From September 1 – 9, 1864, at the Charlottetown Conference which took place in Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.), representatives from the colonies of British North America crafted the British North America Act (BNA Act). This British Parliamentary Act created Canada as a distinct nation.
During 2014, the 150 year anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, celebrations in P.E.I. will mark this pivotal event in Canadian history.
For event planners, there are more reasons than ever to hold an event in P.E.I.
Mega Canada Day Celebrations - July 1
This year's celebration of Canada's birthday will be a free blockbuster event with musical performances by platinum recording artist Roch Voisine, acclaimed country artist, George Canyon, and Barenaked Ladies. The day will end with the largest Canada Day fireworks display in the country.
Celebration Zone - July 1 - September 7
On Canada Day, the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone at Confederation Landing Park on Charlottetown's waterfront will sparkle as a the summer long celebrations begin. The Celebration Zone will consist of a main stage and 4 pavilions: the Canada Pavilion, the Kid's Pavilion, and a Culinary Pavilion. Events in the Celebration Zone will include exhibits, concerts, interactive walking tours, culinary events, and activities for families and children.
The Main Stage will come alive with performances by world famous Canadian artists including Serena Ryder, Burton Cummings, and Buffy Sainte-Marie.
- Canada Pavilion: Through films, trivia contests, re-reenactments of historical vignettes, and readings by Canadian authors, guests will explore Canada's rich cultural heritage. There will also be an exhibit by the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and a display of newspaper clippings tracing Canada's history.
- Culinary Pavilion: Daily cooking demos by professional chefs, P.E.I. wine, ale and beer tasting events and dining events will showcase local cuisine.
- Kids’ Pavilion: Canadian history will come alive through arts, crafts, games, and a variety of uniquely Canadian activities.
Founders Week - August 28th - September 7
A Shania Twain concert will kick of this week devoted to celebrating the legacy of the 23 Fathers of Confederation. There will be historical re-reenactments, an opportunity to tour Canada's world renowned historical tall ships, and fireworks.
PEI 2014 Finale: New Year's Eve Celebration
The year's events will be capped off with a finale that includes a dazzling fireworks display on New Year's Eve.
For more information about Canadian celebrations in P.E.I., also read Canada Day Events Showcase Historical Event Venues and Prince Edward Island: Regal Style on Canada's Emerald Isle.