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Prince Edward Island

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Parva sub ingenti (The small protected by the great)

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Prince Edward Island is named after Queen Victoria’s father, the Duke of Kent and Strathearn. As the host of the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, a major milestone on the way to the creation of Canada, it is known as the ‘Birthplace of Confederation’. Despite its early involvement in the discussions, however, Prince Edward Island did not join Canada initially. It eventually became the seventh province in 1873.

Canada’s smallest province has a population of 140,000 people, combining English, Scottish, Irish, French and Mi’kmaq ancestry. In 1997 it became physically linked to Canada for the first time with the opening of the Confederation Bridge, which stretches for 12.9km — the world’s longest bridge crossing ice-covered water. 

In the Prince Edward Island Room, Erica Rutherford’s bright sunset screenprints speak to the vibrant PEI landscapes and red clay shorelines. The custom carpet created by Norma Jean MacLean shows a dusky coastal scene and is the room’s centrepiece.

Norma Jean MacLean carpet artwork
Norma Jean MacLean carpet artwork

Artefacts

Facts

Prince Edward Island is the setting of the classic novel, ‘Anne of Green Gables’.

The UK occupies just 2.5 per cent of the total landmass of Canada; Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, represents just 4 per cent of the UK.

Malpeque oysters come from Malpeque Bay, Prince Edward Island.

Souris, on the eastern tip of the island, is known for its ‘singing’ golden-sand beach, which emits whistling sounds when walked upon.

The world’s greatest potato museum is to be found in the town of O’Leary, Prince Edward Island.

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