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Charlottetown Communities

Charlottetown comprises the following neighbourhoods.
Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada

Aerial Photograph of Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada

Downtown Charlottetown…

…includes the city’s historic five hundred lots, as surveyed by Captain Samuel Holland, as well as the waterfront facing the harbour and the Hillsborough River. Adjacent communities to the original downtown included Brighton, Spring Park, Sherwood and Parkdale. The areas to the west, north and east of downtown have been developed in recent decades with several residential and commercial/retail developments, although the outer regions of the city are still predominantly farmland, as is an area in the centre of the city where an Agriculture Canada experimental crop research station is located.

The Agriculture Canada research station farm is the last remnant of the Queens Royalty common pasture lands and creates a large greenspace in the centre of the city, north of downtown. The development of the township of Queens Royalty, with its 12-acre (49,000 m2) estates surveyed during the 18th and 19th centuries along a north-south axis forced early road networks into a grid.

University Avenue as seen from the Atlantic Technology Centre roof deck.

The present-day Charlottetown landscape is dominated by urban development along the waterfront areas, suburban development to the west, north and east, as well as the airport to the north. Commercial development, aside from the central business district, is concentrated along several road corridors:

  • University Avenue/Malpeque Road
  • North River Road/Lower Malpeque Road
  • St. Peter’s Road
  • Mount Edward Road
  • Kensington Road

The downtown core is augmented by several feeder streets:

  • Queen Street
  • Water Street
  • Grafton Street

Prince Street in the city’s historic district.

Charlottetown comprises the following neighbourhoods which were one-time independent municipalities:

  • Charlottetown (original municipality)
  • Brighton
  • Spring Park
  • Parkdale
  • Sherwood
  • East Royalty (including Hillsborough Park)
  • West Royalty
  • Winsloe
Map of Brighton PEI

Map of Brighton, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

The original municipal boundary between Charlottetown and the common area of the township of Queens Royalty was the northern edge of the original five hundred lots along present-day Euston Street. This boundary was extended north to Allen Street and Kirkwood Drive during the early twentieth century, taking in part of the rural community of Brighton west of the downtown. The village of Spring Park was amalgamated into the city in 1959, extending the city’s boundary north to Hermitage Creek, which also formed the southern boundary of the village of West Royalty. Development filled in most vacant land in the Brighton and Spring Park neighbourhoods by the 1980s.

Municipal amalgamation in 1996 saw the outlying independent municipalities of Parkdale (town), Sherwood, East Royalty, West Royalty and Winsloe (villages) merged into a larger city of Charlottetown at the same time as rural communities east and west of the city were amalgamated to form the towns of Stratford and Cornwall respectively.

A green belt is in place around the northern fringe of the municipal boundary, although it is poorly enforced by the provincial government, leading to suburban sprawl.  (Source)

Charlottetown Downtown aerial photographs by Michael Poczynek:

 

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