Georgetown in Kings County, Prince Edward Island — The Canadian Atlantic
Georgetown’s New Railway Station
Nouvelle gare ferroviaire de Georgetown
The railway and the steamship lines serving Prince Edward Island became major drivers to a new industry which became known as tourism. Realizing soon after the railway was open for service in 1875 that more and more of their passengers were visitors from neighbouring provinces and New England, they began to promote the virtues of the Island. Many of the visitors were ex-patriots but many were not. The bulk of the traffic occurred in the non-winter months, just as now.
Railway buildings were sturdy utilitarian structures distinctive but never attractive. The turn of the 20th century seemed to mark a turning point. Georgetown got a beautiful new architect-designed station in 1903. It was located at the intersection of the head of the Railway Wharf and the Montague Ferry Wharf. A second-storey, hexagonal pagoda-style viewing room overlooked both ferry routes. Painted light green with white trim, it was intended as an attractive first impression for visitors entering the scenic natural harbour. The structure did not survive after passenger service ceased in the 1960s but a full-scale replica, opened in 2006 was built as a symbol of Georgetown’s history as a regional transportation hub. Interpretation panels are located inside.
Les voies ferroviaires et navigables qui desservent
Les bâtiments ferroviaires étaient de solides constructions utilitaires, distinctive mais loin d’être attrayantes. L’arrivée du 20ᵉ siècle a semblé marquer un point tournant. En 1903, la gare de Georgetown a été transformée en magnifique gare au design architectural. Elle était située à l’intersection de la tête du quai ferroviaire et du quai de traversier de Montague. Un amphithéâtre hexagonal à deux étages de style pagode surplombait de deux voies. Peint en vert pâle agrémenté de boiseries blanches, l’édifice avait été conçu pour attirer au premier coup d’oeil les visiteurs qui arrivaient dans ce pittoresque port naturel. La structure n’a pas survécu à l’interruption du trafic voyageur dans les années 1960, mais une réplique à l’échelle réelle, ouverte en 2006, a été construite pour symboliser l’historie de Georgetown
Erected by Trans Canada Trail & Prince Edward Island.
Location. 46° 10.825′ N, 62° 32.319′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, Prince Edward Island, in Kings County. Marker is on Richmond Street just from West Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Richmond Street, Georgetown, Prince Edward Island C0A 1L0, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Three Rivers (a few steps from this marker); The Honorable Andrew Archibald (A.A.) Macdonald (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Georgetown War Memorial (approx. 0.6 kilometers away).
More about this marker. This marker is located near the boat ramp.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars •
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