Try as we might, we just can’t figure out how to change the weather! When the rain clouds ruin your beach plans, it’s time to find some rainy day fun and PEI is jammed full of things to do when the sun takes a break! The next time your beach day is a wash, keep this list in your back pocket to make every minute count on your island vacation.
Set Yourself Up for a Scare
Check in for a true fright at the Haunted Mansion in Kensington. While the outside of the mansion has beautiful gardens and fun-filled attractions, those brave enough to step inside are in for a real heart-pounding experience! You’ll love the spinning vortex hallways, you will be screaming as startling surprises pop out of the woodwork, or if you’re a little more faint of heart, the by-pass hallways to the lighter rooms will calm your nerves. There’s fun for all ages at The Haunted Mansion!
Brush Up on Your Kitchen Skills
Whether you’re a pro, a foodie, or totally terrified of the kitchen, there’s fun to be had and skills to acquire when you join Culinary Bootcamp. In the brand new, state-of-the-art kitchen at the Culinary Institute of Canada, you can learn to work the kitchen with the confidence of a chef! In classes that range from half to full days, for all ages and skill level, you will learn to plan and prepare delicious meals, with flavour pairings to take a meal from good to great. Pick from any number of classes depending on your preference, and experience a memorable day as a chef!
Off The Wallz
Trying to figure out how the kids can burn off some energy on a rainy day? Or maybe you and your friends want to try out some tricks! If you’re looking to stay nice and dry, Off the Wallz trampoline park is what childhood dreams are made of! Challenge each other to a slam dunk basketball competition, a frisky game of dodgeball, or get nimble on the ninja obstacle courses. And once the rain passes over and the sun breaks through, head to Off the Wallz Splashpark for the perfect way to cool off! Suit up in a lifejacket and head out on the water to truly test your skills on the inflatable obstacle course on the Summerside Waterfront.
Get to Know a Musical Legend
Local music icon, Stompin’ Tom Connors, is a true legend. His homegrown music is inspired by his life travels across this country he loved, but more specifically from his childhood home of Skinners Pond, a small community in western PEI. The Stompin’ Tom Centre hails tribute to his life and music as it welcomes people in for a hand clappin’, boot stompin’ good time. Come for a concert, the dinner theatre, open mic, or even workshops for song writing, performing, and storytelling. And don’t forget to take your turn with the singing and try your hand at the recording booth, where you can sing along with Stompin’ Tom’s songs!
A Tasty Tour, Tip to Tip
If you missed Craft Beer Week, or maybe just want more than a week’s worth of handcrafted local brews, why not take a little craft brewery tour into your own hands? PEI’s craft beer scene is booming, with breweries all across the island. Take a tour of the PEI Brewing Company to taste and see the work that goes into their hand crafted ales. Moth Lane Brewing serves a brew with a view overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence from their spot on the shore in Tyne Valley. Dig the mix of live music, fun, and pints at Copper Bottom in Montague. Spend a rainy day exploring the island ale trail and you’re sure to be rewarded with a perfectly balanced pint.
Discover All Things Weird and Wonderful
The odd, the absurd, the amazing, and the truly weird await you at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. From shrunken heads to unbelievable artifacts, this is a must-see spot, especially on a rainy day. And if the sun peeks through, pop outside for some mini golf at Mariner’s Cove!
Step Into the History of the Spud
There are treasures galore along the North Cape Coastal Drive and the Canadian Potato Museum is one of them. Keep an eye out for the giant spud during your drive through the town of O’Leary! PEI may be Canada’s smallest province, but with the largest potato crop in Canada, taters and the farmers who grow them are the pride of the island. Take a tour through time and see how farmers have turned the spud into a deliciously successful industry – and stop for some fresh and crispy fries before you leave!
Immerse Yourself in Local Talent
If there’s one thing we know for certain, it’s that Prince Edward Island is chock-full of incredible talent! Be blown away by the acoustics at an Indian River Festival show, or feast, laugh, and toe-tap along with the kitchen party at the Village Musicale Acadien dinner theatre in the Evangeline Region. Is a city vibe more your speed? Experience the rhythm, soul, and heart of three of the island’s greatest talents at PEI Brewing Co. as they join musical forces to share stories and song about their home. And a summer just isn’t complete without heading to the Confederation Centre of the Arts for a show that will blow you out of the water!
It’s Raining, Let’s Eat!
This is a food-lover’s paradise and a rainy day is an opportunity to make the most of the island’s food scene! There’s nothing like a rainy day to make you yearn for everything comfy-cozy, and Samuel’s Coffee House in Summerside and in Avonlea Village in Cavendish is the perfect place to sit with a book, a hot cup of coffee, and a delicious treat! And don’t let the rain stop your seafood dreams from coming true – New Glasgow Lobster Suppers offers the feast of a lifetime. Looking for a cozy corner somewhere in the city? The Gahan House Pub & Brewery not only offers a delicious meal and their craft beer, but you’ll find yourself wrapped up in the history and character of the building itself.
The Hangar Laser Tag
Strap on a vest, grab your phaser, and enter The Hangar at the Cavendish Beach Adventure Zone. This giant airplane hangar is black-lit, fog-filled, and packed with obstacles a specific mission you must accomplish. What better way to spend a rainy day than trying to get your friends and family, before they tag you!
Visit the Land of Anne
Take a trip into history and see life through the eyes of the author of Anne of Green Gables herself by walking through the Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace in the beautiful village of “Clifton”, New London. See scrapbooks depicting her life, and replicas of her accessories and even her wedding dress! At the Anne of Green Gables Museum you can explore the 110-acre property full of literary inspirations such as the Lake of Shining Waters. And you’d be remiss to skip the Green Gables Heritage Place which is a part of Lucy Maud’s Cavendish National Historic Site where you can wander down Lover’s Lane or the Haunted Wood, or take part in the bilingual interactive activities!
Lighthouse Road Tripping
A little rain never stopped a lighthouse keeper from lighting the light, don’t let it stop you from exploring some of the 63 lighthouses that still stand proud across the island. Covehead Lighthouse is known as the most photographed lighthouse in PEI, West Point is PEI’s tallest, and East Point‘s lighthouse overlooks the clashing tides of the St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait. Some have turned to artisan shops like the Current Collective in Summerside, and some are now complimented by a restaurant (the Point Prim Chowder House is a must!) Each one is unique and well worth a visit, rain or shine!
Go Back in Time
Head to the Old West, the roaring 20’s, the Victorian Era, or transform into a pirate, mountie, Southern Belle, or even a robber! Grandpa’s Antique’s Photo Studio will set the scene for you to make a lasting memory with family, friends, or even your pets. Choose from any of the 18 full scale sets, costumes for any shape, size, or age, and you’re on your way! Professional and upbeat photographers will help you style and pose for the photoshoot, and the high quality finished results will be ready before you leave! Choose the colour or finish of your portrait, and even find a matching frame to go with it. The rain won’t stop this time-travel fun!
For more summer fun in PEI, check out Your Go-To Event Guide for a PEI Summer, Unforgettable PEI Experiences Up West, 49 Travel Tips from PEI Locals, or An Islander’s Guide to Eastern PEI.