Sunday, July 23, 2006

Out on the town...

Charlottetown is a bustling little harbourside city, the capital of PEI and the birthplace of the Confederation of Canada. It is a city by definition, although visitors seem to find that designation a little amusing perhaps because it has such a friendly small-town feel. Tree-lined streets, historic buildings, horse-drawn carriage tours, spacious parks and even strolling actors, who play the part of Confederation characters, give Charlottetown an old-fashioned charm, yet numerous restaurants, exciting live theatre and concerts, weekly festivals and street musicians maintain a lively, city atmosphere.

One of my favourite places is Victoria Row, a street tucked in behind historic Province House and the Confederation Centre in the downtown. It was once the market centre of the city but it was destroyed by fires that swept through the commercial district in 1866 and 1884. The street was rebuilt in Victorian style with lovely brownstone buildings, wrought iron lampposts and paved with cobble-stones.

In the summertime, the street is opened as a pedestrian mall. It is next door to the Confederation Centre Library so that may explain why I am a frequent visitor. I like to sit in the outdoor cafes, read a book, go out for a bite to eat with friends, listen to live music, shop in one of the
Island craft-stores or just people-watch. A perfect place to while away a summer afternoon...

Photos 1-4 - Rinda Dean