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Charlottetown, PEI

Great runs await you here!

Runners, you have arrived to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Wait! What? Island?

Yep, we are back at sea, but no worries, it is very much worth the detour.

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Charlottetown is known to be the birthplace of the confederation that led to the consolidation of Canada. It is overall a fantastic place to be, full of history, tradition, trails and beautiful beaches.

Prince Edward Island is famous for its beaches. With over 800 kilometres of beaches, it’s hard to pick just one, but Singing Sands Beach in Basin Head Provincial Park has been rated as the number one beach in Canada.

Charlottetown’s historic downtown was built-pre car era, and its walkability is part of its charm.

While you walk, keep your eyes open for the mice on the streets of Charlottetown. But there is nothing to worry about. The little mouse statues are part of a family game.

The game is based on David Weale’s children’s book “The True Meaning of Crumbfest” and revolves around the book’s main character Eckhart.

Kids can learn about Charlottetown’s heritage by finding the
bronze mouse statues using a list of clues. There are nine mice hidden around the city at various spots beginning at Founders Hall and ending at the Big Clock at City Hall.

And speaking of children, Prince Edward Island is also the location of the beloved novel from Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables. In the books, Anne lives in Avonlea, which “technically” doesn’t exist.

Avonlea was the fictitious name that L.M.Montgomery gave to Cavendish.

But, just a half an hour drive from Charlottetown is Avonlea Village. In addition to the original schoolhouse she taught at, the Minister’s residence and the 1872 Historic Long River Church, Avonlea Village offers replications of houses and shops from the time of Anne of Green Gables.

We can’t leave Charlottetown without talking about potatoes.

There’s no denying that potatoes are one of PEI’s most significant claims to fame. They even celebrate them with songs, such as Bud the Spud, recipes, and souvenirs. They even have an entire museum dedicated to the potato.

And finally what all you runners were thinking about, “but, where do I run?”, we got you covered.

When Prince Edward Island’s railway was abandoned in 1989, Islanders were quick to notice a unique opportunity. The idea of a tip-to-tip shared use walking and cycling trail in the summer, and a snowmobile trail in the winter was born.

The Confederation Trail is Prince Edward Island’s portion of the Trans Canada Trail and full of amazing views.

This is it from Charlottetown, and now it is time to go, let’s cross that bridge, the Confederation Bridge that is, and keep running.

Photo credits:
@discovercharlottetown Instagram: @theredheadroamer @teamkcss⁣ @brodytheginger
Tourism Prince Edward Island
@AvonleaVillage Instagram

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