Canada Day in Clyde River

All are welcome to join us to celebrate Canada Day on Monday, July 1, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Riverview Community Centre. It’s a birthday party! Be a kid again or still. Enjoy hotdogs, cupcakes and ice cream. Help us raise the flag, sing the anthem and celebrate Canada’s big day.

The Road Less Travelled

Aerial view of Trans Canada Highway in 2000.

As history enthusiasts, we find ourselves piecing together clues from the past to paint a picture of what life was like before our time. It’s a different challenge for us to determine what is historically significant in our own time and what we should record on it. We are now witnessing a major development in our lives with the bypass that will carve a new route through our community. I am sure many of us drive by to see construction progress and wonder how things will change this Fall when it is opened for traffic. We know how helpful it would have been if those from previous generations had recorded their observations about developments and changes within the community. Could we challenge ourselves to let future generations know about life before the bypass?

August 23, 1952

The current highway route has been such a strong presence in the history of Clyde River, it will be quite a change to see it being used predominantly by local traffic. We have seen a lot of changes over the years. My uncle recalls sledding down the hill of the main highway when he was a kid in the 1930s. I don’t think any of us would dare to do that this past winter with the volume of traffic.

We welcome your observations on life before the bypass in the comments section below.

Here are a few historical tidbits to get us started:

  • Originally, the highway was called Tryon Road and in the early 1950s became part of the Trans Canada Highway.
  • It was paved in 1952.
  • Nicknames include Main road, Trans Canada and the Highway.



A few photos of new highway construction: (click on any photo to advance through album)

Chris Robinson, P.E.I. Director, Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme.org) will present an information session on Tick/Lyme Disease. He will highlight what you need to know about the tiny vampires in the long grass and the importance of recognizing ticks, preventive measures and health issues related to Tick bites.

The presentation will take place on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7:00 P.M. Clyde River Community Centre, Rte 247. All are welcome.

Council invites suggestions for names of two roads: TransCanada Highway going through Clyde River and Service Road

Presently, the TransCanada Highway from Charlottetown to Borden runs through the municipalities of Cornwall and Clyde River. Later this year the Cornwall bypass highway will provide an alternate route between the roundabout at North River and the roundabout/interchange that will be built at the west side of Clyde River. The portion of the present TransCanada Highway that runs through the Municipality of Cornwall has already been renamed by Cornwall Council. The Clyde River Council would like our community to name the portion of the TransCanada Highway that lies within the Municipality of Clyde River. Also, there is a service road to be named.

Clyde River Council is inviting community residents to provide input on naming the two roads: the service road and the section of TCH running through Clyde River – each road will have a different name. You can include your suggestions for names in the comments section below or email administrator@clyderiverpei.com.

Spring clean up of Murchison Place Park will take place this Saturday, May 4th, 9:00 a.m. until noon. Take along a rake, work gloves and any other useful garden equipment e.g. wheelbarrow. Refreshments will be served. It will be a great time to catch up and clean up after our long winter.

The clean up is taking place early this year as work is being done to the Park throughout May to replace boardwalk. For safety reasons, the Park will be closed to visitors during that time.

Photo taken in Clyde River

As part of Nature PEI’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the Society is offering a four-evening introductory bird identification course on Island birds. The course is being held on specific Thursday evenings between March 28th and May 16th at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House at the corner of West and Kent Street in Charlottetown. The course commences at 7:00 pm and should wrap around 9:00 pm depending on the number of questions raised by the audience. The course winds up with an early morning field trip on June 1st. The instructors are Dwaine Oakley, Ray Cooke, Brendan Kelly and Dan McAskill.

The course is free but donations or Nature PEI memberships will be gladly accepted. The course is being offered by Nature PEI with the support of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation’s Beaconsfield Carriage House.

  • March 28th – “Using Bird Features, Behaviour and Birding Tools (Binoculars, Telescopes, Birding Guides, Bird Songs) to Assist in Identification” with Ray Cooke. This evening’s presentation will include the selection of binoculars and telescopes as well as birding ethics.
  • April 11th – “The Loons, Cormorants, Herons, Waterfowl, Hawks and Grouse” with Dwaine Oakley.
  • May 2nd – “The Rails, Shorebirds, Gulls, Terns, Owls, Flycatchers and Jays” with Dan McAskill.
  • May 16th – “The Larks, Swallows, Wrens, Warblers, Sparrows, Grosbeaks, Blackbirds, & Finches” with Brendan Kelly.

Course participants can put their newly acquired knowledge into practice during the field trip on Saturday, June 1st. Meet at 5:45 am at the Provincial Administration Building Kent Street Parking Lot for car pooling/rideshare coordination. Departure at 6:00 am sharp. While there will be at least a few telescopes, participants should bring their own binoculars and, if they have one, their scope.

For more information, see our website at www.naturepei.ca

The Clyde River Council invites residents to attend a public meeting on Wednesday, March 13th, 7:00 p.m. at Riverview Community Centre. Council will present the 2019/20 Financial Plan that includes Operating/Capital Budget. They will also provide updates on Clyde River’s progress in conforming to the new Municipal Government Act. Your input/questions will be welcomed. To view the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting, please click here.