Great Canadian RIVERS 


History Bites
Roma’s Roads
Eastern Prince Edward Island’s first roads were built in the 1730’s by Jean Pierre Roma and the settlers of the French fishing community of Trois Rivières.
Fishy Facts
Hatchery Help
Atlantic salmon and trout populations of the Cardigan, Brudenell and Valleyfield/Montague Rivers are enhanced by the stocking programs of the Cardigan Fish Hatchery.
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Three Rivers
T he Cardigan, the Brudenell, the Valleyfield-Montague. In a nation awash with wild, superlative waterways, these three peaceful rivers, measuring just 72.4 kilometres in combined length, are mere countryside wisps. But on compact Prince Edward Island, Canada’ smallest province, the Three Rivers merit an historical, cultural, recreational and economic status that far outweighs their diminutive size. It was here, in the 1732 wilderness of Brudenell Point that the obstinate, ambitious French entrepreneur Jean Pierre Roma built one of the Island’s first European settlements. It was from spacious, sheltered Cardigan Bay, that over 400 barques and schooners were launched from the shipyards of Montague and Georgetown. And it was throughout the hills and harbours of Three Rivers valleys that hardworking 19th century Scottish, Irish and English settlers built their homes and laid the agricultural and commercial foundations of Prince Edward Island’s economy. The Three Rivers are tidal waterways, with all of the ecological variety and aquatic richness that results from the blending of freshwater streams and saltwater seas. Along inland riverbanks, sports fishers angle for Atlantic salmon, and birdwatchers seek out woodland warblers, while in the harbour, seals sun themselves on rocky shores and Piping Plovers skitter nervously along white sand beaches. The bounty of the land – row upon row of famous Prince Edward Island potatoes – is never far from the bounty of the sea. And now, in between the farmland and the ocean, the estuaries of the Cardigan, the Brudenell and the Valleyfield-Montague offer up a brand new Prince Edward Island specialty: plump, delectable “Island Blues”, product of the area’s thriving mussel farms.