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A Prairie Home Cruise: Charlottetown Excursions

A Day in Dalvay by the Sea
DURATION: Approximately 5 hours
PRICE: $109 Adult $99 Child

Drive past Charlottetown's main highlights for a 20-minute drive through pastoral Prince Edward Island. Tour Dalvay by the Sea (season permitting) built in 1895 as the magnificent Victorian summer home of the president of Standard Oil. Now a National Historic Site located on Prince Edward Island's spectacular North Shore, Dalvay is in the Queen Anne revival-style of architecture, with many gables and dormers.

The highlight of this tour will be a lobster luncheon in one of Atlantic Canada's premier dining rooms. Alternative entrées—chicken, salmon, beef or vegetarian—are also available. After lunch, take a walk or perhaps a canoe or row boat ride on Long Pond. Try the horse shoe pitch and the croquet green, or just relax in one of the Adirondack chairs.

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Biking on the Confederation Trail
DURATION: Approximately 3 1/2 hours
PRICE: $89 Adult $59 Child

Because the Confederation Trail began its life as a railroad right-of-way, the terrain on this biking tour is quite flat—ideal for participants of all ages. The railway was abandoned in 1989, and converted to public use under the Rails to Trails program. Set out with a guide from the village of Morel. A snack will be provided. The seven-mile trail follows St Peter's Bay, with fine ocean vistas and forests interspersed with farmland. In the fall, the reds, golds, browns and yellows of the hardwood forest are spectacular.

NOTES: Tour operates rain or shine. Children must be at least 12 years of age to participate.

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Charlottetown City Tour
DURATION: Approximately 2 1/2 hours
PRICE: $39 Adult $19 Child

Board a double-decker bus for an historical and cultural tour of Charlottetown. Begin with the Fathers of Confederation route, with an inside visit to the Province House Legislative Chambers. See Beaconsfield, a heritage home built in 1877—once the most lavish home on Prince Edward Island. Drive past the Lieutenant Governor's mansion, through Victoria Park residential area, past the University of Prince Edward Island and the Charlottetown Raceway; make a 45-minute stop at Founders' Hall. There will be a short walk from Founders' Hall to the pier.

NOTES: Transportation is via an older double-decker bus.

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Island Drive and Anne of Green Gables
DURATION: Approximately 4 hours
PRICE: $54 Adult $25 Child

Explore Canada's charming Prince Edward Island, famous for red earth and white beaches. After a city tour of Charlottetown drive past Province House, the Confederation Centre, the National Art and Cultural Center, and Victoria Park, overlooking the harbour. Stop in the areas of Ebenezer and Wheatley River, and at the Prince Edward Island Preserves Company, where you can sample homemade island jams.

The next stop is Cavendish, with ample time to visit the famous Anne of Green Gables homestead. Walk the boardwalk on the National Park beaches, and view the beautiful beaches and at Rustico Harbour, a local fishing village, learn about the fishing industry of P.E.I. Returning to Charlottetown, pass through the popular beach towns of Brackley, Stanhope and Dalvay.

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Sea Kayaking
DURATION: Approximately 4 hours
PRICE: $99 Adult $69 Child

Experience the natural history and local color of Prince Edward Island—from the water. Join your guide—plus co-hosts Natalie Springuel and Rich MacDonald, your shipmates and onboard naturalists—for a short sea kayaking class, no experience required, then paddle past high cliffs and long beaches to learn about the fragile dune system, the red fox, the beaver, the endangered piping plover, and the great blue heron, plus the killdeer that you may see in the National Park. Your guide will explain what makes the beaches white and the soil red. Beneath the cliffs at Cape Turner, enjoy a light snack. All kayaking gear is provided, including boat, life-jacket, spray skirt and paddle.

NOTES: Tour operates rain or shine. Wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet. Minimum age is 12 years old.

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The Charlottetown Story—A Walking Tour
DURATION: Approximately 2 hours
PRICE: $29 Adult $19 Child

Enjoy a stroll with a costumed guide along the waterfront and through the heritage district of Charlottetown. Your guide will tell you the story of Charlottetown's origins and its growth into a prosperous community during the Victorian Era. Hear about the families responsible for the development of the community and see some of the heritage they left in beautiful homes and public buildings of wood, sandstone and brick. Learn about the famous Conference of 1864, which gave the city its designation as the Birthplace of Canada.

The tour continues past Province House National Historic Site (where the meetings of Confederation actually took place) and Great George Street—a charming national Historic District. It ends at Founders' Hall, located in a restored heritage building on the Charlottetown Waterfront; the facility includes interactive multi-media presentations designed to depict the Canadian experience from 1864 to the present.

NOTES: Tour operates rain or shine.

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