"Pleasant seaside town and a GOOD dining tip. :)" Georgetown by 850prc

Georgetown Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 4 photos

Georgetown, on the eastern coast of PEI

We passed through Georgetown an hour or so after we'd first arrived on Prince Edward Island (via the Wood Island Ferry). We were driving what the PEI tourist gurus call "The Points East Coastal Drive". As it was approaching lunchtime, we decided to scout for a bite to eat, and Georgetown yielded a local gem. Please see (and rate if you wish :) my tip for the Clamdiggers Restaurant, on this short page.

As for Georgetown itself, the town is small and nautical in nature, and clearly has a rich history. I especially liked the old harborfront "lobster pound" houses by the harbor. According to the town website (http://www.georgetown.ca/), the local population is under 1000 hardy "islanders". The exact location of Georgetown is at the mouth of the Brudenell River at Cardigan Bay, in Kings County.

There was clearly an artistic whimsy to this place, so many places seem to just be "well set up" for the visual. An example would be my lead photo for this page. These umbrellas are actually fastened upside down to the roof of the Clamdiggers Restaurant. A simple idea really, and very pleasing to the eye - don't you agree?

The town crest

OK, we didn't spend a lot of time there, we just stopped in and had a nice meal over at Clamdiggers. As I begin to write this short tip, I did a little more background research on Georgetown, and found a .jpeg of the town crest - so here it is. And, this is what all the items IN the town crest stand for. :)

The "Crown" represents that Georgetown was named after royalty, and that it is the Capital of Kings County.

The "Eagle" represents the proud spirit of the Town's people, along with reflecting a heritage of sport teams called "The Eagles."

The "Arts and Entertainment Masks" represent the Kings Playhouse, the center for the performing arts in eastern P.E.I.

The "Lobster" represent the fishing industry, which plays an integral part of the Georgetown economy.

The "Sailing Schooner" represents our proud shipbuilding heritage, which continues to this day. It also represents trade and commerce.

The "Scales of Justice" represent the Kings County Courthouse which was built in 1886.

The dates "1732 and 1912" are the years in which the Georgetown area first became known by the Europeans, and the year of Incorporation, respectively.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Another nice stop on the Points East Coastal Drive
  • Cons:Something they have in common with "back home in Florida"... lots of road work happening in parts of town
  • In a nutshell:Stop by the harbor, and be sure to have a bite at Clamdiggers if you're hungry.
  • Last visit to Georgetown: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Oct 27, 2009
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