Trace your roots on the Island

Photo Credit: John Sylvester

Find Your PEI Roots

Visitors to Prince Edward Island 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. To people "from away," these make PEI a special and unforgettable place to visit. For those who live here, it's simply "the Island way".

Early European settlers arrived mainly from Scotland, England and Ireland and their influence is obvious in the names found on mailboxes, the lilting accent of the people and the omnipresent Celtic music. The Island's Acadians have their roots in France and a visit to La Région Évangéline will introduce you to their tumultuous history. This blend of cultures and heritage is represented in a lively and entertaining way in the small halls across the province. Ceilidhs (a Gaelic word for party or a good time), community concerts and Acadian supper theatre are wonderful introductions to PEI cultural traditions.

Many of our visitors are searching for their ancestors, and the Island has many resources to assist with that process. There are sites such as the Dalton Centre Museum in Tignish, the Acadian Museum in Miscouche, the Alberton Museum and Genealogy Centre, the Wyatt Heritage Properties in Summerside and the History Room in eastern PEI where visitors can research their roots. You can also visit our many public libraries and the Provincial Public Archives and Records Office in Charlottetown.

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