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20 Interesting Facts About Charlottetown

Facts About Charlottetown

  • Charlottetown is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, and the county seat of Queens County.
  • Charlottetown was renamed in honour of Queen Charlotte, wife of George after the island passed to Britain in 1763.
  • Charlottetown was an unincorporated town until it was incorporated as a city in 1855.
  • was the site of the famous Charlottetown Conference in 1864, the first gathering of Canadian and Maritime statesmen to discuss the proposed Maritime Union.
  • The city adopted as its motto Cunabula Foederis, “Birthplace of Confederation”.
  • Charlottetown occupies 17.1 square miles / 44.33 square kilometres.
  • The oldest graveyard in the city on official record is the Old Protestant Burying Ground on University Avenue, which opened in 1784.
  • The Confederation Bridge that joins the two provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, is the longest bridge in the world over ice-covered waters.
  • The first European settlers in the area were French; personnel from Fortress Louisbourg founded a settlement in 1720 named Port La Joye on the southwestern part of the harbour opposite the present-day city. This settlement was led by Michel Haché-Gallant, who used his sloop to ferry Acadian settlers from Louisbourg.
  • On April 17, 1855, Charlottetown was incorporated as a city.
  • On April 1, 1995, Charlottetown amalgamated with the Town of Parkdale and the incorporated communities of East Royalty, Hillsborough Park, Sherwood, West Royalty, and Winsloe.
  • Charlottetown elevation is 0 to 161 ft above sea level.
  • Charlottetown has only ever had one female mayor — Dorothy Corrigan, a former nurse, who wore the chain of office from 1968 to 1972
  • Charlottetown is situated on its namesake harbour, which is formed by the confluence of three rivers in the central part of the island’s south shore.
  • There are 11 National Historic Sites of Canada in Charlottetown.
  • The three largest employers for which Charlottetown serves as headquarters are the provincial health and wellness authority Charlottetown Health Region, City of Charlottetown and Charlottetown Board of Education.
  • The Estimated Population of Charlottetown is 36,094.
  • Charlottetown was the site for the world’s longest softball game.
  • The highest temperature ever recorded in Charlottetown was 36.7 °C on 19 August 1935. The coldest temperature ever recorded was −32.8 °C on 29 January 1877.
  • The city is frequently referred to as the “birthplace of Canada.”
Facts About Charlottetown
Facts About Charlottetown

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