Prince Edward Island becomes a Province of Canada National Historic Event

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island becomes a Province of Canada (© Not needed)
Prince Edward Island becomes a Province of Canada
(© Not needed)
Address : Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1950-05-31

Other Name(s):
  • Prince Edward Island becomes a Province of Canada  (Designation Name)

Importance: Became the seventh province in 1873, after achieving responsible government in 1851

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque:  Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island joined Canada in 1873, to become the seventh province. Formerly called Abegweit and Île Saint-Jean, the island was ceded by France to Great Britain in 1763. It became a separate colony in 1769, and achieved responsible government in 1851. Although the Charlottetown Conference of 1864 was a prelude to Confederation, Islanders at first refused to join. Rising public debt, prolonged political conflict and a promise of better terms of entry at last induced the island to consent to union with Canada.