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The Isle of Anne

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The Isle of Anne

Beaches
A half-day trip with walk +/-picnic at Greenwhich is well worth it. We think it's one of the most beautiful places in the world. Incredible white sand beach and parabolic dunes await after a pretty 2K walk in from the parking lot and across a winding boardwalk over the beautiful marsh. No bathrooms or garbages though so you have to be prepared to pack out what you pack in and hit the bathroom at the top of the trail after the parking lot if necessary!  It’s just outside of St Peter’s which is a sweet little town with some great shops (check out Freckles and Porcelain) and a dairy bar across from a lovely little bay.
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Greenwich
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A half-day trip with walk +/-picnic at Greenwhich is well worth it. We think it's one of the most beautiful places in the world. Incredible white sand beach and parabolic dunes await after a pretty 2K walk in from the parking lot and across a winding boardwalk over the beautiful marsh. No bathrooms or garbages though so you have to be prepared to pack out what you pack in and hit the bathroom at the top of the trail after the parking lot if necessary!  It’s just outside of St Peter’s which is a sweet little town with some great shops (check out Freckles and Porcelain) and a dairy bar across from a lovely little bay.
Brackley Beach is another lovely white sand beach with dunes as far as the eye can see. It has bathrooms/changerooms and a canteen so is super family friendly but also a little busier during the summer months. Just a short drive down the breathtaking causeway is Covehead with its famous lighthouse and Richard's, who make the best fish and chips on the Island. Just a bit farther down the road from Covehead is Dalvay By The Sea, where there is an old style Inn that I believe was used for filming of the Anne of Green Gables TV show and they apparently make the best Sticky Toffee Pudding around. While in Brackley, a stop in at The Dunes is always worthwhile... A fantastic place to find both local and ecclectic art. If you continue west along Portage Rd/Hwy 6 from Brackley, there's an awesome soap store with goats :).
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Brackley Beach
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Brackley Beach is another lovely white sand beach with dunes as far as the eye can see. It has bathrooms/changerooms and a canteen so is super family friendly but also a little busier during the summer months. Just a short drive down the breathtaking causeway is Covehead with its famous lighthouse and Richard's, who make the best fish and chips on the Island. Just a bit farther down the road from Covehead is Dalvay By The Sea, where there is an old style Inn that I believe was used for filming of the Anne of Green Gables TV show and they apparently make the best Sticky Toffee Pudding around. While in Brackley, a stop in at The Dunes is always worthwhile... A fantastic place to find both local and ecclectic art. If you continue west along Portage Rd/Hwy 6 from Brackley, there's an awesome soap store with goats :).
Basin Head is a great family friendly beach with a big pirate ship for the little ones to play on and a bridge to jump off of at high tide for the bigger ones. It is close to a great camp ground called Red Point Provincial Park and also to the East Point lighthouse. The town of Souris is in that direction and it is the site for the yearly Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival in mid to late July.
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Basin Head Provincial Park
318 Basin Head Rd
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Basin Head is a great family friendly beach with a big pirate ship for the little ones to play on and a bridge to jump off of at high tide for the bigger ones. It is close to a great camp ground called Red Point Provincial Park and also to the East Point lighthouse. The town of Souris is in that direction and it is the site for the yearly Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival in mid to late July.
If you're looking to see a true red sand beach, Argyle Shore Provincial Park is beautiful but you have to go at low tide to really experience it, as then you can often find sea glass on the beach and crabs, jellyfish, moonsnails and maybe even starfish in the tidepools. There is an app called Tides Near Me that shows the daily tides and for reference, the closest tide location to Argyle Shore would be Victoria, which is also the name of a lovely little town just 10 minutes from Argyle Shore with an incredible chocolate store and a few fantastic pottery and gift stores.
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Argyle Shore Provincial Park
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If you're looking to see a true red sand beach, Argyle Shore Provincial Park is beautiful but you have to go at low tide to really experience it, as then you can often find sea glass on the beach and crabs, jellyfish, moonsnails and maybe even starfish in the tidepools. There is an app called Tides Near Me that shows the daily tides and for reference, the closest tide location to Argyle Shore would be Victoria, which is also the name of a lovely little town just 10 minutes from Argyle Shore with an incredible chocolate store and a few fantastic pottery and gift stores.
Our Favorite Places to Eat
Best fish & chips. Ever. Full Stop. Wait in line. Don't think, just do it.
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Richard's
9 Wharf Rd
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Best fish & chips. Ever. Full Stop. Wait in line. Don't think, just do it.
Best wood fired pizza. Ever. In all the world. For real. And the chocolate chip cookies are epic. This is a true local treasure and worth the drive!
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Cheeselady's Gouda Cheese-Glasgow Glen Farm
190 PE-258
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Best wood fired pizza. Ever. In all the world. For real. And the chocolate chip cookies are epic. This is a true local treasure and worth the drive!
Incredible food with incredible views. A yearly tradition for us. Worth the drive!!
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Point Prim Chowder House and Oyster Bar
2150 Point Prim Rd
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Incredible food with incredible views. A yearly tradition for us. Worth the drive!!
Nice little restaurant in a lovely little fishing village.
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Landmark Oyster House
12 Main St
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Nice little restaurant in a lovely little fishing village.
Incredibly yummy! You have to try them!!! The desert pies are ah-mazing!!! And the free high fives are great too :).
The Handpie Company
Incredibly yummy! You have to try them!!! The desert pies are ah-mazing!!! And the free high fives are great too :).
JR's makes a mean donair pizza. If you don't know what donair is, you have to try it. Be specific though, ask for a donair PIZZA, otherwise you'll end up with a donair wrap, which is also delicious but not quite as good as the pizza version (in our family's humble opinion).
J R's Pizza
JR's makes a mean donair pizza. If you don't know what donair is, you have to try it. Be specific though, ask for a donair PIZZA, otherwise you'll end up with a donair wrap, which is also delicious but not quite as good as the pizza version (in our family's humble opinion).
Best brunch on the island. Fresh, local, delicious. The schnitzel is insane and the beet and goat cheese tart is to die for. Yummy warm drinks, incredible desserts and lovely atmosphere. This place might in fact qualify as our favorite restaurant on the entire island!
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Leonhard's
42 University Avenue
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Best brunch on the island. Fresh, local, delicious. The schnitzel is insane and the beet and goat cheese tart is to die for. Yummy warm drinks, incredible desserts and lovely atmosphere. This place might in fact qualify as our favorite restaurant on the entire island!
Great place for dinner in downtown Charlottetown! The views of the lights on the streets below from the upstairs are great!
Brickhouse Kitchen & Bar
125 Sydney St
Great place for dinner in downtown Charlottetown! The views of the lights on the streets below from the upstairs are great!
Great italian in downtown Charlottetown, lovely interior and atmosphere.
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Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca Charlottetown
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Great italian in downtown Charlottetown, lovely interior and atmosphere.
Fantastic local fare in downtown Charlottetown. More of an adult-oriented menu but kids are welcome. The mushroom toast is ridiculous.
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Terre Rouge
72 Queen St
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Fantastic local fare in downtown Charlottetown. More of an adult-oriented menu but kids are welcome. The mushroom toast is ridiculous.
You'll need an advanced booking for this one (and preferably a babysitter if you have kids, though we've brought our boys before). Chef Michael Smith's legendary Fireworks Feast lives here and it's worth it if you can make it. It's 90 minutes from Charlottetown and an incredible experience, but books up early. Worth a try even on a last minute basis... You never know when there will be a cancellation. Or you could book for next year when you plan to come back to visit us again :).
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The Inn at Bay Fortune
758 Route 310
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You'll need an advanced booking for this one (and preferably a babysitter if you have kids, though we've brought our boys before). Chef Michael Smith's legendary Fireworks Feast lives here and it's worth it if you can make it. It's 90 minutes from Charlottetown and an incredible experience, but books up early. Worth a try even on a last minute basis... You never know when there will be a cancellation. Or you could book for next year when you plan to come back to visit us again :).
Absolutely fantastic local coffee shop. They have two great locations downtown, this one on Victoria Row and another called the Brass Shop down by the waterfront. Great local fare and drinks. One of our faves!
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Receiver Coffee Co.
128 Richmond St
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Absolutely fantastic local coffee shop. They have two great locations downtown, this one on Victoria Row and another called the Brass Shop down by the waterfront. Great local fare and drinks. One of our faves!
Yummy mexican in Ch'Town! Great patio and the street corn is epic!
Sugar Skull Cantina
83 Water St
Yummy mexican in Ch'Town! Great patio and the street corn is epic!
Great downtown restaurant with nice patio in the summer.
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Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar
23 Queen St
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Great downtown restaurant with nice patio in the summer.
Great burgers in a historic building and a great local brewery. The Blueberry Ale and Vic Park are our local faves!
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The Gahan House
126 Sydney Street
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Great burgers in a historic building and a great local brewery. The Blueberry Ale and Vic Park are our local faves!
I have no words for this place. Just go here. Or to any of it's locations (downtown Ch'Town, Peakes Quay, Cavendish, Borden-Carlton, Milky Way). Eat as many ice cream cones as you possibly can while you are here. Ice cream will be never be the same again. The cones are home made and we have yet to try a flavour we don't love. And their cheese is great. Enough said. We love COWS.
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COWS Creamery
397 Capital Dr
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I have no words for this place. Just go here. Or to any of it's locations (downtown Ch'Town, Peakes Quay, Cavendish, Borden-Carlton, Milky Way). Eat as many ice cream cones as you possibly can while you are here. Ice cream will be never be the same again. The cones are home made and we have yet to try a flavour we don't love. And their cheese is great. Enough said. We love COWS.
Best fast food ever. All local ingredients. Don't miss it.
BOOMburger
Best fast food ever. All local ingredients. Don't miss it.
Incredible local indian cuisine. Off the beaten track. Amazing food.
Himalayan Curry
39 Eden St
Incredible local indian cuisine. Off the beaten track. Amazing food.
Great Thai food in downtown Charlottetown! And they deliver!
Khoaw Pon Authentic Thai Food
177 Great George St
Great Thai food in downtown Charlottetown! And they deliver!
Come for the burgers, stay for the deep fried cookie dough. Enough said.
Crafters Burger Co.
177 Great George St
Come for the burgers, stay for the deep fried cookie dough. Enough said.
Amazing local business with super delicious smoothies. The Lucy Lou is the BEST!!
Juice Co.
133 Queen St
Amazing local business with super delicious smoothies. The Lucy Lou is the BEST!!
Amazing pizza. The Spud Islander is legendary.
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Famous Peppers Restaurant
202 Kent Street
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Amazing pizza. The Spud Islander is legendary.
Great local seafood in a beautiful location. We love North Rustico Harbour. No reservations though, walk-ins only and it's busy so go early and with a plan to wait (if you have kids, don't go at the end of a long day at the beach when everyone is already cranky, and if you do, go armed with snacks).
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Blue Mussel Cafe
312 Harbourview Dr
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Great local seafood in a beautiful location. We love North Rustico Harbour. No reservations though, walk-ins only and it's busy so go early and with a plan to wait (if you have kids, don't go at the end of a long day at the beach when everyone is already cranky, and if you do, go armed with snacks).
Wonderful little chocolate store with incredible truffles, lovely warm drinks and chocolate waffles on Sundays in one of our favorite little villages on the island.
Island Chocolates
4 Main St
Wonderful little chocolate store with incredible truffles, lovely warm drinks and chocolate waffles on Sundays in one of our favorite little villages on the island.
Shopping
Wonderful place to find local and international art, clothing and more! Great restaurant as well. Minutes from Brackley Beach.
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The Dunes Studio Gallery & Cafe
3622 Brackley Point Rd
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Wonderful place to find local and international art, clothing and more! Great restaurant as well. Minutes from Brackley Beach.
Amazing goat soaps and super cute goats to boot!
The Great Canadian Soap Co.
Amazing goat soaps and super cute goats to boot!
Yummy raspeberry pie and incredible jams/salsas. The cherry salsa is our all-time favorite. We buy it by the litre!
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The Preserve Company
2841 New Glasgow Rd
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Yummy raspeberry pie and incredible jams/salsas. The cherry salsa is our all-time favorite. We buy it by the litre!
Great butcher with local breads and fresh produce. They also have a location at the Riverview Market in Charlottetown.
KJL Select Meats
101, 73 Trans-Canada Hwy
Great butcher with local breads and fresh produce. They also have a location at the Riverview Market in Charlottetown.
Great place to pick up some lovely locally made teas. Our favorites are the Creme Earl Grey and Cha Cha Chai. Located in the basement of an old church, this little shop smells incredible!
Lady Baker's Tea
35 Fitzroy St
Great place to pick up some lovely locally made teas. Our favorites are the Creme Earl Grey and Cha Cha Chai. Located in the basement of an old church, this little shop smells incredible!
One of our favorite stores in Ch'Town! Namaste.
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Moonsnail Soapworks & Nature Store
85 Water St
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One of our favorite stores in Ch'Town! Namaste.
Sightseeing
The goats here are crazy cute!!! Fun place for families to visit. Beautiful little store with amazing goat soaps.
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Island Hill Farm
351 PE-225
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The goats here are crazy cute!!! Fun place for families to visit. Beautiful little store with amazing goat soaps.
Sweet little fishing town. The Blue Mussel Cafe sits right in the lovely little harbour and is well known for its fantastic fresh seafood. Deep sea fishing with Captain Joey in North Rustico is a yearly highlight for us. On the way back to Ch'Town from Rustico you'll find a farmhouse where they make hands down the most incredible wood fired pizzas and gouda cheese ever. Full stop. Glasgow Glen Farm, better known as the CheeseLady. It's a local treasure. Just past there in Hunter River is the PEI Preserve Company, a great place for dessert and to pick up some yummy locally made jams and salsas (the cherry salsa is ridiculous good).
North Rustico Harbour
Sweet little fishing town. The Blue Mussel Cafe sits right in the lovely little harbour and is well known for its fantastic fresh seafood. Deep sea fishing with Captain Joey in North Rustico is a yearly highlight for us. On the way back to Ch'Town from Rustico you'll find a farmhouse where they make hands down the most incredible wood fired pizzas and gouda cheese ever. Full stop. Glasgow Glen Farm, better known as the CheeseLady. It's a local treasure. Just past there in Hunter River is the PEI Preserve Company, a great place for dessert and to pick up some yummy locally made jams and salsas (the cherry salsa is ridiculous good).
Great deep sea fishing for families!
Joey's Deep Sea Fishing
6628 Rustico Rd
Great deep sea fishing for families!
Beautiful drive out to this lovely little lighthouse, with nothing else around, other than of course one of the best seafood restaurants ever perched on the edge of the world right next door :).
Point Prim
Beautiful drive out to this lovely little lighthouse, with nothing else around, other than of course one of the best seafood restaurants ever perched on the edge of the world right next door :).
Great views from this lighthouse on the eastern point of the island!
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East Point Lighthouse
349 Lighthouse Rd
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Great views from this lighthouse on the eastern point of the island!
Victoria by the Sea, as it is affectionately known to locals is an absolutely lovely little town. Picturesque causeway and pastoral views in one direction and gorgeous ocean views in the other. You can rent paddle boards and kayaks at the wharf or just watch the fishing boats come in with their daily catch. There is an incredible chocolate store and a few fantastic pottery and gift stores. Father and son Malcolm and Micheal Stanley make gorgeous pottery and Bittersweet Rose of Victoria has really sweet local art and giftware. Victoria also has a great lighthouse, a playhouse with theatre through the summers and a few nice restaurants. It may in fact be our favorite town on the entire island!
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Victoria
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Victoria by the Sea, as it is affectionately known to locals is an absolutely lovely little town. Picturesque causeway and pastoral views in one direction and gorgeous ocean views in the other. You can rent paddle boards and kayaks at the wharf or just watch the fishing boats come in with their daily catch. There is an incredible chocolate store and a few fantastic pottery and gift stores. Father and son Malcolm and Micheal Stanley make gorgeous pottery and Bittersweet Rose of Victoria has really sweet local art and giftware. Victoria also has a great lighthouse, a playhouse with theatre through the summers and a few nice restaurants. It may in fact be our favorite town on the entire island!
For those of you travelling with children, this is our 6 year-old's contribution to the guidebook! Fun short outing in downtown Ch'Town with lots of interesting facts about the city.
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Harbour Hippo
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For those of you travelling with children, this is our 6 year-old's contribution to the guidebook! Fun short outing in downtown Ch'Town with lots of interesting facts about the city.
Lovely park with beautiful waterfront boardwalk. Incredible play structures for kids (massive all new fully accessible structure installed 2018) in addition to a public access outdoor pool and splashpad.
Victoria Park Outdoor Pool & Splash Pad
101 Brighton Rd
Lovely park with beautiful waterfront boardwalk. Incredible play structures for kids (massive all new fully accessible structure installed 2018) in addition to a public access outdoor pool and splashpad.
Iconic lighthouse in a beautiful location with a great beach and close to the best fish & chips on the island at Richard's!
Covehead Harbour Lighthouse
1430-1530 Gulf Shore Pkwy E
Iconic lighthouse in a beautiful location with a great beach and close to the best fish & chips on the island at Richard's!
Great Lobster Boat Tours!
Top Notch Charters
2 Prince St
Great Lobster Boat Tours!
Great seal watching tour!
Peake's Wharf Boat Tours
1 Great George St
Great seal watching tour!
The Confederation Trail has over 300 km of easy/moderate walking and biking trails across the island, and you can even go tip-to-tip! See the PEI Tourism website for more details and a full map.
Confederation Trail
The Confederation Trail has over 300 km of easy/moderate walking and biking trails across the island, and you can even go tip-to-tip! See the PEI Tourism website for more details and a full map.
Great spot for hiking and moutina biking. It also has access to a river for kayaking/caoneing and a great play structure for kids.
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Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park
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Great spot for hiking and moutina biking. It also has access to a river for kayaking/caoneing and a great play structure for kids.
Fantastic spot for mountain biking in the summer and downhill/XC skiing in the winter months!
Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale
2018 PE-13
Fantastic spot for mountain biking in the summer and downhill/XC skiing in the winter months!
Theatre & Arts
Great local spot for live music! Refer to the website for the Confederation Centre for the Arts for program/tickets.
The Mack
128 Great George St
Great local spot for live music! Refer to the website for the Confederation Centre for the Arts for program/tickets.
Great place for concerts and theater. Home of the annual and legendary Anne of Green Gables musical. It's better than you think and completely worth it! If you're here between July and mid-August, check out the free outdoor show put on by the young players company daily at noon (except on Sundays). Check out the Confed centre website for further details.
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Confederation Centre of the Arts
145 Richmond Street
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Great place for concerts and theater. Home of the annual and legendary Anne of Green Gables musical. It's better than you think and completely worth it! If you're here between July and mid-August, check out the free outdoor show put on by the young players company daily at noon (except on Sundays). Check out the Confed centre website for further details.
Absolutely incredible acoustics in this historic church that has been converted to a theater with an annual program that runs for the duration of the summer. Lovely.
Indian River Festival
1374 Hamilton Rd
Absolutely incredible acoustics in this historic church that has been converted to a theater with an annual program that runs for the duration of the summer. Lovely.
Great little spot off the beaten track for dinner and live music.
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Trailside Music Cafe and Inn
109 Main St
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Great little spot off the beaten track for dinner and live music.
Great little independently run theatre hidden in the back of a building downtown, showing independent and classic films on their solo screen. Visit their website for schedule and pricing (super reasonable).
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City Cinema
64 King St
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Great little independently run theatre hidden in the back of a building downtown, showing independent and classic films on their solo screen. Visit their website for schedule and pricing (super reasonable).