On day 1, travel first to Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site, the one-time ‘capital’ of île Saint-Jean, and home of the Haché-Gallant family from1720 to 1744. The site is 40 km west of Charlottetown (you can actually see the site from downtown Charlottetown) and 55 km east of Borden-Carleton, is open year-round for self-guided tours. Washroom facilities are open from mid-June to early autumn. Plan to spend a few hours exploring the site, interpretive panels and walking trails offering stunning views of Charlottetown Harbour. Special events include Acadian National Feast Day each August.
On Day 2, travel next to visit the Havre Saint-Pierre area, today known as St. Peters Harbour, Blooming Point, Morell and St. Peters Bay. St. Peters Bay is 53 km from Charlottetown. This area was the most heavily settled area of the Island from 1720 to 1758.) The Greenwich National Park of Canada is a phenomenal combined heritage and coastal experience. Greenwich has a long history with connections to Mi’kmaq and Acadian culture, and an ever-evolving tale of the shaping and re-shaping of its landscapes through wind and waves. The path to Greenwich may be a bit less traveled than other areas of PEI National Park, but it’s ripe for discovery through exploration of its trails, beaches and beautiful interpretation centre.
Day 3 takes you to Malpec (the Port Hill Area, site of the first Acadian settlement in Western half of the Island. First settled by members of the Arsenault family) (1728-1758). The distance from Charlottetown is 91 km. While in the North Cape Coastal Drive region, visit the Evangeline destination area, highlighted by the Wellington Interpretation Centre, one of the Island’s most beautiful coastlines covering much of western P.E.I., the stately Mont Carmel Church, Abram Village’s entertaining Village Musical acadien and Centre Expo Centre, the captivating Bottle Houses.