You won’t find locals stuck inside all winter long on Prince Edward Island; there’s too much exploring to do! Grab your scarf and warm up to these city and outdoor winter adventures.
Snowshoe in the park
Strap on a pair of snowshoes and enjoy winter hiking across the Island at hot spots like Brookvale Provincial Park, Victoria Park and PEI National Park. You’ll find plenty of marked trails for a short stroll through nature or an all-day hike. If it’s your first time visiting, sign up for the Shoes, Views & Brews snowshoe adventure. You and your guide will explore the Boughton River Trail, soaking up the frozen scenery before heading indoors to warm up at a local craft brewery over beer and pizza.
Ski the trails
If you’re looking to move a little faster, grab a pair of cross country skis at one of the alpine centres on PEI to get your heart rate up. Explore almost 25 kilometres of trails at Brookvale Provincial Park or change up your routine and try nordic skiing on Mill River’s 10+ kilometres of trails.
Sip a local brew
Cozy up indoors and meet some of the islanders making their own craft beers at one of PEI’s six craft breweries. Go behind the scenes and show up for a brewery tour at PEI Brewing Company, then head over to Copper Bottom Brewing and meet the husband and wife team who are sharing their passion for craft beer and music together. Dive into a bowl of freshly steamed PEI mussels at Upstreet Craft Brewing which pairs perfectly with any one of their seasonal winter ales.
Stroll along the beach
This island province is home to over 90 beaches and over 1,100 kilometres of coastline that are just begging to be explored. The best part about beach going in the wintertime is that you’ll have the views all to yourself. See PEI’s famous red sand beaches or visit the Singing Sands beach in Basin Head Provincial Park and listen for the “squeak” as you walk along the ultra fine sand. Just skip on the bathing suit and swimming until the weather warms up.
Savour the cuisine
No trip would be complete without experiencing the fresh seafood and food culture that earned PEI the title of “Canada’s Food Island.” For fresh island seafood don’t miss Claddagh Oyster House, consistently ranked one of the best restaurants on the Island on Tripadvisor. If it’s steak you’re after then pay Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar a visit. For a more laid back vibe visit historic Sydney Street and dine at The Brickhouse on locally made lobster mac & cheese and fresh fish tacos. Whatever you’re craving, you’ll find it all within walking distance in downtown Charlottetown.