Fall Harvest Hamper

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In the spirit of Prince Edward Island’s Fall Flavours Festival we are offering Banbridge guests the opportunity to savour the very best of local, seasonal, organic produce.

The great thing about our Apartments is that they have a wonderfully well-equipped kitchen complete with everything you need to make meals. Not only is this a very cost-effective way of traveling but its also the perfect opportunity to indulge in island fare.

Cooking while traveling may not be for everyone but if you want to experience excellent local food in the privacy of your apartment at a fraction of the cost of dining out or if you simply enjoy the process of cooking a delicious meal with local ingredients,  this is the package for you! (For guests who’ve sworn to stay away from the stove while on vacation we have great recommendations for dining-out or take-in)!

Our Fall Harvest Hamper is available to any guests who book an apartment direct (on our website or over the phone). When booking select or mention Fall Harvest and the additional cost of the hamper ($15) will be added to your reservation. Upon arrival you will find a beautiful hamper of scrumptious island produce in your apartment refrigerator.

 

Getting Around the Island

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Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province. You won’t find any freeways here. The Trans Canada Highway will get you where you need to go but the island’s coast is traced with stunning coastal routes and criss-crossed with secondary roads through pastoral landscapes. The heritage road pictured above is the Peters Road and is located about 15 minutes from the Banbridge. Roads like these are one of the many joys of island living.

Depending on your interests, we can suggest wonderful day-trips, beautiful scenic drives, and short-cuts! The Banbridge is centrally located in Charlottetown, the capital city. Charlottetown is located in the middle of the island: 1 1/2 hrs from the most Easterly point and 2hrs from the most Westerly point. This makes Charlottetown an ideal base for exploring every part of the island. If you’re ever unsure what road to take, please ask us, we are very happy to share our local knowledge with our guests.

CAR RENTAL

We highly recommend renting a car to explore Prince Edward Island. If that is not an option, there are alternative methods of transportation (see below).

GPS

GPS often does not work well in P.E.I. So pick up an Island Road map and a City of Charlottetown map as soon as you can. You can have them mailed to your home address by contacting Tourism PEI. Or can pick them up at a Visitors Information Centre and our front desk.

IMPORTANT: Book your car rental well in advance (they are very limited during peak season) and be sure to book direct with the car rental company (avoid online travel agencies).

PUBLIC TRANSIT

Public transit exists, but it is very limited in its routes. There is no public transit after 6:00PM or on weekends. Click here for Bus Schedules. TIP: Conveniently, there is a bus stop at the Banbridge driveway (105 Capital Drive).

TAXIS

Taxis are easily accessible and affordable within the city. A taxi from The Banbridge to the waterfront area of the city will cost about $10, one way. Taxis can also be hired for drop off and pick-ups in rural areas. Try Co-Op Taxis at 1(902)628-8200. Prince Edward Island does not have Uber or Lyft (yet). Please note: Taking a taxi from the airport is more expensive and will incur a flat-rate fee of about $20+

TOURS

If you’re without a car and want to experience rural P.E.I. and our famous beaches there are many tour companies to choose from. You can day-trip with larger bus tours, shuttles and smaller custom tour companies.

CYCLING

We have a long way to go to make our roads cycle-friendly. There are some designated bike lanes within the city and in some National Parks (Brackley Beach – Dalvay). We are lucky to have the Confederation Trail – a great network of trails across the island. You can pick up the trail nearby at the Charlottetown Mall. Mountain biking trails can be found at Bonshaw Provincial Park and Robinson’s Island in the National Park (both are located about 15 minutes from the Banbridge). There are several companies that rent bicycles.

 

By the Banbridge: Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site

By the Banbridge: Short Road Trips

Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site is a 20-25 minute drive from the Banbridge. This National Park is rich in Mi’Kmaq, early French, British, colonial and military history of the island we now know as Prince Edward Island. Enjoy great scenic views of Charlottetown from across the harbour, walk the shore and extensive network of trails. Perfect for walking, cycling and a picnic. Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst is also a must for lighthouse lovers – the park has a couple of its own lighthouses and neighbours beautiful Block House Point lighthouse.

Want to make a day of it?

Love to Golf? Countryview Golf Club is on your way.

Continue through Cumberland towards beautiful Argyle Shore Provincial Park – a long stretch of sandy beach and rock red cliffs. Entry is free and there are picnic and washroom facilities.

Not tired yet?

Drive past Argyle Shore to the sweet historic village of Victoria-by-the-Sea. Check out our Banbridge ISLAND GUIDE 2018 to see our #banbridgebest recommendations on where to enjoy a great dinner here.

 

 

 

 

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Trip Advisor Hall of Fame!

We are pleased to announce we have been inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame. This wonderful accolade is given to businesses who have been awarded with Certificates of Excellence for 5 years in a row!

Nothing makes us happier than hearing our guests have enjoyed excellent stays with us! Thank you to all our guests who took the time to write reviews about their positive stays with us. The Banbridge is a small, family owned and operated accommodation business. Everyone at team Banbridge, from the owners who greet you at the front desk to our amazing housekeeping staff and meticulous caretaker, works very hard to provide our guests with clean, comfortable, convenient accommodations.

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Point Prim Lighthouse

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G’day! It’s PEI History Guy here. Some might also know me as caretaker (and resident historian at the Banbridge Inn). I am blogging today for the Banbridge Inn to highlight the historic Point Prim Lighthouse, one of our #banbridgebest and a true gem of island history.

This beauty of a beacon was the province’s 1st sentinel of the sea, built way back when in 1845.

One of only a very small number of round brick lighthouses in Canada. It’s construction was overseen by Isaac Smith the noted architect who built both Province House and Fanningbank, home of the Island’s lieutenant governors. Also involved was the steam lion Sir Samuel Cunard, as well as 3 future fathers of confederation: George Coles, Edward Palmer, and Thomas Heath Haviland Jr.  A climb to the top is rewarded with a commanding view of the Northumberland strait, and once you’ve worked up an appetite be sure to hit up the Point Prim Chowder House if top notch local seafood is your thing! This renowned resto is a must.

Until next time,

Isaac Stewart

PEI History Guy

P.S. If you love of lighthouses is limitless check out my article Point Prim Lights the Way   at www.peihistoryguy.com for a more in depth look at Point Prim Lighthouse.

Celebrating Canada Day in P.E.I.

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National Parks

In Celebration of Canada’s 150th “Birthday” all entry fees to Canada’s National Parks are waived. Check out Historic sites (like Green Gables in Cavendish) and Beautiful beaches (like Greenwich) across Prince Edward Island for Free in 2017.

Tall Ships

June 30th to July 2nd, Charlottetown Harbour

As part of the Canada Day celebrations nine Tall Ships (replicas of historic wooden ships) have docked in Charlottetown Harbour.

Tour the ships for free June 30th from 2-4PM at Port Charlottetown and Queen’s Wharf and from 4-7PM at Port Charlottetown. On July 1st deck tours are available from 10AM to 5PM at Port Charlottetown and Queen’s Wharf.

Fireworks

When the sun goes down take in some fireworks – our favourite viewing spots are at Victoria Park in Charlottetown or in Rustico.

 

Thank-Yous

We have received a lot of lovely Thank-Yous over the years.

Before the days of Trip-Advisor, and even still today, guests take the time to leave hand-written notes of commendation for us. It always puts a smile on the faces of our hard-working housekeeping staff. Knowing that our commitment and dedication to our goal of providing guests with a comfortable, clean, place to rest has been met, and exceeded, is a wonderful feeling. Our staff pins the kind words people have left for us on a bulletin board in the office, as an inspirational reminder of why we love being in the hospitality industry.

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