The Town of Borden-Carleton is located at the north(Island) end of the Confederation Bridge. When first settled by Scots in the 1820’s the area was known as Carleton Point. The community became gateway to the mainland, when year-round Island rail service began in 1914, connecting to a ferry to the mainland, with the first icebreaker crossing the Northumberland Strait in 1917. The town of Port Borden (named for the Canadian Prime Minister of the day, Sir Robert Borden) was incorporated in 1919 to serve the growing community of ferry workers and services.
The Confederation Bridge was built to span the Northumberland Strait and opened in 1997, marking a new era for Borden-Carleton. Borden-Carleton was the result of the 1995 amalgamation of the Town of Borden and the Community of Carleton Siding.
Here are some of the attractions in and around Carleton:
Mill River Provincial Park
9 Mill Rd, O’Leary, PE C0B 1V0
(On Hwy 2 on the north west of the island)
The park is located at deep within a long tortuous inlet which makes for some interesting exploring and could be involved with several protected routes. The shore about the inlets has a series of islands which protect it and would allow you to connect to a number of other parks. Camping can be had in the park. The Mill River has a wide range of levels of difficulty, from Beginner to Expert
Prince Edward Island Potato Museum
22 Parkview Dr (in Centennial Park), Box 602, O’Leary, C0B 1V0.
Recently opened museum with a national exhibit “The Amazing Potato” (History and Culture) with extraordinary displays and interactive terminals. Self-guided interpretive centre with bilingual story-line supported by photographs, artifacts and graphics, tells the story of the potato. Large collection of antique machinery. Visit the Potato Hall of Fame, the resource room, and gift shop with potato theme. Other attractions: community museum, heritage chapel, log barn of farm implements, machinery and the one-room school. Open June 1-Oct 15. Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm; Sun, 1-5 pm. $5 per person, $12 per family (parents or guardians/children under 16 only). Group/bus rate $3 per person (includes all attractions in the complex.)