10. The Birthplace of Confederation in P.E.I.
Ottawa may be Canada’s capital, but Charlottetown is the nation’s birthplace. In September 1864, delegates from the British colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and the province of Canada (Québec and Ontario) gathered at Charlottetown’s Province House to discuss banding together as one country. By July 1, 1867, the Dominion of Canada was born. Despite being involved in the original confederation discussions, PEI didn’t officially join Canada until 1873. Today, tourists can celebrate Canada right where it all began. Take in a guided tour of the magnificent neo-classical Province House, and interact with the Confederation Players—historically costumed guides who help tell the tale of Canada’s birth.
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