Birthplace of Canada’s Confederation

CHARLOTTETOWN, CANADA – Situated alongside a beautiful harbour the city of Charlottetown has been welcoming visitors for hundreds of years.

In 1534 Jacques Cartier was the first European to discover the island, home to the Mi’kmaq and named it ” Ile Saint-Jean. Under the terms of the Treaty of Paris which settled the seven years war, Great Britain asumed possession of the island from France in 1763 and renamed it St John’s Island. In 1765, when Samuel Holland surveyed the island, he recommended that Charlottetown be choosen as one of the islands primary towns and be named in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of George III of England. Charlottetown was officially declared our city in 1855 and later earned an important place in Canadian history as the ‘Birthplace of Confederation’ in 1864  when it hosted the Father’s of Confederation for the Charlottetown conference that led to the formation of Canada.

Today Charlottetown is a vivid and complimentary mix of the historical and the contemporary. Once the centre on Charlestown’s business district, today Great George Street’s pleasing architecture and historical significance are complemented by commercial interests that have revived buildings by establishing unique accommodations, shops and boutiques.

A series of boardwalks stretch along much of the Charlottetown Waterfront providing a perfect way to experience the true essence of an island city year-round. Extending from Charlottetown landing to Victoria Park, this route provides you with the opportunity to walk the line where the water meets the city.

Named in honour of our association with the regal office, Queen Street is one of the most dynamic and historic streets. Laced with brick walkways, it provides a sharming mix of Victorian and contemporary buildings, boutiques, shops offering one-of-a-kind handcrafted island keepsakes and many restaurants featuring outdoor patios. 

Built as the home of James and Edith Peake in 1877, Baconsfield was one of the island’s most elegant residences. Constructed with the finest in materials and craftsmanship, it was also equipped with all the latest conveniences of the day.

Today, Beaconsfield Historic House stands as a fine example of Victorian architecture, with many original features intact. Open year-round for tours, Beaconsfield is located at the corner of Kent and West Streets where special events such as an annual Children’s Festival are hosted in its Carriage House. Hours of operation vary seasonally.

The Fourth Church located on these site, St. Dunstan’s Basilica  is a stone structure in the French gothic style built in 1913 from the remains of a cathedral that was damaged by fire that same year. One of Canada’s largest churches, it’s known for its twin  spires, impressive altar and fine Italian carvings.


The Basilica is one of Charlottetown’s most recognizable landmarks, it’s spires being some of the highest points in the city skyline. 

Sit down and talk awhile with Canada’s first Prime Minister.  This statue of Sir John A. MacDonald is located on the corner of Queen and Richmond Street. Sculpted by artist Michael Halterman, the bronze figure was created to give recognition to one of Canada’s founding fathers and it has become a popular photo opportunity for visitors to the city. 


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