Prince Edward Island and all of Canada celebrated an important chapter in our history in 2014, as we marked the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference - where the idea of Canada, as a nation, was proposed. The Island hosted a spectacular year-long tribute to the beginning of this great country and welcomed visitors to join the festivities. Part of downtown Charlottetown was turned into a "celebration zone" where visitors could 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 was given the opportunity to showcase their local food, culture and history, making this a truly Canadian celebration.
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.