Destination guide

Be charmed by Charlottetown from your vacation rental

Stunning, romantic, full of pride – Charlottetown is all that and more. This seaside capital city of Prince Edward Island is blessed with the beauty and charms of a small town, but you can feel the weight of legacy in the air as well – after all, Charlottetown is the birthplace of the Canadian Confederation. This town, however, isn't just for the history buffs. Vacation rentals here make an ideal base for exploring the natural wonders of Prince Edward Island with the family – or to just get away from it all.

History

Charlottetown occupies a special place in Canadian history as the birthplace of the Canadian Confederation, the process that eventually created Canada as the world knows it today. Province House in Downtown Charlottetown, the seat of the Prince Edward Island government, hosted the conference and now has exhibits commemorating this event. Charlottetown is pretty much a Victorian town, and Beaconsfield Historic House is a fine example of architecture from that period. If you're a fan of L.M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables," take the time to visit Cavendish and see the Green Gables farmhouse that inspired the novels.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Charlottetown

Are you hoping to discover top things to see and do while you're in town? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that Charlottetown has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Gahan House (0.1 mi / 0.2 km)
  • Fox Meadow Golf and Country Club (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • That Fun Place (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Countryview Golf Club (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • Rise and Climb Adventure Course (4.8 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Glen Afton Golf Course (6.6 mi / 10.6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Charlottetown

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Charlottetown. Here are a few of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Confederation Landing Park (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Victoria Park (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Prince Edward Battery (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Prince Edward Island National Park (13 mi / 21 km)
  • Argyle Shore Provincial Park (13.1 mi / 21.2 km)
  • Brackley Beach (13.9 mi / 22.3 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Charlottetown

The nearest airport is in Charlottetown, PEI (YYG), located 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city center.

How to get around

Steppin' out of your Charlottetown vacation rental

Before you leave your vacation rental, make sure you've got your most comfortable walking shoes on. Charlottetown doesn't have public transit within its downtown area, but that's part of its charm – it means you can take your time exploring the town. The town has a network of cycling paths, too, and you can also use your bike for daytrips out of town. If a bike isn't convenient, you'll find car and truck rental services in Charlottetown. Charlottetown also runs the City Beach Express shuttle service, which connects the town to nearby Cavendish.

Food & drink 

Farm-to-table dining right outside your door

Charlottetown has a strong farm-to-table tradition; the city's chefs typically use locally produced ingredients to create fantastic meals. The city's also experiencing a growth in diversity, so there are more and more ethnic cuisines popping up downtown, making for an altogether fantastic dining experience. While in Charlottetown, make it a point to sample the seafood and the dairy products. Some of Canada's best lobsters and mussels come from Prince Edward Island, and if you're crazy about cheese or ice cream, you'll want to bring samples of these local goodies home with you.

Essential info

What to know when booking Charlottetown vacation rentals

Charlottetown was named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the queen consort of King George III. It's the largest city on Prince Edward Island, with a total area of 44.33 square kilometres. The city sits on Charlottetown Harbour, which leads out onto Northumberland Strait. More than 36,000 people live in town, accounting for a 4th of Prince Edward Island's population. Most are native English speakers, though some speak French and other languages as well. Weather is changeable in Charlottetown, so you're better off bringing a light sweater and warm socks with you even if you're visiting in summer.

Where to stay near Charlottetown?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 361 house rentals near Charlottetown. From 182 Houses to 84 Cottages, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Charlottetown for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Charlottetown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Charlottetown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Charlottetown Port: 529 home rentals
  • University of Prince Edward Island: 545 home rentals
  • The Guild: 532 home rentals
  • Victoria Park: 522 home rentals
  • Charlottetown City Hall: 529 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Charlottetown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Charlottetown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 182 Houses in Charlottetown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Charlottetown include:

  • Cottages: 84 lodging choices
  • Condos/Apartments: 55 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 84 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Charlottetown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 17 vacation homes with pool available in Charlottetown.

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