History and Culture
Prince Edward Islanders are proud of their history, culture, and heritage and there are plenty of festivals, events, sites and activities that will allow you to explore and experience this firsthand.
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Whether it's travelling along one of the many scenic heritage red-clay roads, researching your family roots, discovering Island history featuring the Scottish, Irish, Acadian and native Mi'kmaq, touring the many museums and heritage sites, soaking up the songs and stories that harken back to time long since past... there's an exciting experience waiting for you on Prince Edward Island.
Historic places of Prince Edward Island
The legacy which has been left for us all to learn from and appreciate. They show us the important relationship Aboriginal people had with this land, the patterns of settlement established by Europeans, the impact of centuries of farming and fishing, and the faith that sustained many in building our communities. Our historic places convey the sense of accomplishment and pride of generations of Islanders.
Canada Was Born Here
One of the most important events in Prince Edward Island's history is the role it played in shaping the Canada we know today. In 1864, a small group of elected officials gathered in Charlottetown to discuss the idea of uniting three Maritime jurisdictions. It was during this conference that the idea of a larger union and the creation of a country was introduced. This historic event and those that followed led to the founding of our country, making Prince Edward Island the Birthplace of Canada.