Edward Island hotel and spa is the first Nordic spa on the island. Onsite cottages overlook the amazing spa grounds and each one has its own cozy fireplace and private deck. Enjoy incredible onsite dining, you don’t need to go far to enjoy every aspect of comfort Mysa has to offer.
Dalvay by the Sea. Located in Prince Edward Island National Park, this historic hotel is open to guests from May to October. Choose from traditional hotel rooms or rent one of the two larger cottages. Dine at The MacMlllan Room, the hotel’s onsite restaurant. With so many Prince Edward Island things to do, it will be hard to pick between all of the amazing Dalvay amenities, such as bike rentals, hiking, tennis, pickle ball, canoeing or kayaking. Fun fact: Road to Avonlea and Anne of Green Gables were both filmed here, and William and Kate stayed here during their honeymoon tour!
Where to eat
Blue Mussel Cafe in North Rustico, P.E.I.
The top recommended restaurant by everyone we asked, and for good reason because it did not disappoint. They serve seasonal fare in a true sea-to-table restaurant setting. This is authentic P.E.I. and served some of our favourite dishes during our trip. Their twist on a classic clam chowder is a must-try and the oysters and mussels were incredible.
Leonhard’s Cafe in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
The perfect lunch spot, this very cute little cafe has incredible soup, salad and sandwich options.
The Golden Dory in St. Peter’s Bay, P.E.I.
Seafood comfort food with large portions. You must try the crab cakes, tacos or fish and chips. A great place to stop before or after your day at Greenwich Beach.
Original Richard’s in York, P.E.I.
An incredible lunch spot near Dalvay by the Sea, with amazing lunch options. You must stop here! Original Richard’s has a cult following on the island and often has a long line up, which for the record is totally wroth the wait. And while you’re there, check out their market next door where they’ve expanded to serve up fresh oysters!
The MacMillan Dining Room, in Dalvay by the Sea, P.E.I.
The onsite restaurant at Dalvay by the Sea, this fine dining restaurant is located on a historic site and serves upscale dishes inspired by the sea. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this is a must-visit on your trip.
FiN Folk Food, in York, P.E.I.
A brand new restaurant by the water so you can walk off the calories after your meal. Serving upscale fast food with tons of east coast classic seafood dishes.
Mysa Spa’s onsite restaurant, in St. Peter’s Bay, P.E.I.
Farm-to-table cuisine using the finest quality ingredients from their onsite farm and local purveyors of top quality products. They focus on creating nourishing dishes while also considering sustainability. The food is full of flavour and the menu is ever-changing with the seasons.
Sim’s Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
A beautiful speakeasy serving up perfectly cut and cooked steaks and delicious seafood, their wine selection is abundant and the vibe is super cozy.
For more Prince Edward Island hotels check out our blog post 5 ADORABLE PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND HOTELS YOU NEED TO VISIT.