Famous for lobster suppers, potato fields to the sea and Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, affectionately known as PEI, is Canada’s smallest province. It offers a concentrated dose of delightful scenery, friendly people, wonderful food and lots of ways to have fun outdoors. Now we can add rowing to the list of vacation choices. We have packaged up a small sample of the best of PEI. We will row, we will eat well, we will visit local sites and attractions and also have time to relax and enjoy our restful surroundings. A short and sweet summer rowing holiday.
The coastal waters of PEI are our playground. There are so many options to choose from! We have narrowed it to two different experiences. Enjoy two nights in the capital and two nights at a provincial park and resort. We will launch right in downtown Charlottetown and row the harbour, seeing this historical city from the water. Then off for a little Island living, to explore the beautiful red shoreline, stroll stunning sand dunes, smell the salty air and listen to the waves washing on the multitude of beautiful beaches. Did we mention lobster?
Those of you who know your Canadian history know that Charlottetown is the birthplace of Confederation. It was here in 1867 that the Fathers of Confederation brought the idea of Canada into being. So where better to spend Canada Day, our national celebration? In 2018 the country will be 151 years old. We will bring you back into the city on Canada Day, perhaps in time to catch picnics, live music and of course fireworks. Extend your stay to head to Cavendish National Park along the shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Why not pop in to see Anne of Green Gables, to round out your PEI summer fun!
Enter our Taste of PEI Rowing Contest! Win a gift box of tasty PEI treats and enjoy a pre-trip appetizer. Contest ends 31 March 2018.
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Single supplement price available upon request. Non-rowers are welcome! Note that HST has already been included in the prices.
|Daily Distances||Boats||Group Size|
|10-25 km per day||Coastal coxed quads, doubles and singles||Minimum is 6, maximum 12 rowers|
Five days/four nights with three days of rowing. Note that water conditions, especially as affected by the wind, will determine the exact time and location of the rows. Safety is a priority. Thus, on some days, the actual program may vary from this description.
Arrival in Charlottetown, the charming capital of PEI. We will discuss the plans for the next few days over a wonderful welcome dinner. Enjoy your first taste of Canada’s Food Island.
We begin the day with a morning row right in Charlottetown harbour. Every city is wonderful to see from the water, and this one is no exception. After lunch we will gain a different perspective, starting with a historical walking tour. As the “Birthplace of Canada” there is a lot to learn about in such a compact city. We might have to take a break for an ice cream from Cow’s Creamery. They say it is Canada’s best. Dinner tonight is on your own, we will have lots of suggestions for you to choose from.
We head for the eastern part of the province, driving through the lovely rural scenery that PEI is famous for. Potato fields fill the red soil, interspersed with spruce and birch forests. Charming towns and villages and colourful farmhouses dot the route. Our destination is Brudenell Provincial Park, where our resort hotel is located. Let’s get rowing! We can row the Brudenell River, explore Georgetown Harbour or head into the Montague River. All that rowing works up an appetite. What better thing to do than to head to Cardigan for a lobster supper, an Island tradition.
We have a full day in this little piece of paradise. Of course the main activity will be the rowing. We will choose which waters to explore based on tides and winds. Perhaps today we will row past the charming lighthouse on Panmure Island. We will also ensure time so that you can relax in the shade, stroll the beach as well as exploring delightful Georgetown, an authentic fishing community. Maybe we will go clam digging or beach combing? Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner at our resort. Be sure to take time for a stroll to check out the stars in the summer night.
After a leisurely breakfast, transfer back to Charlottetown to enjoy Canada Day festivities. Perhaps you will head home, or extend your stay in this smallest of provinces with the biggest of hearts.