Charlottetown Travel Guide

City Hall, Charlottetown © Robert Cutts

The capital of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown is a small bustling city, home to about 35,000 permanent residents. The site of the historic Charlottetown Conference, where Canadian statesmen met to first debate the Canadian Confederation, it is unsurprising that most of the city's premier sights and attractions hark back to this historical epoch, and that, to this day, the majority of locals are employed in the economy's public sector. Roundly celebrated for its clean air and sound urban planning policies, Charlottetown is easily navigable and picturesque, with Victorian-era buildings dominating the pretty downtown area, and an ongoing waterfront redevelopment project seeking to convert industrial areas into parks and outdoor hiking trails.

The city's maritime position exerts a moderating influence on its climate, with winter temperatures never dropping as low, or summer temperatures climbing as high, as other Canadian cities of similar latitude. The city's premier tourist drawcard is by far and away the Green Gables House, tucked away in the beautiful Prince Edward Island National Park, although there is plenty more to see and do in Charlottetown - a town which describes itself as 'busting at the seams with entertainment and culture'.

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