If you’re planning on celebrating the New Year, and the launch of the 150th anniversary of the Meeting of the Fathers of Confederation on Prince Edward Island, you’ve probably already started the countdown to 2014!
On December 31st, Prince Edward Island is kicking off a yearlong, province-wide celebration marking the sesquicentennial of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference—the meeting that led to the Confederation of Canada. Throughout the year, PEI will be hosting over 150 festivals, events and programs to commemorate this landmark event, and you’re invited!
The 2014 festivities get underway in Charlottetown on New Year’s Eve. Those who want to spend the night celebrating under a starry sky can join us for the free outdoor events happening on Great George Street and at Province House. Some highlights of the outdoor celebrations are a live concert with Rawlins Cross and Meaghan Blanchard; an ice garden created by members of the Canadian Ice Sculpture Team; old-fashioned wagon rides around Confederation Landing, and one of the largest firework displays in Atlantic Canada.
If country and rock is more your scene, then maybe head indoors to the PEI Convention Centre. Event tickets to the indoor Johnny Reid, Lennie Gallant and More Soul concert at the PEI Convention Centre are already sold out, but if you’re planning a weekend getaway to PEI, there are still a number of NYE Charlottetown hotel packages that include tickets to this exciting concert! Check out this video for a teaser of what you can look forward to at the 2014 festivities:
In addition to the official 2014 New Year’s Eve celebrations, many restaurants will be serving special multi-course menus, and there is a terrific lineup of live music performances at locations all over Charlottetown.
We know it’s tempting to sleep in after a long night of festivities—but we recommend that you resist this temptation, grab a strong cup of coffee and join in on one of Charlottetown’s most well loved New Year’s traditions—the Charlottetown levee. If you don’t know what a levee is or want to know more about how it works, check out this post on “How to Levee,” by Peter Rukavina. Not only are the levees a great way to meet and get to know some Islanders, while enjoying some terrific food and drink–they are also a good way to see more of some of Charlottetown’s best-known historic buildings. Some of the levees you don’t want to miss are those hosted by the Lieutenant Governor at Fanningbank, the City of Charlottetown at the Charlottetown City Hall, Trinity-Clifton United Church, and Premier Robert Ghiz at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. A number of local community centres, restaurants and organizations are also hosting levees this year. If you are feeling super adventurous and want to go home with a story that will be re-told for generations, the annual Polar Bear Swim takes place at the bottom of Pownal Street at 10.30am. All 2014 levee events to stop by are happening in Charlottetown are listed here.
There’s something for everyone in Charlottetown this NYE, so make a reservation and pack your bags! See you on the Island!