Charlottetown PEI Travel In-Town: Charlottetown's Picturesque Parks information, listings and links
Charlottetown has 83 park areas on over 500 acres of parkland. These range from small "pocket parks" to major town squares, and icludes two major waterfront parks. Routes for Nature and Health is a 56 kilometer pedestrian and bicycle trail system in and around the greater Charlottetown area. The route is made up of sidewalks, boardwalks, roadways and gravel paths which lead through a variety of urban landscapes
The City's Parks & Recreation Department Summer Program offers supervision at several local parks on either a half or a full-day basis. City Summer Parks Staff will coordinate youth activities for the area (for youth children 6 - 12 years) such as games, reading circles, special events & field trips, though parents are reminded that this is not a baby-sitting or daycare service and are encouraged to participate. Supervision and leadership is provided for all activities, but by no means are we able to baby-sit individual children. Parks included in this program include Belmont Park,. Connaught Square, Hillsborough Square, Maryfield Park, and Skyview Park.
Confederation Landing Park
The "Gem" of the Charlottetown waterfront, this tastefully designed parkland marks the site of the historic landing of the Fathers of Confederation in 1864. The Confederation Landing Park offers visitors and Islanders alike, a passive recreation areas where they can stroll along the walkways throughout the park or relax on a park bench and enjoy the activity throughout the adjacent Peake's Wharf. The new Confederation Landing facility is host to summer festivals and events, and also features flowerbeds, boardwalk, ice-skating and rollerblading oval, interpretation boards and the historic landing site.
Victoria Park has long been a recreational focal point for Charlottetown residents The park features a long waterfront boardwalk and has several picnic areas, walking trails, cross country skiing, an outdoor skating rink, playground, swimming pool, six lighted tennis courts, and three baseball fields.
Victoria Park, approximately 15 hectares (37 acres) in area, is located between Brighton Road and the Park Roadway.The terrain and trees are not typical of most of the city, with a mixture of native and cultivated species including Austrian pine, red maple, sugar maple, balsam fir, white spruce, white oak, red oak, beech, yellow birch, white birch and linden can be found throughout the park. A boardwalk extends the full length of the park along the waterfront. You may not bike or rollerblade on the boardwalk, and you must clean up after your pet.
Trans-Canda Trail (Confederation Trail)
In August, 2000, Prince Edward Island became the first province in Canada to complete its section of the TransCanada Trail. The Confederation Trail was developed on abandoned railway lines with Island communities working to complete and connect various sections across the province. The tip-to-tip route from Tignish to Elmira totals 279 kilometers, with 357 kilometers inlcuding side-trips. The trail's finely crushed gravel surfaceis suitable for both foot and bicycle travellers, passing through Island villages and towns. Plum-coloured gates mark the various entry points. In winter the trail is used by snowmobilers with a tip-to-tip recreational network.