Visitors to Prince Edward Island need not fret about finding a pillow upon which to rest their head after a days excursions. However, one might worry about how to choose from the wide array of accommodations that Prince Edward Island has to offer. Due to the seasonal nature of the Islands tourism industry, some proprietors are open only during the tourist season.
The best source of information and contact numbers for Island accommodations is the Visitors Guide, which is updated and published annually by the provincial Department of Tourism. All properties listed in the Guide are inspected to ensure they meet provincial cleanliness and state-of-repair regulations. Accommodations found on the Island are grouped into the following categories: Hotel/Motel, Resort, Cottage, Bed and Breakfast/Hospitality Home, and Inn.
Hotels and motels provide a range of facilities and services in addition to their guestrooms with private bath facilities. Many private property owners operate independent hotels and motels in communities throughout the province. The Island is also home to numerous national and international hotel/motel franchises. Resorts differ from hotel/motels in that they are considered destination properties offering extensive recreational activities, on-site dining, and many additional guest services. Cottages, very popular among vacationers, are self-contained units with private baths and cooking facilities. They can incorporate detached or linked units and include houses and housekeeping apartments or suites.
Prince Edward Island bed and breakfasts and country inns offer visitors to the province an authentic opportunity to experience the Island way of life. A bed and breakfast (B&B) is a private residence where the owners are the hosts. Guestrooms are private, but the guests bathroom may be shared. Breakfast is served every morning in a B&B. Inns differ in that they offer an evening meal in addition to breakfast. They also have private bath facilities for each guestroom. In many cases, inns and B&Bs offer dens, family rooms, music rooms or libraries for guests enjoyment. A number of Prince Edward Islands B&Bs are located on family farms. Many others are in restored heritage homes with charming decor and period furniture.
B&Bs offer visitors the unique opportunity to spend a night or more with Island hosts who have extensive knowledge of their region of the Island and are personally devoted to making their guests stay as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible. When staying at such an establishment, a visitor has the benefit of a locals experience and knowledgethe name of the restaurant serving the best seafood casserole in the world, directions to the nearest secluded beach, spots to capture picture-postcard vistas, and information about local and Island attractions and community festivals.
Prince Edward Island boasts over fifty campgrounds or RV parks. The vast majority of these properties are seasonal operations. All provide basic amenities including washroom facilities, serviced sites, and playgrounds. Many also have beaches, pools, recreation programs, supply stores and Laundromats. However, winter camping on the Island is growing in popularity and campground owners are striving to meet the demand.