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Victoria-by-the-Sea is one of Prince Edward Island's charming small towns.

Out of Town highlights smaller towns within driving distance of larger cities and offer ideal short escapes.

Flanked by its landmark, the lighthouse, this former fishing village still has some of its remnants and extends out to the lush greenery of the Victoria Provincial Park on one side of the road; its copper-tinged shore looking over to the Northumberland Strait on the other.

Though you feel like you’re in one of the most remote places in Canada, this town is only an hour’s drive from Charlottetown. This seaside escape is our pick for an idyllic summer weekend out of town.


The Orient Hotel

This hotel —more like a B&B—is as old as the village itself. Alongside homey rooms, a hot breakfast is served in the dining room daily. Packages— including dinner and theatre tickets—are available for the summer season.


The Landmark Cafe

This family owned cafe has truly been a landmark in the community for over 25 years. Lobster is a specialty, but the big bowl of seafood chowder provides quintessential PEI flavour. Make sure to check out the whimsical knickknacks tucked into the shelves on the walls.

Island Chocolates These Belgian chocolates are a sweet souvenir, but if you really want to connect with the locals, make your own chocolates at their hands-on workshops on Wednesdays. You can also visit the Islands Chocolate Festival in September for a memorable experience.



Kayaking Tours

Two-hour tours guide you to the Northumberland Strait. Alternatively, tour company By-the-Sea Kayaking offers sunrise, sunset, and full moon kayaking tours to experience the sea under the sun. Your solace will be returned by the stunning views of the craggy, coppery shores by the sea.

Biking Tours

By-the-Sea kayaking offers a number of cycling routes for you to explore the flat roads of the island, which range from 20 to 70 km.

Clam Digging

A popular activity on the coast, digging clams will make you feel like an islander (especially after you’ve found your dinner!). You’ll kayak to your dig site, and upon return, chow down on a tasty clam chowder made from your findings. Bring your flip flops and shorts!

Local Theatre and Concerts

If you want to get your dose of Canadian culture seaside, the Historic Victoria Playhouse —now in its 35th year— is your place. Don’t miss the rotating roster of award-winning plays or the best of Canada’s musical talent, specifically from eastern Canada.