Historic Province House

Historic province house

The birthplace of Confederation and the seat of Prince Edward Island’s provincial legislature since 1847, Province House National Historic Site is a Charlottetown landmark.

A variety of captivating heritage experiences that present the birth of the nation story in new and innovative ways are now available for all to enjoy.

Confederation Centre of Arts

Opened in 1964 as a monument to Confederation, this cultural institution houses an art gallery, museum, and two theaters. The Confederation Centre of the Arts presents the Anne of Green Gables musical each summer, part of the annual Charlottetown Festival. It’s just across the street from Province House National Historic Site, the famed setting for the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, where the idea of Canada was born.

In addition to their full schedule of theatrical and musical performances, in July and August the Confederation Players conduct Walking Tours. The players, costumed as the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation, stroll down Charlottetown’s historic district as they put the leaders and times of the Confederation into cultural and historical perspective.

The Confederation Chamber Experience

  • A stunning replica of the historical Confederation Chamber where the Fathers of Confederation met during the Charlottetown Conference.
  • Parks Canada’s new 20-minute film ‘A Building of Destiny’ which transports viewers back in time to the first eight days in September 1864 when history was made at Province House that would change the face of North America.
  • Guided interpretation of the exhibit, which includes a few original artifacts from the Confederation Chamber.

The Lieutenant Governor’s House

Government House was built in 1834 and was intended to serve as a Vice-Regal residence for the Lieutenant Governors of the then British colony of Prince Edward Island. The architectural design of the house is Georgian with obvious echoes of the Palladian tradition, and is the work of Isaac Smith.

Now, it is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, the personal representative in the Province of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, The Queen of Canada. This beautiful ground also serves as a centre of official hospitality in the Province and many distinguished visitors to Prince Edward Island are entertained at Government House every year.

The Victoria Park

The largest of Charlottetown’s many parks, Victoria Park offers a variety of outdoor activities such as tennis courts, ball parks, grassy fields, a swimming pool, and a new accessible playground. Islanders flock to Victoria Park year-round. There is a nice boardwalk path by the water that offers great views of Charlottetown Harbor and distant views of three different lighthouses, it is definitely a great choice for your evening stroll.

University of Prince Edward Island

University of Prince Edward is a public liberal arts and science university committed to encouraging and fostering critical, creative, and independent thinking and research.  It is funded in 1969, the sole university in the province.

In Maclean’s 2020 Guide to Canadian Universities, UPEI was ranked No. 11 in the publication’s category for “primarily undergraduate” Canadian universities. It would be a remarkable spot in your city tour that joining the campus tour to experience the inclusive and spiritual atmosphere in this learning field.

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