Province House

Province House <br> Frank M Stewart Collection

Province House
Courtesy of the Frank M Stewart Collection

A national shrine, currently under renovation, Province House was designed by Isaac Smith as a combination Legislature, administration and Supreme Court building.

Built in 1847, it has been the centre of public life in the Province where everything from a demonstration to legislation takes place. In September 1864, a particularly important event, the first conference that led to colonial union was held here, making the City of Charlottetown the Birthplace of Confederation.

Delegates from the colonies of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Canada met in the Legislative Council chamber, now the Confederation Chamber, to begin discussions which led to Canadian Confederation in 1867.

Province House was designated a National Historic Site 26 October 1966.

 

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