As the capital city of Prince Edward Island (PEI), Charlottetown is recognized as the "Birthplace of Confederation," because it hosted the historic 1864 conference that ultimately led to the Canadian confederation.
With a population of more than 32,000 people, Charlottetown is a thriving town situated on the south shore of PEI, directly above Nova Scotia. Its Atlantic coast location creates a stretch of boardwalks that line nearly the entire southern region of Charlottetown.
Although it is a sizeable city, Charlottetown is praised for its sense of community. Always adorned with seasonal decor, Charlottetown blooms with hundreds of flowerpots in the summer and is illuminated by more than 175,000 lights during the Christmas and winter season.
- Charlottetown is home to one of the longest bridges in the world, the 9-mile-long Confederation Bridge connecting Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick and the rest of Canada.
- Two teams in Charlottetown set the world record for the longest softball game, which lasted 96 hours and 4 minutes.
- Canada's longest-running musical, Anne of Green Gables, based on the novel by L.M. Montgomery, has been playing at the Charlottetown Festival for 46 seasons.
Check out the following great things to do on your Charlottetown vacation:
- Founders' Hall, Canada's Birthplace Pavilion
Founders' Hall offers visitors the opportunity to travel back in time to relive the famous 1864 Charlottetown Conference that paved the way to Canadian Confederation. Visitors to Founder's Hall can embark on a historic journey through "The Time Travel Tunnel" to experience Canada's past, from its birth to the 1999 establishment of Nunavut, its newest territory.
This city attraction uses interactive technology to awaken all of your senses, enhancing your travels through time. Read original news reports, enjoy theater and test your newly-acquired knowledge with on-screen trivia games as you pass through the artistic and contemporary tunnel.
History lives on outside of Founders Hall when the Founders Hall Confederation Players lead you through Charlottetown's historic district. This group of Canadians representing the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation will share the stories that the streets are unable to tell, from the town criers that once strolled along the sidewalks, to the supernatural life that is believed to have corrupted quiet community life.
- Confederation Centre of the Arts
This popular attraction is open year-round and appeals to a myriad of interests. Art lovers can enjoy one of Atlantic Canada's largest art galleries, featuring more than 15,000 pieces, while theater enthusiasts can experience many of Canada's best performances, including Anne of Green Gables, the musical.
In the summer, the Confederation Centre of the Arts is home to the live performances of the well-known Charlottetown Festival. During this busy season, the Centre also offers engaging visual arts camps for children ages 3-18.
- Red Shores Racetrack & Casino
For those still looking for fun after dark, RED SHORES Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre (CDPEC) features live and simulated harness racing, more than 200 slot machines, six poker games and three restaurants.
Located in the heart of Charlottetown, the racetrack/casino CDPEC provides gamers with non-stop excitement until midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on the weekends.