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Province House National Historic Site of Canada

Corner of Univeristy Ave and Grafton St, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 5V8, Canada
902-566-7626
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings
Owner description: The birthplace of Confederation and the seat of PEI's provincial legislature since 1847, Province House National Historic Site is Charlottetown's most... more » Owner description: The birthplace of Confederation and the seat of PEI's provincial legislature since 1847, Province House National Historic Site is Charlottetown's most significant cultural landmark. Walk in the footsteps of the Fathers of Confederation as you learn about the history of this magnificent example of neo-classical architecture and see how it remains a centre of political life for Islanders today. « less
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Worth a few minutes of your time as you approach the waterfront. You get to see the two assembly rooms, one the current unicameral assembly, the other the historic upper house and the place where the founding of Canada was negotiated. Both worthwhile. Seems to be little else to see. Exterior architecture is rather dull. You can walk in one... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Met one of the actors involved in the Confederation retelling. Learned some of the history of Province House and articles found there.

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Montreal, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Stand in the room where the fathers of confederation stood and discussed ghe idea of unity as a country. Just the idea that you are in the same building is awe inspiring.

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118 reviews 118 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a must see for all Canadians, not only is it the birthplace of Canada it is also the location of the PEI Provincial Legislator since 1847. It is run by Parks Canada and entry is by donation. The guided tour was informative and is supplemented by displays.

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Texas, USA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great place to visit. Makes one think of what the forefathers of Canada and our own country accomplished by sitting together in a room to work out a plan for the future of the country. Very well presented. Excellent restoration of the chambers. A real tour guide with historical narrative would make this stop much better. At the moment it's... More

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Chatham, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

So nice to be able to go into government buildings that are still being used and that have been used for a very long time and that are an essential part of our Canadian history. Guides were on hand to give pertinent information of what happens in the various rooms. Of course, Confederation was signed in this building. Outside people... More

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Manitoba
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We enjoyed walking around the grounds and buildings with the students dressed as it would have been. Such amazing and important history

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Hopewell Hill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Neat to see where our community representative Wm Henry Steeves went to discuss the plan for Canada's confederation in 1864, Nice chat with the guide, security, and the grounds folks.

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Holland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Open till 1900 hrs, the room where the Confederation was conceived is quite atmospheric and the guide/attendants very enthusiastic to amswer questions. Probably the most interesting thing that ever happened in sleepy PEI and thus a must for the visitor!

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Kearney, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The re-enactors make it. They stayed in character, despite heckling from tourists like me. They told the story of the confederation without sounding educational. The building is well-kept and looks official. The painting depicting the ball with all the delegates and wives is well done. See if you can identify any women, as all the men have name tags. All... More

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