Dave’s Lobster – Let the Good Times Roll In PEI!

Dave’s Lobster

Open 7 Days a week, Dave’s Lobster is the place to go for fresh, deliciously amazing lobster rolls loaded with 4 ounces of meat that spills over the bun!   A casual, counter-service eatery, Dave’s Lobster is a “must do” when you’re in town.

Choose from The Local – Cold PEI lobster, a light touch of mayo, diced celery and a few special herbs served on a special split-top roll, buttered and grilled.    Some Fancy – PEI lobster warmed in a pan of butter, lemon and garlic served on a special split-top roll; or the Lobster Taco – PEI lobster in a light mix of mayo, lime and cilantro with just a heat of chili peppers, served on a soft shell tortilla and topped with special coleslaw!

Pair your lobster meal with local craft brew or a glass of wine – and you’ll be happy as a clam!

For those who are not huge fans of lobster – Dave’s Lobster offers Grilled Cheese sandwiches made with PEI’s award-winning Cow’s Creamery Extra Old Cheddar.  Yum!

Why we love it:  They give you a choice of cold or warm lobster rolls.  The yin to the yang!  And, they offer outdoor seating – perfect on a nice, sunny day.

West Point Lighthouse Inn – A Unique Experience

West Point Lighthouse Inn

Sleep in a lighthouse enjoy the sights and sounds of gently rolling waves and spectacular sunsets. The West Point Lighthouse Inn features 13 guest rooms each with a breathtaking view of the Northumberland Strait from the shore of West Point, Prince Edward Island – a small community located on the western part of the island.   Many of the rooms offer walkout decks and the Keeper’s Quarters and The Tower Room are located in the private guests-only section of the historic West Point Lighthouse Museum.  Standing at 69 feet tall, the West Point Lighthouse is one of PEI’s tallest and more unique lighthouses!

Reserve the West Point Inn Seaside Experience package and you’ll enjoy  two nights accommodation,  continental breakfast for two and free admission to the Lighthouse Museum.   Featuring fine dining at the CATCH KITCHEN & BAR!    Your package for two adults includes:

  • Fresh local seafood
  • Two pints of local crafted beer
  • Starter of steamed PEI mussels
  • Two fresh lobster rolls or seared scallops entrée
  • Two bottles of PEI beer to go

Stay at the Lighthouse Inn one night on  September 13, 2015 and receive continental breakfast, tour of  the Museum, and two tickets to Lobster Party on the Beach – A Fall Flavours Signature Event!

Why we love it:   Talk about an authentic experience.   This one tops the list for sure!

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Maplehurst Bed & Breakfast on Panmure Island in PEI

Maplehurst Bed & Breakfast 

A hidden gem, Maplehurst Bed & Breakfast is nestled in beautiful Panmure Island.which is connected to the rest of PEI by a narrow mile-long causeway.  Built in 2002, this luxurious Georgian Colonial oceanfront home decorated with beautiful island antiques and artwork, Maplehurst offers  the ultimate in relaxation. Stay at this secluded 25 acre waterfront estate overlooking Cardigan Bay and enjoy spectacular views of lobster boats and gorgeous sunsets.  With gourmet full breakfasts and within walking distance to the the lighthouse, you’ll enjoy the PEI Inn of Distinction.

Why we love it: It’s so private – comfy and cozy!

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The Graham Inn – Whimsical Luxury on Prince Edward Island

The Graham Inn

Located in the heart of Green Gables shores on picturesque Route 6 – just minutes from stunning beaches, shopping, fishing, casual and fine dining, The Graham Inn offers a perfect home base as you explore Prince Edward Island!   With 6 uniquely appointed guest rooms each named to inspire the right holiday mood, all accommodations are soundproof with a full en-suite bath, air- conditioning, WiFi and more!   When you not out and about enjoying the island’s treasures, dip your toes in the new indoor heated saltwater pool or simply relax on the sunny garden patio.

Why we love it:   It’s a warm, welcoming and so close to eateries offering world famous Lobster Suppers!

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Island Favorites – At the top of a lot of lists!

Island Favorites

Located in the heart of Cavendish, join Island Favorites where they will make your Island seafood experience a memorable one.   Have to love a place that offers Lobster Chowder!

PEI’s first and only restaurant to specialize in Lobster Rolls, while offering Panini’s and a healthy variety of children’s items.  Island Favorites offer SIX, count them….six Lobster Roll choices.  From the Captain’s Roll to the Mini Catch Combo, there is somethign for everyone.

While you are there, consider the Grilled Lobster Wrap.  Succulent chunks of Lobster mixed with Mayo, fresh Chives, and diced Tomatoes. Piled upon a soft floured Wrap with Provolone Cheese, brushed with Butter and grilled until warm.

Why we love it:  We’ll say it again.  Six different lobster roll choices.  Wow.  

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The Lost Anchor – Casual and serene for seafood

The Lost Anchor

Enjoy a casual atmosphere with tasty food and drinks!  Offers air-conditioned inside the cute restaurant or outside on the patio!

This little gem is all about local products and preparing everything themselves. They even feature PEI Brewery Draft Beer!  But let’s talk about the lobster roll.  Chunks of whole claws and dressed with with homemade mayo and seasoned with dill and chives. A must do while on PEI!

Why we love it: Conveniently across from the information center and a very cute place for a delicous lobster roll.  

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Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar – Lobster Mac n’ Cheese

Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

Located in a newly renovated heritage building in the historic downtown core, Sims Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar is Charlottetown’s premiere dining location. This new addition to the capital city’s dinner hour restaurant scene offers a wide selection of Island raised beef proprietary to Sims Corner (and seafood galore.)

“Sims Custom Cut” is aged 45 days for optimal taste and tenderness. Sims also offers an impressive all-island oyster bar.  For lobster lovers, lunch offers a lobster roll and dinner a Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese!

The inviting interior lends a rustic elegance encouraging you to linger in one of our comfortable plush booths, or relax in the cozy wine bar. The impressive wine selection is second to none, giving  guests a wide selection of Old and New World wines to accompany their lunch or dinner selection. In addition, we have an on-site 20-person wine cellar dining room available for private functions, family celebrations and business gatherings.

Why we love it: There is a Lobster Mac n’ Cheese on the dinner menu that’s “labeled an out of body experience!”

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New Glasgow Lobster Suppers – A unique island tradition

New Glasgow Lobster Suppers.

Ah, what an interesting story of how it came to be! On June 24, 1958; The first lobster dinner in New Glasgow was served as a fundraiser for the The Junior Farmers Organization.  With a very “country” atmosphere and a very simple meal, they served a cold lobster, homemade rolls, potato salad as well as fresh desserts; followed by a dance.  Sounds like a wonderful evening for price of $1.50 per person; raising $260 with all proceeds going to the Junior Farmers Group.

In the years to follow the meal became more popular and what started as a fundraiser has grown into a family business which continues to be operated by two of the original founding couples The Nicholson’s and The MacRae’s along with their families.

Everything is served to you at your table. Your server will greet you with steaming hot rolls and whole wheat bread straight from the ovens. Choose any combination of Seafood Chowder, Tomato Basil Soup and Freshly Steamed Cultivated Island Blue Mussels. Sample one or all of our salads on our salad sampler plate. Coleslaw, PEI Potato Salad and Garden Salad drizzled with our home made balsamic vinaigrette. Delight in our succulent salt water boiled Island Lobster served in the shell with freshly clarified butter. And Don’t forget to save room for dessert!  Take pleasure in more than one homemade dessert including our famous “mile high” lemon meringue pie or  mouth-watering strawberry shortcake! Wash it all down with a cup of hot coffee or brewed tea to finish off your dining experience.

Why we love it: It’s not just a lobster dinner but a unique Island tradition.

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Shipwright Inn – An Exceptional Stay in Charlottetown, PEI

Shipwright Inn

Ranked as one of the “Top Ten B&B’s” in Canada by Frommer’s Travel Guides,  Shipwright Inn offers  guests the perfect place to relax and unwind in historic Charlottetown.   Built in 1865 by a shipbuilder, this lovely, full restored bed and breakfast is located within walking distance to the downtown area.  A smoke-free property on a residential street, Shipwright Inn is impeccably appointed – simply romantic and quite charming!   Breakfast are nutritious with the chef using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible.  Be sure to start your day with coffee made especially for the inn by the PEI Roasting Company.

Why we love it:  It’s nautical flavor!   Close to the waterfront.  When we stayed, it was so peaceful and quiet at night, but a two minute walk  from downtown.  

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Summerside Lobster Festival – Prince Edward Island in July

A Summerside Tradition

The 2016 edition of the Summerside Lobster Festival’s week-long Festival (July 18-24) offers community fun, cultural events /activities and culinary components including celebrity chef demonstrations, food samplings, special themed days, a mini midway for kids and families and much more.

Steeped in tradition of celebrating the community, its culture and history with world famous PEI lobster, this event has been bringing residents and visitors together to enjoy family fun in Summerside for years.

A few highlights:

  • Monday, July 18th – Parade Day
  • Wednesday, July 20th – Celtic Day
    • LobsterBowl Step-Dancing Competition
  • Friday, July 22nd – Acadian Day
    • Special boat tour; information on Lobster fishing, Oyster fishing, Summerside and Holman’s Island

Why we love it:  It’s a week long celebration!  Fun for the whole family. 

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Summerside Inn – A Cozy Bed and Breakfast in PEI

Summerside Inn

Fully restored in 2012, Summerside Inn is a Queen Anne styled bed and breakfast ideally located on a residential street close to the Island’s treasures.   With 4 lovely rooms decorated with period furnishings and hardwood floors, Summerside Inn offers hot, gourmet breakfasts each morning and is an easy walk to Spinakers Landing, the waterfront and lots of great restaurants.   Make Summerside Inn a perfect base from which to explore Prince Edward Island!

Why we love it:   Wonderful place to stay during the Summerside Lobster Festival’s week-long Festival in July. Rooms are limited so reserve early. 

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Elmwood Heritage Inn – A 5 Star B&B in Charlottetown

Elmwood Heritage Inn 

Located just 4 blocks from the Harbour, The Elmwood Heritage Inn offers eight uniquely appointed rooms and is rated Three Diamonds from AAA/CAA and has been award Five Stars for fifteen years from Canada Select.   An elegant nineteenth-century estate   this lovely B&B offers antique wrought iron gates that open up to a majestic 350 foot long elm edged drive on a secluded park-like acre.   A hidden gem, the Elmwood Heritage Inn serves breakfast by candlelight downstairs in the Main Reception Hall

Why we love it:   All of the rooms are air-conditioning and the windows open for fresh, PEI ocean breezes!

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The Cranford Inn – Contemporary Elegance in Charlottetown

The Cranford Inn

Ideally situated in historic downtown Charlottetown tucked away on lovely residential street, The Cranford Inn offers clean, comfortable and thoughtfully appointed rooms each with a fireplace and balcony overlooking gardens.   With modern amenities,  nutritious three course breakfasts and gracious hosts who are quite knowledgeable about the Island, it’s no wonder that Tripadvisor recently included The Cranford Inn in their Hall of Fame, awarded to only those who have earned the Certificate of Excellence five years in a row!

Why we love it:   It’s a home away from home – just minutes to lobster dining on the waterfront! 

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PEI International Shellfish Festival – Starts Sept 17

PEI International Shellfish Festival

From September 17th to 20th the Charlottetown Event Grounds will become home to the 20th annual Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival.

The days will be jam packed with exciting culinary activities and live competitions, where copious amounts of clams, mussels, oysters, lobster and other culinary delights are served up from noon til night in the large Festival tent.

Feast and Frolic will return with a beach party spin on this popular event and revamped the menu for returning guests. This event has sold out year after year and tickets are limited.
At night that is when the party gets started. The Festival packs the stage with the best entertainment the East Coast has to offer .

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  • The PEI International Shellfish Festival is a joint effort of the PEI Aquaculture Association and the PEI Shellfish Association
  • The Festival started in 1996 as a one day event to celebrate the PEI shellfish industry
  • Over 7,000 patrons attend the Shellfish Festival annually
  • Chowder Championships: PEI Potato Chowder Championship; Oyster Shucking Championships; Industry Competitions: Tie One On Mussel Competition
  • Five official Charlottetown hotels offer special rates to patrons of the Shellfish Festival including Best Western Charlottetown, Rodd Royalty, Rodd Charlottetown, Hotel on Pownal and The Holman Grand Hotel
  • Tickets are available online at the Eastlink Centre Box Office or by calling 1 866 955 2003

Top Notch Charters – Lobster Excursions on PEI

Top Notch Charters 

Smell the salt air, feel the gentle breeze against your face, enjoy the thrill of taking a lobster right out of a trap, and savour the experience of a traditional Prince Edward Island lobster supper while aboard the 45-foot fishing boat Top Notch.  Owned and operated by Capt. Mark Jenkins, Top Notch Charters is the real deal!   Take a lobster boat tour on Prince Edward Island.  Add this unique lobstering experience to the top of your list!

Why we love it: Visitors  can catch a buoy, haul a trap and band a claw!

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Windows on the Water Restaurant – Local Flavors

Windows on the Water Restaurant

Located along the banks of the Montague River in a historic home that was built over 150 years ago, Windows on the Water offers a gourmet seafood dining experience you’ll remember for a long time!   With locally sourced lobsters and a wine list that includes exquisite bottles from local vineyards as well as from around the globe, Windows on the Water is quaint yet casual restaurant where you can unwind and enjoy some of the best ingredients that PEI has to offer.

Why we love it:  The lunchtime lobster rolls are perfectly prepared with lettuce, celery, onion and mayo served on a kaiser roll!

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Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Suppers, Restaurant and More!

Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Suppers, Restaurant & Gift Shop

No visit to Prince Edward Island is complete without a visit to this world famous eatery located in scenic North Rustico.    With a dining halls that the seats 400 hungry lobster lovers, Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Suppers offers lobster in the shell and an “All You Can Eat” 60 foot salad bar that includes unlimited Seafood Chowder, steamed Island Blue Mussels, locally grown produce, fresh fruit, soft serve ice cream pies and pastries!  Now, that’s worth the admission price in gold!    The facility also offers a full menu and adjoining gift shop with a great selection of souvenirs.

Why we love it:   It’s an authentic “must do” lobster experience in PEI!  

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Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar – Fresh Fish. Fun.

Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar

For fresh seafood and a boat load of fun, visit Merchantman for lunch or dinner!   Easy to get to, this pub-style restaurant offers Island style lobster rolls, mouth watering lobster dinners and plenty of cheer.  In the summer months, enjoy Merchantman’s beautiful sun kissed patio and on the weekends this patio awakens with some amazing local music!

Why we love it:   Close to everything!   Just minutes to Charlottetown’s waterfront. 

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Lobster on the Wharf – Lovely Views for Outdoor Dining

Lobster on the Wharf

A great seafood restaurant in Charlottetown since 1986, serving up Island seafood along with steak, chicken, pasta and a children’s menu. With out side seating on the wharf deck enjoy a front row seat to watch the boats or sit inside in air conditioning.

Why we love it:  The restaurant even has a lobster pond so you can take it home!

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A very cool lobster couple in Annandale, PEI

Meet Captains Colin and Dawn!

Fishing lobster on Prince Edward Island, married couple, Colin and Dawn – give new meaning to the word teamwork.  Annandale, is where they call home, an island village boasting classic rows of weathered fishing shacks and green wide fields for livestock.

With a family history of lobster fishing, this duo both had parents that fished – including Dawn’s own mother.  The first woman in Annandale to operate a lobster fleet, she hauled her own traps alongside her husband (who also had his own boat.)  Colin also recalls his grandfather as a lobster fisherman.  It’s in his blood, and he just “loves it”, he said.  Adding “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

It’s not hard to understand why, in their quiet seaside location, which is filled with partially built wood framed traps.  The family builds them in the off-season and hundreds are piled up in big stacks.  No loud machinery, no computers, just the sound of hands working.  Whether on land or at sea, peace, is a word (well used), to describe this area of the world.

Got traps? – Meet a PEI Lobster Fisherman!

Captain of a lovely vessel  named the Silver Wave, Norman is a classic lobster fisherman on Prince Edward Island (PEI). 

One of 8 siblings, Norman was born at home, in the village of North Rustico, which is peppered by unique wooden traps.  These lobster traps are made by hand, and much of Norman’s time is consumed with building and repairing these wooden beauties, during the off season.   In fact, he also knits the nylon nets that are used in the traps – which only furthers the  beautiful legacy of PEI’s wild caught lobster fishery.

Like Norman’s fellow Canadian lobster fishermen, his season for fishing lobster is not year round, and seasons open only part of the year.  These Canadian Lobster Season are part of a well managed sustainable fishery effort.  All told, there are two lobster seasons on PEI. The first runs May through the end of June, and the second from August through October.  If you are lucky, you might just catch Norman out there fishing!

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