There are many ways to make your way to Prince Edward Island. Tourism PEI has quite a few recommendations. Here are ours:
PEI is connected to the mainland via the Confederation Bridge, so you can drive your way to the Island. You could also make your way around to Nova Scotia and take your vehicle across on the ferry. Either way, there is no charge to arrive on the island - you only pay when you leave.
You could choose to sit back and let some one else do the driving. Buses and shuttle services are available directly from Moncton, NB and Halifax, NS. The train will get you as far as Moncton, where you can take a bus or shuttle the rest of the way.
If you're coming from away and want the fastest route, you can always come by air. Charlottetown hosts a local airport (YYG) with daily flights from several major Canadian and US cities. Even in the summer months these small flights can experience weather delays, so you might also consider the larger and more frequent flights available to the nearby cities of Moncton (YQM) or Halifax (YHZ), where you can rent a car or take a bus or shuttle to finish off your trip.
Parking lots on the UPEI campus are plentiful, spacious, and free to use during summer months. If you are driving to the conference or renting a car, you can park on campus for free.
The Islandora Conference takes place during PEI's peak tourist season. This is a bonus because it's peak season due to gorgeous weather, but it can make accommodations more challenging. We recommend booking early, both to make sure you get the location you want and to lock in a lower rate than you will find it you make a reservation closer to the date of the event.
Charlottetown is a sufficiently small town that most hotels are within a reasonable commute to the conference location at the University of Prince Edward Island, but if you are looking for walking distance (and if you want to walk, there is a lovely walking trail running parallel to University Avenue, behind UPEI), we make the following recommendations:
UPEI Campus Housing - It does not come any handier to the conference location than this! During summer months, UPEI's dorms are open for booking by the public. Often less expensive than a traditional hotel, the three campus residences of UPEI are only a couple of minutes' walk to the conference site:
- Andrew Hall Double/Single Suite - $108.00 per night - Each air conditioned Andrew Hall Suite come equipped with a small kitchenette with a mini fridge and microwave, private bathroom and one or two private bedrooms, each equipped with a double bed and television.
- Blanchard Hall 2-Bedroom Apartment - $108.00 per night - Each Blanchard Hall 2-Bedroom Apartment features a kitchen with full size fridge and oven, private living room area, private bathroom and two private bedrooms, each equipped with two single beds.
- Bernardine Hall Double Dorm Room - $62.00 per night - Each Bernardine Hall Double Room is a traditional dormitory style residence room with two single beds, two desks, a vanity sink area and an adjoining semi-private bathroom (shared with the room next door). The basic format of room style is popular with budget conscious guests.
- All aforementioned rates are subject to applicable taxes. Please quote Room Block #10972 when booking for conference discounts.
Rodd Royalty - Less than two kilometres from the conference site. Rooms generally run under $200 a night, with discounts for booking well in advance. Make sure to select the Rodd Royalty - there are other Rood hotels in Charlottetown, but not so close to the conference.
Banbridge Inn - A pleasant motel with both traditional rooms and full suites, around 2.5 kilometres from the conference. Under $150 a room even in peak season.
Comfort Inn - A little over two kilometres from the conference. Less than $150 per night if booked well in advance.