Confederation Players Walking Tours & Historical Reenactment
History comes alive when you stroll down Charlottetown’s historic district with the Confederation Players- a troupe of costumed, young, bilingual Canadians, trained as the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation. Join the Players for a guided walking tour or attend their historic vignette. 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.
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.
The Duel: An Affair of Honour’ – 11:30am – (Every Wednesday and Saturday, unless it rains, then it is cancelled.) — A battle of wills, words and pistols set in 1851. This new vignette takes place every Saturday before the Young Company, from 11:30-11:45am on the grassy lawn between Victoria Row and the Young Company amphitheatre (the little one up the stairs). Based on real events, the duel took place in Charlottetown, pitting then premier of the day, George Coles against then leader of the Opposition, Edward Palmer. It was the last duel in Island history and sets the stage for PEI’s position against Confederation in 1864. (N.B. – Driftwood pistols used and a snare drum for the gunshot.) Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 11:30 until August 4: “Singing with the Brass!” The Confederation Players sing Victorian standards alongside the Confederation Brass. Songs included ‘Vive la Compagnie’; ‘Loch Lomond’; ‘Maple Leaf Forever’; and ‘the Anti-Fenian Song’.
The Great George Street Tour
Relive the past on one of Canada’s most famous streets, where every building and street corner has a story to tell, where you might just 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.
(July 3 – August 18, 2018) depart/sold from Visitor Info Centre at Founder’s Hall and CCOA Box Office – Adult $15/Children $8 (tour length 1 hour – 1 hour 15 mins)
Great George Street Tour– 10:30 a.m. (Tues – Sat) | French Great George Street – 2:30 p.m. (Tues – Sat) | Great George Street Tour – 3:30 p.m. (Tues – Sat)
The Historic Queen Square Tour
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 the art gallery and the stunning replica of Confederation Chamber in the Centre’s Upper Foyer, and concludes with a charming historical vignette from two Confederation Players.
(July 3 – August 18, 2017) depart from soldiers’ monument, North Side of Province House. Sold from Visitor Info Centre and CCOA Box Office – Adult $10/Children $8 (tour length — 45 mins – 1 hour)
French Queen Square Tour – 11 a.m. (Thurs/Fri/Sat only) | Historic Queen Square Tour – 2:30 p.m. (Tues – Sat)
1864 FATHERS PUB TOUR
(June 8 to October 20) — 2 – 4:30 p.m. (Must be booked through Experience PEI experiencepei.ca/play
DAILY HISTORIC VIGNETTE
Tues – Sat, July 1 – Aug 18: From Sea to Shining Sea – 1 p.m. (immediately after Young Company) -Takes place on the upper grassy lawn, found between Vic Row and the Amphitheatre. (20 mins length)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.