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A trip to PEI is simply not complete without a visit to Charlottetown – a Canadian landmark where the past and present collide.

Equal parts urban and historic, the Island’s capital city has all the trappings of a big city set in the ambience of a small town. Charlottetown has preserved the historic significance of its past as the birthplace of Confederation while remaining firmly in the present by attracting top-notch theatre productions, luxurious accommodations, gourmet eateries, a local brewery and a multitude of festivals and events.

Retrace the footsteps the Fathers of Confederation took up Great George Street during the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, from the waterfront to Province House. Explore Victoria Row, a pedestrian street lined with restaurant patios and boutique shops frequented by visitors and locals alike, perpetually abuzz with chatter and live jazz music. Stroll down the charming seaside boardwalk, visit the bustling waterfront and go on a harbour cruise, or dance the night away any night of the week.

Photo by Stephen Desroches