Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Visiting the Heart of Downtown Charlottetown

It’s a lovely day in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and I feel like I have the whole Historic Downtown core at my fingertips since I’m located in the heart of it all at the Shipwright Inn! Since I arrived at this fantastic 5-Star Inn, I’ve been able to take advantage of its exceptionally convenient location. A short stroll away from the most popular attractions that Charlottetown has to offer, it’s easy to go for a walk and spend a day taking in the hub of PEI’s Capital and the cultural treasures it has to offer.

After a delicious start to my day with breakfast in the Dining Room I like to go for a walk on the Boardwalk, which follows along some of Charlottetown’s most picturesque shoreline and where the sun gives a beautiful show both at rise and setting. At 1.2 kilometers it’s an ideal setting to take in the ocean, wander the Victoria Park and enjoy Government House, home to PEI’s Lieutenant Governor since 1834. Touring the Beaconsfield Historic House was also a thrill, with my love of all things antique and beautiful.

Once I had had my fun outdoors, it was off to the Confederation Centre of the Arts, which is home to PEI’s Charlottetown Festival, Public Library, Mavor’s Bistro and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, one of Canada’s nationally recognized galleries. It’s also hosting something very unique this Summer, which is a replica of the Confederation Chamber. A very special room to Canada’s history, it’s where over 150 years ago the Father’s of Confederation convened and began to form the idea of our Country’s birth. This replica is an exact copy of the room you can find in Province House, a distinguished colonial style building directly next to the Confederation Centre. Currently closed for renovations, there’s no way the Centre would let visitor’s miss out on experiencing this very special place. I was incredibly impressed by the Chamber and how accurately it portrayed the real place. You can’t miss it, along with the special Park’s Canada film seen there, “A Building of Destiny”!

Of course I couldn’t help but stop at some of the local shops on my way. The obvious suspects were Cows, the Anne of Green Gables Store, Moonsnail Soapworks and other special eclectic boutiques that are so characteristic of Downtown Charlottetown. Small art galleries, artisan shops and cafés serving local specialties are always in vast supply and can offer a feast for the senses that will only be found on Prince Edward Island.

The Warf makes for a great spot to spend some hours, with free music in the afternoon, more interesting local shops and even spirits. Also stopping by the Visitor’s Information Centre to check out their interactive museum “Founder’s Hall”,  which leads you through the history of Confederation and how Canada came to be with fun and hands on methods.

All of this is easily accessible from the Shipwright Inn and makes it easy to scoot back for Afternoon Tea, which is a tasty way to take a break from all that fun before heading out for Dinner in the evening.

And where to go for Dinner? So many options! There is a wealth of restaurants boasting local culinary delicacies, but I think for tonight I’ve got my eye on Terre Rouge, a Bistro that boasts a true farm to table philosophy served with flair and is centrally located on Queen Street! See you there~

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