A Very Vegan Vacation

Finding food on the road when you follow a specific diet/lifestyle can be challenging. But it can also be exciting when you discover delicious gems. Charlottetown is a small city but boasts some amazing options for vegans. Non-vegans listen-up too! If you’re looking for top-notch quality eats, i.e. the freshest, best, made from scratch, seasonal, organic, local produce look no further than Charlottetown’s vegan restaurants!

Let this be your handy guide to the tastiest vegan eats in the city! For more local vegan scoop be sure to follow @theveganlocal ‘s instagram and ask her all of your vegan travel questions.

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My Plum, My Duck

This place is a big deal – opening in 2017 it was PEI”s first vegan restaurant. It is 99% vegan (there is one fresh fish option on the menu). MPMD is the lovechild of the amazing Chef Sarah Forrester-Wendt. It’s small, cheerful, quiet and has a naturally hip vibe. Slide into church pew seating, admire the vase of fresh flowers on the table, listen to cool tunes and check-out great local art on the walls. Local Kombucha is on tap by Heartbeet Organics. Sip on it or another local beverage (the kimchi caesar with local vodka is a revolution). Our favourite special is Thursday nights’ 2-for-1 Veggie Burgers. It’s a crazy good deal for crazy good food. Homemade everything: sourdough bun, garlic aoili, tomato jam, bean burger served with fresh greens and a raspberry vinaigrette and roasted veggies with more garlic aoili for dipping.

Hot Tips:

*Order an item from the to-go lunch menu and take it with you. Tomorrow’s healthy & delicious lunch/beach picnic is sorted. Isn’t that what vacation is all about?! Banbridge staff favourites include spicy tahini noodles and kale salad.

* For dessert buy a tub of INDULGE coconut ice-cream (it is vegan, dairy-free, uber-creamy and just what you need to celebrate being in PEI).

*Follow MPMD’s social media for daily specials.

*They offer delivery through skip the dishes.

Stir it Up

Owners Aurora and Kevin started up this bangin’ take-away cafe in 2018. It’s safe to say islanders have been in love ever since. Stir-it-Up is tucked away at the back of Back Alley Music (the coolest record store). It’s a takeaway cafe except in the summer when you can eat on picnic tables in the back yard. They’re inspired by the Caribbean, grow their own greens and the menu changes seasonally.  The house salad and dotty’s burger are staff favourites. Amazing grab n go salads and mooless macs (tastes like a big mac). They also serve an assortment of very yummy vegan baked goods and locally roasted receiver coffee and kombucha by heartbeet organics.

Hot Tips:

*Browse records while you wait

*Call-ahead and place an order for pick-up (they also deliver).

*Check out their instagram for current info and foodie fan photos!

Groceries, grab ‘n’ go, sundries

For vegans (and people with other special diets) traveling can be challenging which is why many guests take advantage of the well-equipped kitchens in our Banbridge Apartments. Cooking on your vacation can save you money and is a fun way to try local fare. There are plenty of options for every diet that will have you feeling like you’re in foodie paradise.

The Rootcellar, PEI’S number one health store, a beloved island hotspot since the 70s. You’ll find a wide range of natural vegan snacks, beverages, and grocery items not to mention a wonderful selection of best-selling natural and vegan cosmetics, skincare, supplements, essential oils, etc.

Hot Tip: Stock up on cases of La Croix sparkling water, Califia Farms cold brew coffee snack bars and bags of cheezies for your beach cooler. Don’t forget to top up on natural sunscreen and mosquito spray (PEI summer necessities).

Riverview Country Market

Riverview Country market has fresh produce and an assortment of local and gourmet imports. They have a neat selection of vegan groceries and frozen vegan meals made in house. They usually have at least one vegan to-go option (sandwich, soup or salad). Check-out their instagram for current offerings.

Hot tip: Get a coffee while you shop by locally roasted Caledonian Coffee. They have dairy-free milk alternatives and you can get fun specialty coffees too like a spirulina london fog, golden mylk latte, raw cacoa hot choc or a bullet proof coffee!

Kettle Black Marché

The new sister to the popular Kettle Black Cafe has great baked goods and grab ‘n’ go options.  They serve up great specialty coffee too.

The Charlottetown Farmers’ Market

For the very best of PEI’s fertile red soil get your groceries at the Charlottetown Farmers Market. Local, organic produce at its finest. Get a bag of greens or organic PEI new potatoes…. better than any potato you’ve ever tasted!) and your supper is set. Find everything from a yummy lunch (a variety of world food vendors), sweets, bread, herbs, kombucha, preserves, coffee and fresh flowers.

Wednesdays and Saturdays 9am-2pm

Queen Street Market

Find some different vendors here that you won’t see at the Charlottetown Farmers Markets. From farm stands to Afghani cuisine and vegan doughnuts!

Sundays 11am-4pm

 

 

 

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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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.