Charlottetown in Queens County, Prince Edward Island — The Canadian Atlantic
Heralded Arrival… of the Circus
L’arrivée tant attendue… du cirque
When a large steamer anchored in Charlottetown Harbour in 1864, few took notice of it or the politicians aboard. Charlottetown was preoccupied with another visitor to its little town: the circus. Drawing huge crowds and filling the city’s few hotels, the circus stole center stage from the visiting delegates - robbing them of a formal welcome, suitable accommodation, and proper publicity.
That’s what John A. Macdonald and the other delegates from the Province of Canada heard when they arrived in Charlottetown for the historic 1864 Conference. Turned away with every knock, the Canadians were forced to sleep in their quarters aboard the SS Queen Victoria - the very steamer they arrived on!
Lorsqu’un gros vapeur jette l’ancre dans le port de Charlottetown en 1864, bien peu de gens le remarquent ou remarquent les politiciens à son bord. Les habitants de Charlottetown sont alors préoccupés par un autre visiteur arrivé dans leur petite ville: le cirque. Ce dernier attire de grandes foules qui occupent les quelques hôtels de la ville; le cirque vole la vedette
Voilà ce que John A. Macdonald et les autres délégués de la province du Canada ont entendu à leur arrivée à Charlottetown pour la conférence historique de 1864. Ne trouvant pas d’hébergement là où ils s’adressaient, les Canadiens ont été forcés de dormir dans leur quartiers à bord du Queen Victoria, le même vapeur a bord duquel ils étaient arrivés!
Erected by Historic - Historique Charlottetown.
Location. 46° 13.926′ N, 63° 7.317′ W. Marker is in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in Queens County. Marker is on Great George Street just from Water Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19 Great George Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great George Street Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Survey of the Gulf and River St. Lawrence (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Gainsford House (about 150 meters away); Railway Car Shop (about 180 meters away); Threaded Together with Iron and Steel (about 180 meters away); Hillsborough Bridge (about 210 meters away); Carvell Building (about 240 meters away); The Hillsborough River (about 240 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlottetown.
More about this marker. This marker is on the southwest waterfront of Confederation Landing Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 9, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.