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Eat, paddle, hike, ride, and swing your way through five adventures in one of Canada’s most picturesque destinations.
PEI’s Culinary Trail website offers a series of itineraries, guidebooks, and maps to navigate Prince Edward Island’s food scene. Soak up PEI’s bustling craft beer scene, which includes Moth Lane Brewing on the island’s north shore, where you can enjoy artisanal crafted ales, freshly-shucked oysters, and water views. Head to Carr’s Oyster Bar for a taste of authentic PEI culture. For an exquisite farm-to-fire-to-feast experience, head to the five-star FireWorks at the Inn at Bay Fortune, where world-famous Chef Michael Smith prepares greens grown on his organic farm and garden, and dishes prepared in the brick lined wood-burning stove, and served by the chefs. The menu changes daily but always features freshly baked wood-oven bread, a taste-of-the-island charcuterie board, the local fish and seafood chowder, organic salad, wood roasted meats, and vegetables, and dessert—all prepared in the brick lined wood-burning stove, and served by the chefs at long butcher-block feast tables overlooking Bay Fortune. Or head to The Table Culinary Studio to interact with chefs at an intimate dining experience within an old New London church. In the month of September, PEI celebrates all things culinary with the Fall Flavors Festival, which includes the International Shellfish Festival.
Get your feet wet
Take part in the centuries-old Island clamming tradition while enjoying a paddling adventure with By the Sea Kayaking, in Victoria-by-the-Sea. Go deep-sea fishing for mackerel, lobsters, rock crabs and mussels with Tranquility Cove Adventures of Georgetown, which also provides an on-board barbecue. It’s one of many Authentic PEI Experiences that offers hands-on culture, craft, arts, and traditions shared by natives eager to pass along PEI’s rich heritage.
Or stay dry
If you’d rather keep your feet dry, Circle T Trail Rides in Lakeside offers horseback trail rides on the north shore. Enjoy a peaceful carriage ride by the Lake of Shining Waters through beautiful flower gardens and be driven around the Anne of Green Gables Museum property.
Go for a ride or a walk
The 270-mile Confederation Trail is a rolled stone path that reaches from Tignish to Elmira, and offers an opportunity to explore the entire island, tip to tip. It was created in 1989 from an old railway. Used for walking and cycling in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter, the Confederation Trail gently traverses rolling hills, quaint villages and offers beautiful bay vistas. It’s an ideal way for visitors of all levels of fitness to explore the island. Branch trails extend into Charlottetown and to the communities of Souris, Georgetown, Montague, Wood Islands, Murray River and Murray Harbour, and link to the Confederation Bridge in Borden-Carleton. In Charlottetown, MacQueen’s Bike Shop & Island Tours offers rentals and guided tours. Or Kingfisher Outdoors rents bikes for the trail, in addition to paddleboards, and canoes for the Morell River.
Located in Lakeside, just a 25 minute drive from Charlottetown, The Links at Crowbush Cove are perched on the dunes of PEI’s north shore, and have received international praise as one of North America’s finest courses. Recognized by Golf Digest as Canada’s Best New Course, it features views of the dunes, undulating fairways, and challenging greens. It’s an ideal way to enjoy the sport while taking in PEI’s most beautiful natural features.