THINGS TO DO IN PEI
Prince Edward Island offers a host of activities and events year round. Those mentioned below are all located within 8km (5 miles) of Bayside Cottages. For more information about these events or others across the island, please consult the Tourism PEI website. P.E.I.’s arts and entertainment monthly The Buzz also features listings, and can be found online here.
Looking for entertainment for your entire family or for a fun date idea for two? Check out The Brackley Beach Drive-In Theatre. When the sun sets, you can take in two first-run movies in the great outdoors, while snacking on popcorn from the full-service canteen.
Though just outside the 8km range, a visit to the Confederation Centre of the Arts is a must for guests to the island. Located in Charlottetown, less than 20 minutes by car from Bayside Cottages, the Centre is Canada’s national monument to the arts, featuring a theatre, art gallery, Canadian artisan gift shop, and dining at Mavor’s. In the summer months it’s also home to the Charlottetown Festival, featuring Canada’s longest-running musical, Anne of Green Gables – The Musical ™. Anne, based on the story of what is perhaps the island’s biggest icon, has been playing at the festival since 1964.
With a population of just over 32,000, Charlottetown is PEI’s diminutive capital city. Despite its size, it’s the birthplace of Canada, and a city that has plenty to offer in its own right. Nightlife ranges from dance clubs to traditional Celtic music and contemporary rock venues to martini lounge socializing. Theatre and festivals thrive in Charlottetown during the summer when audiences can take in Anne of Green Gables – The Musical ™ and other local stage productions, as well as rock and jazz acts during the PEI Jazz Festival. For those in search of gaming and horse racing activities, the Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park provides it in spades. Charlottetown’s art galleries, antique shops, and many of its retail spaces feature the work of local artisans, and the capital’s architecture is an eye-catcher, particularly in the historic Water and Great George Street area. Walking tours give history to the city’s sites, and Province House gives visitors the opportunity to visit the place where the Fathers of Confederation met to discuss the formation of Canada. The boardwalk and cycling lane that follows the city’s waterfront provides walkers, runners, and cyclists with a gentle water view, leading them to Charlottetown’s largest green space, Victoria Park. There are a surprising number of restaurants located in Charlottetown, home of the Culinary Institute of Canada. Options include casual through fine dining from menus that feature international specialties, traditional Maritime meals, and of course our famous Island seafood. And best of all, all this is located just 15 minutes by car away from your stay at Bayside Cottages.
One of the highlights of a visit to Prince Edward Island is time spent on our beautiful beaches. The sand dunes, marram grass, and surf offer ample opportunity for relaxation, time in the sun, or swimming. Bayside Cottages is situated by one of the island’s finest beaches. A pleasant five-minute stroll down the back lane brings you to Stanhope Cape Beach, part of the Prince Edward Island National Park, scenic Covehead Wharf and Covehead Harbour Lighthouse are only a ten-minute walk from our cottages.
CRAFT & GIFT SHOPS
There are two craft shops located in the area, both very distinct. The Dalvay Gift Shop is located in the historic Dalvay Hotel and features a selection of Dalvay preserves, teas, coffee and gifts. The Dunes Studio Gallery is an architecturally striking complex featuring water gardens, fine new-look Canadian crafts, and paintings, prints, photography, and sculptures by some of the island’s leading artists. Its new annex showcases modern furniture, fashions, accessories, house wares and garden art. Both Dalvay and The Dunes feature fine dining.
P.E.I. roadways cover rolling hills and pass by waterside views. In fact, the entire island is traversed tip-to-tip by a walking and biking trail system. You can find more information about P.E.I.’s trials at www.islandtrails.ca. In the immediate vicinity of Bayside Cottages, there are two options for bike rentals: Dalvay By The Sea Bike Rentals and Northshore Rentals. A variety of bicycles for men, women, and children are available for rent at both facilities.
Per population, the island is home to an extraordinary number of restaurants. The area around Bayside Cottages is no exception, with Richard’s Eatery on Covehead Wharf easily reached by walking and The Dunes Restaurant is nearby. Fine dining is available at the Dalvay By The Sea Inn & Dining Room, showcasing local produce and regional seafood.The Dunes Café & Studio Gallery offers casual fine dining overlooking its water gardens. Seafood lovers will find what they’re looking for at the iconic Richard’s Seafood Pound & Licensed Eatery located on Covehead Wharf. Shaw’s Hotel features a French country influence, and a 4-minute walk from Bayside Cottages will take you to fine dining at the historic Stanhope Bay & Beach Resort with its view of Covehead Bay.
Golf has become one of P.E.I.’s premiere attractions. Our lush rolling green hills have created exceptional conditions for the sport, providing golfers with a world-class experience. Within walking distance of Bayside Cottages, the Stanhope Golf & Country Club is home to a professionally maintained 18-hole course, consisting of satisfying par 3s, long par 4s and par 5s where birdies are possible. Our cottages are also located within a 20 to 30 minute drive of most of the island’s other top courses. Check with us about our golf packages.
Want to arrive in style? Prestige Limousine Service provides limousine service for airport service, tours, corporate events, golf, weddings, parties, etc.
The Cheeselady’s Gouda has been producing some of the island’s best cheese for years. While touring the facility you can view an authentic Dutch cheese-making process, try samples, and visit with the farm’s calves, sheep and llamas. A retail facility is also onsite.
A popular activity for visitors to Prince Edward Island is a deep-sea fishing excursion. A ten-minute walk will take you to Covehead Harbour, home to a variety of operations that are available to take you out in the waters off P.E.I.’s North Shore. Fishy Business, Richard’s Deep-Sea Fishing, and Campbell’s Deep Sea Fishing all provide licenses and equipment, and they will all clean, fillet, and bag your catch for you. Your barbecue back at Bayside Cottages is waiting for you.
Millstream Trail Rides provides you with guided tours on horseback. The gentle ride is approximately 40 minutes in length, and leads though woods, across fields, and along riverbanks. Pony rides are also available.
The waters of the North Shore are ideal for a variety of sporting activities. Northshore Rentals offers canoes, river kayaks, rowboats, bicycles and paddleboats.