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Prince Edward Island Road Trip

We took a five-day 4-night Boston to Prince Edward Island road trip. If you have not visited this charming island in the Maritimes of Canada, I highly recommend it. It is an easy road trip from Boston, New Hampshire or Maine. We have provided a complete Prince Edward Island road trip itinerary from where we fly into, Boston Massachusetts.

prince edward island road trip

Our Itinerary

Day 1

We began our Prince Edward Island Road trip by Driving from Boston to Sackville, New Brunswick entering Canada at the Calais/St Stephen Border Crossing. Remember to bring your passport! The drive is wonderous especially in Northern Maine and New Brunswick.

On the first evening, we stayed at the Sackville Bed and Breakfast. Our hosts Barry and Wendi were delightful. Their Victorian home nestled in the quaint village of Sackville, New Brunswick is warm and welcoming. Breakfast in the morning was excellent, and we enjoyed sharing it with the other three couples staying at the inn. We love the opportunity to make new friends.  Additionally, Sackville is charming and has some places where you can grab dinner your first evening.

sackville hotel

sackville hotel

 

Day 2

Begin the second day by driving from Sackville to Pictou to take the ferry to PEI. It is always free to enter PEI, but you must pay to leave. We chose to go over via the ferry and leave by the bridge. Besides, it is more expensive to go by ferry so save some money for shopping by entering PEI by ferry and leaving by the bridge.

PEI ferry

pei ferry

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Your first stop in PEI is the Wood Island Lighthouse built in 1876. This lighthouse is close to the ferry. Additionally, if you like wine, then make your way to the Rossignol Estate Winery. They offer fruit wines, table wines, and liqueurs. Tastings are by donation.

wood island lighthouse

wood island lighthouse

Next stop is the Point Prim Lighthouse. Coincidently, it is the oldest lighthouse on PEI. Now it's time for lunch, and even though you are in the middle of nowhere, the Point Prim Chowder House serves fantastic meals.  Located right next door, you can dine inside or outside. Most importantly, they serve delicious authentic east coast food and drinks. I had a fantastic plant-based lunch with arugula, sweet potatoes and pumpkin seed, yummy!

point prim lighthouse

chowder house

chowder house

Head to Downtown Charlottetown and check into Hotel on Pownal. This hotel is excellent for exploring Charlottetown, Canada’s birthplace. Overall, the hotel has a classy, urban vibe. The staff at Hotel on Pownal was welcoming and helpful.

hotel on pownal

hotel on pownal

We walked from our hotel to visit; Province House, Great George Street, Victoria Row, Peake’s Wharf and Cow’s Ice Cream, yum! Finally, you are sure to find a restaurant that suits your taste in either the wharf or Victoria Row.

charlottetown

charlottetown

charlottetown

Day 3

Continuing your Prince Edward Island road trip, make your way to Cavendish, home of Anne of Green Gables. Along the way, I highly recommend stopping at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company in New Glasglow. They produce artisan preserves, fine teas, and local pottery. We bought gifts for ourselves and family from there. In essence, just walking through the store is a visual treat.

pei preserve

First stop in Cavendish is the Green Gables Heritage Place. Here you step back in time to when Lucy Maud Montgomery was inspired to write Anne of Green Gables. Next, visit the Cavendish Post Office. Inside there is an exhibit where you discover the connection between this Canadian writer and the postal system. Afterwards, enjoy a scenic drive through PEI National Park from Cavendish to North Rustico. Have lunch in New Rustico.

anne of green gables

anne of green gables

anne of green gables

anne of green gables

anne of green gables

Experience PEI

For the next stop, follow Route 6 to New London. In New London check out Village Pottery. This studio creates functional and unique pottery for everyday use.

Village pottery

village pottery

Next, we were on to Talking with Horses. Talking with Horses is part of Experience PEI. A Prince Edward Island Road trip is not complete without partaking in some of the wonderful PEI experiences.  There are many to choose from, so I am sure there are a few to fit your interest. We choose this one as our first. Here, we learned to communicate with our horse. Then, we went on a trail ride through beautiful pastoral lands.  Afterwards, we enjoyed some Acadian soup. Our trail ride took us through local farms, forest and down dirt roads.  Jasmine is passionate about horses, and her husband is excited about Acadian history. Additionally, if you would like to stay the night at the stables, they have a one-room cottage for rent.

talking with horses

talking with horses

French River

Now, drive to French River and check into the Beach House Inn located on a quiet country road close to the best beaches in PEI. The Beach House is in a quiet, tranquil, pastoral location. We had a balcony, so we took the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine from it. After some wine and relaxation, we were off again to explore the New London Lighthouse and the Cape Tryon Lighthouses just before sunset. Because of the location, the views at Cape Tryon are breathtaking! We heard the chorus of sea lions hungering in for the evening in the caves. Because of this, I highly recommend visiting at sunset. Brenda at the Beach House Inn makes you feel like you are a visiting friend. She will give you some great recommendations for dinner.

beach house inn

Our room was located above the kitchen. It was very spacious with a sleeping area, sitting area, large bathroom and a terrace. Above all, our breakfast here was fantastic. It was a piece of french bread covered with prosciutto arugula and a poached egg on top. Best breakfast in PEI!

beach house inn

beach house inn

Day 4

This morning make your way to Wellington and on your way stop at Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel Church in Mount Carmel. It’s one of PEI’s oldest churches and cemeteries. Moreover, its shoreline backdrop is a perfect setting for a place of God or a final resting place. While you're visiting say hi to Norman for us, he sits outside the church to greet visitors.

church

church

church

Next stop is the Bottle House. Explore three fantasy-like buildings created of bottles set in a lovely natural setting. The designer's intention was for the houses to enhance the natural beauty of the area. Thus, the entire grounds are tranquil.

bottle house

bottle house

bottle house

Afterwards, follow the North Cape Coastal Drive to O’Leary. There you can visit the Canadian Potato Museum. By and large, potatoes are very important to PEI’s economy. One-third of all of Canada's potatoes come from PEI. Thus, this museum celebrates all things potato which is my favorite carbohydrate! While you are at the museum, have lunch at the Potato Country Kitchen. Keith’s favorite was the potato fudge.

potato museum

potato museum

potato museum

Another PEI Experience

Next, make your way to Albany. Our second Experience PEI event was Fun with Falcons. This was the best part of our trip. Yes there are many Experience PEI programs, and we recommend trying as many as you can, but do not miss this one! Jamie with Island Falconry is passionate and articulate. Watching a falcon or hawk in full flight, soaring and diving while catching the air currents is impressive. But, holding one on a gloved arm is even better.

fun with falcons

fun with falcons

fun with falcons

fun with falcons

After your experience head to Victoria By the Sea. This historic fishing village has many artisans located on cozy streets, one of whom is a chocolatier. If you love chocolate, stop by Island Chocolate. We were amazed to know that the owner has spent a lot of time in Ecuador. As you know, we live in Ecuador right now. Becuase the next stay is isolated, I suggest a very early dinner here in Victoria by the Sea, possibly at the Lobster Barn.

victoria by the sea

victoria by the sea

victoria by the sea

After an early dinner, make your way to Fernway and check into Briarcliffe Inn. Briarcliffe Inn is an over 100-year-old PEI farmhouse Bed and Breakfast. So, the setting is peaceful and rural amongst pastoral scenery. We sat in our lovely room enjoying a glass of wine and marveling how quiet it was. Malcolm and Carrie are charming hosts. They will give you a full history of the house which is fascinating. The breakfast is simply delicious. They also have a neighbor’s pigs living on their property, and the pigs are so cute! Make sure to walk the grounds, especially down to the beach.

briarcliff inn

briarcliff inn

briarcliff inn

briarcliff inn

briarcliff inn

Day 5

On the last day of your Prince Edward Island road trip, travel to Bolten-Carleton via Route 10 and stop at Marine Rail Park to get the iconic picture of the Confederate Bridge. Also, if a filling of BBQ beef and cheese in a puff pastry sounds like heaven to you, pick up snacks at The Hand Pie Company. These hand pies inspired by the novel series, Outlanders are delicious portable hot dishes. Some are sweet some are savory. Finally, depart Prince Edward Island via the majestic Confederation Bridge.

hand pie

hand pie

hand pie

If you want to go back into the United States seeing a different part of New Brunswick, there is a second option, but it will take you a little more time. Head for the Houlton–Woodstock Border Crossing that will put you directly onto I-95 in Maine.

confederation bridge

Idyllic and Charming

When describing Prince Edward Island, the first word that comes to mind is idyllic. This small province in Canada is charming. There are well-preserved lighthouses as well as world-class eateries. The people are very friendly making you feel like you’re in a second home. While visiting you feel as though you have stepped back in time. It is a place to gather handmade products from quilts to preserves. A Prince Edward Island Road Trip should be added to your Bucket List.

prince edward island road trip

Have you visited PEI?  Please share your experience with us below; we would love to hear from you!

Watch our road trip video

Be sure to check out our other story on Prince Edward Island – Fun with Falcons

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About Tina

Tina has been a public school teacher, a book dealer and most recently a Traditional Naturopathic Doctor. She combines her passions for learning, adventure and people in this blog. She was the author of two newspaper columns on health in CA. Now she is an young retiree living in Cuenca Ecuador fulfilling one her dreams which was to live in another country.

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18 Comments

  1. Golan Manor January 3, 2018 at 6:32 am - Reply

    Me and my wife highly recommend going to Prince Edward Island too but we have not tried everything in your itenerary maybe we will try it this 2018 with my family. My wife and I once traveled to Prince Edward Island with our kid it was an amazing trip just as this blog has written. Would have been ruined if I did not check in our car seat, thanks to our car seat cover https://goo.gl/bNM3U5 we were able to gate check our car seat.

    • Keith January 4, 2018 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Glad you enjoyed it. PEI is such a pretty place and lots to do.

  2. Ashish January 12, 2018 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I am really happy to say it’s an interesting post to read

    • Keith January 12, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

      I’m happy you found it interesting. Thank you!

  3. Ashfina January 15, 2018 at 5:53 am - Reply

    I love taking Road trips. this seems an absolute fun. I got to plan some road trips this year

    • Keith January 16, 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      They are great! Thanks

  4. Mitchell Clarke January 22, 2018 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Planning a trip there is no trip better than a road trip.The road trip has its own charm.Road trips are an absolute fun and it has a lot of things to enjoy.I love road trips and on my vacation, I use to go to road trips rather than anything else.

    • Keith January 23, 2018 at 6:27 pm - Reply

      Road trips can be a great way to see the country. The ability to stop where and when you want. Thanks Mitchell

  5. Robert Kelty January 23, 2018 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Prince Edward Island is an amazing place to be in! I had a great time there.
    Loved your article!

    • Keith January 23, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much Robert. I’m glad you enjoyed the article. And I’m happy you had the chance to visit PEI!

  6. Anna January 24, 2018 at 2:24 am - Reply

    This is incredible! I shall plan a trip here soon. You have really given me a lot of insight!

    • Keith January 30, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Thanks Anna. I hope you get to visit PEI. It’s a great place.

  7. London Airports Transfers January 31, 2018 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Great post i have not explored all these places, Drove out to Point Prim with my friends on a random Sunday drive. Perfect location to get a magnificent photo and the shoreline is breathtaking. The lighthouse was actually designed by the same guy who made province house! Worth the drive and take it all in yourself!

    • Keith February 7, 2018 at 11:47 am - Reply

      Thanks for the comment. We agree that the shoreline is breathtaking. Definitely worth the drive.

  8. Jack February 15, 2018 at 2:28 am - Reply

    Great post. Very informative.

    • Keith February 15, 2018 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Thank you Jack

  9. Vinod kumar February 16, 2018 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Excellent discover to Edward island Round trip . i like to visit there great article thanks

    • Keith February 16, 2018 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome Vinod. Happy you enjoyed the article.

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