Province/Territory: Prince Edward Island

Tiny Island, Huge Foodie Culture

  • 1983 year Culinary Institute of Canada founded
  • 89,000 acres of potatoes grown
  • 23.8 million pounds of lobster hauled in

Looking for foodie heaven? Set your sights on Prince Edward Island (PEI). Join a chef for an Island Flavours “culinary boot camp” and find out why Canada’s smallest province is gargantuan in the world of foodies. Island chefs are envied by many for their access to an impressive array of fresh ingredients, including potatoes from the Island’s legendary iron-rich red soil, meats, and seafood. Accompany your chef on a trip to local markets, where you learn more about the island’s abundance of culinary riches from the people who produce them. Help select ingredients for recipes you’ll learn later in the day—maybe you’ll include world-renowned, freshly dug, new potatoes. Then follow your chef into the kitchens of The Culinary Institute of Canada. Wash your hands, then get them dirty—this is boot camp and that means a cooking workout! Slice, dice, and cook under the guidance of your chef as you create a culinary masterpiece together.
Plate up, and celebrate your successes with your chef and new friends as you feast on your farm-to-table achievements in an elegant but comfortable dining room, the Lucy Maud, overlooking the breathtaking Charlottetown Harbour.

Why you should visit

• Maximize your time with someone who knows their way around the island's markets and food resources.
• Learn about the variety and abundance of foods produced here.
• Learn some inside secrets from the culinary world as you work alongside a professional chef.
• The Culinary Institute of Canada is part of Holland College's Tourism and Culinary Centre. It provides culinary and hotel & restaurant management training to an international student body and is regarded by many as the premiere culinary school in Canada.

Weather

• Charlottetown generally has warm, pleasant summer weather, which cools in the fall. It is a maritime location, so weather can change quickly.
• It's a good idea to have a light jacket.
• Discover local weather information.  Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.

Visitor information

Dates & Prices.
• If you can't attend a bootcamp, you can still experience The Culinary Institute of Canada's delicious offerings in the Lucy Maud Dining Room. Dinner is available Tuesday-Saturday year-round, and lunch is available from October to April.

When to go

• Peak season runs from July into early October.
• Island Flavours Boot Camp runs on selected days.
• Other culinary boot camps are available including Thrills on the Grill, Seafood 101, Time Machine, Taste of Asia, Seasonal Desserts and Lobster Lovers.
• Special boot camps are available for children.
• Rum lovers boot camp explores PEI's connection to that liquor (ages 19+ only).
• Half-day camps offered on select dates.

Need to know

• Participants should wear comfortable clothing and must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes (no sandals).
• Chef's coat and hat provided.
• All amateur levels welcome.
• Cameras and recording devices allowed.
• Special camps can be arranged for groups (min. 10 persons) when other camps not in session.

Getting Here

• Located on the waterfront in Charlottetown.
• Parking available on-site.
• Charlottetown is easily reached by air through the Charlottetown Airport (YYG).
• Prince Edward Island can be accessed by car via the ferry from Nova Scotia or the Confederation Bridge.