Skmaqn-Port-la-Joye-Fort Amherst National Historic Site - Historic Places Days

Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site

Rocky Point, Prince Edward Island
191 Haché Galant Drive, Rocky Point, Île-du-Prince-Édouard, C0A 1H2
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(902) 675-2220 or 1-888-773-8888

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.


  • Family-Friendly
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Parkland
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access


191 Haché Galant Drive, Rocky Point, Île-du-Prince-Édouard, C0A 1H2
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