Access 2009 Travel & Local Information

Traveling to Charlottetown

Prince Edward Island is in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, north of Nova Scotia.

It is a beautiful land of white and red beaches, some sandy, some rocky, with beautiful rolling hills and excellent golf courses and bicycle trails. See PEI Tourism for more reasons to come!

The three ways to get to the Island are by plane, ferry from Nova Scotia, or drive across the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick.

Charlottetown is in the middle of the Island, about a 45 minute drive from the Confederation Bridge.

Charlottetown Airport – about $16 taxi from airport to downtown Charlottetown, the airport is just a few minutes’ drive to the conference hotels and site

You may also consider flying into Moncton, NB, about 2 hours away and rent a car from there. This is a much larger airport with many more international flight options. However, you will incur a $42.50 per passenger car charge to cross the Confederation Bridge when you return (crossing to the Island is free).

Local Information

Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest and greenest province. Cradled on the waves of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Island is known for the vivid colours of its gently rolling landscape. Prince Edward Island is surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and red sandstone cliffs and is sized just right for touring.- good info about places to stay and fun things to do –  “Welcome to PEI: the Gentle Island” 

Come Early or Stay Late on Prince Edward Island! View Special Offers for Access 2009 delegates

2009 Island Guide is now available to download as a PDF. PEI Tourism would also be happy to send you a package of printed information about PEI in the mail. Simply fill out the Island Guide Request Form and you will receive your package shortly. (Shamelessly lifted from the Island Tourism website)

Murphy’s Community Centre

Murphy’s Community Centre is a privately-operated community centre in downtown Charlottetown.  Founded in 1964 as the Basilica Recreation Centre by the Diocese of Charlottetown, the facility continues to play host to myriad community events: BINGO games, sporting events, dances, language training, protest meetings, and, in the basement bowling alley, the birthday party of every school-aged child in the neighbourhood.

The Centre is located right in the heart of Charlottetown: across the street is Province House (site of the Charlottetown Conference in 1864 and, to this day, home to the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly); just up the street is the Confederation Centre of the Arts, with its theatres, gallery, and Provincial Library branch. There are many restaurants, cafés, and bars in the area.

At the heart of Murphy’s Community Centre is a large multi-purpose gymnasium that will be the main conference room for Access 2009.