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 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)
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.