Written by Mikayla @mikaylapaynter
Hi! My name is Mikayla and my husband’s name is Ryan. We have a dog named Lucy and two of the sweetest boys, Carson and Liam. We live in the land of Anne, beautiful Prince Edward Island. Ironically, this is also the location we will be talking about in this post. We have not travelled very far with our children yet, mostly around PEI and we’ve made a few trips to Halifax, NS. We do plan to travel lots as our children get older. Both Ryan and I had the privilege growing up, to travel all over the world with our families and friends. We think that travelling with kids is so important for their development and for their personalities. We believe it helps make kids more self confident and well rounded individuals. Travelling can help kids to learn patience, learning that to get somewhere fun takes time and effort, and that things don’t always go as planned. And more importantly, travelling helps build strong families, bonding through adventure and making memories to last a lifetime with your kids.
I’lll be highlighting some of the most touristy areas of the island, mostly Cavendish and surrounding areas, but also some other areas that are a bit of a further drive around the island! Because we live in PEI, we haven’t exactly stayed anywhere other than our house, but we do have some amazing accommodations. Stanley Bridge Country Resort gives you options of a hotel style or a more private cottage and also has an indoor pool (great for kids) and an on-site restaurant. Kindred Spirits Inn and Cottages, and Cavendish Maples Cottages are located right beside Shining Waters Family Fun Park. If you are looking for a more outdoorsy experience, Cavendish also offers some great camping options (or glamping, whichever you prefer) with Sunset Campground, KOA Campground and Marco Polo Campground, which all offer tent or RV campsites. There are also AirBnBs all around if that’s something you’d rather. If you choose to stay where you can also do some of your own cooking, Cavendish Tourist Mart as well as the independent grocer in Kensington will have everything you need to get cooking!
PEI is well known for our red dirt beaches, and they do not disappoint! If you can, you should check out as many as you can fit in your schedule, there is Thunder Cove, Cousins Shore, Basin Head (home of the singing sands), Chelton, and Cavendish Beach to name a few. Our personal family favourite is Cousins Shore, it has a “run” that goes right through the middle of the beach and is not very deep, so it’s perfect for small kids to play in! Located right in Cavendish is Shining Waters Family Fun Park, which has water slides for both little kids or big kids (yes, I mean daddies too) as well as adrenaline rides and lots of food options, and you can also pack your own lunch for picnic style. Also in Cavendish is Sandspit Fun Park, which is all adrenaline rides , a roller coaster, bumper boats, mini golf, race track, ferris wheel and some kiddie rides as well so it’s great for all ages. Located in the beautiful New Glasgow is the Butterfly House, a perfect rainy day activity to see and hold some beautiful butterflies! If you’re up for a drive head down to Basin Head Beach to experience the singing sands, and stop in Greenwich along the way to the Greenwich National Park, which offers multiple hiking trails, including one that leads to a floating boardwalk! We also have a working goat farm called Island Hill Farm in Hamilton, they have goats, alpacas, bunnies, chickens and a donkey, they opened up their farm to allow people to come in and enjoy their animals and is definitely a must see. If you come to PEI, you know we are famous for our fishing industry, so why not try your hand at any of our deep sea fishing places located in New London, Stanley bridge and North Rustico. If your kids are anything like my 3 year old, he loves a good park, and our favourite is Victoria Park in Charlottetown, along the park there is a boardwalk that takes you along the harbour which is great for a nice walk. The park itself has three different play sets, including one that is fully wheelchair accessible. The park also has an outdoor pool that has life guards, as well as a splash pad!
Avonlea Village is one of my favourite summertime places. It’s perfect for family fun, not only does it have some fun shops but it also has some of the greatest places to eat. Boom Burger which uses all local ingredients, Moo Moo Grilled Cheese, Piatto Pizzeria, and Dave’s Lobster! Also home to Doughnuts by Design, which are signature (amazing) doughnuts and of course cows ice cream.
Some other restaurants we like to enjoy during the summer are Ship to Shore in Darnley, Sou’west in New London, Ships Company in Cavendish located on Mariners Cove Boardwalk, Blue Mussel Cafe in Rustico, PEI Preserve Company, which has the best raspberry cream cheese pie, and New Glasgow Lobster Suppers for a classic lobster supper. If you are looking for a special date night , the city of Charlottetown has many amazing restaurants to choose from, if you head downtown and take your pick of any restaurant around there you can’t go wrong.
Cavendish Boardwalk and Mariners Cove Boardwalk are full of some fun shops to get some awesome PEI souvenirs, it also carries some of our favourite summer treats, cows ice cream (wowie cowie is my go to) and beaver tails, can’t go wrong with whatever flavour you choose there! PEI is also full of amazing dairy bars with the best treats.
And if you’re looking for some fun entertainment there is always lots going on across the island, you can take in a show at the Confederation Centere of the Arts or a movie at the Brackley Drive-in!
All in all, no matter what you do or where you stay beautiful scenic Prince Edward Island will not disappoint. From tip to tip there is something to do for the whole family!
A visit to PEI will be one to remember!