In Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, charming Charlottetown is one of the country’s most historic cities – it was the location of the Charlottetown Conference, where the idea of a new country was first formally discussed in 1864.
Visitors can explore this seminal period in North American history through installations at Province House National Historic Site and the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Theatre buffs should make time to see the longest-running annual musical in history, Anne of Green Gables: The Musical – a tribute to the story of Anne Shirley, the fictional heroine made famous by author Lucy Maud Montgomery. After the show, Charlottetown has plenty of locales for food and entertainment.
Dine al fresco on the cobblestones of Victoria Row, on the corner of Prince and Water streets, or in the upscale dining room of the Culinary Institute of Canada, one of the country’s premier chef-training schools. Beer connoisseurs can also enjoy Charlottetown’s emerging craft beer scene, with many trendy micro-breweries now popping up throughout the city. A trip to Charlottetown isn’t complete without a stroll along the waterfront at Peake’s Wharf where you can indulge in french fries, lobster rolls, and ice-cream, and browse for seaside trinkets and souvenirs for the folks back home.