| by KATE POCOCK|
Family Travel Ink
Prince Edward Island's Top Ten Family Vacation Experiences
Cycling the Confederation Trail from Tip to Tip of the island: rent bikes at the Trailside Inn or bring your own to cycle the easy railbed paths. Mostly flat with terrific views of the ocean and stops at country towns or cities for great food and family attractions.
Family Summertime Lobster supper with musical accompaniment of fiddles and flutes
Ben’s Lake Trout Farm, Bellevue: fun fishing for the whole family but especially for aspiring young anglers. You’re almost guaranteed a fish and the staff will clean it and supply the barbeque and picnic table for a memorable meal.
Anne of Green Gables experience: see the musical about the famous red-headed girl at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, then take a trip to Cavendish, home of the fictional character, and Prince Edward Island National Park. Don’t miss Green Gables House and the walking trails of the Haunted Wood. Tons of family attractions nearby.
Family kayaking with Outside Expeditions: Let Bryon Howard, a dad himself, lead the kids on kayaking expeditions in the calm rivers of PEI. Family overnights also available.
High-spirited Ceilidh (Caylee) evenings all summer at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada college in Summerside. The fiddling, dancing and jokes are fun for the whole family. Musical comedy for teens at nearby Brothers Two restaurant.
History walkabout in Charlottetown: let the “Fathers of Confederation” and citizens from the last century guide you around the city to point out historical spots crucial to the formation of Canada. Tours of the Province House Historic Site. At the Founder’s Hall, multimedia presentation to explain our history from 1864.
Family accommodation at a century-old resort such as Dalvay-by-the-Sea or Shaw’s Hotel and Cottages or stay at a modern complex like Rodd Mill River Resort and Aquaplex. Indoor 90-ft waterslide, family activities and expansive scenic surroundings.
Greenwich, Prince Edward National Park: take a tour of the unique parabolic sand dunes, walk the boardwalk or swim at a sandy beach. New Interpretive Centre and family activities centering on the incredible bird life and rare eco-system.
Seal boat tour, Murray Harbour: Kids will love putting out to a nearby sand bar to watch some 300 seals cavorting in the water and around the boat.