Borden-Carleton is a small town of 750 residents located on the southern shore of Prince Edward Island. It is known for being on the PEI end of the Confederation Bridge, its beautiful beaches, friendly residents, and strong sense of community.
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 hyphenated community names combines the name of Sir Robert Borden, who served as Prime Minister of Canada from 1911 to 1920, and Sir Guy Carleton, a British military officer who played a significant role in the American Revolutionary War. The two originally separate communities were officially amalgamated in 1995.
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 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 Borden-Carleton:
1 Bridge Road, Borden-Carleton, PEI
The Confederation Bridge is an engineering marvel that connects Prince Edward Island to the mainland via a 12.9-kilometer bridge. Visitors can take a guided tour of the bridge and learn about its construction and history. More…
PEI Welcome Centre
100 Abegweit Boulevard, Borden-Carleton, PEI
The PEI Welcome Centre is located in Borden-Carleton and provides visitors with information about the island’s attractions, accommodations, and events.
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.)
The Gateway Playhouse
33 Mill Road, Borden-Carleton, PEI.
(902) 437-7300 A
The Gateway Playhouse is a live theatre venue located in Borden-Carleton. It features a variety of productions throughout the summer season, including plays, musicals, and comedy shows.
33 Mill Road, Borden-Carleton, PEI
Gateway Village is a waterfront shopping and dining destination home to a variety of locally-owned shops, restaurants, and artisan studios.
Red Sand Beach
1677 Borden-Carleton Road, Borden-Carleton, PEI
Red Sand Beach is a beautiful beach located in Borden-Carleton. It features soft red sand and clear blue water, making it a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing.
Borden-Carleton Heritage Park
1 Dickie Road, Borden-Carleton, PEI.
Borden-Carleton Heritage Park is a community park with a variety of outdoor recreational facilities, including a playground, tennis court, basketball court, and picnic area.