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Carden, Ontario

Site Number: 3
CSD (1991): 1103028

Principal Researcher(s): David Bruce

Assistant Researcher(s): Andrea Simpson

Located in western Prince Edward Island, Lot 16 is primarily agriculture and service oriented. The population (624) has seen very little change in the last few years (a 1% decrease). The labour force participation rate is 74%, the unemployment rate is 13%, and only 2% of the community is below LICO.

Major events & stories

  • Part of the mythology of Lot 16 would be the area inhabited by Acadians during the late 1700s and early 1800s, along the shore to the south of Belmont. Though there are no physical remnants of this settlement, it is well recalled.

  • The termination of a ferry service from Black Pt. Lot 16 to Bayside Lot 14 (estimated b/w 1947-49) is another defining moment in this community's history.

  • The establishment of a provincial park at Winchester Cape in the late 1950s is also a small imprint on the local history.

  • The first community pasture in PEI was in Lot 16, circa 1962 (1,500 acres - 3 pastures).

  • Several people from Lot 16 have served in the provincial legislature.

  • Two brothers invented the tuber (?) machine for planting seed potatoes in the 1940s: Claude and Glen Ramsey. Both lived in Belmont.

  • L.M. Montgomery taught at the school in Belmont for one year; the building was removed from its site to become part of the tourist industry in Cavendish.

  • The first murder on the Island was said to have been committed in Lot 16.

  • One of the first mink ranches on PEI was in Belmont Lot 16.

  • The famous "Malpegne Oyster" is fished off the shores of Lot 16 - at one time, these were landed, graded and packed off the southwest shore.

  • "Indian Spring" , off Belmont bridge, dates back to a time when the Mikoneq (?) used to fetch water there - The name stands.


These documents summarize the work completed and insights gained from updating Economic Capacity Profiles for the New Rural Economy2 (NRE2) sites. The initial set of Profiles was based on the 1996 Census and 2001 NRE site profiles data. The updated Profiles are based on 2001 Census data and 2003 NRE site profiles data.

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