A Stroll Through Historic Charlottetown
Duration: 1 hour
Tour Code: YHG-006
Follow a costumed guide along the waterfront and through the heritage district of Charlottetown, giving you a wonderful, historic overview of the province's capital on this walking tour.
Your guide, dressed in a period costume, will meet you at the pier, where your walking tour will begin. Being right in the heart of this historic town, the largest in the province of Prince Edward Island, there is much to discover. The site of Charlottetown was chosen by British captain Samuel Holland, who named the settlement in honor of Queen Charlotte, the wife of George III. Shortly afterward, the town was surveyed, and many of those original city lots and squares still remain. During your city orientation, you will hear about the founding families and see some of their original homes, typically made of wood, sandstone or brick.
At the Province House National Historic Site, you will discover how Canada was formed as the result of a conference held in the building in 1864. That event led to Canada becoming a federation, and Charlottetown became known as the Birthplace of Canada. More fascinating information awaits you at Founder's Hall, a restored heritage building located on Charlottetown's waterfront. During your visit here, you will learn much about the history of Canada and Charlottetown since that watershed conference.
Your tour concludes at Founder's Hall and you are then free to either remain in town and do some further exploring on your own, or walk back to the pier.
Please note: This walking tour includes approximately 1-mile of walking over a variety of surfaces that includes cobblestone sidewalks. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Layered, weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.