Jonathan Torrens – No Place Like Home in PEI

Occupation: Plays "Vice Principal Robert Cheeley" on CBC's Mr. D, Host of Wipeout Canada and TV with TV’s Jonathan Torrens, both on TVTropolis.

Place of Birth: Charlottetown, PEI

Currently Resides: Truro, Nova Scotia

Where’s your favourite place in PEI to grab a coffee?

Leonhard’s Bakery and Cafe in Charlottetown.  Make sure you get the FRENCH TOAST to go with your cofee and a CROISSANT to wash it all down.

Where’s your favourite place in PEI to grab a pint?

Of Ice Cream?  COWS on the boardwalk in Cavendish.

Where’s your favourite place to shop in PEI?

Believe it or not, J&L Concrete ( has the most wonderful and curious assortment of concrete lawn animals.  Might I suggest the “8 Inch Dog in Hat” or “Large Giraffe” (on request only).  If concrete animals aren’t your thing, I always find something at The Dunes Gallery (

Where in PEI would we stand to see your favourite view?

The view across the bay from the dining room at the Inn at St. Peter’s is SPECTACULAR...but you should sit.  Standing would be rude.

Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit PEI:

1.  Have an egg roll at the Canton Cafe on Queen St. Downtown.  MUST!!

2.  Have a Captain Hook burger at the Peter Pan drive in in West Royalty.

3.  Strap on a bib at New Glasgow Lobster Suppers and don’t be afraid to get dirty!

What makes Prince Edward Island such a special place on earth for you?

I can physically feel the stress lift off my shoulders the second I arrive there.  Things operate at a slower pace – in a great way - and it sometimes takes me a day or two to gear down, but once I’s intoxicating.


  1. Great interview

    Comment by Bill — September 28, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

  2. you can't go home to the Island without going to the Canton Cafe or Peter Pan's. It's a MUST!

    Comment by Danielle — June 22, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  3. i was your under 14 soccer coach and took you camping in new brunswick for a weekend back in the 80s you have done well for yourself well done

    Comment by peter bull — January 14, 2012 @ 7:35 am

  4. Does Buck Watts still have his restaurant on the wharf at Tracadie Harbour? If so that's a must! Excellent fresh fish and fries!

    Comment by Gerry Lowe — May 10, 2014 @ 9:41 am

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