The picture of the waterfront of Charlottetown in mid-1960’s show how industrial the waterfront was with its port facilities, railway yard and vestiges of the 19th century ship building period. If compared to today’s waterfront park, the area is unrecognizable. In 1989 with the demise of the railway in the Province, all rail equipment was removed and instead parks and hiking trails were built, now covering extensive areas not only in the Capital but across the Province.
At the bottom of the photo is the old potato storage terminal, today it’s the Cruise ship terminal completely rebuilt and renovated. Behind it the rail yards and a rail car repair shop now transformed into a great hall soon to become a Farmer’s Market. Next to it the old oil tank park of a giant oil company, the tank park disappeared and now the area is totally transformed into a lush green park known as Confederation Landing, a gift of the City of Quebec who shares with Charlottetown in 1864 the honour of hosting the conferences which led to the formation of Canada. Next to that more empty land now occupied by the Conference centre and the Delta Hotel, shops and restaurants. This coming Summer Charlottetown will welcome 94 cruise ships from various companies with over 100,000 passengers landing a few meters away from my house.
The waterfront today, you cannot recognize it.
Peter Rukavina said:
Take a look at these photos from CADC:
Pierre Bédard said:
Quoi d’autre que ❤️!?!
Mitchell Block said:
Ooh. In comparing the photos, I would say that’s progress. But in considering all the cruise ships, I’d rather see industrial works.
Well this summer 94 cruise ships are coming and that is not necessarily a good thing.
Your posted photo can be more precisely dated as the land occupied by DeBlois Bros wholesale at the corner of Queen and Water Streets has been cleared in preparation for the construction of the variously named hotel (Sheraton, Canadian Pacific, Delta etc.). The oil tank farm is not Esso but Texaco – the Esso tanks were located on what is now the mostly unused “Event Ground”. Confederation Landing was not a gift of the Province of Quebec but was built largely with Dominion funds. A stone noting the Quebec Contribution refers to nothing more than a few of the park furnishings.
Thank you for the clarification. I knew that the Federal government had given park benches and 2 street lights similar to those on Wellington street in Ottawa.
I think it is an improvement.