5 Things to do in PEI

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Prince Edward Island is the land of Anne of Green Gables, a haven for redheads. PEI has always held a special place in my heart for obvious reasons. My first visit to PEI dates back to my childhood, I was 11 to be exact. I spent two weeks on the beautiful island during my grade 5 summer vacation. I had been wanting to return to this magical island for a while now and finally got to do so this fall. There are so many amazing things to do on the island, so here are a few recommendations.

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1) Visit Tea Cup rock – Located on the North Shore of PEI, this little known wonder of is a few kms walk from the Twin Shores Campground in Darnley. To get to the rock, you’ll have to walk a good 15-20 mins on Darnley beach. The walk to the rock is absolutely stunning, the wild beaches of PEI are quiet and peaceful. You’ll cross a lighthouse and walk passed several sand dunes. The Tea Cup rock itself is best seen when the tide is low and the water is calm. The entire area is incredibly picturesque. It was my discovery of the trip.

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2) Grab a juice from Rawsome Juice Bar – This small local juicery is located right in downtown Charlottetown, just off the main strip. You’ll find the Juice Bar at the back of a yoga/fitness studio in a small local. This is where they make all of their juices and also smoothies. Everyone that works at Rawsome is incredibly kind. In addition to juices and smoothies, they also offer cleanses. If you can’t make it to their shop, you can find some of their juices at different retailers across the island. The “Wakeup” Juice was without a doubt my favorite!

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3) Eat at Terre Rouge – This Charlottetown bistro is at the top of everyone’s best restaurant list in the area. The restaurant’s motto – use local products and support local producers. Their farm-to-table menu is refreshing and unique to the area. In addition to being a bistro, Terre Rouge also serves as a marché where people can come in and buy bread, artisanal cheese, organic vegetables, charcuterie, etc. Everything we ate at the restaurant was delicious. My favorite dish was their cheese platter.

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4) Grab a coffee from The Kettle Black – Located on Queen St. in Charlottetown, Kettle Black is the perfect place to grab coffee, read a book or work on your laptop in a cozy setting. They’ve got a great selection of teas, coffee and homemade snacks. I spent a couple of afternoons there while I was in the city because it was so inviting.

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5) Explore the island – Though Charlottetown is the island’s main attraction, there are so many other amazing places to explore on the island. If you’re a fan of Anne of Green Gables, you’ll want to make your way to Cavendish to visit the famous Anne of Green Gables house from the movies. If you’re a fan of Road to Avonlea, you can also explore the Avonlea by the Sea area and see one of the houses from the 90s CBC television series. The Argyle Shores south of the island are also breathtaking. Though the parks are closed after summer, the beaches are still accessible by foot. There is also the Malpeque area, home of the popular Oyster Barn and the local fishing village.

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13 Cities, 13 Runs – Charlottetown

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What a thrill it was to be back on Prince Edward Island. Last time I visited this magnificent island dates back to my childhood. I had kept fond memories of the island of Anne of Green Gables (everyone can guess why…) so I was ecstatic to be back last month.

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Prince Edward Island is filled with nature: forests, parks, beaches, farmland, etc. It’s an outdoor enthusiast’s dream!

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The main trail that you can find from tip-to-tip on the island is the Confederation Trail. After PEI’s railway was abandoned in 1989, the island decided to transform the area into a walking and cycling trail during the summer and snowmobile trail in the winter.

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What’s so great about the trail is its unique scenery. While running, you will see anything from rolling hills, villages, seascapes and also farms. This flat trail is 410 kms in length and is made of rolled stone dust.

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I took the trail from Charlottetown at Fitzroy and Kensington Street, but there are many entrances around the island, such as Tignish, Souris, Georgetown, Montague, Murray River, etc.

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My favorite part of my run on the island: coming across a field of horses. How special is that?

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To see the full Confederation Trail map, go here.

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