August 10 to 24, 2019

Prince Edward Island and Southeast New Brunswick
August 12, 2019

On August 12, celebrations will move on to Souris and Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Known for its beautiful countryside and fresh cuisine, Souris will extend a warm welcome to participants in the sixth CMA. The small coastal village will come alive with adventures and excursions for the whole family and all sorts of tourist activities.

In Charlottetown, a big Acadian festival will be held in conjunction with Old Home Week, the largest agricultural fair on Prince Edward Island. CMA 2019 participants will be able to explore the picturesque capital while attending the many activities that are planned, including an Acadian craft market, an Acadian food buffet, an exhibit of sand sculptures, a harness race, and much more! There will also be a show with a kitchen party atmosphere featuring Acadian storytellers, musicians and dancers from the Island and beyond. To close out the day, a horserace will be dedicated to the CMA 2019.

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Arts and Culture

It’s a well-known secret that Charlottetown punches above its weight in terms of its arts and culture scene, its small size a deceptive measure of the city’s creative spirit. From public art installations to world-class theatre, live music and unique festivals, Charlottetown brims with artistic vibrancy, fusing tradition with contemporary.

Confederation Centre of the Arts (link to https://confederationcentre.com/) serves as a cornerstone for the arts, locally and nationally. The Centre features world-class musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar (2018), Mamma Mia! (2016), Evangeline (2013), and the world’s longest running annual musical theatre production, Anne of Green Gables – The Musical, a national art gallery, and a wide variety of live music and theatre throughout the year. Don’t miss the Young Company’s free noontime performance in the outdoor amphitheatre. This young troupe of performers will inspire you with their impressive display of talents woven into a celebration of Canada’s history and diversity.

Beyond the Centre, you’ll discover inspiration and talent in every pocket of the city, with unique and intimate venues hosting live music, plays, comedy shows, and dance performances. Notable amongst these venues is The Guild (link to https://www.theguildpei.com/), Charlottetown’s black box theatre, which features a variety of live performances including the ever-popular Anne & Gilbert – The Musical and a gallery showcasing Island artists. For live music, art battles, and other unique entertainment check out the PEI Brewing Company’s (link to http://peibrewingcompany.com/) schedule of events.

In late summer, the city undergoes a magical transformation with Art in the Open (link to https://artintheopenpei.com/). This free, one-day festival features unique, interactive art installations in celebrated, historic spaces throughout the downtown core.

For more information, as well as a directory of Charlottetown’s impressive year-round calendar of signature festivals and events including DiverseCity, Old Home Week, and the PEI International Shellfish Festival, visit: https://discovercharlottetown.com/events.

Outdoors and Leisure

It’s easy to forget you’re in PEI’s urban centre when you look around. Trees, parks and gardens are an enduring and treasured part of Charlottetown’s landscape, vital to the relaxed atmosphere we cherish.
Four parks define the city’s downtown core: Rochford, Connaught, Kings and Hillsborough Squares. They offer an invitation to slow down and take in the public art, flower beds, and children’s playgrounds, all framed by well-maintained mixed agriculture. Plenty of other parks, including Historic Downtown’s lushly landscaped Confederation Landing where the Fathers of Confederation first arrived in Charlottetown, shape the neighbourhoods throughout the city, offering recreational spaces, beautiful gardens, playgrounds, picnic areas, and grassy retreats. Take a break on one of the many park benches available and enjoy a favourite past-time of Islanders – people-watching.

The city’s crown jewel of green spaces, Victoria Park, is a much-beloved gem that residents and visitors gravitate to throughout the year. Located along the western end of the city’s waterfront this 40-acre park is an oasis for active and passive recreation. It’s also known for its panoramic water views, best enjoyed as you take a sunset stroll along the expansive waterfront boardwalk. If trekking through forests gives you peace of mind, you’ll find 27 acres of wooded area and trails offering serene spots to take a pause along the way. The park is also home to eight lit tennis courts and a clubhouse, three ballpark diamonds, a skateboard park, a playground, a swimming pool, a very popular splash park, and a Cultural Pavilion. The Kiwanis Dairy Bar offers a tasty respite on those hot heady days of summer and is located along the parkway.

Connecting Charlottetown with the rest of the Island from tip-to-tip, the Confederation Trail offers opportunities to explore the city from a different vantage point, both on foot and by bicycle. Stretching 9km between downtown and uptown, the fully lit trail will take you past public parks, a bar/café, the Farm Centre’s Legacy Garden, and the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market.

For unique souvenirs from local merchants or the perfect patio location to sit back and relax with delectable Island cuisine and talented Island musicians, head to Charlottetown’s pedestrian mall, Victoria Row, or local summer hub, Peake’s Wharf.
For more information on outdoor adventures in Charlottetown, visit: https://discovercharlottetown.com/see-do/type/category/outdoor-adventure.

Heritage and History

When a small group of gentlemen gathered in Charlottetown the first week of September 1864, they likely didn’t realize they were about to make history – the kind that goes down in history books. As the story goes, it was at this fateful meeting - known as the Charlottetown Conference - that the ‘Fathers of Confederation’ as they would come to be known, first conceived the idea of forming a nation. Three years later, Canada was born on July 1, 1867 and Charlottetown’s legacy as the ‘Birthplace of Confederation’ was cemented.

Today, Charlottetown continues to celebrate its role in the formation of Canada in a myriad of ways, from public monuments to re-enactments by a costumed troupe of actors, the Confederation Players, and tours of the replica chambers of Province House National Historic Site of Canada, where the Fathers came together each day of the Conference to discuss the details of how to form the nation that would become Canada.

Rich history permeates Charlottetown’s captivating landscape at every turn; the city is home to eleven National Historic Sites of Canada including Ardgowan, St. Dunstan’s Roman Catholic Basilica, the Great George Street Historic District, and the seat of municipal government, Charlottetown City Hall. Considerable efforts have been placed on the preservation of the city’s distinct architectural heritage, efforts which were recognized in 2005 through the awarding of the Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership by the Heritage Canada Foundation.
For more information on Charlottetown’s history and heritage, visit: https://charlottetown.ca/resident_services/heritage/city_history.