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Birthplace of Canada Prince Edward Island

Canada was born here

A new vision

In 1864, a small group of elected officials gathered in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. They were meeting to discuss the possibility of uniting three Maritime jurisdictions. Representatives also appeared at the conference to raise a broader issue and sow the seed of a concept to establish a larger union and create a country. This historic event of 1864 led to the founding of Canada.

Today, we can’t overlook the fact that decisions were made and actions taken that still have lasting negative impacts. It is important that we see a fuller picture of Charlottetown’s history and explore various perspectives, including the injustices at play, and those who did not have a seat at the table at the time of Confederation.

Here are a few ways you can learn more about the history of Charlottetown:

The Epekwitk Assembly of Councils Building

Located on Water Street, this state-of-the-art landmark building is an important stepping stone towards reconciliation and a long overdue presence for the Mi’kmaq leadership in PEI’s capital city. When open to the public later in 2021, it will also be a focal point of Mi’kmaq history, art and culture.

Heritage Players Historic Walking Tours

Walk through historic downtown Charlottetown, and back through time, escorted by interpretive guides in historic costumes known as the Confederation Players.

Province House National Historic Site

This Charlottetown landmark is closed for conservation work. In the meantime, please visit the Story of Confederation exhibit at the Confederation Centre of the Arts next door.