Destination guide

Escape, rewind and recharge on Prince Edward Island

Home of Anne Shirley, the main character from Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel "Anne of Green Gables", Prince Edward Island is every bit the storybook setting. From rolling green farmland and red sandy beaches to gently-bustling harbors and quaint old lighthouses, everywhere you turn is a postcard-perfect scene. One of eastern Canada's maritime provinces, the island boasts a rich British colonial heritage and a Mi'kmaq past, though today, it's known as a haven for fresh seafood, wildlife spotting and coastal recreation. With a variety of resort-style pads and homely cottages, Prince Edward Island vacation rentals make this the perfect place to escape, rewind and recharge.

Things to do

Canadian history in Prince Edward Island's capital

Like to be at the heart of it all? Choose a Prince Edward Island vacation rental in Charlottetown, the province's capital and main attraction. Founded in the mid-1700s, it was here that the Charlottetown Conference sparked the birth of modern-day Canada. Today, its leafy streets and charming Victorian buildings are home to pretty shops, antique stores, cafes and restaurants. Located 40 minutes from the capital, in Lucy Maud Montgomery's hometown of Cavendish, you'll find the house that inspired her. The House of Green Gables lives up to its name, with its emerald green roof and white weatherboard cladding. Today, it serves as a museum, celebrating the author's life and work.

Activities

Fresh air and attractions on Prince Edward Island

With lush forests, sweeping countryside and calming coastline, there's plenty to do for those who like get out and enjoy the fresh sea air. Spend your days hiking, fishing and bird watching, play golf on a picturesque course or just lie back on a pristine beach, it's up to you. The communities here offer attractions galore. You can learn about the region's colonial heritage and Mi'kmaq culture in a museum, shop for traditional crafts in an artist's studio or treat your taste buds to an indulgent lobster dinner in a first-rate ocean-to-table restaurant.

Weather

Pleasant summers on Prince Edward Island

The surrounding waters have a strong influence on the island's weather, which can make it a little fickle at times. For the most part, winters are cold, but milder than nearby inland provinces, while summers are pleasantly warm. In July and August, expect average highs of 73 degrees, with occasional maximum temperatures in the mid-80s. While summer is the obvious time to visit for most, the Gulf waters delay the onset of chilly temperatures during fall, which makes this a pleasant time to visit, too. September is a good time, when Prince Edward Island vacation rentals tend to be slightly cheaper.

Natural features

Picture-perfect scenery on Prince Edward Island

Located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Prince Edward Island sits beside Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, connected to the latter by the breathtaking Confederation Bridge. Draped in picture-perfect scenery, with lush green forests and rose-toned sands, it's as much a haven for wildlife as it is for people. Head here to see everything from beavers and eastern coyotes, to raccoons, red foxes and muskrats. There are also more than 300 species for birders to tick off their checklists, including piping plovers, great blue herons and bald eagles.

Where to stay around Prince Edward Island?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,152 vacation rentals near Prince Edward Island. From 448 Cottages to 517 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Prince Edward Island for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Prince Edward Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Prince Edward Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Charlottetown: 369 vacation rentals
  • Cavendish: 535 vacation rentals
  • Souris: 67 vacation rentals
  • North Rustico: 461 vacation rentals
  • Summerside: 172 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Prince Edward Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Prince Edward Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Prince Edward Island:

  • Charlottetown: 369 rentals
  • Cavendish: 535 rentals
  • Souris: 67 rentals
  • North Rustico: 461 rentals
  • Summerside: 172 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Prince Edward Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Prince Edward Island are:

  • Charlottetown Airport (YYG): 618 vacation rentals
  • Summerside Airport (YSU): 334 vacation rentals
  • Greater Moncton International Airport (YQM): 114 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Prince Edward Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Prince Edward Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cavendish Beach: 544 rentals
  • Rodd Crowbush Golf and Beach Resort: 208 rentals
  • Basin Head Provincial Park: 66 rentals
  • Prince Edward Island National Park: 656 rentals
  • Haunted Mansion: 518 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Prince Edward Island listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown
369 vacation rentals
Cavendish
535 vacation rentals
Souris
67 vacation rentals
North Rustico
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Summerside
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Darnley
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Brackley Beach
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French River
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Stanhope
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Belle River
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Stanley Bridge
289 vacation rentals
Sea View
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New London
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Stratford
222 vacation rentals
Malpeque
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Victoria
75 vacation rentals
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