Charlottetown - Historic City Tour
1 to 3 hours
'Charlottetown, population 15,800, is the capital city of Prince Edward Island and the birthplace of Confederation. One of Charlottetown's most prevalent characteristics is the British flavour it has maintained from the waterfront to the modern downtown. Your local guide will point out the various churches, government buildings, shopping areas, art galleries and museums.
Province House National Historic Site: This Georgian-style neo-classical construction was completed in 1847. We will see historic Confederation Chamber where Canada's future as a dominion was decided.
Government House: Known as Fanningbank, Government House is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of the province. The Lieutenant Governor is the personal representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Prince Edward Island. Built in 1834, the Georgian design has obvious echoes of the Palladian tradition and is the work of Isaac Smith.
Confederation Centre: Home to "The Charlottetown Festival," Confederation Centre is the leading producer of original Canadian musicals.
The Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum: The largest in eastern Canada, the Gallery's permanent collection features more than 7,500 works of art and artefacts by one of Canada's foremost portrait artists, Robert Harris (1849-1919) of Charlottetown. Harris is best known for his painting of the Fathers of Confederation.
St. Dunstan's Basilica: The 200-foot spires of this flamboyant Gothic church punctuate Charlottetown's skyline. Constructed of Nova Scotia freestone between 1914 and 1919, the Roman Catholic Basilica is the fourth church to occupy this site.