Prince Edward Island With Kids: What To See And Do

Fun with the family on the most beautiful island in Canada, PEI


 

Prince Edward Island is an amazing spot, there’s no doubt about it. It has everything from the ocean to farmland; red sand beaches to grassy dunes; blue herons to foxes; cultural music and art to historic towns. There’s almost too much to see. So if you’ve got the kids in tow, here are the best things to keep them entertained, while having good adult fun too.

Avonlea Village

Avonlea Village may have been fictional in the Anne Of Green Gables books, but it’s very real now. The Village is a step back in time to the late 1800s, and every day’s a village picnic. All day is scheduled just like a play, with impromptu scenes from the novels acted out as you walk around, milling in and out with the actors. There’s traditional music, potato sack races, costumes, puppet shows and dramas. Check for special events and musical performances, which happen all through the summer.

Hippo Tours

Hippo Tours sightseeing trips cover both land and sea all over PEI. You can check out PEI’s national parks with the North Shore Tour, and even head out to the beach and get right into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Plus the tour ends at The Dunes Studio Gallery & Café, where you can watch island artists at work and eat delicious creations like Tomato Banana Soup, served with sour cream and chocolate. Or check out the tour of historic Charlottetown and the harbour, which is just about the most beautiful place in the world.

Cows Ice Cream Factory Tour

Cows Ice Cream is definitely PEI famous, and probably all of Canada famous. At the Cows Factory, they walk you through all the different stages of making ice cream, chocolate covered chips and Avonlea cheese. You can see huge machines stirring all the ingredients together, stamping on logos and you can tour the cold rooms where the ice cream mixture gets stirred and air is pumped in to make it light and fluffy. Plus, there are samples!

Anne of Green Gables: The Musical

Anne of Green Gables: The Musical plays every summer in PEI, so there’s always a chance to see it. And it’s worth it culturally, with music, actors, costumes, instruments and storylines representative of the island. The musical follows the first book, where, as an 11-year-old girl, Anne Shirley comes to Green Gables until she grows up and goes off to College. It’s fun for all ages and you might leave doing an Island jig. 

Cousin Shore

Cousin Shore is a beach so awesome that the Islanders don’t want tourist to know. It’s right down the street from the real inspiration for The Lake of Shining Waters, which is where Diana Barry lives in Anne of Green Gables. You can drive right out to the Ocean, but if you have small kids, you don’t have to go that far. Further back from the tide line, there are so many little streams that it makes a safe and fun place for your children to play. And the beach is covered in seashells that you can take home as souvenirs. 

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