Explore The New Replica of Province House's Confederation Chamber

To book a private tour, or more information, please contact chamber@confederationcentre.com
The Story of Confederation offers visitors the opportunity to experience Province House in Prince Edward Island National Historic Site and the Charlottetown Conference while Province House is closed for conservation work over the next three to five years.

The Upper Foyer of the Confederation Centre of the Arts has been transformed into a stunning replica of the historic Confederation Chamber where the Fathers of Confederation met during the Charlottetown Conference. While there, watch Parks Canada's new film, "A Building of Destiny", which transports viewers back in time to the first eight days in September,1864, when the discussions that took place at Province House would change the face of North America. This film also showcases related themes, including the First Nations context at the time of Confederation and the role of women in Victorian society.

Accompanying, "A Building of Destiny", is a short film about the role of Confederation Centre of the Arts as Canada's national living memorial to the Fathers of Confederation.

The replica also boasts historic vignettes from the Confederation Players and a guided interpretation of the exhibit, which includes original artifacts from the Confederation Chamber during peak season.

Free Admission
Open Year-Round
OCTOBER - APRIL, 2017
10:00am - 3:00pm
Saturdays Only

MAY-JUNE
10:00am - 3:00pm Mon. to Sat.
Closed Sunday

JULY & AUGUST
9:00am - 5:00pm Mon. to Sat.
12:00pm - 5:00pm Sunday
Located in Confederation Centre of the Arts' Upper Foyer

Province House National Historic Site

Province House National Historic Site, standing as both the birthplace of Confederation and the seat of Prince Edward Island's provincial legislature since 1847, is a true symbol of Canadian heritage. This neo-classical structure built with Maritime sandstone is one of the oldest still-functioning parliamentary buildings in the world, and remains the centre of political life for Islanders. This magnificent landmark is also the only structure still standing today that housed a meeting of the Fathers of Confederation.

Over three years in the 1860s, a series of groundbreaking conferences were held on both sides of the Atlantic that would change North America forever. The first of these conferences happened within the walls of historic Province House in September 1864. There, our modern nation's founders first discussed a union that would soon become the Dominion of Canada.

Currently, Province House National Historic Site is closed as it undergoes conservation work for the next three to five years. In the country's lead up to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, this restoration is taking place to ensure that Canadians and visitors from all corners of the globe will be able to enjoy the building and its history for decades to come.

Artifacts and Noteworthy items

The Confederation Chamber is a detailed replica of the original conference room in nearby Province House; it also includes actual artifacts from the Chamber itself as well as other noteworthy items to engage the audience and tell the Story of Confederation.

NEWS

ABOUT CONFEDERATION CENTRE OF THE ARTS

Confederation Centre of the Arts was founded in 1964 as Canada's National Memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, who gathered at Province House in 1864 to discuss the creation of our country. Confederation Centre is open year-round and showcases the best in Canadian visual and performing arts and heritage. It houses several theatres, an art gallery, a school of performing arts, a restaurant and a gift shop. Please visit the Confederation Centre website for more information.

CONFEDERATION PLAYERS

History comes alive when you stroll through Charlottetown's historic district with the Confederation Players - a troupe of actors who interpret the roles of of the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation. Join the Players for a guided walking tour or attend a historic vignette outside Province House. Through their portrayal of key figures such as Sir John A. Macdonald, George Coles, and Sir George-Étienne Cartier, the Confederation Players provide a glimpse into the cultural and historical context of the Charlottetown Conference and the history of P.E.I. The Confederation Players is a heritage program of Confederation Centre of the Arts.
The Confederation Players' Historic Vignette
Monday Saturday, in season.
Join John A. Macdonald, Miss Mercy Coles, Colonel John Hamilton Gray, George-Étienne Cartier, and members of the Slaymaker and Nichols' Olympic Circus on the steps of Province House National Historic Site in this 15-minute historical reenactment, exploring the personalities and politics of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference on Confederation. Get swept up in the action and join the Players afterwards for a photo or in-character discussion surrounding the Magnificent Scheme - uniting the colonies of British North America into a bold new country. Tours are available during peak season.

walking tours

Walking tours depart from Founder's Hall and the 1864 sculpture on Queen Square. Tours range from 45 minutes to 1 hour , and are available spring to fall.
The Great George Street Tour
(*Available at select times in French and English, Monday to Saturday. Visit box office for more information.) Relive the past on one of Canada's most famous streets, where every building and street corner has a story to tell, where you just might bump into a Victorian statesman or John Hatch, the town crier. This classic Charlottetown tour guides visitors down one of only two national historic streets in the country- the very walk that the founding fathers strolled in 1864.

Private Bookings
For individual walking tour bookings, please contact our Box Office toll-free at 1-800-565-0278. For private group (20 or more) walking tour bookings, special appearances at your event or conference, please contact Adam Gauthier at (902) 629-1150 or email theplayers@confederationcentre.com
The Historic Queen Square Tour:
(*Available at select times in French and English, Thursday to Saturday.) A new tour exploring the origins of the central public square in Old Charlottetown, once home to the Charlottetown Marketplace, and now the site of two national historic sites, Province House and Confederation Centre of the Arts. This 45-minute guided walk also includes tour stops at Samuel Holland's 1765-era 13-foot map of PEI in the art gallery and the stunning replica of Confederation Chamber in the Centre's Upper Foyer, and concludes with a charming historical vignette by two Confederation Players.

KIOSK

The Kiosk serves as both an information and interpretation hub. The friendly staff relay information on Confederation Centre of the Arts, Province House National Historic Site, and other Parks Canada heritage places on Prince Edward Island.

Buy tickets to the Charlottetown Festival and Confederation Players walking tours and use Wi-Fi access to the official Parks Canada Province House app. The app is free for download on your handheld device or with the use of an ipad available for loan at the Kiosk.

The kiosk also features Parks Canada's Green Screen, which allows visitors to have their image superimposed on a stunning Parks Canada backdrop image (weather depending).

Located beside the 1864 sculpture on the historic grounds surrounding Province House National Historic Site
Hours of Operation July – Labour Day:
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday to Saturday,
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday

After Labour Day:
Select dates until October 25

DOWNLOAD THE EXPLORA APP!

Explora is the official guided tour app for Province House National Historic Site, the birthplace of Canadian confederation. While the building is undergoing conservation work, tour the historic grounds around the building and use Explora to discover highlights of the building's interior, including the historic Confederation Chamber which played host to the Fathers of Confederation at the Charlottetown Conference of 1864. This app contains photos, quizzes, augmented reality, insider secrets and more!