Charlottetown - City and the Land of Anne
4 to 7 hours
Charlottetown, population 15,800, is the capital city of Prince Edward Island and the birthplace of Confederation. After visiting the capital city we will travel along the Island coastline to the Land of Anne of Green Gables. Anne, the central character of Lucy Maud Montgomery's book of the same name, loved the farmland and the friendliness of the people of this area. We will also visit Prince Edward Island National Park and Cavendish Beach.
Province House National Historic Site: This Georgian-style neo-classical construction was completed in 1847. We will see historic Confederation Chamber where Canada's future as a dominion was decided.
Government House: Known as Fanningbank, Government House is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the province. The Lieutenant Governor is the personal representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Prince Edward Island. Built in 1834, the Georgian design has obvious echoes of the Palladian tradition and is the work of Isaac Smith.
Blue Heron Trail: We will travel this scenic trail through farmland and the fishing villages of South Rustico, Rusticoville and North Rustico to the seacoast. In North Rustico we will stop at a fish market to see the catch of the day.
Prince Edward Island National Park: Cavendish is one of the smallest but most popular of Canada's national parks. It stretches approximately 40 km along the north shore of the island.
Green Gables House: Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables, often visited this area as a young girl. This farm is believed to have been the primary influence on the setting for her world-famous Green Gables' series. In 1937, the house and surrounding farmland became part of Prince Edward Island National Park. The building has been furnished according to the descriptions in the books with a bedroom for each of the main characters.
Prince Edward Island Preserve Company: This company was the dream of Bruce Alexander MacNaughton. These unique products are some of the best on the island and are exported around the world.