August 10 to 24, 2019

Prince Edward Island and Southeast New Brunswick
August 12, 2019

On August 12, celebrations will move on to Souris and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Known for its beautiful countryside and fresh cuisine, Souris will extend a warm welcome to participants in the sixth CMA. The small coastal village will come alive with adventures and excursions for the whole family and all sorts of tourist activities.

In Charlottetown, a big Acadian festival will be held in conjunction with Old Home Week, the largest agricultural fair on Prince Edward Island. CMA 2019 participants will be able to explore the picturesque capital while attending the many activities that are planned, including an Acadian craft market, an Acadian food buffet, an exhibit of sand sculptures, a harness race, and much more! There will also be a show with a kitchen party atmosphere featuring Acadian storytellers, musicians and dancers from the Island and beyond. To close out the day, a horserace will be dedicated to the CMA 2019.


Arts and Culture

During the last week of July, Souris hosts the Mermaid Tears Seaglass Festival, the biggest seaglass festival in Canada. Festival-goers will learn about the haunting tale behind the mermaid tears. You can also go “sea glassing” along the beach to bring your very own finds home and to watch the beautiful scenery. For the 10th edition of the festival, visitors can expect live entertainment, contests and multiple artisans and vendors on site, which will be able to tell you all about sea glass. For more information:

Did you know?
The town of Souris was the first in Canada to host a sea glass festival!

For a truly authentic and interactive experience, try The Fiddling Fisherman, a group boat ride that sails out of Souris Harbour to bring you along the red-cliff coastline. While on the boat, enjoy 2 hours of music, dance and knowledge on the PEI fishing industry from Captain J.J. Chaisson, the fiddling fisherman himself. This tour will let you relax while you enjoy the beautiful scenery, as well as hands-on experience of the traditional fishing industry.

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Outdoors and Leisure

Outdoors lovers will enjoy their stay in Souris for the many provincial parks, campgrounds, and beaches the city provides. The Souris Gateway Park is one of the most recently developed parks of the city. The beach is very popular for sea glassing, and you might even run into renowned chef Michael Smith at his shop! The Basin Head Provincial Park is also popular for its fisheries museum and its “singing sand,” which squeaks when you walk on it! You can also observe the PEI wildlife by joining one of their eco-tours. For camping fans, the Red Point Provincial Park will offer equipment and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Campbell’s cove is another option for campers and is known for its stunning view of the sunset off of the North Shore of PEI.

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Located on the waterfront, Souris has a lot of fishing experiences to offer. Numerous fishermen welcome visitors for a tour on their boats that lets them experience PEI’s vibrant and thriving fishing industry. Try On the Fly PEI for a relaxing and nature filled fly fishing experience, Wild Tuna Charters for the exhilarating thrill of catching a giant bluefin Tuna (they can get as big as 1200 pounds!), or try a deep-sea fishing adventure with PEI Tuna Fishing and Adventures.

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Heritage and History

Souris is known for its beautiful historic lighthouses. The Souris Lighthouse stands at over 14 metres above the cliff, providing a stunning view of the town and marina. You can also see the Isles de la Madeleine Ferry come and go from the Souris Harbour, or visit the gift shop. This lighthouse also hosts the annual Sea Glass Festival. Another great option is the East Point Lighthouse, located a few minutes from Souris. Visit the lighthouse or stop by the craft shop. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see over the water all the way to Cape Breton!
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For a relaxing day and history-filled day, visit the Elmira Railway Museum. During its years of operation, Elmira Station was where the PEI railway ended. The station now serves as a display for artefacts, photographs and recreated rooms from when the station was still in service. Take a ride on the miniature railway or see the speeders and trolleys. From the museum, you can also access the Confederation Trail, which was constructed along the abandoned railway tracks throughout all of PEI.

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