Called "The Birthplace of Confederation", Charlottetown is known most famously as the site for the Charlottetown Conference held in 1864 where Canadian politicians, the Fathers of Confederation, debated and established Canadian Confederation. The City of Charlottetown has a city population of just over 32,000. In 2006, The city amalgamated with surrounding towns and villages: Sherwood; Parkdale; Winsloe; West Royalty and East Royalty, bringing Charlottetown's population close to 59,000.
Fathers of Confederation
Today Charlottetown is a thriving city, having seen tremendous development and rejuvenation in the past ten years. One such recent development was the building of the Jean Canfield Government office in the city core. It is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings ever constructed by Public Works and Government Services Canada and can house up to 500 employees. Several years ago, the Atlantic Technology Centre was built downtown on the corner of Queen and Fitzroy St.. With the building of this facility, the Information Technology industry in Prince Edward Island flourished, attracting many IT and media companies doing business throughout North America and abroad.
Jean Canfield Building
The University of Prince Edward Island is also another major employer in Charlottetown as well as a rapidly growing destination campus for university students. It's reputation continues to build and is attracting more and more students each year. Some notable mentions about UPEI, as it's known, it has the Atlantic Veterinary College, the only school of it's kind in the in the maritimes and one of only five in Canada. UPEI also has a very highly regarded athletic program. In 2009 the UPEI Alumni Canada Games Place was built to support the growing athletics programs and to host the 2009 Canada Games.
Main Building, University of Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown has long been known as a tourist destination for it's history, theatre and dining. Today Charlottetown plays host to many cruise ship passengers since the new cruise ship terminal was built in 2007. Passengers tour the city for the day, taking in the historic streets that lead up from the waterfront. Eating at one of the many restaurants peppered throughout the city or taking in a theater performance or art gallery show at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Young Company performing at Confederation Centre of the Arts
Homes in the Charlottetown area vary in style but throughout older parts of the city, you will see large Victorian style heritage homes on tree lined streets. Many of these homes had been owned originally by wealthy shipbuilders in the late 1800's. Many of these homes have been restored and are now Bed and Breakfasts or quaint apartments.
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