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Incentive winners can connect with the ocean in unique ways on Prince Edward Island

Incentive winners can connect with the ocean in unique ways on Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, is nestled in the Gulf of St. Lawrence between the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Québec and Newfoundland and Labrador. Being on an island, the water is a natural part of life for locals: red and white sand beaches are plentiful, aquatic activities can be found on every corner and there’s an abundance of choice when it comes to tasting some of the best seafood on the planet. 

These features make PEI a popular destination for companies looking to reward their top performers with incentive programs. Here are a few of the authentic coastal experiences that are sure to leave your team feeling inspired and filled with memories that will last a lifetime. 


Host a memorable beach party 

First off, celebrate your team by hosting a party right on the beach. With over 1,110 kilometres of shoreline in PEI, there is no shortage of options to choose from. Wherever you go, your high achievers will no doubt enjoy watching the waves crash in, having oysters shucked right in front of them and listening to toe-tapping live music from top local talent. 

Through its Dining in the Dunes, icons.external-link-iconDelta Prince Edward by Marriott offers a lobster and steak feast, live entertainment, a bonfire and more; while Rodd Hotels & Resorts’ Over the Coals and Under the Moonicons.external-link-icon is complete with fresh seafood steamed on a pit on the sand, freshly shucked oysters and great entertainment. Experiences like these make it hard to settle for a plain old ballroom reception again. 

Take home a star of the sea 

In PEI, there are endless opportunities to go off the beaten path and embark on an adventure that’s different from more tropical destinations. For example, Captain Perry Gotell of Tranquility Cove Adventuresicons.external-link-icon offers trips like giant clam digs with beach cookouts and the incredibly unique Guided Starfish Hunting,icons.external-link-icon where groups are guided along the beaches of the Georgetown Peninsula in search of starfish and wild pearls. 

We are the first in the world to offer the starfish hunts. Visitors love meaningful experiences like these, which allow them to connect with the environment and culture of PEI.

Perry Gotell, owner and operator of Tranquility Cove Adventures

Dinner and a show, Islander style 

Captain and renowned entertainer JJ Chaisson, also known as the Fiddling Fisherman,icons.external-link-icon offers one of the most unique experiences PEI has to offericons.external-link-icon. He will sail groups out of Souris harbour, drop anchor along PEI’s beautiful red cliff coastline and provide hours of traditional music, dance and a delicious meal of fresh lobster — caught and enjoyed fresh right there on the boat. It’s an experience that’s sure to leave a lasting mark on your teams’ hearts. 

“Incentive travelers may think they have had fresh seafood, but with a Fiddling Fisherman experience, I guarantee you the best tasting and freshest lobster you’ve ever had! Guests will catch, steam and enjoy all onboard,” says Chaisson. 

Deep sea fishing 

Another great way to reward your team is by taking part in the longstanding Island tradition of deep sea fishing with Joey’s Deep Sea Fishingicons.external-link-icon and learn from the expertise of real PEI fishers. The adventurous can try their hand at the once-in-a-lifetime experience of bluefin tuna fishingicons.external-link-icon. These giants can sometimes weigh up to a whopping 1,500 lbs. Whale and seal sightings are also common sights on these excursions. 

An array of accommodations 

Another benefit to hosting your incentive trip in PEI is that there is a variety of fantastic hotels to stay in. 

The Delta Prince Edward by Marriotticons.external-link-icon is the only waterfront hotel in Charlottetown and boasts a 7,000 sq. ft outdoor patio overlooking the scenic waterfront. The Holman Grand Hotel icons.external-link-iconis one of Charlottetown’s most iconic hotels, offering a unique boutique experience right in the heart of the city. Inn at Bay Fortuneicons.external-link-icon at the east end of the island is a legendary five-star country inn that’s home to 15 stylish guest rooms and known for its exceptional culinary experiences.  

As one of Canada’s top golf destinations, there are also spectacular resorts located on world-class courses. The newly renovated Mill River Resorticons.external-link-icon is a four-star rated hotel and resort that’s on Mill River Golf Course. And for a truly special experience, there’s Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resorticons.external-link-icon — which is known to be one of Atlantic Canada’s most luxurious resorts, offering jaw-dropping views of the Island’s panoramic North Shore.  

Easy to get to 

Connecting to Prince Edward Island has never been easier with direct flights from four major hubs. Charlottetown Airport offers direct flights from Halifax, Montréal and Toronto on a year-round basis and Ottawa and Calgary on a seasonal basis. 

Creating incentive experiences on or around the ocean is second nature to PEI. Visit the Meetings & Conventions PEI websiteicons.external-link-icon to learn more about how you can treat your top performers to a unique Island experience they will never forget.