Charlottetown Conference

August 25, 1864

In August 1864, the Canadian government steamer, Queen Victoria, loaded to the gunnels with champagne, sailed into Prince Edward Island, for the Charlottetown Conference, an event that became a turning point in the history of Canada. This conference, in the birthplace of Confederation, was attended by representatives from Canada East and Canada West, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Incredibly, each of the five colonies had its own Legislative Assembly, elected officials, lieutenant governor, coinage, stamps and customs duties. The glittering concept of a united Canada was fast taking hold.