It is wise to be informed before coming for your prince Edward Island Vacation.
Fortunately, the Internet is always ready to help. In case you forget the address for the PEI Tourism site, use my favourite equivalent: peiplay.com. They have been making many changes this year. There may be occasions where one part or another may not work as advertised . . . be patient.
From the home page, you can do your accommodation search – this is probably the most important part of your planning. This year, campgrounds have been added to the search criteria so you can find all accommodation types. Remember to have cookies enabled in your browser or the search will not work. You can refine your search criteria in many ways. I asked for a B&B in Charlottetown under $100 with internet access available for July 1 for 2 people. See the 21 search results. Note also that the search from the home page never seems to work. You have to repeat the search criteria again on page 2. I hope they will have that fixed soon.
Now that you have found a place to stay, click on THINGS TO DO at the top of the page. The select Beaches for a list of beaches and tide times. Or select Culinary, Sights, Outdoors, or whatever strikes your fancy. There is lots from which to choose.
You can also search by type of activity on this page. Pick from tours, bird watching, agri tourism, seafood, or water sports.
While the government website is a good source, you can also rely on other websites.
Trip Advisor has several reviews – mostly for accommodations. Beware of the quality of the reviews. Overly exuberant reviews are sometimes written by the owners to beef up their popularity. It is also rumoured that horrible reviews are posted by the competition for similar purposes. Look for reviews that seem to come from the heart and are written in plain language.
I found a site that offers campground reviews.
You can also visit one of many travel blogs to find information about PEI.
Lunch Online offers listings and reviews for restaurants.
The Tea Guide has reviews of tearooms.
But the most important reviews are from people like me (me is important) who give you first hand experience and advice. For example, If you visit PEI outside PEAK SEASON, check to see what is open. Peak season is generally from June 15 to September 15. Some places are open year round, others start to open in mid May. The biggest mistake you can make is coming to PEI in May with your heart set on having a traditional Church 5-course lobster supper. Come in the early spring or late fall for the scenery and a get away from the hustle and bustle. Prefer to stay at a B&B and ask your hosts for help in finding out who is open. You will find some operators very helpful – even calling attractions to confirm if they might be open for you tomorrow.
Tomorrow, back to the animals with Llamas.