Great George Street Exhibit

Great George Street, City of Charlottetown Collection

Great George Street, City of Charlottetown Collection

The earliest known reference to Great George Street was in the Wright Patterson Plan of 1771. Due to its proximity to Queen Square, where the market was held twice a week, and the court, legislature and City government were seated, it developed early. Two hundred years later, in 1971, the section of Great George Street from the Cenotaph to Euston Street was renamed University Avenue for the “new” University of Prince Edward Island (1969). After 45 years, in May 2015, the name honouring George III, was restored to the street.

To celebrate the name change, we decided to explore the history of Great George Street in our annual Heritage Day Exhibit, this year entitled, A Walk Through the Past: From Great George Street to University Avenue and Back.  The images and interpretation were featured in the windows of participating shops along Great George Street from February 16th until the 29th, 2016.

For those that missed the exhibit, we have placed a selection of the images here on our Charlottetown Stories site so that everyone can enjoy a “walk through the past” on Great George Street. Simply hover your mouse over the image for more information or click on the image to begin a slideshow of all the photos. And, as always, if you have questions or you would like to share your stories of Great George Street or any other aspect of the City’s heritage, please contact us.