Charlottetown History & Culture
Discover the stories of the past meet present
While Charlottetown is best recognized for its role in the founding of our nation, you’ll be impressed by the vast collection of historical and cultural sites sprinkled throughout the city. With the help of the new signage marking the Historic district, take in the colourful painted buildings at your own leisurely place. Join a historic walking tour and have experienced guides narrate tales of the old. For a dose of culture, make your way to the Confederation Centre of the Arts, home to incredible stage performances and year-round art exhibitions.
With a series of multi-media activities using state-of-the-art technology, learning the historical events that led to Canada’s birth never gets old. Visit Canada’s Birthplace Pavilion and uncover the story of The Fathers of Confederation.
Dig a little deeper in Canadian history and see the chamber in which the Fathers of Confederation first met. The Province House National Historic Site is the city’s most important landmark and is the seat of PEI’s provincial legislature since 1847.
Take a step back in time – literally! Continue your historical journey with a guided walking tour through the streets of Charlottetown's Historic District, escorted by Confederation Players.
The Confederation Centre of the Arts is home to the longest running musical, Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™ and the Confederation Center Art Gallery, one of the largest in Atlantic Canada. Enjoy year-round exhibitions, public lectures and more.
Built in 1877 for wealthy shipping entrepreneur James Peake Jr., Beaconsfield was an expression of his wealth and social position. The house now stands as an enduring symbol of Victorian elegance and is open to the public for tours and special events.
The St. Dunstan’s Cathedral Basilica stands as the only Roman Catholic cathedral and basilica in Prince Edward Island. Built in 1913, the stone French Gothic church is also one of the elaborate churches in the Maritimes.