Embrace Rainy Days in Central PEI: 10 Must-Do Activities

Rainy days may seem like a dampener on your plans, but in Central Prince Edward Island (PEI), they offer unique opportunities for exploration and relaxation. This picturesque region, known for its stunning landscapes and rich cultural heritage, has plenty to offer even when the weather isn’t ideal. In this blog post, we’ll unveil the top 10 best things to do on a rainy day in Central PEI, ensuring you make the most of your time and create unforgettable memories.


Explore the Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place:

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Anne Shirley with a visit to the Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place. Discover the farmhouse that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s iconic novel, explore the beautiful gardens, and learn about the author’s life and work through interactive exhibits. Want more of LM Montgomery? Explore the entire LM Montgomery Literary Tour – details on all tour locations can be found here: https://lmmontgomeryliterarytour.com


Unwind at a Cozy Café:

Take refuge from the rain in one of Central PEI’s charming cafes. Savor a cup of freshly brewed Island coffee or indulge in a delectable pastry while you cozy up with a good book or engage in conversation with the friendly locals. The warm ambiance and delicious treats will keep you content all day long. We recommend: Samuels Cavendish, C&B Corner Cafe in Kensington or Receiver Coffee Co. Milky Way in North River!


Unleash Your Creativity at a Workshop:

Central PEI is a hub for artistic expression. Rainy days present the perfect opportunity to channel your inner artist and join an art workshop. Whether it’s painting, pottery, or another creative endeavor, you’ll have a blast learning new skills and creating your own masterpiece to take home as a memento of your visit. Julia Purcell at the Purcell Parlour & Gallery or Knitpickers by Margaret McEachern are two excellent teachers and creatives to help you with your next project!


Discover History at the Farmers’ Bank at Rustico and Doucet House:

The Farmers’ Bank at Rustico stands proudly as a historic landmark in the charming community of Rustico, located on the scenic shores of Prince Edward Island, Canada. This architectural gem holds significant historical and cultural importance, serving as a testament to the island’s agricultural heritage and the enduring spirit of its people.


Pamper Yourself at a Spa:

When the rain is pouring outside, treat yourself to some well-deserved pampering at one of Central PEI’s luxurious spas. Indulge in a rejuvenating massage, unwind in a tranquil sauna, or try a refreshing facial treatment. Let the rain be the perfect backdrop for a day of relaxation and self-care. Dalvay by the Sea has a beautiful spa in a serene setting just calling your name. 


Visit the Confederation Centre of the Arts:

Escape the rain and immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Catch a captivating theater performance, explore the art gallery, or attend a live concert. This cultural hub hosts a variety of events and exhibitions that will keep you entertained for hours.


Sample Local Flavors at a Brewery or Distillery:

Rainy days are an excellent opportunity to discover the craft beverage scene in Central PEI. Visit a local brewery or distillery to sample some of the island’s finest beer, cider, or spirits. Take a guided tour to learn about the brewing process, and indulge in a tasting session that will awaken your taste buds. There are so many great breweries to discover, here is a few that you could hop around too:

PEI Brewing Company – Charlottetown

Lone Oak Brewing Co. . – Stratford, Borden- Carleton, North River

Island Honey Wine Co – Wheatley River

Riverdale Orchard – Riverdale 

Deep Roots Distillery – Warren Grove 

Matos Winery – Saint Catherine’s 


Play Indoor Mini Golf at Black Magic Black Light Mini Golf:

Bring out your competitive spirit and head to Black Magic Black Light Mini Golf. Enjoy a round of mini-golf amidst beautifully designed indoor courses, complete with water features and challenging obstacles. It’s a fantastic activity for both kids and adults, ensuring fun-filled moments regardless of the weather. Also Mariners Cove has a variety of indoor activities like shopping in Indryia or exploring the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium!


Course Hop for Dinner:

Rainy days provide an excellent opportunity to eat your heart out. It’s very easy to do on Canada’s Food Island, but here are a few great locations to visit to create the perfect 4 course meal. Yes, we are suggesting go to multiple restaurants to have all the best meals. Start off at the Landmark Oyster House for a couple dozen oysters from all across PEI. Then make your way to Ship to Shore in Darnley for their mouth watering mussels. Head to French River’s newest restaurant, The North Shore Canteen and try their heavenly seafood and toast.  for grab a drink at Blue Mussel Cafe in North Rustico, they have amazing cocktails and their very own Blue Mussel Cafe Lager! Your main course should always include shellfish – Stop into one of PEI’s world famous lobster suppers: New Glasgow Lobster Suppers or Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Suppers. Full yet? Make dessert simple with a COW’s Ice Cream. We recommend Wowie Cowie. 


Or, you could make a reservation at The Table Culinary Studio and swoon over Chef Hunter’s delicious meals and the wonderful service from Derrick and Christine. 


Rainy days need not be a dreary affair in Central PEI. Embrace the opportunity to delve into the island’s rich history, immerse yourself in its vibrant arts and culture, or indulge in relaxation and pampering. Whether you’re exploring museums, eating until content, getting creative at art workshops, or simply enjoying a cozy café, there’s no shortage of fantastic activities to make your rainy day in Central PEI unforgettable. So, pack your umbrella and get ready for an adventure like no other!


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