Charlottetown was originally settled by the Mi'kmaq people, who called their island epekwitk, meaning "cradled on the waves." Learn more Mi'kmaq place names near Charlottetown.
Charlottetown was originally names Port la Joie by the French, but was renamed for the British Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, in 1763.
It serves as the capital of Canada's smallest province, Prince Edward Island (PEI), and is one of only two cities on the island.
Charlottetown is known as the "birthplace of Canada." The Charlottetown Conference, held in 1864, was the first step towards unification of Canadian provinces in 1867.
The beloved children's book, Anne of Green Gables, was written by PEI native Lucy Maud Montgomery in 1908 and set at nearby Cavendish Beach. The house that inspired the story is a National Historic Site.