Victoria by the Sea
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Victoria by the Sea fits the “Maritimes” description perfectly, a small fishing village right on the ocean, with lovely little touristy shops to check out and the Lobster Barn – the home of the most delicious lobster rolls that I’ve ever had!
Victoria is on the south shore of Prince Edward Island and is only 30 minutes outside of Charlottetown, or less than 20 minutes from the Confederation Bridge. It’s right on the water and not very big. When we arrived, we saw local fishermen unloading their catch on the dock, and a few fishing boats docked at the wharf.
Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the things to do while visiting “Victoria by the Sea”:
The Lobster Barn -19 Main Street, Victoria, PE
Before we arrived in Prince Edward Island, my mom had googled places that the locals like to eat, and that’s how we stumbled across the Lobster Barn – and it was amazing! It actually looks just like a barn and has a lot of rustic and nautical vibes – and the most amazing lobster rolls that I’ve ever had!
The place was busy, and with COVID restrictions reservations were recommended. We didn’t have reservations but they didn’t mind at all and sat us at the bar so that we could still enjoy the food.
They promptly served us our drinks and Greg had ordered a local brew on draft – a strawberry rhubarb sour by Upstreet Craft Brewing, and I ordered a local cider “2 Scots 3 Apples” by Riverdale Orchard Cidery.
Next we ordered our local appetizer of Traditional Island Blue Mussels – $10, they also had two other variations of coconut curry, or 3 spice (for those spicy lovers, which we are but we had non-spicy lovers with us!)
For our mains – I obviously was ordered the lobster roll since that is what they are famous for at the lobster barn, and thank goodness I did! That was seriously the best lobster roll that I’ve ever had in my life. Usually when you order lobster rolls, you seem to not have a lot of lobster on it for what you are paying, but at the Lobster Barn they really piled on the fresh lobster, on a perfectly toasted buttered bun, with their own homemade sweet mayonnaise. The lobster roll (with a side of salad, fries, potato salad, etc.) comes to $19 but it really is worth the price for how much you get on the lobster roll!
Greg wanted to get something slightly different – but still try their lobster (since we were at the Lobster Barn after all!) so he ordered the Lobster Bacon Sandwich, which again came with a lot of lobster on a buttery toasted bun with homemade sriracha mayonnaise and bacon. His was delicious as well and came to $17.
It truly is such a great spot to check out if you are in the area. Amazing food, great staff and a fun ambience with all of the rustic, nautical decor and the maritime music playing.
If you don’t have time to stop by and dine in, don’t worry – they also have a take out window too!
Island Chocolates – 7 Main Street, Victoria, PE
Looking for dessert or a coffee after your lobster? Well, right up the street is a lovely little chocolate store “Island Chocolates” that has all sorts of chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth and fancy speciality coffees to wash it down.
The staff was very friendly, and the store was set up for social distancing with COVID, one direction only to maintain traffic. We didn’t try any of their coffee (but some others dining there had some beautiful, fancy coffees while we were walking around), but we did buy a selection of their chocolates (they didn’t last long!) they were really delicious and very bold flavours.
Shops on the Wharf
Looking to shop? There were lots of great little touristy shops on the wharf. We stopped in at “How Bizaar” which is a really fun store with all kinds of accessories and clothing from around the globe with really great prices. Greg bought two really cute pairs of earrings for his sister and I for $13. Emmett & Ellie’s is also a really lovely little gift store with lovely soaps and nautical decor.
If you don’t want to shop, why not just go for a nice stroll up the wharf and watch the fishermen unload their catch, or watch the fishing boats go by? There’s also a cute little lighthouse to check out!
Other Things to Do
If you are looking for more fun, they also have kayaking rentals in the summer time, or clam digging excursions. Make sure to check their website victoriabythesea.ca or welcomepei.com for more information!