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The annual Old Home Week festivities are hosted on the grounds of the Eastlink Centre & Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park at 46 Kensington Road in Charlottetown, PEI. http://oldhomeweekpei.com/

Well tomorrow morning we fly to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of St-Lawrence. A 85 minute direct flight from Ottawa.

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The Capital City is named after Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, 1744-1818 (Prussia) Queen consort of the King George III of Britain, himself a German Prince of Hanover and nephew of Frederick II the Great of Prussia. Charlottetown was originally an unincorporated town that incorporated as a city in 1855. It was most famously the site of the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, the first gathering of Canadian and Maritime statesmen to debate the proposed Maritime Union and the more persuasive British North American Union, now known as Canadian Confederation. From this, the city adopted as its motto “Cunabula Foederis” – “Birthplace of Confederation”. Later in 1864 in Quebec City the same Statesmen would sign and formalize the Union of the Provinces of Canada into one country.

The population of Charlottetown in the 2011 census was 34,562. Not a big town more like a big village.

Prince Edward Island or île St-Jean (under the French Regime) is known as Canada’s playground, it is mostly farms and beaches and more farms and beaches. The island is named for Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767–1820), the fourth son of King George III and the father of Queen Victoria. Prince Edward has been called “Father of the Canadian Crown.” It’s beaches are of made of red sandstone, which has a dramatic effect.

Lobster is featured on all menus, as the Provincial dish, oysters and other seafood is also abundant. Of course there is also Anne of Green Gables, the fictional character in the famous novel of Lucy Maud-Montgomery (1874-1942) which brings bus loads of Japanese tourists who consider Anne a National treasure, never did understand the fascination but there you go.

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I have never been to PEI, I travelled in 1983 to all parts of Canada with the exception of PEI, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. The weather should be splendid and being Old Home Week http://oldhomeweekpei.com/, there are tons of activities and things going on. We will also visit friends and have quite a few nice meals. We also plan to drive around the Island and visit the other small towns.

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