Posted by: Gary Guertin | May 18, 2009

Charlottetown, PEI

Hi All,                                                                                                                     Written: May 17, 2009

Charlottetown is the capital of Prince Edward Island, better known in all writings as PEI.  Today was cold, (57 degrees), rainy, and windy which made Susy and I take a short stroll through the old district, then the main street, and then back to the ship.  This community started in 1720 when 300 French settlers arrived.  In 1755 these same French were expelled by the British for refusing to take an oath to be loyal to England.  Charlottetown was the site, in 1864, of an important meeting of delegates from all remaining North American British colonies. The results of that meeting  started a process which 3 years later resulted in the forming of the Dominion of Canada.

Let’s look at the photos for this port (see Charlottetown, PEI photo album above).  In the first photo you see a panoramic view of the town from the ship.  The second photo shows the welcome sign inside the cruise terminal.  As Susy and I walked into the historic district we came across many old buildings including the mansion you see in the third photo.  The fourth photo is of St. Dunstan’s Basilica, one of Canada’s largest Catholic Churches, built starting about 1897. The fifth shows you the inside of St. Dunstan.  The sixth photo is a shot of some of the old homes (offices now) outside of the basilica.  From the old district we turned onto main street (Queen’s Road) and my last four photos are shots up and down that street.  Since it was Sunday it was like a ghost town and it looked like the natives didn’t even care if 1,246 tourists just landed with all kinds of money to spend.

We walked back to the ship and had our afternoon tea, getting ready for tomorrow in Gaspe.

Love You All,

Gary


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