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.
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.
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.
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!
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.