There are plenty of incredible adventures to be had closer to home, so head out and explore all the wonders that this beautiful island has to offer. Pack up the car and get ready for a fantastic Island Staycation. Here are 25 staycation ideas that will make you happy that you stayed on Prince Edward Island.
Explore the Culinary Trail
From farm and sea, PEI is home to premium food and amazing meals. Hop on Canada’s Food Island Culinary Trail to sample what this beautiful island has to offer. Meet the farmers and fishers to get the ingredients to the table, or learn how to find and grow your own ingredients.
Have a Spa Day
Treat yourself to some Me time and unwind at a relaxing spa. While spas are looking a little different nowadays, a spa day is a perfect way to revitalize your soul. PEI is home to a variety of luxury spas across the island.
Go on Great Hikes
Spend some time outside, and explore the beautiful trails around the Island. From short trails to the over 400km long Confederation Trail, there is a trail for everyone. Check out our list of 15 Best Hikes for some ideas of where to go.
Visit a Lighthouse
PEI is home to 63 lighthouses, including many colonial lighthouses that were built before 1873. However, there are only 35 lighthouses still being used today. Visit to see and even tour these amazing white and red buildings, and take in the spectacular views of the land and sea.
Grab a bucket, a shovel and head to a red clay beach to go clamming. Clam digging is relatively easy, you just need to look for the small air holes in the sand during low tides. Clams have to be over two inches for you to be able to take them home with you and you cannot take more than 200 at one time.
Have a Beach Day
Spend a day relaxing on one of PEI’s iconic red sand beaches, watching the white-capped waves. There is 1100km of shoreline to explore with most of it being pristine beaches. There are beaches that are perfect for napping in the sun, playing in the ocean and enjoying a leisurely stroll through the waves.
Hop Sip Swirl
Taste Prince Edward Island’s best craft beer, ciders and wine on an unforgettable tour. Exploring the whole island, Hop Sip Swirl tours offer pickups in many locations and makes stops at local breweries, wineries, distilleries, and restaurants. The over 4 hour long tour stops at 6 to 8 locations.
11242 Murray Road, Albany
Green Gable Alpacas
Have fun learning about Alpacas when you take a tour of the Green Gables Alpaca farm. Their unique farm tour gives you an interactive experience with the Alpacas as they go about their daily activities, so keep in mind that the farm is not a petting zoo. They have a rustic shop on-site, called the ‘Fiber House Boutique’, where you can buy items made from Alpaca fiber and see why it is known as ‘The Fibre of the Gods’.
5627 route 12, Birch Hill
Acadian Musical Village
Spend a night camping at the Acadian Musical Village and experience the unique Acadian culture firsthand. While you are there, you can see two incredible shows presented by our their musicians or attend one of their ‘crazy comedies’ famous dinner theatres and enjoy a gourmet buffet along with a fun evening of great music and laughter. Be sure to check out the Gallery, the Bakery and La Trappe Resto-Bar during your stay.
1745 Route 124, Abram-Village
depends on the activity
The Bottle Houses
Visit the unique, must-see ‘Bottle Houses’ that are located in Cap-Egmont. The three buildings have over 25,000 bottles that have been cemented together to create a balance of light and color that gives a feeling of serenity to all who enter. While you are there, take a relaxing stroll in their beautiful gardens and stop to smell the fragrant roses growing there.
6891 Route 11, Cape Egmont
$3 to $20
Stay at West Point Lighthouse and Museum
Book your staycation at the West Point Lighthouse and learn about Prince Edward Island’s living history in the perfect setting for outdoor activity and reflection. While at West Point, you can watch the fishing boats come in and then dine on their fresh catch of the day at local restaurants. You can head off the main path to the ocean, explore the dunes and relax on the gorgeous beach. They also offer tour packages
364 Cedar Dunes Park Road, West Point
depends on package purchased
Spend a stress-free day hanging out with the Beach Goats on a paddleboard or just strolling along the natural beach. Beach goats are sweet, lovable animals that love to meet new people and go paddle-boarding in fancy dress clothes.
10143 PE-11, Richmond
$5 per/person, Children under 2 are Free
River Run Dining Cruises
Book a cruise on the historic Three Rivers with the River Run Dining Cruises. Relax and enjoy a delicious three-course meal while learning about Eastern PEI’s rich culture, activities, and festivals. Your cruise is sure to be a truly memorable one.
Station St., Montague
From $45 plus tax – $999 plus tax
Go on a Paddling Adventure
Get ready for a paddling adventure in Eastern PEI. Learn how to paddle board at Souris Beach Gateway Park and Basin Head Beach with East Coast Paddle. They also offer paddle board, kayak, and bicycle rentals if you want to go on your own adventure.
$20 to $75
Orwell Corner Historical Village
Experience what life was like in a small village in the 1890s. Visit the working farm and blacksmith shop, and try your hand at candle and ice-cream making. During the summer, there are daily programs set up around the village.
7 Old Uigg Road, Orwell
$5.50 to $26
Green Gables Shore
Sandspit Amusement Park
From thrill rides to splash rides to even mini-golf, Sandspit Amusement Park will keep the whole family entertained all day. The Park is looking a little different now, and there will be a limited amount of people allowed in the park, so pre-booking your trip is highly recommended.
8986 Cavendish Road, New Glasgow
Visit Anne of Green Gables
The Anne of Green Gables story has delighted readers around the world for over a century. Visit the place where the iconic setting was based on, and explore the fields to take in the breathtaking views. Matthew’s Carriage Rides are a wonderful way to see the coast and the beautiful grounds.
4542 Route 20, Park Corner
Adult: $ 7.90, Senior: $ 6.60, Youth: Free
Jurassic Bart’s Dinosaur Museum and Petting Farm
Meet the “Island Dinosaur”, the dinosaurs remains found in Canada, which is four times older than the T-Rex. Jurassic Bart’s Dinosaur Museum is also home to Eastern Canada’s largest collection of real dinosaur eggs. Just outside of the museum is the petting farm, featuring baby farm animals who love being pet and fed.
9737 Cavendish Road, Cavendish
$2 to $6
Explore Prince Edward Island National Park
Get ready for an outdoor adventure when heading into Prince Edward Island National Park. Relax on the beaches, hike the trails or spend the night under the stars camping. It is a giant playground for kids of all ages.
$6.90 to $16
Brackley Drive-In Theatre
See movies under the stars at one of Canada’s most unique drive-in theatres. Each weekend, there are two movies being shown. The Snack Bar offers both movie favorites like popcorn and chocolate bars and yummy hot treats like poutine and mozza sticks.
3164 Brackley Point Road, Brackley Beach
$12 to $35
Spend the night under the stars. Just minutes from Charlottetown and Cavendish National Park, Cymbria Campground is a wonderful option for a base camp for a Staycation. Set up camp on one of the grassy sites with a firepit and picnic table. There is a beach just 200 metres from the campground.
729 Grand Pere Point Road, Route 242, Cymbria
$25 to $45
Explore Some Nature Attractions
PEI is home to amazing beaches, gorgeous parks, spectacular views, and beautiful red clay roads that will lead you across the island. Get ready to have an adventure that you will not forget when you visit these natural wonders that PEI is home to.
By The Sea Kayak & Paddle Board Adventures
Explore the Island’s coastal bays and inlets from the ocean by paddling. Departing from Victoria-by-the-Sea, By the Sea Kayak & Paddle Board Adventures offers boat tours, kayaking adventures, and even a clamming excursion. You can also go on your own adventures with their equipment rentals if you don’t want to take a tour.
5 Water Street, Victoria
Sleep under the stars without having to set up your own camp and roughing it. Glamping around Prince Edward Island is growing more popular every year and there are more options to stay at. Get ready for a camping adventure without all the work at these wonderful glamping and comfortable camping locations around Prince Edward Island.
Rise and Climb Adventure Course
Rise and climb, zip around and test your aim in laser tag. The Rise and Climb Adventure Course offers an exciting outdoor adventure for all ages. Climb at your own pace because there is no set route to follow, or zip down the 600 foot zip lines.
31 Terry Fox Place, Charlottetown
Peakes Wharf Boat Cruises
Lobsters and seals, oh my! Set Sail on the Fairview for a two and half hour tour around Governors Island. Hear fishing stories and take in the beautiful scenery. They also offer 90-minute Harbour/lobster haul and sunset tours.
Peake’s Wharf Marina, 1 Great George Street, Charlottetown
$29 to $55
Summerside has many wonderful parks, trails, and green spaces that you can explore. It is also close to sandy beaches and campgrounds if you need to get away from the city.
Plan a romantic getaway
From cozy historic inns to tranquil escapes by the sea, a romantic getaway to this island province will never disappoint.