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Prince Edward Island Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 26, 2020

 
Prince Edward Island Coat of Arms
via Wikipedia Commons

 Prince Edward Island ranks 70th among provinces and states with markers in this database. Prince Edward Island is a province in Canada located in the Atlantic Provinces. Prince Edward Island is some 9 thousand square kilometers in size with a population of around 143 thousand people. The province is divided into three counties and all of them have entries in this database. In Prince Edward Island we have discovered historical markers in 18 cities and towns lying in 34 postal delivery areas.

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How many historical markers are there in Prince Edward Island? There are least 79 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 79 historical markers and eight war memorials—each individually presented on 86 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

The first Prince Edward Island marker in the database, Railway Car Shop, was added January 8, 2015. It was photographed in Charlottetown in Queens County. The last one added was submitted on November 9, 2019, and titled Les Acadiens de la baie de Malpèque. It is in Miscouche in Prince County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, one of the earliest historical markers we know of in Prince Edward Island was erected in 1939. More than one was erected that year. This one of them: Edward Whelan, and one of our correspondents found it in Charlottetown in Queens County on January 12, 2015.

Prince Edward Island Historical Categories
18 • Industry and Commerce
17 • Settlements and Settlers
17 • Waterways and Vessels
14 • Government and Politics
11 • Railroads and Streetcars
11 • Colonial Era
8 • World War I
7 • World War II
6 • Churches and Religion
6 • Agriculture
    ... and more ...

Islanders don’t want to forget their Industry and Commerce history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Prince Edward Island about Industry and Commerce—18 of them—than about any other historical category. A close second is Settlements and Settlers with 17 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Industry and Commerce category was Carvell Building, added January 9, 2015. It had been erected in Charlottetown in Queens County. The last one submitted was submitted on November 9, 2019, and titled L'économie. It had been erected in Miscouche in Prince County. The earliest marker erected with the Industry and Commerce category that we have listed was erected in 1949. It is Sir Louis Henry Davis, found in Charlottetown in Queens County on January 9, 2015.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Prince Edward Island? What we know is that Three Rivers is the most viewed entry in the database from Prince Edward Island since it was added in 2015. It is located in Georgetown in Kings County. This year so far, the most viewed Islander entry is located in Charlottetown in Queens County. It is Sherman M4A2 Medium Battle Tank.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Prince Edward Island county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Queens County, with 54 of them. It is followed by Prince County with 18 markers. The Charlottetown area of Queens County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 33. In Prince County the area with the most markers, 9, is Miscouche.

Historical Markers in These
Prince Edward Island Counties
54 • Queens County
18 • Prince County
14 • Kings County

Checking the database for the city or town in Prince Edward Island with the most markers we again find Charlottetown at the top of the list with 33 markers in or near it. And Miscouche also shows up again in next place, with nine markers. For the postal code with the most markers it’s a tie for first: C0A 1M0 , each with nine markers in their delivery areas. It is followed closely by postal code C0B 1T0 with nine markers.

Historical Markers Near These
Prince Edward Island Cities and Towns
33 • Charlottetown
9 • Miscouche
5 • Belfast
5 • Cavendish
5 • Summerside
4 • Greenwich
4 • Georgetown
4 • Elmira
4 • Rocky Point
3 • Springbrook
    ... and more ...

Getting back to Queens County, the first marker added to the database from there, Railway Car Shop, was added January 8, 2015, and was also the first one submitted in all of Prince Edward Island. in Charlottetown. The last one submitted was uploaded on October 15, 2019, and is titled A BIG Year / Une année CRUCIALE, in Charlottetown. One of the earliest marker erected in Queens County that we have listed was erected in 1939. More than one was erected that year. This is one of them: Edward Whelan, found in Charlottetown on January 12, 2015.

Latest entry from Prince Edward Island. Click to go there
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2019
Latest Entry from Prince Edward Island
“Les Acadiens de la baie de Malpèque”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Miscouche. The first: Les Dix Conventions Nationales Acadiennes, was added September 22, 2019. It had been erected in 2000. The last: Les Acadiens de la baie de Malpèque added on November 9, 2019. The earliest marker erected was erected in 2000: Les Dix Conventions Nationales Acadiennes, added on September 22, 2019.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

There is no organization in charge of erecting official historical markers province-wide in Prince Edward Island today. The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada has erected numerous historical markers in Prince Edward Island, and we have eight of their Prince Edward Island markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Tourist Attractions? Or Something Off the Beaten Path?

Prince Edward Island offers both and there is plenty of history to check out. If you live in or are visiting Prince Edward Island, hit the road and check out places where something of interest once occured, or where famous or infamous people once stood. Our database can help you find some of these places. And perhaps you’ll find some we don’t know about and will take the time to photograph them and add them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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