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Province House National Historic Site of Canada

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Address: 165 Richmond St. | Corner of Univeristy Ave and Grafton St, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 5V8, Canada
Phone Number: 902-566-7626
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Description: The birthplace of Confederation and the seat of PEI's provincial...
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.
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Learn about the beginning of Canada

The video was very interesting, explaining how Canada came to be and the part PEI/Charlottetown played in this union. The other exhibits are okay. It's not a large building and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2015
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Georgetown, TX
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The video was very interesting, explaining how Canada came to be and the part PEI/Charlottetown played in this union. The other exhibits are okay. It's not a large building and was free. The docents were very friendly and eager to explain every detail.

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

it was amazing to be standing in the same rooms where the fathers of Confederation stood and hear the rest of the story. the stone floor at the entrance and the stairs are worn with the many years of use. A short video provides more background on the historic events that took place there.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Interesting building where the confederation of Canada was first discussed in 1864. The NP guided tour and video presentation were well done. There was also a dramatic re-enactment of townsfolk discussing the events of 1864 in period garb outside. Recommended

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Toronto
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The room where the first assembly took place is preserved as it was 150 years ago! Worth a quick little look-see!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This is where it all (mostly) began in 1864. I visited in the sesquicentenial year. Our great country moved from great idea to actuality here 150 years ago. In the world we are youngsters but it would appear we got it right. This building is steeped in historical significance and architecturally is sound, solid and stunning. This looks like a... More 

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Coquitlam, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I felt really privileged to be in the room where the Founding Fathers met in 1864 or so to discuss Confederation. This room on the second floor is on the other end of the hallway from the room where the PEI Legislature meet (both rooms viewable by the public), and there's a great painting of Sir John A. MacDonald and... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

this was neat, the parliament is so much smaller than where I am from. it was also interesting to learn about the birthplace of confederation

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vancouver canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Once again the government has done an excellent job in preserving our history at Province House. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This was our first stop on our day trip through PEI. I told my family we should see the building where Canada’s founding fathers gathered to bring different regions together to start a nation. A National Park guide was there to explain a few things. We watched a short film illustrating the meeting at the Province House by founding fathers.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

You will catch your breath when you stand in the room where it all began - talk to the guides - they are friendly and SO knowledgeable!

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