A friend of mine is coming to Prince Edward Island this summer with her family to write an article for a travel magazine and she sought my advice on where to stay. When recommending places in Charlottetown, I suggested the Inns on Great George, as I’ve only heard good things from people who’ve stayed there.
I added the following caveat, though:
I would avoid if you’re coming the first week in July, as the waterfront celebrations are only blocks away and consume the neighbourhood in an unpleasant way.
I did this only to be helpful, and not as part of some well-planned campaign to discredit the Festival of Lights. I truly couldn’t recommend staying in downtown Charlottetown to a visitor during that week.
The irony is that the Festival of Lights are supposed to help tourism, aren’t they? Of course the even will be attractive to some, but I wonder what the net effect for smaller inns and B&Bs downtown is: if they had a choice, would they take the festival or leave it.