Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island


The new pier and cruise terminal of Charlottetown opened on September 25th, 2007

The ships will dock right downtown. Moments after stepping off the ship in the beautiful and historic city of Charlottetown, you’ll be strolling the same streets the Fathers of Confederation did before Canada became a country.


Celebrate Canada’s history in Charlottetown in a fun and unique way. Follow in the footsteps of our Fathers of Confederation and experience history first hand! Stroll down one of Canada’s National Historic Streets, where every building and street corner tells a story. Join Canadian heroes like Sir John A MacDonald, Sir George Etienne Cartier and other historical figures as you stroll through the streets of Charlottetown un-discovering the Birthplace of Canada.


Canada’s Birthplace, tells the story of this great Nation like no other. Spend a day in Charlottetown taking in our history and experiencing our culture.

See the colorful, painted buildings; duck into the quiet back streets, and trace the city’s graceful passage of time. Visit Founders’ Hall – Canada’s Birthplace Pavilion where visitors are transported back in time through the “Time Travel Tunnel” and walk through the pages of Canadian history; starting with the Charlottetown Conference in 1864 and concluding with the joining of Nunavut in 1999.

Founders’ Hall makes learning history fun and entertaining. Continue your journey with a guided walking tour in the Historic District with the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation. Walking tours depart daily (June – September) from the Charlottetown Visitor center at Founders’ Hall. From Founders’ Hall, make your way to Historic Great George Street.

It’s worth the stop to St. Dunstan’s Cathedral Basilica, one of many great churches located throughout the city.

The One Hour, Fully Guided Trolley Tour starts with a stroll around the Heart of Downtown Charlottetown, Full of Historic Buildings, Outdoor Restaurants and Unique Boutique. We then travel through Victoria Park, Home of the Lieutenant Governors Mansion with a Spectacular View of the Inner Harbor. From there, we Promenade into our Oldest Residential Area with an Impressive Variety of Well Maintained Historic Homes and Charming Gardens.

Shopping and Food:

Charlottetown contains two major shopping centres: the Confederation Court Mall (right downtown, across from Province House), and the Charlottetown Mall, which is just out of town in West Royalty, on University Avenue. They contain the usual anchor stores (Zellers, SportsChek, etc), as well as many smaller stores. West Royalty also has many stand-alone big-box stores, such as Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, Future Shop, etc.

If you get off the beaten path, though, you’ll find lots of great specialty shops just waiting for your business. Walks along Queen St. and University Ave. (among others) will yield wonderful surprises in terms of shopping selection.


Canadian Dollar

You will find ATMs in many grocery stores, malls, airports and so on, and most are linked to the international networks, the most common being Cirrus, Plus, Star and Maestro. You can also grab cash from an ATM if you use a major credit card although this method tends to be more expensive because, in addition to a service fee, you’ll be charged interest immediately.


Founders’ Hall, across the terminal, offers free wireless Internet.

Opening Hours and Holidays:

  • Labour Day – First Monday in September; last holiday weekend of summer; honouring working men and women.
  • Thanksgiving Day-Second Monday in October; celebration of harvest.
  • Remembrance Day-November 11; Memorial Services are held for those who served their country in the Armed Forces.
  • Christmas Day-December 25
  • Boxing Day-December 26
  • New Year’s Day-January 1st; most celebrations occur on the evening of the 31st day of December, as Canadians celebrate the end of the old year and the beginning of the new year.
  • Good Friday-Late March or early April
  • Easter Sunday-Late March or early April
  • Victoria Day-Third Monday in May; first holiday of summer, commemorates the birthday of Queen Victoria.
  • Canada Day-July 1, Canada’s birthday
  • New Brunswick Day-First Monday in August; general public holiday
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