This historical site is on Rocky Point, forming a landmass protecting Charlottetown the point overlooks both Hillsborough Bay and Charlottetown’s harbour. Port-La-Joye was the first European settlement on the Island, by the French in  1720. After the British takeover, they built Fort Amherst, of which only earthworks remain. Nearby, a reconstructed 16th century Micmac village portrays Indian life before the white man and features native artifacts including a 200 year old canoe.

Fort Amherst-Aerial View

Fort Amherst Attractions

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

2 Palmers Lane, Charlottetown, C1A 5V6.
(Off Rte 19, Rocky Point Located 20 minutes from Charlottetown)
(902) 566-7626

It was here that the French established the first European settlement on the Island in 1720. When the British captured Port-la-Joye in 1758 they built Fort Amherst in the same location. The earthworks of the British fort are still visible. Visitor centre with displays and a 1720s café and boutique. Cultural interpretive events held regularly during July/August. Bilingual guides explain the history of the site. Picnic area with excellent view of Charlottetown Harbour. Visitor Centre open June 17-Sept 2, daily, 9 am-5 pm. Grounds open May-Nov. Site admission applies.

Fort Amherst, PEI Area Map