Spend some time outdoors at your own pace. An outdoor adventure can be as elaborate or as laid back as you want. Charlottetown is home to many wonderful parks, trails and green spaces to explore, and is close to sandy beaches and campgrounds if you need some time out of the city. So, check out the 25 outdoor activities in Charlottetown that are listed below.
Explore the Confederation Trail
Easily accessible around Charlottetown, the Confederation Trail offers walkers and bicyclers an interesting adventure without leaving the city. Along the trail are geocaching spots for you to find.
”Eckhart in the City” – Scavenger Hunt
Head out with the family and see if you can find the nine little bronze mice around the city. Eckhart the Mouse was featured on The Amazing Race Canada. Download the brochure and get ready for a day of fun, travelling around Charlottetown.
Fox Story Walk
Spend an afternoon with the family in Downtown Charlottetown when you do the Fox Story Walk. Find the 9 storyboards to help Ringo the Fox return home. Each storyboard includes a page of the story and directions to the next board.
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Offering large grassy fields, ballparks, tennis courts, a swimming pool and an accessible playground, Victoria Park is Charlottetown’s largest park. While it is a popular park, the park offers lots of room to relax and enjoy nature with the family.
100 Brighton Road, Charlottetown
Rise & Climb Adventure CourseThe Rise & Climb Adventure Course, where you can have a fantastic adventure in the tree tops, is only a short drive from Charlottetown. Climb up to 40 feet in the air and zip around over 30 feet off the ground. The over 50 challenging elements are designed for all ages and skill levels. You can also challenge your family to a round of Laser Tag in the wooded arena.
85 Hilltop Drive, Cornwall
Beach Grove Trail
Take a leisurely stroll along the North River with the family or your fur baby. The Beach Grove Trail is a 3km trail that follows the North River and goes through fields. The mowed looped trail is a popular trail for both hikers and dog walkers.
1 Beach Grove Loop, Charlottetown
Andrew’s Mill Pond Trail
Andrew’s Mill Pond Trail is a short trail that offers great views of the pond and you can also do some wildlife spotting. Around the trail are interpretive signs about the local wildlife and the long history of the pond. Ducks and beavers are common sights in the park.
Elena Court and Herbert Street, Charlottetown
Confederation Landing Park
Located on the waterfront, Confederation Landing Park is located in the heart of downtown. Explore the boardwalk, and window shop at the nearby shops. Bring your roller skates to the park during the summer because the inline skating oval is open to the public.
Great George Street, Charlottetown
A large open space that offers lots of room for fun family activities. Both the jungle gyms are brand new, and there is a nice beaver sculpture. Centennial Park is a popular location for families and those looking for a large green space in the city.
Sycamore Ave, Lombard Drive, Cedar Avenue, Glynwood Drive, Charlottetown
Truckin’ Roll Ice Cream
Truckin’ Roll’s hand-rolled ice cream is an amazing and yummy way of cooling off on warm days. Enjoy a takeaway tub, or in the summer, they make the ice cream as you watch and place it in a cone to go. Pick from a dairy or coconut cream base and delicious flavourings.
Corner of Church and Grafton Street, Charlottetown
Go for a Bike Ride
Going for a bike ride is a fun way to explore the city and get active. If you don’t have a bike, Fun Wheel offers mountain bike rentals, along with 2 or 4 person surrey bike rentals. Tour downtown at your own pace with their rental services.
6 Prince Street, Charlottetown
Joseph A. Ghiz Memorial
Smell the flowers at the lovely gardens of Joseph A. Ghiz Memorial. Enjoy the trail and relax with a picnic at the picnic space. Kids love the playground and the basketball court.
Kent Street, Charlottetown
Brighton Beach Front Range Lighthouse
On the edge of the North River and Charlottetown is the Brighton Beach Front Range Lighthouse. Walk along the coastline and watch the boats come and go in the harbour. The white and red lighthouse is an iconic sight from the harbour.
160 York Lane, Charlottetown
Take the Dog to Upton Farm Lands
Explore 20-acres with your four-legged fur baby. Upton Farm is being turned in an Off-leash dog park and will be one of the largest in Canada. The park is on the waterfront and is located in the city, making it a great option for days spent with your doggy friend in the warmer months.
Regis Duffy Drive, Charlottetown
Queen Elizabeth Park
Home to two baseball diamonds, a soccer field, and a playground, Queen Elizabeth Park is a popular location for families on nice days. There is a lot of room for the kids to run around and burn off excess energy. The park is on the waterfront, however, there is no supervised swimming.
Escape from the city and head to Brackley Beach. This pristine sandy beach is just a 15-minute drive from the city. The beach is a part of PEI National Park and extends into Rustico Harbour and Rustico Island. Spend a night at the camping ground to keep the fun and adventures going.
Cornwall / Charlottetown KOA
Head out of the city and spend a night under the stars. Cornwall is only just a short drive from Charlottetown and is close to the beach. The Cornwall KOA offers plenty to do after setting up camp in one of the RV Sites or shady Tent sites on the West River. The huge activity center offers ping-pong and pool tables, and there is an Olympic-sized pool that you can take a dip in.
208 Ferry Road, Cornwall
Paddle the Hillsborough River
Take in the views of Charlottetown from the water as you paddle around Victoria Park and up the North River. Paddles PEI offers both paddleboard and kayak rentals and tours from mid-June to late September. A fun day for both amateurs and paddling enthusiasts.
1 Great George Street, Charlottetown
Walk down Victoria Row
During the summer, Victoria Row becomes a pedestrian paradise. The road is blocked off from cars, and several restaurants and shops offer open-air shopping alongside their in-store options. Stop and play checkers on the painted picnic tables.
Sea-Doo and FlyBoarding
Get the adrenaline pumping in the Charlottetown Marina by letting it rip on a Sea-Doo or FlyBoard. Explore the Hillsborough River and the Northumberland Strait on your own or take a guided Sea-Doo tour.
4 Prince Street, Charlottetown
Cows ice cream is a summer staple for both travellers and locals alike. You can pick from over 30 flavours of ice cream at their store. The Cow Shop also has Cow Chips and other Cow merchandise that you can buy.
12 Milky Way, Charlottetown
PEIHS Dog Park
Another dog-friendly park to spend some running around with your four-legged friend. This large park offers a fantastic space for your dog to interact with other dogs. The dog park is free for public use every day. Just make sure to clean up after your dog.
309 Sherwood Road, Charlottetown
Home to a Victorian style garden, complete with impressive flowerbeds, Rochford Square is often described as one of Charlottetown’s most beautiful squares. Explore the pathways and smell the huge variety of flowers.
20 All Souls’ Lane, Charlottetown
Go on the Artwalk
Charlottetown is home to many outdoor artwork pieces. Explore the city and check out the amazing artworks around the city. The Artwalk is made up of 20 art pieces, including sculptures and murals exploring Charlottetown’s history and culture.
Check Out the Edible Orchards
Head to Desbrisay Park and Windsor Park to find Charlottetown’s two edible orchards. The trees were planted in 2017 to increase awareness of urban agriculture. Learn what fruits and vegetables you can grow in the city at the edible orchards and the community gardens.