Charlottetown has a number of shops and boutiques, but they're not as diverse and creative as you might guess. More creative crafts can be found elsewhere around the island, especially along the north shore.

Peake's Wharf on the waterfront contains a number of shops, most of them tourist-oriented. It's a good destination if you're in search of that souvenir mug/tee-shirt/bumper sticker emblazoned with PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND or some such slogan. You'll also find casual dining and ice cream here.

The Confederation Court Mall (tel. 902/894-9505), downtown right across from the Province House at 134 Kent St., is bigger and better. Architecturally, the 90-store complex blends in nicely with its historic neighbors. Inside, though, the place is less distinctive -- nice, but the food courts, escalators, and chain stores look like upscale malls anywhere else. Come chiefly if you (or your kids) need a rainy-day shopping fix.

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