Provincial Heritage Fair

The PEI Heritage Fair program is a student-centered, inquiry-based learning opportunity that allows grades five to nine students to explore a Prince Edward Island or Canadian history topic of interest. Through guided inquiry-based learning, students are encouraged to think critically about history and its implications, acquire a sound understanding of the discipline and become more engaged in history. The grade five study of past societies and the grade six focus on Island history lend well to be tied in with heritage fair. Heritage Fair also has direct ties to grade seven and eight social studies curriculum and the study of Canadian History. 

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Since 1997, PEI students have participated in the Heritage Fair program with an annual participation of close to 30 schools and 1,700 students. Students develop heritage fair projects in the classroom and create a written report, visual display and an oral presentation. Approximately 170 students move on to represent their schools at the Provincial Heritage Fair each May. Several students are selected each year to participate in a video contest by Canada’s History Young Citizens.

To register, submit a completed Provincial Heritage Fair School registration form before the December deadline.

2023 Awards

Provincial Heritage Fair Award Recipients

Award of Excellence: In recognition of outstanding achievement in researching, interpreting, and effectively conveying findings on a topic in Canadian history

  • Henry Etchell, gr. 6, “Doucet House Descendant”, L.M. Montgomery Elementary
  • Sophia Bourque, gr. 5, <<L’art de la penne>>, École Spring Park

Indigenous Relations Secretariat Awards: to recognize outstanding student achievement in celebrating an aspect of Indigenous history, heritage, or culture and to recognize an outstanding  project on an aspect of the archaeology or paleontology of Prince Edward Island’s past

  • Colin Bernard, Gr. 7, “Mi’kmaq Culture & Survival”, Stonepark Intermediate
  • Bria Doucet & Kameryn Buote, Gr. 9, “La Culture de Mi’kmaq/ Mi’kmaq Ways”, M.E. Callaghan Intermediate

Parks Canada Award: In recognition of the best project portraying the heritage of a National Historic Site of Canada on Prince Edward Island or a person, place or event of national historic significance.

  • Sophia Faccin, Gr. 5, “Viola Desmond”, Parkdale Elementary

PEI Regiment Museum Award: To recognize an outstanding project on an aspect of military history

  • Theo Hansen & Jensen MacDonald, Gr. 7, “The Forgotten War”, Morell Consolidated

PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Award: To recognize the best use of material culture (artifacts) in a project interpreting an aspect of Prince Edward Island or Canadian history

  • Cora van Eyk, Gr. 8, “Turning Points: when pivotal decisions leave a lasting legacy”, East Wiltshire Intermediate

2023 Finalists

Grade 5

  • Sophia Faccin, “Viola Desmond”, Parkdale Elementary
  • Mylah Campbell, “Harness Racing”, West Royalty Elementary
  • Dominic Delaney, <<Eddy Arsenault>>, École François-Buote
  • Sophia Bourque, <<L’art de la penne>>, École Spring Park

Grade 6

  • Henry Etchell, “Doucet House Descendant”, L.M. Montgomery Elementary
  • Emma Arsenault & Callie Arsenault, <<L’exposition Agricole et le Festival acadien>>, École Évangéline
  • Kara Hutt, “Evolution of Lobster Fishing”, St. Louis Elementary
  • Charlie McQuaid, “Jackman of all Trades”, L.M. Montgomery Elementary
  • Matteo Garolfalo & Kaleb MacEachern, “Christine Sinclair: A Canadian Changemaker”, West Royalty Elementary

Grade 7

  • Cameron MacKinnon, “History of Lobster Fishing on PEI”, Souris Regional
  • Isabella Rivard, “Why Canadian artists are successful”, Birchwood Intermediate

Grade 8

Cora van Eyk, “Turning Points: when pivotal decisions leave a lasting legacy”, East Wiltshire Intermediate

Grade 9
Josh Arcangel, “Black can be White”, M.E. Callaghan Intermediate

Special Prize Award Recipients 2023

Download list of award recipients of special prizes sponsored by community organizations

Photo Gallery

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Provincial Heritage Fair - May 2023


Provincial Heritage Fair Coordinator
3rd floor Shaw Building, 95-105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Telephone: (902) 368-5940
Fax: 902-894-0342 fax
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Published date: 
November 7, 2023