Canada's Beginnings

Canada offers a wide range of possibilities, no matter what type of traveler you are. You can
experience some of the most stunning scenery on the planet or go sightseeing in a huge city and visit its attractions, from museums to casinos and amusement parks.

Charlottetown, PEI

Charlottetown, PEI

If you are like us, then you might have a taste for destinations that are off the beaten track when it comes to the Great White North. One of those destinations that provides a perfect blend of history and modern Canada is Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island – the famous home of Anne of Green Gables.

Visit the Beginnings of Canada

Charlottetown is the perfect place to have a travel adventure with a twist of history – in fact,
this is where Canada began. It was the seat of the famous Charlottetown Conference, the first of a
long series of meetings and negotiations that paved the way for the creation of the Dominion of Canada.

Charlotttetown historic signing. Image reused with a CC0 license from Pixabay.

Charlotttetown historic signing. Image reused with a CC0 license from Pixabay.

The Charlottetown Conference took place on September 1 st, 1864 and saw eight statesmen delegates sent by the Province of Canada (then including only what is now Ontario and Quebec) and five statesmen from every one of the three Maritime Provinces come together to discuss a union.

Less than two months later, during the Quebec Conference that took place between October 10 th and 27th, the first draft constitution for the new federation was already a reality.

Go for a Night out in Red Shores Casino

Nowadays, Charlottetown is a modern city that combines nightlife with impeccable scenery – just take a stroll at the waterfront.

Charlottetown, PEI

Charlottetown, PEI

If you are a gambling enthusiast, then you would certainly enjoy a visit in one of the biggest modern attractions in Charlottetown and the surrounding area: Red Shores Casino. With one location in Charlottetown and another one in Summerside, the casino offers more than 200 slot games, as well as casino table games like blackjack.

If you would like to have a go at the iconic and fun slot machines but don’t know how to play, online casinos can help you prepare – many allow you to practice slots for free. Red Shores is also famous for having a racetrack, where you can watch harness racing.

Step Back in the 19th Century

But, if history is your thing, then Charlottetown is definitely the place to be – besides being the site of the famous Conference, the city is also home to no less than 11 National Historic Sites of Canada, from Ardgowan to the Province House and the Apothecaries Hall.

There is also plenty of history nearby – just 30km away from the city you will find the Orwell Corner Historic Village, where you will experience how life was back in the 19 th century. The place is a recreation of a farming community from that era, complete with livestock like horses and hens, as well as buildings such as a school, a church, a convenience store with everything you could imagine and a working forge. There is even a blacksmith and a teacher with a bonnet on site, as well as other costumed members of staff, ready to answer questions and show you around.

It might be a bit off the beaten track but, once you get there, Charlottetown has something to offer to everyone – whether that is casino glamour or a step back in time!


This article was written by Rachel Bell.

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