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Charlottetown: Crown'd with Summer Sea

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An April 2005 trip to Charlottetown by moatway

Province House Photo, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island More Photos
Quote: Charlottetown: The smallest capital of Canada's smallest province is a big destination. Its setting in the Garden of the Gulf is enviable, and its history and entertainment options call out to both tourist and traveller.

Charlottetown: Crown'd with Summer Sea

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Overview

Province House Photo, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
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"….it lies/ Deep-meadow’d, happy, fair with orchard lawns/ And bowery hollows crown’d with summer sea/ Where I will heal me of my grievous wound" - Tennyson, "The Passing of Arthur" Tennyson could have been discussing Prince Edward Island, not Avalon. It is truly beautiful, with its distinctive red soil and green meadows falling down to the sea, and the city at its centre is Charlottetown, caught in time and thoroughly charming. As a traveler, you will be caught by Old Charlottetown’s core, its mid-19th century buildings that speak of a prosperous time of sailing ships and mercantilism. Here, much has been saved, apparently for our enjoyment. It will take you some t...Read More

Best Western Charlottetown

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Hotel

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I have to start by saying that this accommodation was selected for me, and had I been given the choice, it is not where I would have chosen to stay. Charlottetown has a good variety of inns in the downtown area, as well as a Delta Hotel. On the other hand, this property is within easy walking distance of everything that you will really want to see in town, and in summer, parking in Charlottetown can become a little hectic, so this may be the place for you. It’s an older motel property that once had exterior corridors, but the property has seen considerable renovation over the years, as the exterior corridors are glassed in and the original building has been enlarged. When it came time to really ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

Best Western Charlottetown
238 Grafton Street, Charlotte Town
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A1L5
902-892-2461

The Claddagh Room

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Restaurant

The Claddagh Room Photo, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
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The Claddagh Room is one of Charlottetown’s finest restaurants, and in a city with many good restaurants, it must really be special. It is. First, the name… apparently, Claddagh is a fishing port in Galway, and the Claddagh ring, which features a crowned human heart clasped between two hands, represents friendship, charity, and loyalty. The restaurant is a long room with a wood floor, a fireplace, exposed brick, blonde wood wainscoting, and nicely set tables. There is also some nice frosted glass, muted lighting, and Irish music playing faintly in the background. It isn’t particularly large, but the colour palette combined with friendly service makes it a very pleasant place. It is po...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

The Claddagh Room
131 Sydney St.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
902-892-9661

The Merchantman Pub

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Restaurant

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The Merchantman Pub is located in the historic Peake-Carville building near the Charlottetown waterfront and directly across Queen Street from the Delta Prince Edward Hotel. The exterior of the building remains true to its 1856 construction by merchant James Peake. The Carville family would run a business out of the building from 1862 until 1976. The Merchantman became part of the site’s history in 1994. It operates as a traditional pub on one side, all dark wood, massive bar, and taps, with a really attractive room. On the other side is a restaurant featuring a combination of table and booth seating. It is a relatively small room, its most noticeable features being its high, beamed ceiling and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

The Merchantman Pub
23 Queen St.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
902-892-9150

Province House National Historic Site

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Attraction

Province House National Historic Site Photo, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
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Province House occupies the place of pride in Charlottetown. Most of us arriving from the bridge will drive up University Avenue and end up at Grafton Street. Across the street, slightly obscured by a war memorial, stands Province House, a fine exercise in neoclassical symmetry. It was built between 1843 and 1847 under the direction of the architect Isaac Smith to house the island’s legislative assembly, and it was designed to reflect the prosperity of the place. It is still the seat of the island’s provincial government, but of course, it earned its place in history in 1864, when delegations from Upper and Lower Canada arrived on the steamship Queen Victoria to join with representatives of New ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

Province House National Historic Site
Grafton Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Confederation Centre Art Sales & Rentals

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Attraction | "Confederation Centre of the Arts"

Confederation Centre Art Sales & Rentals Photo, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
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Next to Province House, and occupying a place of honour, is the Confederation Center. Summer tourists to the island usually make it a point to see the musical, Anne, when they are visiting, and having seen it in the Confederation Center’s beautiful theatre, I can recommend the experience highly. On this trip, though, we have come to see the art gallery. The art gallery features several large spaces on two levels linked by stairs and an elevator, each appropriate to a different display. The exhibit upstairs by artist Marlene Creates left me with the feeling I often get when I am looking at modern art. A photographer, she started by photographing a Newfoundland stream and then took it one step fur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

Confederation Centre Art Sales & Rentals
145 Richmond Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
(902) 628-6129

Gahan House Pub Brewery & Mercantile

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Attraction | "The Gahan House Brewery"

Gahan House Pub Brewery & Mercantile Photo, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
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Gahan House was built in 1880 by John J. Gahan to replace a wooden structure that had burned on the site. It wouldn’t stay in the family for much more than 20 years and would become a hotel, and then a cloistered monastery for the Sisters of the Precious Blood. It does sit immediate to St. Dunstan’s Basilica and was often referred to as the "house in the shadow of the cathedral." The church sold it in 1962, and it would continue to go through transformations until it took its present form. It is the island’s best pub and microbrewery. This microbrewery refers to itself as "the Brewers of Handcrafted Ales," which are 100% natural and contain no preservatives. There are six offerings: Harvest Gold...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

Gahan House Pub Brewery & Mercantile
126 Sydney Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
(902) 626-2337

Beaconsfield Historic House

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Attraction

Beaconsfield Historic House Photo, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
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James Peake Jr. was living in a residence near his business at Charlottetown harbour when he decided that it didn’t befit his circumstances. He chose to build a new home to showcase his stature as a merchant and shipbuilder, and so Beaconsfield came into being in 1877 at the lordly cost of $50,000. It would be an Italianate confection with 25 rooms overlooking the entrance to the harbour across its expansive lawns. Two years later, he would host a grand dinner party to honour the governor general of Canada, the Marquis of Lorne, and his wife, Princess Louise. Three years after the party, he lost it all, the victim of a recession and the theft of funds from the Bank of Prince Edward Island, of which he...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

Beaconsfield Historic House
2 Kent Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
(902) 368-6603

St. Dunstan's Basilica

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Attraction

St. Dunstan's Basilica Photo, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
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If you’re wandering about in Old Charlottetown, you can’t miss this fine church. There has been a church on this site since 1816. At that time, it was a small wooden church that would become an Episcopal See in 1829, the second English-speaking diocese in Canada. The little wooden church would be replaced by a wooden cathedral and then a stone cathedral, but the latter would be destroyed by fire in 1913. The church that you will see was built on the site, the design of Scottish architect John Marshall Hunter. Entry to the triple nave is through a small narthex. Once inside, you will be impressed by the use of marble. The columns, in particular, are massive, and there can’t be many churches in Ca...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2005

St. Dunstan's Basilica
Great George
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
(902) 894-3486

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