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Prince Edward Island Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on January 18, 2021

 
Prince Edward Island Coat of Arms
via Wikipedia Commons

 Prince Edward Island ranks 64th 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 21 cities and towns lying in 41 postal delivery areas.

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There are at least 139 historical markers in Prince Edward Island, by our count. We have cataloged 139 historical markers and eight war memorials—each individually presented on 146 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 June 23, 2020, and titled Port of Entry / Port d’entrée. It is in Rocky Point in Queens 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 Topics
33 • Settlements and Settlers
31 • Industry and Commerce
26 • Railroads and Streetcars
24 • Colonial Era
23 • Waterways and Vessels
15 • Agriculture
15 • Government and Politics
9 • Architecture
8 • Churches and Religion
8 • World War I
    ... and others ...

Islanders don’t want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Prince Edward Island about Settlements and Settlers—33 of them—than about any other historical topic. A close second is Industry and Commerce with 31 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers topic was Great George Street Historic District, added January 9, 2015. It had been erected in Charlottetown in Queens County. The last one submitted also was submitted on June 23, 2020, and titled Port of Entry / Port d’entrée. It had been erected in Rocky Point in Queens County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1965. It is Michel Haché-Gallant et Anne Cormier, found in Rocky Point in Queens County on June 23, 2020.

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 A Dutiful Citizen / Un citoyen consciencieux.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Prince Edward Island county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Queens County, with 87 of them. It is followed by Prince County with 41 markers. The Charlottetown area of Queens County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 57. In Prince County the area with the most markers, 19, is Kensington.

Historical Markers in These
Prince Edward Island Counties
87 • Queens County
41 • Prince County
18 • 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 57 markers in or near it. And Kensington also shows up again in next place, with 19 markers. For the postal code with the most markers it’s C0B 1M0 at the top of the list with 19 markers in its delivery area. It is followed closely by postal code C1A 1M1 with 18 markers.

Historical Markers Near These
Prince Edward Island Cities and Towns
57 • Charlottetown
19 • Kensington
13 • Rocky Point
9 • Miscouche
5 • Belfast
5 • Cavendish
5 • Murray Harbour
5 • Summerside
4 • Kinkora
4 • Greenwich
    ... and others ...

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—also the last one submitted in all of Prince Edward Island—was uploaded on June 23, 2020, and is titled Port of Entry / Port d’entrée, in Rocky Point. 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 18, 2019
Latest Entry from Prince Edward Island
“Port of Entry / Port d’entrée”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Kensington. The first: Kensington Station / Gare de Kensington, was added September 18, 2019. The last: Farming Groups in Kensington added on May 14, 2020.

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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Jan. 18, 2021