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

Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site is important to Prince Edward Island and Canadian History for many reasons, and holds lasting importance for the Island’s Mi’kmaw, Acadian, and British-descent cultural communities. Here, from 1725-1752, Mi’kmaw and French leaders met for annual ceremonies to renew and strengthen their political, military, and social alliance.
Skmaqn – Port-la-Joye – Fort Amherst National Historic Site:

  • Has been known to the Indigenous Mi’kmaw People for thousands of years
  • Was chosen as the capital of two different European colonies;
  • Was witness to a great tragedy
  • And remains a place where people come together to remember and commemorate our shared past.

See what compelled Louis Denys de La Ronde to write in 1721, “…Port-la-Joye, one of the most beautiful harbours that the eye can behold.” Walk the Old Harbour Path and discover the rich history of settlement, conflict and change during the struggle for control of North America and learn about the importance of this site to French, Mi’kmaq and British history. The site also offers an extensive trail system, engaging learning programs and a truly unique picnic experience on the grounds of the old fort with spectacular views of Charlottetown.

Visitor Reception Centre open daily July 1-August 31.

Culture Explore Hiking

Central Coastal

(902) 566-7050

Open year round, the washroom facilities are closed and the trails are not maintained between mid-October and mid-June each year