June, July and August are the most attractive months to visit Charlottetown, as warm temperatures make Prince Edward Island a traveller’s dream for rest and relaxation. These months make up the peak travel season in Charlottetown, thanks not only to great weather but the festivities and costumed characters that bring a celebratory tone to Charlottetown. The cheapest time to visit Charlottetown may be the months of December, January and February, when cold weather keeps travellers at bay. For affordable flights to Charlottetown and weather that’s neither too hot nor too cold, try visiting during the shoulder season months of April, May, October or November.
Charlottetown may be the capital city of Canada’s Prince Edward Island, but that hardly makes it a concrete-laden metropolis like so many capital cities the world over. Although Charlottetown is known as “The Birthplace of the Confederation” for hosting the meetings that eventually led to the creation of modern-day Canada, small-town charm is alive and well in Charlottetown, thanks to a relatively small population and historic appearance.
In fact, the town’s physical appeal is one of its most distinguishing characteristics. Where else do the historic homes so finely bridge the gap between uniform and unique, with matching lawns on tree-lined streets, to boot? If the distinct homes of Charlottetown don’t scream quaint, then surely the costumed characters that take to these streets come the summer months add an undeniable charm to the city.
So how does one dig into this historic Canadian town? A trip to Founder’s Hall is a solid start, as this museum tells the story of Canada’s birth. Conveniently, the Charlottetown Visitor Information Centre is also located here, giving travellers all the tools they need to explore Charlottetown on their terms.
Other historic sites to see while in Charlottetown include the Gothic Revival architecture of St. Dunstan’s Basilica, the Victorian architecture of the Beaconsfield Historic House and the Province House, a National Historic Site of Canada.
Top off a trip to Charlottetown with an afternoon wandering through Victoria Row, where quaint shops, cafes and restaurants welcome locals and visitors alike. Don’t forget to dig into the town’s famed seafood while you’re there, too.
Charlottetown is a rather small geographically, making it fairly easy to navigate on foot. There is a very limited public transit service that makes a single loop through Charlottetown. Taxis are an affordable option for getting around, too, while bicycle hire make for an enjoyable way to see Charlottetown.
The Charlottetown Airport (YYG) is less than five miles (8km) north of the city. Taxis charge a flat fee to get from the airport to the city and can be hailed at the airport. Limos and town cars can also be reserved, and car hire agencies are on site. Because there is no public transportation connecting the airport to the city, it’s best to use a taxi or hire a car.