Surrounded by spectacular seascapes, fabulous beaches and rolling expanses of fertile farmland, Charlottetown is the busy government, university, commercial and cultural centre of Prince Edward Island. In a city rich with historic buildings, Province House is particularly worthy of note. Designated a National Historic Sites, this is where the Fathers of Confederation held many of the meetings that led to the creation of the Dominion of Canada in 1867. Charlottetown is also the home of a major musical theatre festival featuring "Anne of Green Gables." PEI's capital city also offers terrific restaurants, a lively night life and truly great shopping. This is also the perfect little city for a relaxing stroll through elegant Victorian landscapes and lush parks. The harbourfront, located in the charmingly restored "Old Charlotte Town", is a delightful spot to wile away the hours browsing through handcraft and antique shops or simply admiring the surrounding pastoral scenery.
FACILITIES AND SERVICES
Charlottetown is Prince Edward Island's provincial capital and principal port. It is located on the west bank of the Hillsborough River on the south coast of PEI. The 13 km (8 mile) approach channel has depths of not less that 11 m (36 ft) in the fairway. Tidal range is 1.8-2.7 m (6-9 ft).
Cruise ships are normally berthed at the Charlottetown Marine Terminal. Its west side berth is 153-m (500 ft) in length with depth ranging from 9 m (30 ft) at the outer end to 3 m (10 ft) at the inner end at low water. The east side has the same depth with a berthing length of 183 m (600 ft). The outer end (south) has a berthing length of 70 m (230 ft) with a depth of 9 m (30 ft) at low water.
As a developed port, Charlottetown has a full range of services including the provision of fresh water and supplies, minor repairs, fuel by truck, pilots, stevedoring and sewage disposal.