We have been fortunate enough to continue to have beautiful fall days so we chose to do a road trip to PEI’s capital city, Charlottetown.

A 168km round trip with plenty of walking around the historic centre gave us a great taste of Charlottetown. We are looking forward to coming back for a more in-depth visit.

Our first sign that we were going to have a good day was when we managed to find some free parking for the day in the historic centre, not an easy task. After a short walk along the waterfront the first stop was the most dominant building in that part of the city, St. Dunston’s Basilica Cathedral.

First built in 1896, it was rebuilt after a fire in 1913.
One of the advantages of playing tourist in the shoulder season, that and COVID restrictions, is that crowds are not something you have to worry about in places of interest. We were the only ones in the public area of the church.
The building is in pretty good shape and certainly lends the air of power as you walk inside.

After our drive there and initial exploration we had lunch in the Olde Dublin Pub. Great beer, ok food, and a great view of the back of the Basilica.

Being able to eat on the outside upper floor in mid-October is a wonderful treat.

As I mentioned in a previous post, there is a lot of decorating going on around the province in relation to harvest time and Halloween. Part of that is the City of Charlottetown is having a Scarecrow Festival. There are more then 1000 scarecrows around the city. It certainly makes for some interesting viewing as you walk.

The statue of the two John Hamilton Gray’s (two of the countries Fathers of Confederation) even got in on the fun.
Outside the Beaconsfield Historic House they were enjoying a seance.
Most were just hanging out on light poles.
For me though the most intriguing one was outside St. Pauls Church. Who would have thought of a Nativity scene recreated with scarecrows and pumpkins?
We stopped in and walked around the grounds of Government House, the home of the provinces Lieutenant Governor. Though the building is a private residence, the grounds are open to the public.
Our last stop, other than the liquor store, was Founders Hall. Initially built as a repair shop for CN locomotives in 1906. It was renovated in 2001 to celebrate Charlottetown’s role in the Confederation Conference which shaped our nation.

I look forward to returning to Charlottetown after brushing up on more of our founding history. The old centre is filled with connections to that historic time and it seems like a waste not to seize the opportunity.

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

4 comments on “First Glimpse of Charlottetown

  1. Hi Guys!
    Isn’t it great to be travelling and blogging again?
    In case you don’t know we sold our house and everything in it and left calgary end of May. We’ve been making our way across this great country of
    ours in our self converted Campervan we have affectionately named Radvan.
    Here’s the link to our blog if you’d like to follow along.


    It was fun to read your post from PEI. We visited there several months ago and had a really awesome time there. I’m sure it’s just as beautiful in the fall!
    Happy travels
    Liz and Rémy Tompkins

  2. Amy J Lindsey

    Do you think the people in the Basilica enjoy the view of the pub? “Great ambience, service okay, and a great view of the Olde Dublin Pub”

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