Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site
Originally established by the French in 1720, Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst commemorates the first permanent European settlement on Île Saint-Jean (today Prince Edward Island). After falling to British forces in 1758 it became the site of a major deportation of French and Acadian settlers. A Grand Alliance was forged here between the Mi'kmaq and French - one of only two locations in North America where this was celebrated annually with speeches, gifting and feasting. The fort’s grassy ruins are still visible, and interpretive panels explore its rich history. The grounds also offer superb views of the surrounding countryside and Charlottetown Harbour.
Visiting Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site
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Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site boasts a trail system spanning 6 kilometres.
Indigenous interpretive programming
Join Indigenous heritage presenters on site throughout the summer and be immersed in the stories, history and language of the Mi'kmaq people.
About Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site
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