Top 9 Things to do on Prince Edward Island with Kids

Northumberland Ferry. Prince Edward Island with kids.
Take the Northumberland Ferry to Prince Edward Island for family fun in the Canadian Maritimes. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Prince Edward Island, located in the Canadian Maritimes, offers summertime fun centered around the ocean. From clamming to lighthouses to a world-famous redheaded orphan, PEI offers lots to do. Easy to explore as a road trip, even from Maine, travelers can navigate ferries and bridges to get to the island off Nova Scotia. Here are the top things to do on Prince Edward Island.

Top Things to do on Prince Edward Island

Tour a Lighthouse
Go Clam Digging 
Chase Waves on the Prince Edward Island National Seashore
Go by Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site
See Province House National Historic Site
Walk through Charlottetown 
Visit Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place
Take a Hike in the Haunted Wood
Sample PEI Seafood
Point Prim Lighthouse. Prince Edward Island.
Tour the Point Prim Lighthouse on Prince Edward Island, the oldest lighthouse on PEI. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Point Prim Lighthouse

Constructed in 1845 of brick, it’s the oldest lighthouse of the 30 lighthouses on Prince Edward Island.

Take the tour and scale a series of ladders to the top of the 60-foot round lighthouse for views of Northumberland Strait. Walk through the living quarters of the lighthouse keeper and imagine living in the spartan rooms that were frigid in the winter.

Located at 2147 Point Prim Rd. Belfast. Open daily in July and August from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult admission is $5 CAN, $3.50 for kids 5 to 12 and free for kids 4 and younger.

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Clam Digging. Prince Edward Island with kids.
Take the kids to dig clams with a local guide and sample the harvest afterward. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Clam Digging

Take the kids clamming. A local guide will bring all that’s needed to harvest clams and teach the family the safe way to harvest.

Tip: Bring water shoes or sandals. The cost depends on the tour operator.

Parks Canada Sites on Prince Edward Island

The national park system of Canada, Parks Canada, offers numerous sites to explore across Prince Edward Island.

Spend the afternoon chasing waves. Anne of green Gables House with kids.
With a protected location, kids enjoy relatively water water on the Prince Edward Island shore. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Prince Edward Island National Park

Located on the northern shore of PEI, visit the popular beach that extends for 40 kilometers. The water temperature is warmer than the North Atlantic because of its protected location. In August, it reaches a high temperature close to 70F, so it’s great for splashing and wading.

Divided into three sections, Cavendish-North Rustico, Brackley-Dalvay and Greenwich. Open seasonal and admission required.

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Dalvay-by-the-Sea. Prince Edward Island for Kids.
Walk through the Dalvay-by-the-Sea, a historic inn on the shores of the Prince Edward Island National Seashore. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site

Built in 1895, it’s a 25-room summer resort tucked in the park that hosted Prince William and Kate, the Princess of Wales, in 2011. A public tour isn’t offered but enjoy it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Located at 16 Cottage Crescent, Dalvay.

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Confederation Mouse. Prince Edward Island with kids.
Find this cute mouse sculpture at the Province House in Charlottetown. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Province House National Historic Site

The birthplace of the Confederation and the seat of the Prince Edward Island provincial legislature since 1847. Tour the grounds of the neo-classical building.

Located at 165 Richmond St., Charlottetown. The Province House is closed for renovation.

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Public Art. Prince Edward Island with kids.
Walk around Charlottetown for public art near the Provence House National Historic Site. Credit: Catherine Parker

Walk through Charlottetown

The hub of activity on Prince Edward Island is Charlottetown. Walk along the downtown streets to enjoy the pubs and shopping along with historic sites.

  • St. Dunstan’s Basilica Cathedral—Walk by the historic church at 65 Great George St.
  • Anne of Green Gables, the Musical–at the Confederation Center for the Arts
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Anne of Green Gables. Prince Edward Island with kids.
Visit the inspiration for the Anne of Green Gables books while exploring Prince Edward Island. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

All About Anne

For those who aren’t familiar, Prince Edward Island served as the inspiration for the children’s classic book series, Anne of Green Gables. First published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the series tells the story of a red-headed orphan named Anne. Through a series of good-hearted mishaps, Anne endears herself to the community.

The majority of the Anne of Green Gables sites are located in and around Cavendish, a town located in central Prince Edward Island along the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 40 km from Charlottetown, the province capital.

Walk through Anne's bedroom. Anne of Green Gables House with kids.
Walk through Anne’s bedroom which looks like Anne just left for school. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Green Gables Heritage Place

Start at the Green Gables Heritage Place for an introductory film along with a tour of the house that inspired the books. For fans of the series find Lovers Lane and the Haunted Wood Trail.

Haunted Wood Trail—Walk to the Site of L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish Home. Easy and .9-km roundtrip.

Balsam Hollow Trail—Originates along Lovers Lane and meanders through the woods and along a brook. Easy and .8-km roundtrip.

Green Gables Heritage Site is a Parks Canada site. Located at 8619 Cavendish Road and is open seasonally. Admission.

Find Anne in the haunted woods. Anne of Green gables House with kids.
With costumed guides, kids can discover Anne wandering around the property. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

More Anne of Green Gables Locations

Continue and explore more Anne sites around Cavendish and beyond.

Lucy Maud Montgomery Birthplace—Born in nearby New London, L.M. Montgomery was born in a modest home. After her mother died when she was less than two years old, her grandparents raised her.

Located at 6461 Route 20 and open from May to October. Admission

The Site of Lucy Maud Montgomery Cavendish Home—A quarter of a mile east of the Green Gables Heritage Site, take a hike to see the remains of L.M. Montgomery’s homestead remains.

Explore other Anne spots. Anne of Green Gables House with Kids.
Visit the original post office site where L.M. Montgomery worked. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Cavendish Post Office—The official Cavendish Post Office offers an Anne of Green Gables exhibit since she and her family operated the post office out of the family kitchen.

Located at 8555 Cavendish Road and is free.

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Lodging on Prince Edward Island

During our visit to Prince Edward Island, I rented a small guest house.

Have a cup of Tea. Anne of Green Gables House with Kids.
Take a break and have a cup of tea at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Where to Eat on Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Preserve Company

During our visit, we dined at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company. A charming restaurant and tea shop that features local products along with a kid’s menu and signature blended teas, jams and jellies.

I started with the Seafood Chowder, a mix of local seafood in a creamy base with potatoes and leeks. Then moved on to the Seafood Bubbly Bake, a combination of shrimp, salmon, scallops and haddock in a cream sauce and topped with a panko crust.

Sample a piece of pie. Anne of Green Gables House with kids.
Time for a piece of Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie. Photo Credit: Catherine Parker

Don’t hesitate to order the PEI mussels, known worldwide. The local mussels are a must for every visitor and farmed along the rivers on PEI. I recommend ordering the Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie for dessert.

Located at 2841 New Glasgow Rd in New Glasgow. Open seasonally from May through October. Serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, I found family-friendly dishes.


Charlottetown is a cruise ship destination. Take a look at the Regent Fall Color cruise.

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Know Before You Go

Reserve lodging months in advance since Cavendish is popular during the summer season.


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Explore Prince Edward Island with your family for lighthouses, clamming and Canadian history. Along with learning more about the famous red-headed Anne of Green Gables in the Canadian Maritimes. Top Things to do on Prince Edward Island #Canada #PEI

Catherine Parker has a passion for travel and seen all 50 U.S. States. As a former flight attendant with one of the largest airlines, there isn't a North American airport that she hasn't landed in at least once. Since clipping her professional wings after 9/11, she combines her love of the open road with visiting architectural and cultural icons. She is based out of Central Texas dividing her time between writing and restoring a pair of 100-year-old houses. She shares her life with her three kids and her husband.


    • Catherine

      We love PEI! Such a great place for families. So glad to know the little mouse’s name! Thank you for stopping by.