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Charlottetown is the capital of Prince Edward Island, and its largest city. Its main claim to fame is hosting the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, where the idea of Canada as a nation was first discussed and debated, giving the town its motto: Cunabula Foederis, or ‘Birthplace of Confederation.’ Province House, which was the site of the conference, is now the home of the provincial legislature, and is a popular attraction. The historic downtown area includes the original 500 lots surveyed by Captain Samuel Holland in 1764. A number of houses and buildings in the area date back to the Victorian era. There are plenty of art galleries to visit, as well. If you are interested in wildlife, you can take a seal-watching boat tour. When it comes to food, take your pick from a number of Asian, Mediterranean and Indian restaurants, as well as those serving local fare.

Highlights

  • Victorian era architecture
  • Seal-watching boat tour
  • Range of culinary choices

Places to Stay

Canadian Railway Adventure: Ocean, Rockies and Prairie
The Great George

Style: Heritage

The Great George is a boutique hotel located in Charlottetown’s National Historic District, amid a cluster of restored heritage buildings. Originally known as The Regent Hotel, the property dates back to 1846 and boasts a fascinating history and a beautiful red-panelled facade.

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Canadian Railway Adventure: Ocean, Rockies and Prairie
The Hotel on Pownal

Style: Boutique

The Hotel on Pownal is centrally located on historic Pownal Street in the heart of downtown Charlottetown. The hotel is steps away from the waterfront, shops and entertainment venues. This family-owned hotel with its distinct urban feel has accommodation spread over two floors.

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