Historic photo exhibit on display in Charlottetown window

Published on August 11, 2017

Coun. Greg Rivard, chairman of the planning and heritage committee, and Natalie Munn, heritage researcher and collections co-ordinator, hold a photo of a group swimming off Victoria Park and Queen Elizabeth Drive in the 1950s — just one of the images included in the city’s latest exhibit, “Picturing A City: Summertime”.

©THE GUARDIAN/Submitted photo

With Old Home Week just around the corner, the City of Charlottetown extends an invitation to the public to take a stroll back in time and explore how citizens of yesteryear passed the lazy, hazy days of summer.

This is the latest installment of the “Picturing a City: Historic Photo Exhibit Series” focuses on an aspect of the city’s history or traditions and displays photos from its archive in the windows of the planning and heritage department (233 Queen St.). 

Planning and heritage staff has sifted through the city’s archival collection to feature historical photos from many different eras and locations all over Charlottetown.

The images depict the summer activities and long-held traditions of the city residents, including Old Home Week and “the Exhibition”, backyard camping – Victorian style, a day at the beach in the Edwardian era and swimming lessons in the 1950s off Victoria Park when Queen Elizabeth Drive was still cottage country.

The planning and heritage department acknowledges the individuals who donated images to make the exhibits possible. The exhibit runs until Labour Day (Sept. 4), after which a new exhibit celebrating the history of the city’s schools will be launched in the space.

All exhibits will be posted online at

For more information on donating photos or allowing staff to scan images for future generations, contact 902-629-4051 or