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Government House (Fanningbank)
Built in 1834, Government House is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island. This Georgian-style home overlooking Charlotte Harbour is a private residence, but it is open to the public in July and August. Actually, we were pleasantly surprised by how much of the residence we were allowed to see during the guided tour - even bathrooms weren't off limits! There are several architectural details of great interest in the different rooms, especially in the rooms that were used by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip during their first official visit to Canada in 1959.
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The birthplace of Confederation
Province house has been the seat of Prince Edward Island's provincial legislature since 1847 and is also known as the birthplace of Confederation since the discussions that went on in Charlottetown in 1864 ultimately led to the Canadian Confederation on July 1st, 1867. Today, Province House still houses the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, Canada's smallest province. It is a beautiful building that has undergone major restoration and visitors are invited to go on a free guided tour or self-guided tour of Province House, which include a visit of the House of Commons (the tiniest in the country, of course!), the library and the room where the Fathers of the Confederation met - but don't be fooled, the table in there isn't authentic. For some obscure reason, the original table (or part of it anyways) can now be found in the Saskatchewan provincial house, in Regina.
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Charlottetown is the only real urban centre on P.E.I. (although the Summerside people would probably be of a different opinion) - but this doesn't mean much anyway. Being a small place, it hasn't really got a lot to offer. Apart from several malls and fast food places in its outskirts, the town is sleepy and laid back. A friend of mine took the one-hour guided bus tour and they actually drove out there to show the malls just to show the visitors something at all!
Don't get me wrong - Charlottetown sure is a nice place, but it's simply rather boring. Stop there for shopping or filling up groceries, going to a bank, getting information brochures at the VIC or for a stop at the theater, but don't expect to find enough sights to make a Charlottetown holiday interesting.
I'd recommend a short walk through the old town close to the town centre and then a drive to P.E.I.'s wonderful countryside.
A visit to Charlottetown is a must for anyone visiting PEI. Charlottetown is a small city, but there are a lot of things happening in the summer. There are all sorts of shows at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, guided tours, places to shop, live music, etc. There is also a lot of architecture from the 1800s in downtown Charlottetown.
Charlottetown is known as the birthplace of Confederation because it was here that the first conference to discuss independence from Britain was held.
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its a nice city - nothing specail but its a very lovely city , alot of nice buildings and churches and u should just walk , the marine area is also nice and there r some nice places to eat there...
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