As it turns out, the story that I had intended to present to you this week ended up being more substantial than I’d anticipated, and unfortunately I didn’t budget enough time to bring it to fruition. As a result, I’m keeping it quiet for the moment and have instead opted to take the easy way out and let the good people of British Pathé shoulder the burden. So drop what you’re doing (unless it’s very, very important), and let’s all get our nostalgia on and immerse ourselves in some full-colour footage of Prince Edward Island filmed fifty-two years ago in 1964. (To those of you who lived it, that was indeed fifty-two years ago – apologies for the reminder.)
The footage you’re about to see was shot either during or around the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s royal visit to the Island in October 1964 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, and the official opening of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. I’m particularly taken with the scenes of Charlottetown, notably the “traffic jam” (2:04-2:12) at the corner of Great George and Grafton.
Enjoy the show!
PEI History Guy
P.S. – If you think you recognize anyone captured in the footage, drop me a comment!