Victoria by the Sea, PEIVictoria, PE, Canada
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The village of Victoria, often referred to as Victoria by the Sea, is the most charming and historic village you will visit on Prince Edward Island. It is a picturesque fishing village on the southern shore that is brought to life by the many artisans that call it home.
Immigration lawyer James Bardin Palmer founded Victoria by the Sea in 1819 on the south side of the Prince Edward Island. It quickly developed into an important seaport for the large island, with a considerable volume of trade from Europe, the West Indies and other East Coast ports. The Palmer family recognised the benefits of the warm water and the protected location and set up the town on their estate. By the end of the 19th century, the town was growing, with three quays and numerous shops. A variety of products, including potatoes and eggs, were shipped by schooner from Victoria across the sea at the beginning of the 20th century.
Over the years, the municipality has had many businesses, including a bank, an ice rink, a general store, a fox farm, a blacksmith and a trader of agricultural machinery. The ice rink is home to the popular Victoria Union’s hockey team. With the expansion of the Trans-Canada highway in the 1950’s, Victoria by the Sea was bypassed and left to remain as the quaint seaside village it is today. Today, with a population of under one hundred people, numerous family run businesses employ the local people.
The picturesque coastal village of Victoria-by-the-Sea is ideal for a day trip from Charlottown.
Stay overnight at the Orient Hotel Bed and Breakfast or at the Victoria Cottages and meet many of the residents who carry out traditional activities in the village
Rent a kayak or paddle board to enjoy Victoria by the sea or book an excursion with an experienced guide.
The Playhouse in Victoria Community Hall dates back to 1915 and is a meeting place for entertainment and fun. With a range of plays, comedies and concerts, it’s a great way to spend a night in rural PEI.
Explore artist studios and purchase some handmade jewelry, pottery and gifts from the Studio Gallery or Michael Stanley Pottery or the Tidewater Merchants Giftshop. Most of these unique shops are in historic homes and buildings.
Visit the How Bazaar to discover cool merchandise from around the world.
Head to the pier to enjoy some of the island’s freshest lobster at the highly rated Lobster Barn restaurant or checkout the Landmark Oyster House on Main Street. Stop by Island Chocolates for some irresistible handmade chocolates.
When lobster fishing season is in full swing, watch local fishermen land their catch on the quays and buy it for dinner.
Visitors can get a real feel for the history of Victoria by the Sea by viewing an exhibition of the Light Guardians at the Victoria Seaport Museum at Palmer Range Light.