Prince Edward Island and all of Canada will celebrate an important chapter in our history in 2014, when we mark the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference - where the idea of Canada, as a nation, was proposed. The Island will host a spectacular year-long tribute to the beginning of this great country and welcome visitors to join the festivities. Part of downtown Charlottetown will be turned into a "celebration zone" where visitors can follow the steps of the Fathers of Confederation, and experience daily concerts, food tastings, children's activities, and historical presentations. Each province and territory in Canada will have the opportunity to showcase their local food, culture and history, making this a truly Canadian celebration.
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Communities and groups across the Island will help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference with their own special themed events.Events include a variety of Island festivals, exhibitions, artwork, theatre productions, historical activities, walks, eco-tours, concerts, culinary events, cultural celebrations and awards ceremonies.
The PEI 2014 Celebration Zone will come alive at Confederation Landing Park on the Charlottetown waterfront on July 1 and offer free programming and activities daily through to September 7. It will be a hub of activity celebrating the rich history and diverse culture of PEI and Canada.
The Island is known as the birthplace of Confederation. In 1864, the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Québec met in Charlottetown to form the new nation.
Year-long and province-wide, the events will show off PEI at its celebratory best, but more than that, our 2014 festivities will confirm that "Great ideas are born here."
Visitors are often taken with the beauty of the land, our living Celtic, Acadian and Mi'kmaq heritage, and the smiling faces and warm hospitality of Islanders.