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Prince Edward Island travel restrictions: Where you can go in October 2021

Find out if hotels, national parks and other attractions are open for business as usual.

Since the pandemic hit more than a year ago, Prince Edward Island’s borders have remained closed to both domestic and international travellers. Following a recent circuit breaker, restrictions are beginning to ease on the island, though strict social distancing measures still remain in place.

To stay in the know about what is and isn’t open, and where you can and can’t travel on PEI, keep an eye on this updated guide.

Accommodation in Prince Edward Island

Most accommodation on Prince Edward Island is now open for business. However, only members of the same household should stay together in a room or holiday home. All guests are encouraged to book in advance and pay online, and will need to provide contact details for contact tracing purposes.

Staying with family or friends

Staying with friends and family is currently prohibited unless it is an emergency. In these cases, social distancing should be maintained between different households and separate washroom facilities should be used when possible.

Staying at hotels

The majority of hotels on Prince Edward Island are now open. Gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people and members of different households should stay in separate rooms. Playgrounds, swimming pools and fitness facilities are also open, with increased hygiene measures in place.

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Staying in a holiday home

You can currently stay in your own holiday home or at an Airbnb with members of your own household. You can invite up to 10 friends or family members to visit your holiday home, but they should not stay overnight, and a 2-metre distance should be maintained at all times.

Staying at hostels

Hostels currently remain closed across Prince Edward Island.

Camping and caravanning

Campsites and caravan parks are now open for Summer 2021 on Prince Edward Island. However, only members of the same household should stay together on a campsite. Bookings should be made in advance, and all visitors must provide contact details for contract tracing purposes.

Boats and yachts

Under the current restrictions, you can stay on your own boat or hire a rental boat with members of your household only.

Tourist attractions on Prince Edward Island

All tourist attractions on Prince Edward Island are now permitted to open, but must operate at a reduced capacity. If you visit an indoor attraction, you must wear a mask at all times, keep 2 metres from others and use hygiene stations when prompted. You can visit attractions with both members of your household and outside of your household, but social distancing should be adhered to.

Popular attractions that are currently open include:

  • Prince Edward National Park
  • Green Gables Heritage Place
  • Government House
  • Avonlea Village
  • St Dunstan’s Basilica Cathedral
  • Shining Waters Family Fun Park
  • West Point Lighthouse Museum

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National parks

Prince Edward Island’s only National Park will be open as usual during the 2021 season. All trails and beaches remain open. However, washroom facilities, changing rooms and other communal facilities are closed for the time being. All visitors are asked to keep 2 metres away from others, pack extra hygiene supplies, including hand sanitizer, and bring sufficient food and water for their trip.

The following parks are currently open:

  • Prince Edward Island National Park

Beaches and local parks

All local beaches and parks are now open for business as usual. While out exploring Prince Edward Island, residents are asked to maintain a distance of 2 metres between parties, wear masks in indoor public areas, and avoid crowded areas altogether.

  • Cavendish Beach
  • Basin Head Provincial Park
  • Victoria Park
  • Thunder Cove Beach
  • Cedar Dunes Provincial Park
  • Brudenell River Provincial Park
  • Cabot Beach Provincial Park
  • Jacques Cartier Provincial Park
  • Red Point Provincial Park

Getting to and from your holiday

Driving within Prince Edward Island

Residents on PEI are encouraged to stay local whenever possible and to avoid travelling with members outside of their household. However, if travel is essential, members of different households can carpool. In this case, you should take every measure possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by opening windows, wearing face masks and sanitizing shared surfaces.

Flights to Prince Edward Island

The Canadian border is currently closed to all non-residents. Any international travellers that are eligible to enter Canada must follow federal requirements on arrival. This includes a mandatory 3-night stay at a government-approved hotel, two COVID-19 tests and a 14-day self-isolation period at home.

Anyone travelling to PEI from another Canadian territory or province must request pre-approval before they travel unless they are a resident. Everyone who travels into PEI, regardless of their origin, must self-isolate for 14-days on arrival.

PEI is also part of the Atlantic Travel Bubble, which allows free movement between New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. However, PEI has currently suspended participation in this bubble until further notice.

Coach and bus services

Local buses continue to run a regular service between PEI’s largest towns, including Charlottetown, Summerside, Stratford and Cornwall. Interprovincial coach travel is still running as usual, but all new arrivals to PEI will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

  • Maritime Bus. Regular buses are running between Charlottetown, Summerside, Cornwall and other towns. Passenger capacity has been reduced by 20% on all services, and tickets should be booked in advance to guarantee a seat. All passengers must wear face masks for the duration of the trip.

Ferry services

  • Northumberland Ferries. From May, ferries will continue to operate from Caribou, Nova Scotia and Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island. As capacity onboard has been reduced significantly, everyone is encouraged to make a reservation in advance and wear a face covering while onboard the boat.

Which territories and provinces can I travel to?

  • Alberta. Border open for essential travel only.
  • Manitoba. Border open for essential travel only. All arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.
  • New Brunswick. Border open for essential travel only. All arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador. Border open for essential travel only. All arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.
  • Northwest Territories. Border open for essential travel only. Everyone entering NWT must self-isolate for 14 days at an approved location which includes Yellowknife, Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith.
  • Nova Scotia. Border open for essential travel only. All arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation unless you arrive from Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Nunavut. Border open for essential travel only. All travellers must self-isolate for 14 days in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton or Yellowknife before boarding the plane.
  • Ontario. Border open for essential travel only. On arrival, a 14-day self-isolation period is strongly advised.
  • British Columbia. Border open for essential travel only.
  • Quebec. Border open for essential travel only.
  • Saskatchewan. Border open for essential travel only. On arrival, a 14-day self-isolation period is strongly advised.
  • Yukon. Border open for essential travel only. All arrivals must complete 14 days of mandatory self-isolation.

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Frequently asked questions about travelling in Prince Edward Island during COVID-19

How far can I travel from home?

To reduce the spread of coronavirus, residents of Prince Edward Island are being asked to stay local where possible. However, there are no specific restrictions as to how far you can travel.

Are there any regional travel restrictions?

Currently, there are no regional travel restrictions for residents of PEI. When out and about, residents are asked to maintain a social distance of at least 2 metres and use face masks in indoor public spaces.

Can I travel to Prince Edward Island if I live in another territory or province?

Travelling into Prince Edward Island is limited for visitors of all other territories and provinces. Non-residents of the island must apply in advance to travel to PEI and must present evidence of pre-travel approval at state borders. PEI has also temporarily suspended participation in the Atlantic Travel Bubble, but this is being assessed regularly.

Do I need to limit the number of people I travel with?

Households can travel with up to 10 people from outside their household. Social distancing should be maintained where possible, and masks should be worn at all times while carpooling. Only members of the same household should share a room in hotels, motels and other types of accommodation.

Do I need to pre-book to visit dining venues and attractions?

With social distancing measures still in place, all eateries and attractions are operating at a reduced capacity. It is, therefore, advisable to book all tables and visits in advance. This is especially true for dining establishments that have a limited number of 50 customers at one time.

Will I need to self-isolate or go into quarantine when I return from my trip?

This depends on your home province or territory. Apart from Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec, most regions are asking travellers to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. In Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut and Yukon, it is mandatory for all new arrivals or returning residents to self-isolate for 14 days.

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