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Province House National Historic Site of Canada
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Owner description: The birthplace of Confederation and the seat of PEI's provincial legislature since 1847, Province House National Historic Site is Charlottetown's most significant cultural landmark. Walk in the footsteps of the Fathers of Confederation as you learn about the history of this magnificent example of neo-classical architecture and see how it remains a centre of political life for Islanders today.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

I visited the temporary location on the upper level of the Charlottetown Confederation Centre of the Arts in the offseason. They had displays and an interactive video explaining the Charlottetown Conference and those involved.
I asked the staff member working the exhibit a question and he answered it very well, with the background information needed.

Apparently, in the peak season, they perform an interaction of the Charlottetown conference and the members involved.

Do NOT let the fact that they are renovating prevent you from visiting the temporary location. This is an extensive renovation project that has taken longer than anticipated.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

My wife and I were most excited about going through the Province House, particularly as it was during the 150th celebrations for the birthplace of Confederation. We were most disappointed when we turned up for a tour and found that it was closed for renovation. I would have thought that this would have been the jewel in the crown during the 150th celebrations. Most disappointing.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

While I do admit it is supremely disappointing that the “birthplace of Confederation” is closed – and has been closed for some time (since 1 January 2015) – for extensive renovations and won’t be open again for “3 – 5 years,” it is still nonetheless a sight to see . . . even if its neo-classical architecture doesn’t look quite as impressive all tarped and boarded up. We should be thankful that we can still see its exterior “shell” in some form. After all, the building is rife with history, which is why it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1973 (one of only few legislatures in the country to be given such distinction). As the proverbial birthplace of Confederation, it carries with it a significant history that is absolutely essential to an understanding of Canada.

Built in 1847 – a full twenty years before Canada became a nation – Province House played a key and leading role in the birth of what was to become Canada. The seeds of Confederation were planted in the Fall of 1864 when political representatives from the Maritimes and the Province of Canada came together to discuss a potential union. Their historic gathering and conference became known as the “Charlottetown Conference” and took place from the 1st of September to the 7th. If Province House wasn’t currently undergoing extensive restoration, you’d be able to visit the historic chamber where this historic meeting took place; unfortunately, if you’re a history buff like me, you’ll have to settle for a replica and brief film on the “story of Confederation” at the nearby Confederation of the Arts. I suppose that’s better than nothing.

Had the site been open, this attraction would’ve probably garnered a full 5-stars from me – exactly because it is the bastion of Canadian confederation – but because I could only view it from the outside (and still not in its full glory), and therefore lack the full experience, it’s more of a three-star attraction right now. I should also note, in closing, that I fully understand why people are disappointed when they arrive here to find the site closed; however, that is hardly grounds for negative reviews. Province House is a historic site and as such needs occasional restoration. I would rather have these sites closed for the appropriate work rather than have them crumble beneath our feet.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 31 December 2017

We stopped in Charlottetown with our Holland American Cruise ship. The town is quaint and walkable from the port. However, the Province House national Historic Site was under renovation and we could view from the street but was not accessible to enter. It is apparently closed with not a date set to open so check before you go on this building.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank thesteevesgroup
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

The province house is undergoing major renovations and in the years to come will be brilliant, however it is now a construction zone surrounded by painted plywood. If anyone was planning to make this a part of your trip hold off five years until it’s completed...

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Glenn D
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