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Staying in Prince Edward Island vacation rentals

One of Canada's Maritime provinces, Prince Edward Island is the perfect place to dial down the volume a little. Fancy waking up to stunning natural scenery from your cozy cottage rental, or heading out to take in Charlottetown's Victorian architecture? How about lacing up your boots to explore the island via the Confederation Trail, then refuelling with super-fresh locavore dining? Vacations on Prince Edward Island are all about relaxing and taking your time, however big or small your group. The usual PEI itinerary includes the Green Gables Heritage Place for "Anne of Green Gables" fans, the 1846 Point Prim Lighthouse – the oldest on the island –and Prince Edward Island National Park, the most stunning of the province's parks.

History

Although it's the smallest province, plucky little Prince Edward Island played a big role in Canada's history. The historic 1964 Charlottetown Conference, where Canadian Confederation was debated, took place at Province House, the seat of PEI's provincial government. Literary fans, of course, will know that Prince Edward Island was the setting of Lucy Maud Montgomery's much 1908 novel "Anne of Green Gables," and if you want to see PEI through Montgomery-tinted spectacles, Green Gables House in Cavendish is the place to do it.

Things to do

Things to do around Prince Edward Island vacation rentals

The provincial capital, Charlottetown, is a good place to start sightseeing. The downtown core is dotted with Victorian-era buildings, and you can catch a show at the Confederation Centre of the Arts after touring the historic Province House. Prince Edward Island National Park encompasses the Green Gables Heritage Place, making it double the fun. Several old lighthouses offer top sunset selfie opportunities, and there's no better way to end the day than with seafood that's so fresh it might just swim away off your plate if you're not careful.

How to get around

Navigating Prince Edward Island from your vacation rental

Teeny tiny Charlottetown Airport is the gateway to PEI for travellers arriving by plane, although flights are pretty limited. Once your boots are on the ground, T3 Transit operates several public bus routes across Charlottetown, along with a few other routes that venture beyond city limits. There are taxis on offer, although trips to rural areas might sting your wallet a little. The 470-km Confederation Trail is popular for seeing the area on foot or on a bike. Exploring PEI on two wheels is particularly popular in the summer, although there are no designated bike lanes.

Food & drink 

Sample Prince Edward Island's local food and drinks

Fresh, locally caught seafood is always top of the menu at Prince Edward Island's restaurants, and the lobsters, oysters, and mussels are particular highlights. You can even time your vacation to coincide with the PEI International Shellfish Festival in September. Farm-to-table meals are a big part of the PEI culinary scene, and you can expect those veggies to be fresh out of the field. Send yourself off to bed with a nightcap courtesy of one of the local wineries, distilleries, and breweries.

Essential info

Key facts for your Prince Edward Island vacation rental stay

Prince Edward Island, often referred to simply as PEI, is Canada's smallest province when it comes to both population and land area. Comprising the eponymous Prince Edward Island and many smaller islands, the province only spans 5,600 sq km. Its population is around 143,000. The legal drinking age in PEI is 19. A 15% to 20% tip is expected at restaurants and bars; tipping taxi drivers, tour guides, and porters is also customary. Dial 911 for emergency services in Canada.

Where to stay near Prince Edward Island?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,161 house rentals near Prince Edward Island. From 444 Cottages to 530 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Prince Edward Island is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Prince Edward Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Prince Edward Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Charlottetown: 360 vacation rentals
  • Cavendish: 539 vacation rentals
  • Summerside: 180 vacation rentals
  • North Rustico: 460 vacation rentals
  • Brackley Beach: 494 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Prince Edward Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Prince Edward Island?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Prince Edward Island:

  • Charlottetown: 360 rentals
  • Cavendish: 539 rentals
  • Summerside: 180 rentals
  • North Rustico: 460 rentals
  • Brackley Beach: 494 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Prince Edward Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Prince Edward Island are:

  • Charlottetown Airport (YYG): 620 home rentals
  • Summerside Airport (YSU): 345 home rentals
  • Greater Moncton International Airport (YQM): 110 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Prince Edward Island?

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

  • Cavendish Beach: 548 vacation homes
  • Rodd Crowbush Golf and Beach Resort: 206 vacation homes
  • Basin Head Provincial Park: 62 vacation homes
  • Red Point Provincial Park: 65 vacation homes
  • St. Peters Harbour Lighthouse: 159 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Prince Edward Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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