Best of Prince Edward Island- 7 days 6 nights
Explore Prince Edward Island, a land of undeniable yet simple charms, where Maritime and
Acadian history is proudly told. Set out in Charlottetown to discover the city’s heritage as one of
the earliest crossroads of European exploration and settlement in North America. Experience
rural PEI, coastal outposts and the extensive National Park system, home to the splendid and
Afternoon: Arrive to Charlottetown and transfer to the hotel. Program Registration. 4:00-5:00
p.m. Come meet our group leader in the lobby and get your welcome packet. If you arrive late,
please ask for your packet when you check in and the front desk will be happy to help you.
Dinner: At Studio 1 at the Confederation Centre.
Evening: After dinner, the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will
review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities,
logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the daily
schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and
make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal
preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities,
schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local
circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle
in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. You may also wish to explore what the city has
to offer. The hotel is in downtown Charlottetown, surrounded by shopping, restaurants, and
within walking distance to the Farmer’s Market, Confederation Centre of the Arts, and
Charlottetown’s City Hall.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: We start the day with a visit to Beaconsfield Historic House, a 19th century building
with a mansard roof, elaborate gingerbread trim, and crowning belvedere stands. We will learn
about historic architecture with this enduring symbol of Victorian elegance. This morning’s
presentation will provide an introduction to Prince Edward Island and its history. We will
discover stories of the past with a local historian who will bring the early history of the Island
alive using stories of the people who have made Prince Edward Island their home: native
Mi’kmaq, French explorers, Acadian farmers, British military, and more. While Charlottetown is
best recognized for its role in the founding of our nation, we will also discover on foot a vast
collection of historical and cultural treasures sprinkled throughout the city. We’ll begin at the
Confederation Centre of the Arts on Richmond Street, in the heart of downtown Charlottetown.
Lunch: At a local restaurant.
Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and
do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group
Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Dinner: On own.
Evening: At leisure.
Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet
Morning: We will depart by coach for Prince Edward Island National Park, where we will
explore this place of beauty. The Park spans a spectacular stretch of land encompassing sand
dunes, salt marshes, remnants of an Acadian forest, coastal headlands, beaches, and sandstone
cliffs. Meet with a Parks expert and learn about the parks ecosystem which supports a variety
of animal species and 400 different species of plants. With more than 300 species of birds,
including the endangered piping plover, the park plays a significant role in shorebird migration
in spring and fall.
Lunch: At a local restaurant with an opportunity to explore the restaurant’s gardens.
Afternoon: We will visit Green Gables National Historic Site where Parks Canada staff will
present the history of Green Gables and its significance to Canadian literary history. We will
spend time at Green Gables, the famed fictional home of red-haired Anne Shirley, the heroine
of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic 1908 novel, “Anne of Green Gables”. Discover the history of
the house as well as biographical information about Montgomery with a local expert. Green
Gables, part of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site, has become famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic tale of
fiction. We will travel down dusty roads and well-trod paths as we step back in time to hear
stories about Lucy Maud. Visit the famous Cavendish Beach with its Inviting white sand, waters
warmed by the Gulf Stream, and striking red sandstone cliffs that tower above the beach.
Dinner: Lobster dinner.
Evening: Tonight, we will enjoy some down east entertainment.
Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet
Morning: This morning we will head east to one of Canada’s unique natural treasures at the
Greenwich site of PEI National Park. Here we’ll meet a Parks expert and learn about the
spectacular parabolic dune system that rises above white-sand beaches and acts as a stunning
backdrop to an extensive trail system that includes a floating boardwalk. The Greenwich Dunes
area of Prince Edward Island is a 900-acre natural treasure internationally recognized for its
unique dune system, its wide variety of bird species and rare plants found in its marshes and
woodlands, and the nationally important Aboriginal and Acadian archaeological sites. Keep your
eyes open as we head out on a walk for the geographical features and flora and fauna we’ve
just learned about.
Lunch: At a local restaurant.
Afternoon: This afternoon we continue to explore rural PEI by coach as we travel south to the
shores of the Boughton River near Cardigan, Prince Edward Island. Along the way we stop at
the Eastpoint Lighthouse, this iconic landmark has protected East Point since 1867. The bird
watch tower is a great vantage point to look for rare and common birds, and a hot spot for
migrating pelagic birds. We continue on to meet up with our beachcomber will take you on an
expert-led walk looking to harvest the bounty of the sea, teeming with shellfish. Learn how to
spot the tell-tale holes where the clams are hiding; and how the world-famous Island Blue
Mussels are produced by placing tiny spat in mesh bags that are then suspended in the rivers
and bays around the Island. We will help empty the sock and clean the mussels before they are
cooked to enjoy, along with any periwinkles, crabs or mussels that we found, to provide you
with an opportunity to sample a wide range of Island shellfish.
Dinner: Fresh seafood dinner with all the trimmings. Barbecued boneless chicken breast for
those who don’t eat shellfish.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.
Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet.
Morning: A presentation with a local expert will focus on PEI’s agriculture and long history of
farming. Experience a smorgasbord of classic Island scenery: naturally sifted white and red sand
beaches, towering red sandstone capes and a necklace of essential coastal stops like North
Cape. Visit a local potato farm to learn about the province’s primary cash crop. PEI continues to
be the largest potato-producing province in Canada, growing 25% of the potatoes in the
country; building on two hundred years of experience growing high quality potatoes on an
island that’s ideally suited for this crop. Enjoy ocean panoramas which are so beautiful that you
can’t help but stare.
Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon: We continue onto Summerside with some stops along the way including a stop at
the Confederation Bridge. We will arrive in the late afternoon with enough time to check-in and
freshen up before dinner.
Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Evening: At leisure
Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet.
Morning: We travel to the North Cape Lighthouse, on the northwest tip of Prince Edward
Island, a natural rock reef where the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the
Northumberland Strait meet with magnificent results. Marvel at the wind turbines at the
Atlantic Wind Test Site or visit the aquarium in the North Cape Interpretive Center where
displays and interpretive panels will give you insight into the colorful history of North Cape
area, including storms, shipwrecks and ghost ships.
Lunch: Learn how to make a delicious fruit pastry known as “poutine à trou” and see
demonstrations about traditional dishes such as “fricot” – a hearty chicken soup that has been a
staple of the Acadian diet for generations. We will explore the rich Acadian culture and culinary
delights at Village Acadien Musical. Food and music shared with family and friends is central to
Acadian traditions and this experience provides that and more. Spend some time exploring the
Acadian Musical Village as you enjoy top-notch fiddlers and stepdancers. We will enjoy a
traditional Acadian meal which may include rapure, meat pie, hominy corn and fricot – topped
off by the arrival of your very own poutine à trou.
Afternoon: We will also visit the Acadian Museum to explore nearly three centuries of history
in PEI of the Acadian people. From their first settlement in 1720 to the present day, learn about
the events that shaped the culture, history, and lives of the Acadian people in PEI with a local
expert. Following our museum visit we’ll board the coach again to head to the Acadian Musical
Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
Evening: Share favorite memories with new Road Scholar friends on our final evening.
Breakfast: Hotel breakfast buffet at 7:30 a.m. Program concludes
Morning: Group transfer by coach to Charlottetown Airport after breakfast. Approximate
arrival at Charlottetown Airport is 9:30 a.m. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning
adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join
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7 days 6 nights
South Shore seaside featuring the confederation bridge- 4 hours (240 Minutes)
Featuring picturesque landscapes and an incredible view of the Confederation Bridge, this tour
brings you all the way from downtown Charlottetown through the heart of South Shore Prince
Edward Island. With four stops along the guided tour, guests will have the opportunity to
explore the shops of Gateway Village in Borden, take stunning photos of the 12.9 km long
engineering marvel the Confederation Bridge, and have some time to explore Victoria-by-the-
Sea. Victoria-by-the-Sea is a well-loved seaside community where visitors can enjoy the
Waterview, and walk through the town while chatting with locals, and enjoy treats from the
Island Chocolate Factory.
Tours leave from
the Charlottetown Visitor Information Centre, 6 Prince St.
at 12:30 pm
04:30 pm Finish
2 hours (120 minutes)
Charlottetown city highlights- 1 hour (60 Minutes)
The Charlottetown City Highlights tour is the best way to see and learn about historic and
modern-day Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island. Our guides bring you fun and
informative content as you explore the city.
Among other places, you’ll see historic Province House, the Lieutenant Governor’s House,
beautiful Victoria Park along the water, and the University of Prince Edward Island. From the
historic buildings where the foundation of Canada as a national began, to seeing some of the
beautiful homes throughout the city, you will have the opportunity to uncover the history of
our city and life in Charlottetown today.
Tours leave from the Charlottetown Visitor Information Centre, 6 Prince St. at 10am, 11:30am,
1 hour (60 minutes)
Anne of Green Gables Adventure Private Tour-5 hours (300 Minutes)
This tour is for the ultimate Anne fan! This tour will also delight those fascinated by the beauty
of PEI as described by The Anne of Green Gables author L.M. Montgomery in her novels.
This tour highlights the inspiration behind the world-famous Anne of Green Gables series and
highlights parts of L.M. Montgomery’s life. Visit the Anne of Green Gables Museum in Park
Corner, Green Gables Heritage Place, and much more.
9:00 am Departure
Anne of Green Gables Museum
Passengers will visit the Anne Museum at Silverbush, the homestead of the Campbell Family,
L.M. Montgomery’s cousins. On the property you will find a museum filled with Anne artifacts,
gardens surrounding the museum, Matthew’s Carriage Rides, and the Lake of Shining Waters.
Passengers will visit Green Gables Heritage Place, the original farm site that inspired the setting
for L.M. Montgomery’s first novel, Anne of Green Gables. The building is a white one-and-a-half
storey farmhouse with a green gable roof surrounded by farmstead, gardens, and wooded
North Rustico Beach
Passengers will visit the active Acadian fishing harbour in North Rustico where they will get the
chance to learn about the fishing industry on Prince Edward Island. Passengers will see fishing
boats, lobster traps, bait sheds, and receive a demonstration on how lobsters are caught.
1:00 pm finish