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About the Island

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Welcome to Canada’s most beautiful and scenic province. Whether you’re into outdoor adventure, golf or just relaxing on the beach, we have tried to answer some of the questions you may have. As we live here and love it…we have also highlighted some of our favourite spots to visit. We live in Charlottetown, but enjoy touring across the Island and uncovering some of PEI’s best kept secrets.

If you have questions that we have not answered, please do not hesitate to call us at 1 800 363 3449 or email us at: stay@cavendishbosombuddies.com

You may also want to visit the links section of this site for further information on planning your PEI Dream Vacation.

Good luck with your planning, we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Yours in hospitality,

Tracey & Kenny Singleton, 
PEI Dream Cottages

Frequently asked Questions
about the Island

What’s the weather like?

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Spring is comfortable. Late May and early June are alive with colour and temperatures usually range from 8 to 22 degrees C (46 to 71 degrees F).

Summer is hot, but rarely humid. We wear short sleeves. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 20s (70s) and can go as high as 32 degrees C (90 degrees F).

Autumn is clear and bright. September afternoons can be quite warm, evenings cool. Temperatures range from 8 to 22 degrees C (46 to 71 degrees F).

Winter is crisp and clean. Temperatures usually range from -3 to -11 degrees C (26 to 11 degrees F).

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Where are the beaches?

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Almost Everywhere! Prince Edward Island is blessed with miles of sandy shoreline, fringing the garden province with colourful stretches of white, champagne, pink and red beaches. Island beaches are among the best in the country with the warmest ocean waters north of Virginia. We have beaches where you can spend the day communing with the shorebirds and listening to the waves; we have beaches where the whole family can play in the surf with their friends. We have beaches where you can follow an interpreter and learn about the geology, flora and fauna of the Island shore. The beautiful beaches of Eastern PEI are among the best on the Island, with many still yet to be discovered.

PEI Dream Cottages recommends Greenwich National Park (close to St. Peter’s), Sally’s Beach (Sprypoint), Panmure Island and Basin Head (the home of the singing sands). All of these beaches are located in Eastern PEI.

Where is the Best Golf Destination in Canada

Prince Edward Island has a proud history dating back to 1893, when the Charlottetown Golf Club opened its doors. Since then, both the quality and the quantity of golf courses have continued to grow and PEI has recently been rated by the readers of Score Magazine as “Canada’s Best Golf Destination.

In addition to offering a premier golf experience featuring a variety of nationally ranked courses, can’t- beat-prices and breathtaking scenery (spring, summer and fall), PEI also offers all the ingredients for a memorable vacation for the whole family.

PEI Dream Cottages recommends the Links at Crowbush Cove, Andersons Creek, Eagles Glenn, Brudenell River Golf Course and Dundarave. For more information go online to: www.golfpei.ca

What is The Confederation Trail?

Prince Edward Island’s tip-to-tip trail, was developed on abandoned railway lines and takes you into wetlands and hardwood groves, through quaint villages and along sparkling rivers. In August, 2000, Prince Edward Island became the first province in Canada to complete its section of the Trans Canada Trail. Since then Island communities have been working to complete various sections across the province.

The trail is nearly flat due to its origins as a railway line, and the finely crushed gravel surface makes it very easy to negotiate both on foot and by bicycle. As it passes through villages and towns, trekkers have a chance to stop, shop, have a snack and dine out. Watch for bright plum-coloured gates which mark the various entry points. In winter the trail is turned over to snowmobilers making an excellent tip-to-tip network that even connects to several motels for door-to-door adventure.

Tour the Confederation Trail in Eastern Prince Edward Island

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At Mount Stewart the trail branches across the river into the central part of Kings County. Mixed woodland, occasional farms and then wetlands occur on approaching coastal estuaries. The Cardigan Fish Hatchery is a working facility that welcomes visitors. Cardigan, historically a ship-building centre, is a quiet village on the Cardigan River, a part of the Three Rivers watershed, nominated as a Canadian Heritage River. Sandy soil between the rivers hosts pine woods and ferns of different types lining the trail. The historic port of Georgetown and the business center of Montague are each at a trail terminus reached from Cardigan Junction. Look for Bonaparte’s Gulls and Black Gullimots in Georgetown Harbour.

East of Mount Stewart, the path crosses to St. Peter’s Bay near Morell. The longest bridge on the trail crosses the mouth of the Morell River, an important salmon stream. It hugs the shore of St. Peter’s Bay into the community of St. Peters offering spectacular vistas of Greenwich peninsula and activities of the mussel fishing industry in the Bay. East of St. Peters it moves inland. The forest industry is active from here to the end of the trail in softwood land but magnificent hardwood stands predominate in upland areas.

Foxes and Ruffed Grouse are often seen on the trail and occasional owls and Gray Jays. Larkin’s Pond offers a welcome waterside rest stop. At Harmony Junction a branch leads south to the Town of Souris and ferry connections to the Magdalene Islands. Terns, Iceland Gulls and Brant can be found at Souris Causeway. Another branch leads east to the terminus of the trail at Elmira where a 1912 wooden railway station has been restored as a railway museum. From there it is a few kilometres to East Point, the best area in the province for varieties of seabirds. In the southern corner of the province a short section of trail connects Murray River and Murray Harbour and the mixed woodland with occasional fields, a pond and pioneer cemetery make ideal habitat for a variety of warblers.

How Do I Get Around?

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Rent a car. Most car rental companies have offices in the Charlottetown Airport and in other locations across the Island. Phone in advance for reservations.

Rent a bicycle. Companies will rent you a bicycle by the hour, day, or week. Visit www.gentleisland.com for information.

To get here from New Brunswick take the Confederation Bridge, a 13 km bridge that connects Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick. For complete details visit online at www.confederationbridge.com. From Nova Scotia, travel by ferry with Northumberland Ferries www.bayferries.com

To enquire about air access visit: www.flypei.com

What’s the drinking age?

The legal drinking age on PEI is 19. Beer, wine and liquor are sold at liquor stores across the Island which are open Monday to Sunday. The closest liquor stores to Launching are Cardigan, Montague and Souris. For cottages in Cavendish Resort Area, there is a liquor store in North Rustico and Kensington.

Where’s the best food?

When touring Prince Edward Island, you’ll see miles of lush rolling farmlands and coastlines dotted with fishing harbours, so it may not come as a surprise to discover that the food industry is the single most important contributor to our provincial economy. PEI is proud of its “clean and green” reputation world-wide and offers tourists a wonderful opportunity to “tour and taste” some of the best we have to offer.

From lobsters to chocolates, from jams and jellies to wines, and of course our famous PEI potatoes, there’s so much to choose from.

PEI Dream Cottages recommends Windows on the Water (Montague, PE), Lobster on the Wharf (Charlottetown, PE), Rodd Brudenell River Resort (Roseneath, PE), The Inn at Bay Fortune (Fine Dining, Bay Fortune, PE), PEI Preserve Company (New Glasgow, PE), Merchant Man Pub (Charlottetown, PE), The Inn at Sprypoint (Fine food and spirits, Sprypoint, PE), Trailside Café (Really casual – but funky and neat, Mount Stewart, PE), The Inn at St. Peters (Fine Dining, St. Peters), The Dayboat Restaurant (South Rustico), The Dunes Restaurant (Brackley Beach) and Dalvay by the Sea. Remember these are just our favourites.

Health questions?

Non-Canadian citizens should obtain or extend health insurance coverage before leaving home. Hospitals are located in Alberton, O’Leary, Tyne Valley, Summerside, Charlottetown, Montague and Souris. Clinics can be found in O’Leary, Summerside, Kensington, Charlottetown and Montague. Emergency services phone number is 566-6200, or 0 outside the local calling area. A 911 Emergency Response System is now in effect Island-wide. The system is capable of linking visitors with translators in 140 different languages. The ability to describe your location when using a cell phone to dial 911 is very important. If you require emergency services, dial 911 anywhere in Prince Edward Island.