November 22, 2006
For immediate release
Historic Railway Station Featured on National Website
Community and Cultural Affairs
Each month on it’s web page, the Canadian Register of Historic Places features a theme in historic places. This November they have chosen to feature the Elmira Railway Station, one of the many buildings designated under the Prince Edward Island Heritage Places Protection Act and one of seven museum sites across the province.
The former railway station in Elmira houses the Elmira Railway Museum which draws on the historic character of the 1912 building and of the community. It is valued as a significant example of railway station architecture in Prince Edward Island.
In the Legislative Assembly this afternoon, Community and Cultural Affairs Minister Elmer MacFadyen extended congratulations to everyone associated with the Elmira Museum for being selected as a nationally-recognized example of Canadian railway heritage. “This building has a long association with the province's transportation heritage and is excellent example of how heritage buildings themselves can tell an important story, while also serving as museums and filling an educational role.”
The Elmira Railway Museum is operated as part of the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation and shows the effectiveness of a decentralized museum system which takes cultural tourists to all parts of the province. The full story on the Elmira Railway Station as well as other heritage places can be seen at www.historicplaces.ca.