AAA Editor Notes
Province House National Historic Site is at Richmond and Great George sts. next to the Confederation Centre of the Arts. The stately, three-story building was the site of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, a meeting among representatives from Britain's North American colonies that ultimately led to the creation of Canada in 1867. Today it's both a historic landmark and the current seat of Prince Edward Island's legislature. You'll recognize the Greek Revival sandstone building, completed in 1847, by its four large columns supporting a classical triangular pediment.
Inside, the restored Confederation Chamber is where the conference was held. Here you'll find historic documents and photographs as well as original furnishings from the 1840s. White-washed walls, heavy red drapes, large meeting tables swathed in green fabric, mahogany bookcases and desks, and brass chandeliers with glass globe shades characterize the decor in this part of the building. On the other side of the building, the Legislative Assembly chamber has a similar 19th-century feel although actively in use today.
You can wander among the history displays on your own; bilingual guides are on hand to answer questions. During the summer, a troupe of performers dressed in period costumes reenacts vignettes dramatizing the meetings that took place here. Those history-making events are further portrayed in a 17-minute film titled “A Great Dream.”
Note: The center interior currently is closed for a multi-year conservation project. An on-site kiosk next to the 1864 sculpture provides information and performers dressed in period costumes re-enact 15-minute vignettes dramatizing the meetings that took place. An alternative interpretive exhibit is available at the Confederation Centre of the Arts .