Heritage Murals in the City of Summerside, PEI

Introduction

A mural program for Summerside was initiated in 1996 when a partnership between the City and Tourism PEI led to the commissioning of the mural depicting the Great Fire of 1906 for the side of the Fire Hall on Fitzroy Street.  Four other murals followed between 1997 and 1999.

To celebrate the millennium, the City of Summerside was approved for funding through the Canada Millennium Partnership Program (CMPP) to create five additional murals.  The Government of Canada program was established in order to help Canadians mark the new millennium in meaningful and creative ways. The objective was to foster initiatives that would explore our heritage, celebrate our achievements and leave a lasting legacy.

The Great Fire of 1906

Summerside was ablaze in a fierce southeast gale during the night of October 10, 1906.  The fire began its destructive path at the Railway Freight Shed, apparently ignited by a spark from a train engine.  Advancing in a 300-yard wide swath diagonally across town to the courthouse, it leveled over 155 buildings, most of them residential.  Through the heroic efforts of fire fighters and citizens, many homes were saved from the onslaught.  Not a single life was lost.  In the aftermath of this heroic event, Summerside was rebuilt.  Many magnificent period homes were constructed adding to the built heritage that enriches our neighborhoods even today.

This mural was made possible through partnerships with the City of Summerside, the Province of Prince Edward Island, and the Provincial Mural Advisory Council.

Location: Summerside Fire Hall, 248 Fitzroy Street

Facts:  Mural # 1.  Measures 25 x 20 feet.  Erected 1997.

Mural Artist: Greg Garand