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Charlottetown, Canada-port

Charming Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, is regarded as the ‘Birthplace of Canada’. In 1864, delegates gathered here to establish a new nation, resulting in the 1867 founding of the Dominion of Canada. Tour the Province House National Historic Site and Founders’ Hall, old mansions and museums along with scenic parks and gardens. Outside of town, discover awe-inspiring Fundy Bay, storybook fishing villages and the home of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of the Green Gables.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Stroll Through Historic Charlottetown
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Anne of Green Gables & Island Drive
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Coastal Charms & Island Drive
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Historic Charlottetown By Horse-Drawn Trolley
    Seated Tour

A Stroll Through Historic Charlottetown

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 1 hour

Tour Code: YHG-006

Follow your local guide along the waterfront and through the heritage district of Charlottetown, giving you a wonderful, historic overview of the province's capital on this walking tour.

Your guide will meet you at the pier, where your walking tour will begin. Being right in the heart of this historic town, the largest in the province of Prince Edward Island, there is much to discover. The site of Charlottetown was chosen by British captain Samuel Holland, who named the settlement in honor of Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III. Shortly afterward, the town was surveyed, and many of those original city lots and squares still remain. During your city orientation, you will hear about the founding families and see some of their original homes, typically made of wood, sandstone or brick.

At the Province House National Historic Site, you will discover how Canada was formed as the result of a conference held in the building in 1864. That event led to Canada becoming a federation, and Charlottetown became known as the Birthplace of Canada. More fascinating information awaits you at Founder's Hall, a restored heritage building located on Charlottetown's waterfront. During your visit here, you will learn much about the history of Canada and Charlottetown since that watershed conference.

Your tour concludes at Founder's Hall and you are then free to either remain in town and do some further exploring on your own, or walk back to the pier.

Please note: This walking tour includes approximately 1-mile of walking over a variety of surfaces that includes cobblestone sidewalks. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Layered, weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.