Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

ShoreLINES: Heritage Notes from Parks Canada's Special Protected Places in PEI

The Birthplace of Confederation gets a facelift in advance of national celebrations

Province House National Historic Site, the Birthplace of Confederation, is where the Fathers of Confederation met during the Charlottetown Conference in 1864 to share ideas and form long-lasting relationships which ultimately led to the creation of the Dominion of Canada.
While most Canadians celebrate the birth of Canada on July 1st 1867, the conception of this great country took place in 1864 at the Charlottetown Conference.

Today, not only is Province House National Historic Site operated by Parks Canada for the appreciation and enjoyment of all Canadians, it is also an active provincial legislature and has been since 1847.

Province House National Historic Site will enter into the spotlight as we approach an anniversary important to Islanders and Canadians alike. In 2014, Province House will be the focal point of celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. Through these celebrations, the entire nation will have an opportunity to celebrate Canada and share in their understanding of Province House.

As the anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference approaches, Parks Canada is pleased to announce that Province House National Historic Site will be undergoing a renovation in advance of the 2014 celebrations. These renovations will significantly contribute to the preservation of Province House National Historic Site and will ensure that Canadians will take pride in this symbol of Confederation as we commemorate the 150th anniversary milestone.

Province House was built by leading Island architect/builder, Issac Smith between 1843 and 1847 and remains as a testament to the skill of craftsmanship of Islanders. Parks Canada is committed to ensuring the same level of craftsmanship in its conservation of the historical integrity of the building.

The renovation will begin in the summer of 2012 and will consist of upgrades to the exterior of the site that have been identified as necessary to protect the character-defining elements and heritage fabric of the building. The renovation will include repairs to the foundation, masonry repointing, and maintenance of the roof, windows and doors. These renovations will ensure that Province House National Historic Site continues to be maintained, appreciated and enjoyed by present and future generations of Canadians.

Regular updates on the project will be available on the following website: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/provincehouse. If you would like more information, please contact us by phone at (902) 566-7050 or by e-mail at PNIPE.PEINP@pc.gc.ca.

Parks Canada is committed to protecting and conserving heritage places such as Province House National Historic Site; a cultural icon that connects Canadians with a place and event that defines Canada.