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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is a lively and historic coastal city located in Canada’s smallest province.  Surrounded by Atlantic Canada’s best beaches and golf courses, the city combines small-town friendliness with international flair.

Fast Facts

  • Charlottetown has a population of 32,000 people.
  • It is the capital of the island province of Prince Edward Island  - or PEI for short.
  • The city is frequently referred to as the “birthplace of Canada.”
  • Charlottetown is situated at the confluence of three rivers which empty in the city’s harbour.
  • There are 11 National Historic Sites of Canada in Charlottetown.

Getting Down to Business

Charlottetown is the largest city on PEI and the economic and government centre of the province.  Key business sectors include biotechnology, which is one of the fastest growing sectors in the city.  In addition to private investment in the city, the biotechnology cluster includes the National Research Council and the University of Prince Edward Island.  The Atlantic Technology Centre serves as an incubator for new information technology (IT) companies joining the existing sector.

Charlottetown is also home to a strong and diversified manufacturing industry, a growing financial services sector and the Island’s largest service export industry – tourism.  Consequently, the city has a rich nightlife, excellent restaurants and a funky and eclectic retail sector. It is a great city for hosting conventions and meetings.

Arts, Culture and Social Scene

Charlottetown is rich in history and played an important role in the creation of Canada. Visitors can experience Canada's beginnings at Founders' Hall, Canada's birthplace pavilion. Locals and tourists alike visit the Charlottetown Festival, featuring Canada’s longest running musical, Anne of Green Gables –The Musical.

The Confederation Centre for the Arts and Art Gallery is a must-see, as is the Peakes Wharf summer concert series featuring great musicians at the outdoor venue…for free.  Throughout the summer and fall, the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market and the downtown Farmers’ Market offer a diverse mix of food, arts and crafts.  Simply walking downtown is an artistic adventure, featuring a diverse range of artisan shops from soap makers, to glass blowers, pottery spinners to jewellery makers.

Recreation and Outdoors

From Charlottetown, you can easily access the Confederation Trail, a 400 kilometre network of walking and cycling trails covering the entire province.  As Canada’s smallest province, all major routes to and from the Island, including ferries to Nova Scotia and the Confederation Bridge to New Brunswick, are easily accessible from the city.  Every major point of interest on the Island is less than a half-day drive.  Charlottetown is a short scenic trek from magnificent red sand beaches and excellent golf courses.

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