Search

Things To Do

Charlottetown’s Cultural Life

Charlottetown has a great deal to offer when it comes to art, culture, and history.  It has a thriving arts scene of its own – drawing artists , historians, performers, and audiences from near and far.  There is no shortage of festivals to experience in Charlottetown; the largest of them being this year’s 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.  More than 150 festivals, events, and activities have nearly completed a year-long , province-wide celebration.

The picnic basket wanted to take in some of the history and culture of Prince Edward Island and found itself bundled at the doorstep of the welcoming Charlotte’s Rose Inn.  The historic Charlotte’s Rose Inn was constructed in 1884 and is all about style, comfort, and location – an excellent selection for the basket, as it wanted to be in the heart of the city so it could envelop itself in all of the culture the historic downtown has to offer.

The Charlotte’s Rose Inn blends a central location with an eclectic interior design.  Modern art is skillfully interwoven with fine antique furniture and period architectural detailing to create a relaxing but stimulating atmosphere.  In addition, the basket discovered that innkeepers Chris and Eileen Byart shared in some of the same interests that it was seeking to discover on this journey.  Innkeeper Chris has strong interests in history and art, while his wife Eileen takes on a more hands-on artistic approach with  gardening and cooking.  Both of them love to travel and explore, allowing them to have a personal outlet for continued inspiration for their inn.

Chris and Eileen visited with the basket in the front foyer and talked about their longtime dream of owning a B&B.  After being in the business/ hospitality industries for over 20 years, they decided recently to take the plunge and purchased the Charlotte’s Rose Inn in March, 2014.  They discovered the Inn after several vacations with their family on the Island and decided this was the place to call home and make their dreams come true – they loved the closeness of the water, the beaches, and pace of life.

Signs of the innkeepers passions were evident from the moment the basket entered the Inn.  Eileen’s love for gardening presented itself beautifully throughout the house and in the well-tended garden.  As the innkeepers welcomed the basket inside their home, the basket took its place in the Lounge, admiring the eclectic mix of paintings, sculpture, books, and artifacts collected by Chris and Eileen over the years.  The basket was pleased to explore the art of many local artisans featured throughout the room.

For its first history lesson, Chris and Eileen took the basket on a tour of the luxurious guest rooms.  The Inn’s rooms all have a historical bent…  The Jacques Cartier Room is named for the explorer who sailed by PEI in 1535, failing to realize that it is an island.  This room faces south and has a Victorian footed bath tub.

The William Henry Pope room, with twin beds, features period reproduction wallpaper.  It is named after a famous supporter of Confederation who was also a lawyer, judge and newspaper editor.

A private hallway leads to the John Hamilton Gray suite.  Colonel Gray was Premier of PEI from 1863 to 1865 and was Chairman of the 1864 Confederation Conference, the anniversary of which has been celebrated extensively this year.

The charming Confederation Room showcases a four poster bed, heritage design wallpaper and a view to the front of the house.  This room celebrates the Charlottetown Conference  in 1864, which laid the groundwork for the Confederation of Canada.

Chris and Eileen didn’t have to stretch their legs far before they and the basket stumbled upon more Island culture. Downtown Charlottetown is still a compact city, which makes it easy to explore on foot.  Only two blocks from the Inn you will find the Confederation Center of the Arts, a place that houses the provincial capital’s art gallery, performance theatre, and public library.  During the holiday season, the Centre’s Upper Plaza is host to the city’s giant Christmas tree, illuminating the historic downtown streetscape.

As the Inn’s tour guide, Chris couldn’t bear to have the basket bypass Province House National Historic Site as the building represents such history,  being both the “birthplace of Confederation” and also the seat of Prince Edward Island’s provincial legislature since 1847.  Along with Chris’ knowledge of Canadian history, a guided tour, displays, and an audio-visual presentation, the basket definitely had a basket-full of historical information it couldn’t wait to share on its continued journey around the Island.

These were just a couple of the cultural experiences that the basket discovered during its time at the Charlotte’s Rose Inn, never mind the local cuisine, the Charlottetown Harbour, historic churches, and pop-up Farmers’ Markets, all conveniently located within a few blocks walk of the Inn.

Charlottetown today is a city of contrasts, melding old with the new.  A lot of care has gone into preserving and echoing the city’s heritage while maintaining a vibrant urban core.  This is exactly the balance that the Charlotte’s Rose Inn has perfectly created for their guest(s) with its eclectic mix of art,history, and preservation of the Inn’s character.  Innkeepers Chris and Eileen are eager to share their knowledge and passion for the culture that surrounds their Inn – an area which is still well-defined in a unique layout grid that is nearly 250 years old.

Have you had the pleasure of visiting Charlottetown?  Share with us your favourite sight-seeing feature through the Island tradition of storytelling or through the more modern form of art, a digital photograph.  We can’t wait to hear from you!

The Spirit of Mount Stewart Junction

While on a recent road trip to Halifax, I had occasion to listen to the Ross Family’s CD “Island Feet”, which features a song about the PEI Railway.  As with the rest of the country, rail service was instrumental in the development of PEI’s economy, providing a means of transporting people and goods in the days before the automobile became prevalent.  Rail service on PEI ceased 25 years ago with the last freight train running in 1989, but the ghosts of the PEI Railway live on through the Confederation Trail, and  perhaps nowhere on PEI are these ghosts more evident than in the village of Mount Stewart.

Mount Stewart is located an easy 30 km drive east of downtown Charlottetown along Route 2, the main east-west artery along the island.  The village is located at the head of the navigable portion of the Hillsborough River (in actuality a tidal estuary of the Northumberland Strait).  Because of this, it became a junction point for railway service to eastern PEI from the provincial capital of Charlottetown.  The railway line from Charlottetown entered from the west, and proceeded to branch off in many directions towards Souris, Georgetown, Murray Harbour, and other points east.  In its heyday, Mount Stewart Junction (as it was often known) featured a cross section of industry and services that reflected the island economy of the day – two potato warehouses, two fish processing plants, blacksmiths, a co-op store, a box factory, a car dealership, a movie theatre, and so on.  Looking down on the village from the junction of Main Street and Route 2, it is easy to imagine the village as it must have looked at that time.

Today, while the population of the village is smaller, it still has much to offer.  The Hillsborough River Eco-Center offers interpretive exhibits which describe the history and importance of the Hillsborough River to the development of PEI.  It also provides public-access internet and a tourist information centre.

As mentioned previously, the railway thoroughfares have all since been converted to walking and cycling trails, and numerous junctions make Mount Stewart the ideal location for anything from a short stroll through nature to a longer bicycle ride.  The proximity of the trails to the Hillsborough River also make for excellent opportunities for bird watching, and the village takes advantage of this each June with the Hillsborough River Eagle Festival.

Those wishing to dine have some distinctive options to choose from as well.  For lunch and lighter fare, the Thoughtful Squash is located at the south-east end of the village at the junction of Routes 22 and 351.  Kristie’s Restaurant on Main St. also offers breakfast and lunch in a family-style restaurant.

For music lovers, the Trailside Cafe and Inn is a must-see destination.   Owner Pat Deighan is a veteran of the east coast music industry and is also the current owner of Charlottetown’s Back Alley Music, one of Canada’s most recognized independent record stores.   The Trailside consistently attracts some of the top talent both new and old that eastern Canada has to offer to its location in the former co-op store on Main Street of this once bustling village.  From talented instrumentalists like JP Cormier and Chris “Old Man” Luedecke to award-winning blues from the likes of Kim Wempe and Morgan Davis to singer/songwriters like Meaghan Blanchard and Katie McGarry, lovers of virtually all genres of popular music have the chance to experience a magical performance in an intimate venue.   On Sundays between 11am and 3pm, the Trailside also welcomes saints and sinners of all ages to the Hillsborough River Gospel Brunch featuring live music from The Emeralds mixed with selections from Pat’s extensive library of LPs. The Trailside is an all-ages venue, and dinner service is provided on evenings when a performance is booked.  Information about upcoming performances and their menu is available on their very comprehensive website.

Whether passing through in the morning on your way to another eastern PEI destination, or as a destination unto itself for birding, recreation, dining, or live music, the village of Mount Stewart is worth a stop no matter which of our inns or B&B’s you are comfortably relaxing at while you are visiting the Island.  If you have a favourite Mount Stewart experience, we’d love for you to share it with us.

Come Celebrate Canada’s History!

Although the official kick-off for the year-long celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference officially started on the eve of the new year, events are really just beginning to heat up.  We innkeepers are welcoming guests from all over for the multitude of 2014 events taking place on Prince Edward Island this summer season.  We look so forward to welcoming all of you and making new friends!

If you like free, you will love being on PEI this summer!  We should note that not all events related to the PEI2014 celebration are free, but many of them are.  If you are visiting one of our member inns/ B&B’s between now and the end of the year, there are endless things to see and do.  You can ask your innkeeper for recommendations or to make ticket reservations for you.  There is something for everyone at PEI 2014!

One of the celebratory events we wanted to highlight is the upcoming free 6-day 1864 Week Festival. The City of Charlottetown invites you to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference of the Fathers of Confederation and the importance it played in the building of Canada.

The festival runs from June 10th – 15th and will feature daily concerts in Victoria Park showcasing local musicians with 32 acts, all of which will be free to attend.  Other events are intertwined throughout the Festival week such as fireworks, unveiling of commemorative monuments, tours of historical homes and a special cultural market.

The most notable event is taking place on June 14th where the City of Charlottetown will be celebrating Quebec Day in recognition of the roles that Charlottetown and Quebec City played in the Confederation through their respective conferences held in 1864.  What is most unique about this event is that Quebec City will be reciprocating and holding its own Charlottetown Day in the fall.  This celebratory event will include the opening of a garden named after our Island’s capital city.

In case you don’t have enough to do while visiting our beautiful Island in June, we posted a blog about the Festival of Small Halls last year.  If you want to get a true taste of Island life, this is the festival to experience.  The PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls runs from June 9 – 22.  If you have the time, you won’t be disappointed by making the drive to one of PEI’s community small halls.

Is it music, storytelling or culture that draws you to visit PEI?  Whatever it is that you opt to do while you are visiting, we’d love to hear about it!  Tell us all about it by leaving a comment.

Whatever you decide to do, give it your all and have fun!

Lobster Rollin’

The PEI lobster fishing season is well under way despite the extremely cold winter and setting day delay. Though the waters are still cold, the days are now warming and the lobster do seem to be moving and making their way to local restaurants and lobster pounds at a steady rate.

In the last few years, there seems to be a rise in the popularity of the unassuming lobster roll on Prince Edward Island.  While the lobster roll has been a part of Island cuisine for generations, it is only recently that some restaurants have taken on the task of elevating the humble lobster roll.  Perhaps tourists and locals alike are beginning to lose the appeal for cracking the armour and are leaning more towards the idea of having all the “hard” work already done for them.

What is an authentic PEI lobster roll?  Most would agree that a bona fide lobster roll has four essential ingredients: butter, bread roll, mayo and lobster.  Beyond these essential ingredients, you may also find lettuce, celery, onion, herbs and spices.  These additional garnishes can add lovely complimentary flavor, but they should never overwhelm the roll.  The meat, typically cold and lightly dressed with mayonnaise, should be nice large pieces of fresh Island lobster.  The bun, served warm, grilled in butter until golden or toasted and buttered.   Most importantly, the lobster to bun ratio is critical – the roll should be stuffed to overflowing with chunky meat.

We all have individual palates in terms of what tastes good to us.  What one person may like, another may not and vice versa.  With that in mind and now knowing what a PEI lobster roll should consist of, below are three of the many places in PEI where you might begin your lobster roll experience and discover which style of roll is your favourite:

1. Dave’s Lobster

Located in Founder’s Hall, the building that houses the PEI Visitor’s Centre, at 6 Prince Street in Charlottetown, this establishment is walking distance from Peake’s Quay and the cruise ship port.  Dave’s Lobster features lobster rolls and lobster tacos, but has other menu items to satisfy those non-seafood lovers.

2. Richard’s Seafood Eatery

Located on the wharf at Covehead Harbour inside PEI’s National Park, this is an eat-in or take-out establishment with nothing but the freshest seafood available.  This is a very popular eatery for locals and tourists alike so, anticipate a line-up.  It’s worth the wait!  Richard’s, as it is known to locals, also has a fresh Fishmart on site if you are looking to create your own PEI seafood experience.

3. Island Favorites

Located in the heart of Cavendish, they bill themselves as the first restaurant on PEI to specialize in lobster rolls.  They have a barrier free, pet friendly, kid friendly establishment.

After you have discovered your favourite lobster roll, we’d love for you to return and comment on this post to let us know where your favourite lobster roll is located.

Good eats!

A Record Setter!

In early March, Islanders and fans of the little red-haired girl named Anne were smiling ear-to-ear and undoubtedly humming a few tunes after learning that Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, is officially a world-record holder, designated as the ”longest running annual musical theatre production” by Guinness World Records!  This summer, the Charlottetown Festival production that plays at the Confederation Centre of the Arts will be performed for the fiftieth consecutive summer in Charlottetown.

Our member innkeepers have many stories of guests who have enjoyed the musical, but of all of those stories one in particular stands out.  Innkeeper Judy Pye of The Shipwright Inn shares the details:

“A few years back we had two female Japanese journalists stay with us.  They had seen the Anne of Green Gables musical 29 times in total (both on the Island and elsewhere), but for their 30th viewing they returned to the Island and got back stage passes to meet the cast.  They were very excited to say the least.

When the day arrived they came back to the Inn at 2:00 p.m. and rushed upstairs to their room saying they had to get dressed, which seemed a little strange given they were to meet the cast at 7:00 p.m. that evening.  At 6:30 p.m. we heard an odd noise – a kind of sound of wood-against-wood coming from our stairs.  Both my husband and I went to investigate only to find these two very modern young ladies dressed in full Geisha costume complete with white makeup, wigs, kimonos and wooden “geta”shoes. They looked breath-taking!

As they left the Inn and started to walk towards the theatre people in cars were stopping and jumping out to take photos.  Even the local paper took snaps and they appeared in the Monday edition.”

Did you know the English translation of Geisha is “artist”?  Wow!  What an appropriate way to honour the Anne of Green Gables Musical and their 30th celebration.  Perhaps the young ladies in the story now hold the record for the most viewings of the production.

Do you have a love for Anne?  How many times have you viewed the musical?  We’d love to hear your Island tales!

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think.  It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables


O Christmas Tree!

From tip-to-tip, the twinkle of Christmas trees across Prince Edward Island ring in the season with Christmas tree lighting celebrations. It really doesn’t feel like the holiday season until Christmas trees are set up and decked out all over Charlottetown. From University Avenue to Grafton Street, areas all around the downtown (and the Island’s countryside) welcome the magic of the season by brightly lighting Christmas trees in public spaces to share in the hope, wonder and joy that the season brings.

On November 22nd, the City of Charlottetown’s holiday season celebrations began with the Wintertide Opening Ceremony and Tree Lighting – complete with the Candle Walk from Province House to the Confederation Centre of the Arts Upper Plaza, and carols sung by the angelic voices of the Confederation Centre Youth Choir.  Family and friends gathered to embrace the magic of the season, and children grew in excitement for their first glimps of Father Christmas and the countdown to the illumination of the Christmas tree at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, which now dazzles in the night with tons of illuminated bulbs in the center of historic downtown Charlottetown.

If you are staying at one of our inns or B&B’s, or visiting family or friends throughout the festive season, ask your innkeeper or check out the Wintertide calendar of events for all the magical activities offered to visitors and locals alike. Most noteably, don’t miss the Charlottetown Christmas Parade!

Santa Claus is coming to town! The 15th Annual Santa Claus Parade takes place in Charlottetown this Saturday, November 30th beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Join the thousands that line the streets to share in their mystical love for the man in red. The Parade route can be found here.

Will you be attending your local Santa Claus Parade? Share with us your memories of getting all bundled up and waiting for that precious moment to wave at Santa.  Enjoy the sprint through the holidays, embrace family and friends and most importantly, savour the moment!

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Have A Holly Jolly Christmas Party at Fairholm Inn

Fairholm Inn has been a Charlottetown Landmark for 175 years.  It was built as the private home of Thomas Heath Haviland in 1838.  Haviland held many prominent positions in the Prince Edward Island government, and is also  a former mayor of the City of Charlottetown.  Haviland sold the house in 1855, shortly before being elected mayor of Charlottetown, to Charles Young, then the attorney general of PEI, who resided in the home until his death in 1892.  The home sat vacant for roughly two years and was acquired by Benjamin Rogers, a local hardware merchant.  The Rogers family maintained ownership of the home until 1999, when it was lovingly restored and updated to become The Fairholm Inn.  The Inn was recognized as a national historic site in 1992, while still a private residence.

Today, the Fairholm Inn stands as a living monument to times past, and just as was the case when it was a private residence, it welcomes visitors throughout the year, both for overnight stays and for daytime and evening social gatherings.

Fairholm Features Chef Ilona Daniel

The rich history and elegance of the Fairholm Inn and grounds make it an ideal backdrop for a Christmas party.  Fairholm’s main floor can accommodate up to 125 people, which makes it an ideal destination for small and medium-sized companies who are looking for a different, yet unique, venue for their staff and guests.    This year, the Fairholm Inn is very excited to be partnering with Chef Ilona Daniel to offer their guests either a delicious full meal or appetizer menu to select from.  Chef Ilona is well known to island residents and visitors alike as both founding chef of the Daniel Brenan Brickhouse, and also as executive chef to PEI Lieutenant Governor Frank Lewis.

When you book your party with Fairholm, you are also booking all seven of the luxurious guest rooms so that your party guests can have and enjoy overnight accommodations.

Celebrate, give thanks and share in the successes of the year with your staff at Fairholm National Historic Inn.  Let Fairholm help you plan the Christmas party that everyone will want to attend!

How About Them Apples?

April showers bring May flowers, and those May flowers bring us apples through September – October!

Whether you are upholding a long-standing family tradition of apple picking or starting a new one, a visit to Wintermoor Orchard in York, PE, is a terrific way to spend a beautiful autumn afternoon.  This orchard is situated in one of three apple growing areas on Prince Edward Island, located just a short drive from Charlottetown .  Grower Mark Ashley offers apple lovers fourteen varieties of apples at his u-pick, and also has an outdoor booth at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market.

When you are done picking and can’t lift another little one up into the tree to get that prized apple, head on over to the play area, or bring along a picnic and enjoy this little piece of heaven from another perspective.  And… do not leave the premises without having a sip of Mark’s mouth-watering apple cider pressed right on the farm.  Be sure to grab a jug!  Wintermoor’s apple cider is available year-round at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market or by contacting the Wintermoor Orchard directly

 

Are you looking for an apple orchard near your area on Prince Edward Island?  If so, check out Island Apples website .  This site has a lot of great information on storing apples, recipes and an informative apple chart.

What about you?  Have you gone apple picking yet?  We’d love to hear about your family fun and what you do with all your apples when you get them home.

As convenient as it is to purchase home-bought goods, there is nothing like your own treats and desserts with the fruit you’ve just picked.  If you are feeling somewhat overwhelmed with the glorious fruit you just brought home, here is a recipe from The Cranford Inn to help you on your way to using up those delicious apples.

 

The Cranford Inn Apple-Stuffed Strata

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

2 tsp. butter

4 cups Golden Delicious apple; peeled, cored and sliced

6 Tbsp. sugar; divided (can cut back on sugar to taste)

12 SLICES OF Cinnamon Swirl Bread; cut into strips of three per slice

Âľ CUP chopped pecans; DIVIDED

1 ½ CUP milk

½ tsp. cinnamon

5 large eggs

1 Tbsp. brown sugar; for top

Cooking spray

1. In a pan,  melt butter; add apples and 1 Tbsp. of sugar.  Sauté for 8 minutes until apples are tender and lightly browned.  Remove from heat, and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

2. Spray 11” x 7” GLASS OR CERAMIC BAKING DISH.   Arrange half of the bread on bottom of the baking dish.  Top with sauted apples and pecans (1/2 cup).

3. Combine the remaining 5 tablespoons OF SUGAR, milk,cinnamon, and EGGS;whisk to incorporate.

4. Pour egg mixture over bread, pressing down to submerge.  Cover and chill overnight.

5. In the morning, preheat the oven to 350F; ssprinkle remaining pecans (1/4 cup) and the 1 Tbsp. of brown sugar on top.

6. Bake for 48 minutes or until a knife comes out clean ( we find it bakes quicker than this).

At the Cranford Inn, we serve this to our guests with breakfast sausages, fresh fruit, whipped cream and a big smile.  Please enjoy!

Get Your Dose of Fiber

Fiber Art Aquarium at Belfast Mini Mill

When the doctor recommends that you increase your daily dose of fiber, he or she probably wasn’t referring to making a trip to the Fiber Store at Belfast Mini-Mills.  However, an afternoon visit to their Fiber Store can only improve a visitors well-being.  Whether you have a passion for fiber art, or are simply looking for that beautiful hand-crafted Prince Edward Island keepsake to return home with, you are certain to find everything fiber at Belfast Mini-Mills – except the variety the doctor ordered. 

Belfast Mini Mills designs and manufactures fiber processing machines – machines which allow the processing of animal and plant fibers into yarn.  Around the world, Belfast Mini Mill equipment is processing fiber from Alpaca, Llama, Camel, Muskox (Qiviut), Cashmere, Yak, Mountain Goat, Angora Rabbit, most varieties of Sheep’s Wool, Buffalo, Husky, Samoyed and other Breeds of dog, Persian Cat, Hemp, Flax, Long Staple Cotton, Bamboo, Polypropylene, other Nylon Blends, Silk, Mohair and Carbon Nanotubes.  You can find most of these luxury fibers available in the Belfast Mini-Mills’ Fiber Store where 99% of the fibers and products are made on site by them!

Weaving Lesson at Belfast Mini Mill

The Fiber Store is open annually from June 1st – September 30th, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  In the off season the store is open by chance or by appointment. 

To raise your daily fiber intake, Belfast Mini Mills offers classes in Knitting, Rug Hooking, Weaving, Felting, and Colour Theory.  Try one of these fiber-increasing habits while visiting us on P.E.I!

Many of our inns and B&B’s are within an hour or less of the Belfast Mini-Mills to allow you to get all the fiber you need and for your convenience.  Check out our “At A Glance” chart to select which of our inns and B&B’s suit your personality and needs best.

Are you a fiber artist?  Have you visited the Mill before?  Share with us your experience and/ or your photographs of your finished artwork.  We’d love to see what you’ve created!

Enjoy Summer to its Fullest

Islanders will tell you once Old Home Week and the Gold Cup and Saucer Race are over, the next day summer turns to fall. However, on PEI both the calendar and the weather often say differently.  September is often one of the most beautiful months  to visit PEI. The waters of the Northumberland Straight and and the Gulf of St. Lawrence ensure that our days stay warm, the nights are perfect for sleeping, and the long awaited harvest is bountiful.

September is the time that we celebrate all the wonderful culinary delights that Prince Edward Island is so famous for. Island farmers, fishermen and artisans alike work diligently to bring us their harvest of the land and sea. Here are some suggestions and tasty ways you can spend the last few remaining weeks of summer:

1.  PEI Fall Flavours Festival, Sept. 6 – 29, 2013

Have you ever wanted to have a lobster boil on the beach? Learn about harvesting oysters? Meet a celebrity chef from Food Network Canada? This province-wide festival will allow you to experience all this and more! If you aren’t the adventurous type, participate in one of the Culinary Boot Camps, or at one of the participating local Fall Flavours restaurants – taste why so many chefs love Prince Edward Island!

2.  PEI Beer Festival, Sept. 6 – 7, 2013

Come celebrate the ancient craft of brewing at this festival, offering seventy-five tasty brews from around the world. This festival is a fitting part of Fall Flavours – after all, it was beer that brought forth the agricultural evolution, leading to inventions such as the plow, wheel, and irrigation systems.

3.  PEI International Shellfish Festival, Sept. 12 – 15, 2013

Now a signature event as part of the PEI Fall Flavours Festival, this festival is not to be missed! You will experience everything from culinary demos, celebrity chefs, potato and seafood chowder and oyster shucking competitions. Start your day off with a salty kiss, try a few mussels, taste award-winning seafood chowder – all while enjoying live entertainment provided by a variety of local musicians. If you’ve never been to a kitchen party before, here is your chance!

The Labour Day weekend is bittersweet: It’s the last long weekend of summer and to many it means back to the everyday. Here you can ignore the bitter and enjoy the sweet.  Come enjoy what summer has left to offer on beautiful Prince Edward Island. You won’t be disappointed that you decided to spend the last few dog days of summer with us!