Charlottetown in Video, 1988

Another interesting look into Charlottetown’s near-history courtesy of Pex Mackay, who’s posted a 1988 video shot by Keith Wakelin. It’s an hour long, somewhat shaky, and with some repetition, but it’s worth watching all the way through for the shots of things that are no longer now as they once were: you’ll see the old Montage Dance space on Pownal (destroyed by fire just before the video was shot and still in ruins), the Irving station at the corner of Prince and Grafton, the waterfront full of oil tanks a derelict railway buildings before Confederation Landing Park and Peakes Quay, and Kent Street before the Royal Trust Tower.

Around 48:55 there’s a brief clip of the house on Longworth Avenue that’s been the centre of the SidingGate controversy this week.

We moved to Charlottetown in the winter of 1993, just 5 years after this video was shot, and it’s amazing both how much changed in those 5 short years, and how much has changed since.


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johnny on June 14, 2011 - 13:13 Permalink

Did you honestly watch all the way through for 48 minutes?

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Chuck S. on June 15, 2011 - 01:42 Permalink

Fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Alexa on June 17, 2011 - 20:17 Permalink

Thank you all for sharing! I was reminiscing the other day, and wishing I had some pictures to show how much things have changed.