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Experience this gem.

Experience this gem.

Experience

this gem.

Victoria-by-the-Sea

Everyone says the same thing about this picturesque place, that when you wander down the streets lined with grand trees, brightly coloured heritage homes and you smell the salt sea on the breeze you feel transported back to a simpler time. In Victoria-by-the-Sea, you may find yourself walking a tad slower and breathing a little deeper, this is the place to slow down and experience the relaxed pace of life in our quaint seaside village. The locals might wave to you and say hello as you stroll by – you needn’t be here long to feel right at home.

History

Victoria, known as Victoria-by-the-Sea, was founded by James Bardin Palmer in 1819. Tucked away on the south shore of PEI, it is located halfway between the cities of Charlottetown and Summerside. Because of the ideal location on the coast, Palmer and his family developed a well-designed plan for developing the village on their estate and that original grid design is still seen today. There were many businesses and three wharves here by the late 1800s. The bustling seaport shipped goods as far as Europe, the West Indies and down the East Coast. During the days of steamboats, Victoria was a regular stop for tourists seeking relaxation by the sea. A tradition that’s still popular for visitors and locals!

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See and Do

Our village is brought to life by the many artisans who call it home.
For a small walkable village, Victoria has a surprising 22 businesses including four restaurants, Island Chocolates, the Victoria Playhouse, art galleries, kayak rentals (with clam digging tours), crafts shops, accommodations, pottery shops and The Grand Victorian Weddings and Events Venue.

There are lighthouses and two beaches, both of which are perfect for families. The water is warm, and you can jump off the dock when the tide is high and explore the tidal pools when the tide is low. The beaches are separated by an operational wharf where you can watch the fishing boats come in with their day’s catch.

Getting Here

Travelling here is easy as Victoria-by-the-Sea is mid-way between Charlottetown and Summerside, and only 15 minutes from the Confederation Bridge. Find us just off the Trans-Canada Highway, which bypassed the village in the 1950’s allowing it to preserve its charm.

Places to Eat & Local Treats

Landmark Oyster House

Using only the freshest ingredients, and a bounty of PEI oysters, Chef Kaela adds a dash of French flair to her quintessentially East Coast menu for a simply superb meal in this quaint historic space.

Beachcomber’s on the Wharf

At the end of Victoria’s wharf you’ll find this modern family restaurant and dairy bar. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset at the end of the day.

Lobster Barn Pub & Eatery

Enjoy classic yet delicious homestyle pub lunches and dinners featuring fresh Island seafood.

Lobster

During lobster fishing season, you can sit back in the summer sun and watch the local fishermen land their catch on the wharf… and maybe even buy lobster for dinner!

Island Chocolates

Stop in to see handcrafted chocolates being created with fine ingredients and the utmost care. Resist if you must but it’s awfully tough not to take some home!

Richard’s Fresh Seafood

One of the Island’s longest-running fish shacks opens in Victoria in the summer of 2020, having serving customers for more than 40 years from Covehead Wharf.

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