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Charlottetown Holidays

Charlottetown, named after England's King George III's wife Charlotte, is the provincial capital of Prince Edward Island, originally settled by the French in 1729 and taken over by British forces in 1758. It became the colonial capital in 1765 on what was then known as St Johns Island. During the early 19th century, the lumber, shipbuilding and fishing industries were at the core of the regional economy.

Today the many facets of the government sector dominate the economy, boosted by technology, tourism, machine and manufacturing industries. With a population of over 32,000, it is now the largest city in the province with most of the population being of Scottish, English or Canadian heritage.

Festivals and celebrations take place throughout the year delighting both locals and visitors. They range from performing arts, fireworks displays, food festivals, historic events and children themed celebrations to the three day festival marking Canada Day and the famous two month long celebration, The Charlottetown Festival.

This latter event includes the musical production of Anne of Green Gables and attracts thousands of visitors each summer. There are many lovely parks and green spaces with recreational trails, and running tracks as well as courts and playing fields for all major sports. 

The city has some fine examples of historical and Victorian architecture in buildings, residences and mansions. Walking tours of the city are a popular attraction. For lovers of fine cuisine, there are many great restaurants and dining options available as well as coffee shops, bars and ethnic eateries, There is plenty of nightlife on offer for everyone and in summer, a popular attraction is Gaelic music and dancing. The city has a variety of accommodation to suit every budget and taste from four star hotels to bed and breakfast establishments and there is a city transport system for getting around.

Charlottetown Highlights

St. Dunstan's Basilica: Beautiful Italian carvings on the alter are a feature of this impressive, Neo-Gothic style, Roman Catholic cathedral. Rebuilt in 1916 it is located on Great George Street,

Province House: Officially proclaimed as a National Historic site in 1983, this three storey stone structure still houses the Legislative Assembly for the Province of Prince Edward island. Audio visual presentations about the Charlottetown Conference are available and a visit to Founders Hall provides visitors with historical information. Period rooms from the 1860's are on display and special events are offered throughout the year.

Gateway Village: Cross the Confederation Bridge onto the island and enjoy the shops, food outlets, craft items and souvenirs available here.

Malpeque Harbor: Colourful barn-shaped houses, fishing boats and famous for its oysters, this picturesque area is a photographers delight.

Victoria Park: With 40 acres of waterfront park located in the heart of Charlottetown, the park offers sporting and recreational facilities as well as historical sites. Walking trails, open spaces and colourful floral displays make this a popular local and visitor attraction.

The Confederation Centre of the Arts:  Officially opened in 1964, the annual Charlottetown Festival is held at this venue and attracts thousands of visitors each year. The festival includes the immensely popular musical show of Anne of Green Gables. The centre hosts a variety of theatrical and musical acts, there is a permanent collection as well as  additional exhibits, a museum, a library and a fine restaurant.

Other attractions held in Charlottetown include The Festival of Lights held on Canada Day, the Jack Frost Children's Winterfest held in February and the Jazz and Blues Festival held in July.

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