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Cruise day in Charlottetown

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Cruise day in Charlottetown

I and my wife will be on a cruise that has a stop in Charlottetown from 8 to 5 on September 18. We always prefer to explore on our own using hop-on-hop-off buses. Can anyone advise if such buses are available in Charlottetown? Any other advise aside from taking a tour from the ship?

Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: Cruise day in Charlottetown

Hi NY!

Here's a link for a well-known tour company that does a bus like that in Charlottetown.


Now, before you start asking where to buy tickets, you should be mindful that Charlottetown is small enough that you can see the entire city on foot from the cruise pier, without the need for a bus. I suppose that if it were rainy or if you have trouble getting about, a bus might be the answer, but otherwise here are some free tips:

- The center of Charlottetown is the Legislature Building, Privince House. Prince Edward Island is its own province in Canada and has a 27-member Assembly that meets here. The public is welcome to tour during visiting hours. This building is famed as the site of an 1864 conference that set in motion the events that founded Canada.

- The Arts Center, next to the Legislature. It might interest you. They perform Anne of Green Gables, the perennial musical of PEI, and other repertory productions.

- The harbor front is pleasant for walking. Keep going west, and you'll come to the Lieutenant-Governor's mansion. In Canada, the lieutenant-governor is the Queen's representative. He has almost no power but, as the titular head of the province, he gets to live in this charming old mansion.

- The old town of Charlottetown is interesting for walking. Its center is St. Dunstan's Basilica, the Catholic cathedral of Prince Edward Island, and other churches.

Prince Edward Island is North America's capital of rustic charm. You'll want to get out of Charlottetown to the island's north shore, less than 45 minutes drive. An excursion or a taxi hired by the hour could take you, or you could rent a car. Prince Edward Island National Park and villages to its west will give an excellent sample of this charm, if you have only a single port-of-call day.

Happy travels!


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2. Re: Cruise day in Charlottetown

I stumbled on the website below when I was looking for ideas for our upcoming trip. It has three itineraries specifically designed for cruise ship passengers: one for a self-guided walking tour; one for a guided or self-guided trip to the north shore; and a third for an escorted trip to the south shore/Confederation bridge area. Very helpful - even for us landlubbers who are driving to the island!


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3. Re: Cruise day in Charlottetown

Dear trinchik,

Thank you for the link to a wonderful guide through Charlottetown. We will use it when strolling in this town and planning to go to one of the shores.

Best regards,


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4. Re: Cruise day in Charlottetown

The only other thing maybe to consider is the Cow's Creamery Tour, if you really like ice cream and seeing how it (and cheese) is made, you may need to take a bus/cab, but you can get Cow's ice cream downtown anyways.....

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Thanks for the link to portguides, I'll use this for my trip to PEI.

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Just read the port guide and this is a wonderful piece of work with the traveler's enjoyment most in mind.

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7. Re: Cruise day in Charlottetown

Check out cruisecritic.com/boards Look for Ports of Call and click on Canada.

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8. Re: Cruise day in Charlottetown

Be sure to look behind you! As our cruise ship left Charlottetown Harbour September 24th we noticed 3 sailboats following us. By the time we reached the town of (I think) Stratford, over a dozen sailboats had gathered. They gave us a beautiful, scenic farewell....thank you, Charlottetown.

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