Prince Edward Island and all of Canada are celebrating an important chapter in our history in 2014, as we mark the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference - where the idea of Canada, as a nation, was proposed. The Island is hosting a spectacular year-long tribute to the beginning of this great country and welcomes visitors to join the festivities. Part of downtown Charlottetown has been 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 has been given the opportunity to showcase their local food, culture and history, making this a truly Canadian celebration.
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.
Explore Canadian heritage at the Canada Pavilion, drop by the Kids Pavilion for some fun and learning, sample some delicious foods from various regions of Canada at the Fathers Pub and Oyster Bar, or head outside to the Atlantic Lottery Red Shores Main Stage to enjoy performances by some of the best artists in the country.
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 show off PEI at its celebratory best, but more than that, our 2014 festivities 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.