Named after an Anglo Saxon saint from Glastonbury, England, St. Dunstan's Basilica is a beautifully constructed stone basilica. An elaborate example of French-Gothic architecture, it claims to be the only Roman Catholic cathedral in the region. The site's original structure was completed in 1907 though the landmark that stands today was constructed in 1916 after a fire destroyed the first site. Later that same century, the nicely rebuilt St. Dunstan's Basilica was designated a National Historic Site, skyrocketing it to the top of the list of great attractions in Charlottetown.
Beaconsfield Historic House reminds visitors of the Victorian charm of the 19th century. The exquisite mansion was built in 1877 in a great location by Victoria Park, overlooking the Charlottetown Harbour. Its 25 rooms and eight fireplaces not only provide insight into the fashions of The Gilded Age but also make the former residence a true historical treasure. Beyond the banana-yellow facade, you can't miss the carriage house, which hosts a children's festival in the summer. Tours are offered year round, and the on-site bookstore sells an assortment of material on the history and the architecture of the island.
Also known as Fanningbank, this Government House is the official residence of the Prince Edward Island lieutenant governor. It takes its nickname from Edmund Fanning, the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island who decided the site's location in 1789. Construction on the residence was finished in 1834, and its traditional Georgian architecture has been admired ever since. Beyond hosting several royal meetings and events each year, the Government House welcomes visitors to tour the grounds and read up on its history in the carriage house.
Located on the premises of St. Peter's Cathedral in downtown Charlottetown, All Souls' Chapel was established as a dedication to Father George Hodgson, the cathedral's first priest. Established in 1888, the chapel features High Victorian Gothic architecture, and it was constructed in locally sourced sandstone. The chapel was designed by William Critchlow Harris, a renowned ecclesiastical architect, and Harris' brother Robert painted the murals that grace the chapel's inner walls. Visit this National Historic Site and regional Heritage Place then get a breath of fresh air at Rochford Square, which is situated just beyond All Souls' Chapel.
The Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum chronicles the island's longstanding military history through a diverse collection of artifacts. Photographs, medals, weaponry, uniforms and numerous other intriguing exhibits tell the tale of the PEI Regiment from the early 1800s to the present day. This local museum first opened its doors in 1990, and has since grown to house thousands of artifacts, many of which were generously donated by civilians and veterans of the Canadian Forces. As the province's only military museum officially sanctioned by the Canadian Forces, the Prince Edward Island Regiment Museum is a must visit attraction for those with a particular penchant for military history.
An old-school movie theater, City Cinema is one of the few dedicated entirely to independent films. Screening a vast variety of indie films, this is where you can catch some of the lesser known, yet remarkable movies. While it might not be the biggest film theater, it does boast the latest in sound and projection technology, and comfortable seats, which makes viewing an absolute treat. There is also a mini food stand in the building, where one can purchase some popcorn and other refreshments to munch on during the film.
Located within Holland College, this auditorium started off as a meeting space in the early 1900s. It was razed in a fire, rebuilt and refurbished, within a year reconstructed, and through gradual renovations now stands as one of the the premiere concert halls and theaters in the city of Charlottetown. The Florence Simmons Performance Hall hosts budding local talent as well as foreign performing artists. A large stage with excellent lighting and acoustics ensures that every seat in the hall is perfectly positioned. Due to its great location and top notch facilities, this hall is slowly but surely on the road to becoming the hub of culture and entertainment in the city.