In 1864, it took the Canadian Delegates 3 days and a bit to sail from Quebec to Charlottetown.
Shopping and Charlottetown go hand in hand. A visit to Charlottetown would be incomplete without visiting one of the many great shopping areas.
Peake's Wharf Historic Waterfront Merchants (Historic Charlottetown Waterfront) Start your shopping adventure at the foot of Great George Street. Peake's Wharf is a special collection of merchants who present their wares on the finest waterfront setting on Prince Edward Island. Peake's Wharf offers something for everyone including crafts, clothing, fine gifts, souvenirs, home-made Island ice cream, fresh seafood and daily outdoor performances during July and August. The restaurants and bars offer casual dining and live entertainment. Open mid-May to early October, 7 days a week.
Queen Street - Historic Queen Street If you follow the boardwalk around the Delta Prince Edward Hotel, you will end up on Queen Street. A center of commerce for over 150 years, this area of Queen Street has been ravaged by fires and devastated by downturns in Victorian shipping, but the merchants continued to rebuild and restore.
Historic Queen Street, located in Old Charlottetown, is one of the oldest streets in Charlottetown. Over the years, Queen Street has seen many changes. These days Queen Street hosts a variety of shopping. One can find specialty grocery stores, a liquor store, two theatres, home decor stores, banks and many internationally flavored restaurants. Open year-round.
Shop & Dine at Victoria Row (Old Charlottetown) From Queen Street, turn right on to Richmond Street. Victoria Row runs from 110-166 Richmond Street. The street has been laid out with old style street pavers and is open to pedestrians only during the summer months.
Victoria Row was once the market centre of Charlottetown and was the home of the original market to the city that was twice destroyed by fire. The fires swept through the commercial district in 1866 and 1884, but led to a wonderful rebuilding in Victorian style with brownstone structures and cast iron prefabricated storefronts. Today, Victoria Row contains a wonderful array of restaurants with outdoor decks, as well as craft and gift shops.
The Shops of Confederation Court Mall (Entrances located on Queen St., Grafton St., Kent St. and University Ave.)
(902) 894-9505 One Capital block from Victoria Row, sits the Shops of the Confederation Court Mall. Across from the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Explore three levels of over 90 shops and services, featuring more specialty stores than anywhere in Atlantic Canada. Shop for your spouse, your kids or for yourself. Have a bite to eat in the Food Fair or one of the restaurants. Whether you are getting a haircut or doing your banking, the Shops at the Confederation Court Mall will satisfy your every need. Open year-round. MonWed and Sat, 9am5:30pm; Thu-Fri 9am9pm (except July and August and Christmas). During July and August and Christmas open MonFri 9am9pm and Sat 9am5:30pm.
Charlottetown Mall - The Shopping Centre of Prince Edward Island (670 University Avenue)
(902) 368-8854 The Charlottetown Mall is located 7 minutes from Downtown Charlottetown on University Avenue. This shopping complex offers nationally recognized retailers and local boutiques, with over 60 of Prince Edward Island's most-wanted stores under one roof. Shop for gifts or get something special for yourself. Have lunch or see a movie. The Charlottetown Mall has so much to offer. Open year-round, MonSat, 10am10pm
PEI Factory Shops (Trans Canada Highway, North River Causeway) The Factory Shops are located in North River, 15 minutes from Downtown Charlottetown and 5 minutes from the Charlottetown Mall. Situated on the picturesque North River, the Factory Shops offer shopping for everyone, incredible savings, tourism information and family amusement. Outlets and stores include Liz Clairborne, Levi's Outlet, Fila, Paderno Factory Store, American Designer, Jones Apparel Group, Cows and Island Beach Company. Compare and save up to 50%. All stores open mid-June to mid-September. Some stores open in the off-season.