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Charlottetown is the capital city of the province of Prince Edward Island in Canada. This city is known as the nation’s birthplace, where three founding fathers, Edward, John and Samuel, led a meeting that eventually led to Canada’s formation. This article will inform you about Charlottetown’s history, economy, GDP, manufacturing, etc.

1. Charlottetown is a coastal city in Prince Edward Island officially named “The City of Charlottetown”. It was founded by United Empire Loyalists who fled from the American Revolution to Canada in 1769 due to their allegiance with Britain and mainly were English-speaking descendants.

2. Charlottetown is one of the oldest cities in Canada, alongside the following cities, Quebec City, Halifax, Sydney and St. John’s.

3. Due to Prince Edward’s dislike of King George III’s policies, Charlottetown was named after his wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, in Germany.

4. Charlottetown officially became a city in 1855 and a town in 1847.

5. In 1867, the city was the site of the first meeting of the Fathers of Confederation, which led to the creation of Canada. It is known as the “Birthplace of Canada.”

6. Charlottetown is governed by a mayor, a city council of 15 people and appointed people and a “Board of Commissioners.

7. Charlottetown’s economy is mainly based on tourism since it is the most accessible province in Canada by road and water and because of its temperate climate.

8. Tourism plays a massive part in Charlottetown’s economic growth. So the city has a wide variety of tourist attractions, including The Confederation Centre Of The Arts, which houses an extensive collection of visual arts, and The Prince Edward Island Railway Museum, which houses one of PEI’s few remaining railways. 

9. Charlottetown is known for its beautiful scenery and is often called “The Garden City” because of the many flowers grown in the area year-round.

10. Charlottetown is also known for its seafood since fishing is one of PEI’s most popular recreation activities, attracting tourists worldwide.

11. The manufacturing sector plays a minor role in Charlottetown’s economy, contributing 2% to PEI’s GDP, which equates to CAD 36 million or USD 19 million.

12. Among the many attractions in Charlottetown are Victoria Park, Queens County Court House, the oldest courthouse in Canada, and the Confederation Center Of The Arts, which houses an art gallery, a concert hall, a theatre, and a heritage interpretation centre, as well as a replica of Fort Charlotte.

13. Charlottetown’s government consists of a mayor, a city council and appointed people, and a “Board of Commissioners”.

14. The Mayor of Charlottetown is the head of the Council. The city’s residents elect them for a two-year term.

15. During the four-year term of the Charlottetown City Council, 15 councillors represent ten wards.

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