History

Geological phenomenon like the Sandbanks and Lake-on-the-Mountain and nearly 800 kilometres of shoreline provide spectacular backdrops for tales of the Huron and the Iroquois, the bold adventures of explorer Samuel de Champlain, the relocation of Loyalist refugees following the American Revolution, the growth of a local economy based on maritime and agricultural riches, and the daring feats of rum-runners during the Prohibition years.

Even Canada’s renowned first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, called this special place “home” at the beginning of his law career. People live in Prince Edward County because of its natural charm, its extraordinary restaurants and wineries, its entrepreneurial spirit and its talented artistic community. Woven through it all is a character steeped in history and a contemporary sense of progress and quality of life.

To learn more about Prince Edward County's rich history, we invite you to visit our local museums.