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Prince Edward Island: Guided Tour with Anne of Green Gables

1. Prince Edward Island: Guided Tour with Anne of Green Gables

Discover the best of Prince Edward Island on a small-group tour departing from Charlottetown. Experience the island's natural beauty which was the inspiration for Lucy Maud Montgomery’s famous novel, Anne of Green Gables. Enjoy a scenic drive through the province to visit viewpoints, see the home of Anne of Green Gables, and enjoy the gardens at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Co. Enjoy the top attractions and visitor experiences in Charlottetown while avoiding long lines and wait times with a fully guided and narrated tour with attraction admission fees included. Receive hotel pickup and drop-off in the comfort of an air-conditioned van. Meet your guide at your accommodation in downtown Charlottetown and embark on a narrated drive of this beautiful city. Pass by many interesting places such as St. Dunstan's Basilica, the historical Province House, the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Victoria Park, and more. Listen to your guide's notable narration, highlighting important tips and facts about the surrounding area. Discover two separate viewpoints: Dalvay by the Sea Outlook and Cavendish Cliffs Outlooks, with signature views of rugged, red sandstone cliffs. Cavendish Cliffs is famously connected to the story of Anne of Green Gables. Visit her home at the Anne of Green Gables Heritage Site and take some free time to relive Anne's youthful escapades. To finish the tour, head to the Prince Edward Island Preserve Co, a riverside eatery offering refined regional fare and house jams in an airy setting. See, hear, taste, and smell Canada's finest preserves before returning back to your hotel.

Downtown Charlottetown: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Downtown Charlottetown: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to Charlottetown, the charming capital city of Prince Edward Island! On this walking tour, you’ll explore the historical and cultural treasures that make this city so special. Our 75-minute walk starts and ends at Port Charlottetown. As you wander through Charlottetown Marina, Peakes Quay, and down the vibrant pedestrian street, Victoria Row, you’ll learn all about the city’s founding, and Canada’s early history. I’ll tell you how Prince Edward Island was discovered by Europeans, and then handed over to British landlords. You’ll find out how the islanders gained their independence, tiptoed on the brink of bankruptcy, and what eventually convinced them to join the Confederation. You’ll quickly realize it’s been a wild ride for these islanders to get to where they are now. Along the way, I’ll show you St Dunstan’s Basilica, one of only 26 basilicas in Canada, and one of the most visible landmarks in the city. You’ll also see the birthplace of the Canadian Confederation, Province House National Historic Site, one of the oldest functioning parliamentary buildings in the world. As you take in Downtown Charlottetown, you’ll have a chance to: • Visit the largest and the smallest churches on the island, St. Dunstan’s Basilica Cathedral and All Souls Chapel • Explore the Confederation Center of the Arts, a cultural center dedicated to Canadian visual and performing arts, where productions of Anne of Green Gables (the world’s longest continuous-running musical) were held annually until the pandemic hit • Hear about the ghosts who foretold the tragedy of the burning phantom ship, and an exiled Irish God who lurks in the rocks near the Irish Settlers Monument • Stroll past COWS ice-cream parlor, Lobster on the Wharf restaurant, and the Culinary Institute of Canada, where you can discover local cuisine • Find out about the last public execution in the province in Connaught Square, where convict George Dowie was hung three times before being declared dead • Take in a few of the city’s hidden quirks, including a canon planted in the sidewalk, and statues of Eckhart, the mouse from David Weale’s best seller The True Meaning of Crumbfest • Discover how the PEI Railway became one of the world’s most crooked rail beds with a third of its total line made up of curves Whether it’s your first time in the city or you’re a curious local, this tour is a valuable introduction to Charlottetown’s history. By the end of this tour, you’ll have a greater appreciation of Canada’s birthplace, its rich cultural heritage, and its lesser-known stories. So, grab your walking shoes and join me as we explore the best of Charlottetown. Let’s get started!

Charlottetown: Historical Architecture Guided Walking Tour

3. Charlottetown: Historical Architecture Guided Walking Tour

Come explore the historical downtown area of Charlottetown via a 2 hour walking tour with your guide Jamie. One will get to see many of the sights and learn why the city is known as the “Birth Place of Canada” . Not only will you learn about the city but also many things about Canada’s smallest province. Your guide, Jamie , was born and raised in the Charlottetown area, in fact his family has been living on the same land for over 200 years. He will introduce to you the city and province he loves. You may also hear many personal anecdotes including his 15 minutes of fame. The tour itself consists of leisurely 2 hour walk through the city seeing such sites as St. Dunstan,s Basilica, Province House, where the idea of forming Canada was born, Confederation Centre of the Arts, All Souls Chapel, and many other historical buildings and houses. The walk involves very little elevation changes so is quite easy to manage but one should wear a good pair of walking shoes and dress for the appropriate weather.

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We booked this Best of P.E.I. tour intentionally for the small size group. Our tour group was 5-adults, however the van could accommodate a few more. We arrived in Charlottetown via cruise ship, and met the tour immediately at the port entrance, very easy to locate. John was our tour guide and he was remarkable in explaining all the history and highlights along the 4-hour ride. It is very convenient traveling in a small group; easy to make stops as well as ask specific questions in the more intimate group. The tour route was well planned and timed perfectly. I would highly encourage this tour vendor for this [Charlottetown] and other city tours in their portfolio. Cost was very affordable compared to cruise excursion pricing. A great way to explore a destination on a limited time schedule.

I was on a cruise with my family and the excursions we wanted were fully booked. We lucked out though, because I found Get Your Guide and this tour was so much better. We were a group of 4 so we ended up with a private tour of Prince Edward Island. The tour covered all the areas we knew about and added in a few unknown to us. We learned about the island on the way to each stop and were given time to go through at our own pace. Would recommend this tour as well as our guide David.

David was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable about PEI. A good tour of some areas in PEI. A good starting point to see PEI. I was disappointed about the Anne of Green Gables stop. Geared toward the souvenir shop. Would have liked to see more of Cavendish Thank you David, for yesterday. We truly appreciated your PEI perspective.

The guide was humorous, knowledgeable and explained a lot about PEI. And He was kind and gave us enough time to look around. It was a solo trip, but I was not bored at all, and this trip will be unforgettable.

I had a great day spent visiting Prince Edward Island, learning about its rich culture and history. Thank you Joe for such a great experience and all your great knowledge.