This has been long overdue but I thought it’s about time that I published this post talking about my trip to Prince Edward Island during the summer of 2018! I’ve been stalling because there’s just an overwhelming amount of pictures in my camera that I have to pick and choose from to showcase to you all. Get ready for a lot of pictures! I’m publishing my adventure in two installments – Week 1, and Week 2. Tune in for my Week 2 adventures at Prince Edward Island, which I’m hoping to publish next week!
First, a few details before I get into the details of my trip to PEI. I took two weeks off work to fly to Prince Edward Island to visit my boyfriend; this was my first time flying anywhere and alone so it was pretty nerve-wracking because I feared I would end up boarding the wrong plane or somehow I’d miss my flight because I took too long in the bathroom. The last time I flew on an airplane was probably back when I was in eighth grade, so I didn’t remember the protocols or details of going through the airport. It’s safe to say I didn’t screw anything up and I went through airport security without any issues, so fortunately I have no juicy details to tell you of how my luggage flew open or other problems at the airport … phew!
Prince Edward Island
If you didn’t know already, Prince Edward Island is one of Canada’s Eastern-most provinces, as well as being one of the country’s maritime provinces. PEI is known for its seafood like lobster and mussels. Charlottetown, the capital, is considered to be the Birthplace of the Confederation, and the province got its name from Queen Victoria’s father, who was Edward the Duke of Kent. The population of the province is a little over 140,000. The novel Anne of Green Gables was also written by a PEI native in 1908, and you can visit the house that inspired the book near Cavendish Beach, PEI. You can head over to the Prince Edward Island Government’s official website to learn more about the province’s history, fun facts, and current events.
I arrived at the Charlottetown Airport at PEI a little past 11 p.m. and was greeted by my boyfriend and his family. It was actually our first time meeting face to face so his mom actually filmed our meeting together with her iPad!
The rest of that night and the following day was used to adjust to my surroundings (time difference wasn’t a problem because PEI is part of the Atlantic Standard Time Zone, which is just an hour ahead of EST), getting to know my boyfriend’s parents and two dogs more, as well as picking up my rental from an Enterprise branch nearby.
One thing to note is that you will need a car to move around. You can get by and walk around downtown Charlottetown, but you will definitely need a car as far as reaching the other places (such as the beach, haunted house, butterfly house, etc., which you will see below if you continue reading). If you have native friend / relative that could chauffeur you around, that would be even better! In my situation, my boyfriend didn’t have his official license yet so I went and reserved my car rental ahead of time.
I love the downtown parts of Charlottetown. The downtown area isn’t that large in my opinion, and you can reach both ends by walking a few minutes, which is quite different from the rest of the province, which is very rural. It’s quite diverse, showcasing different cultural cuisines such as Vietnamese, Mexican, and Indian food. It’s AMAZING how clean everything was, even in such an urban setting as this! I can only compare it to my closest city, which is NYC. It might not exactly be a great comparison considering NYC is much more densely populated, but still – everyone was utilizing the Recycling, Compost, and Waste bins that were located in many corners of the streets.
Some places we visited in the downtown areas were:
St. Dunstan’s Basilica
St. Dunstan’s Basilica was one of the first places we visited (after going to my boyfriend’s very first escape room) and is one of the sights conveniently located in downtown Charlottetown.
Confederation Centre of the Arts
Located downtown, just a few minutes walk from St. Dunstan’s Basilica. It’s a great place to learn about Prince Edward Island’s History, as well as the history of how Canada came to be. They also showcase some interesting and some really weird art paintings …
Victoria Row is also located in downtown Charlottetown next to the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Like the name says, Victora Row is an entire row or street full of restaurants and cute little souvenir shops, as well as interesting retail stores. It’s blocked off by metal poles stuck to the ground so people can just walk freely from one side to the other. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take a good picture of the entire row BUT here’s a picture of me enjoying the company of this metal man on the bench! I believe this was the area where I got most if not all of my gifts / souvenirs to take home for my friends / family.
The seaglass jewelry is so beautiful but obviously expensive and I unfortunately didn’t allot that much money to buy one item for that much for just one person. There were plenty of handmade soaps with goat milk and I bought a couple of those for friends (some questioned if I was trying to tell them something … which was not the case at all)!
I spotted this lotion called Island Potato Face & Hand Cream in one of the stores and just had to have it! This lotion is a bit chunky but still smooth in texture, and that’s because it contains actual potato in it! There’s also lavender, as well as natural Vitamin C and E in it. The lotion has a mixture of an earthy scent and lavender, and I think it’s totally awesome.
Yes, poutine gets a section of its own because it is AMAZING and I am totally sad I only had it twice!!! If you don’t know what poutine is, it’s an amazing mixture of fries, gravy, and chunks of cheese. It might sound weird or gross but it’s actually delicious! The poutine I had from KFC was much better than the food vendors at the Canada Day event, which I found surprising. If you visit Canada, definitely try some poutine.
Cow’s Creamery is an ice cream shoppe that started in Cavendish, PEI and grew to several locations throughout Canada and Beijing. Not only is it an ice cream shoppe, but it’s also a really cute retail store and has a section where you can go through a free self-guided tour of how the establishment came to be! I meant to take pictures of the ice cream cones BEFORE we started eating them but I totally forgot …
The Butterfly House & Garden of Hope
The Butterfly Garden and Garden of Hope are both located in New Glasgow, and were such a beauty to visit! The Butterfly Garden is in an enclosed house, kind of looking like a green house. Throughout the butterfly house, you can find plates with little orange slices. If you held an orange slice in your hand and tried staying still for a time, there may be a chance a butterfly will land on your palm! Unfortunately I wasn’t successful with that … Meanwhile, a butterfly stuck itself on a woman’s bum for quite some time and wouldn’t let go!! The Garden of Hope is adjacent to the Butterfly House and is basically a path that takes you through a field with a gazebo, different kinds of flowers, and lush greenery.
That’s it for my Week 1 post! Would you like to visit this place? Make sure to stay tuned for my Week 2 post of Prince Edward Island!
In the meantime, if you’re looking for another Travel-related post, have you ever thought of visiting Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey? Read it here!