Glenaladale Trust receives $438,000 in federal funding and an additional $100,000 from the P.E.I. government for renovations, landscaping | Provincial | News

In 1972, Mary Gallant first saw the interior of the Glenaladale House.

It blew her away, she said.

“I was just … I think Gobsmacked would be the best word because I didn’t know there were places like this that grew up in the country.”

Gallant was there as usher for the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Glenaladale settlers in PEI

On Monday, a funding commitment will allow more people to marvel at the historic property during the 250th celebration in 2022.

Gallant is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Glenaladale Trust, a registered charity that acquired Tracadie’s heritage site with help from the federal government in 2018.

The federal government’s investment in Glenaladale on Monday totaled $ 434,000 over three years. The provincial government also announced that it would propose $ 100,000.

Despite the funding, the trust will have to raise an additional $ 300,000 over the next year and a half.

“It’s a combination of delighted and grateful,” said Gallant. “Relieved that the money will be there to go ahead and prepare for the upcoming celebrations in 2022. Enjoy the day, but tomorrow your boots will have to work hard.”

Mary Gallant holds two books on the history of Glenaladale: Exploring Glenaladale by Sterling Stratton and Helen MacDonald of Glenaladale: Miss Nelly by Genevieve MacDonald. It is shown at McAskill Woodworking in Charlottetown, where it works. – Contributed


Liberal MP for Cardigan and Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAulay made the virtual funding announcement.

The federal part is provided through the Legacy Fund component of the “Building Communities through Arts and Heritage” program.

In his speech, he emphasized the property’s historic importance as the first major Scottish settlement on the island, as well as the role the Scots have played throughout Canadian history.

“Despite everything that has been said and written about the Scots in Canada, the history of Glenaladale is unknown, but that is why we are here today.”

Provincial funding announced by Minister for Fisheries and Communities Jamie Fox comes from the provincial Community Revitalization Program.

The Glenaladale Estate fits in perfectly with the program, Fox said.

“It’s pretty obvious that this particular program is specifically tailored to this area and will help build on the culture and history associated with the area.”

At a glance

Glenaladale Trust Timeline:

  • 2012: The property in Glenaladale is offered for sale. Mary Gallant and other parishioners began promoting property awareness and education and initiating conversations with the then owners.
  • 2015: Gallant and the rest of the members registered the Glenaladale Trust as a not-for-profit organization to begin issuing tax receipts for funds raised.
  • 2018: Glenaladale Trust acquires the property with the Canadian Heritage Department supporting the purchase with $ 705,000, half the asking price.
  • 2018: opening of the property for tours by donation. The Trust also contacted provincial archaeologists who investigated the site and found the original homestead of Captain John MacDonald.
  • 2020: Glenaladale House closed to the public but outdoor tours were offered. The Trust took the opportunity to do some work inside the building.
  • 2021: Received $ 484,000 from the federal government and $ 100,000 from the provincial government over three years to continue work on the property in preparation for June 25, 2022, the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the settlers in Glenaladale.


The money will be used to complete renovations to the former schoolhouse, Glenaladale home, and several landscaping projects on the property, including a sculpture forest, ancestral garden, and a network of trails on the 530 acre property.

The schoolhouse has already been moved to the entrance of the property to welcome guests and the confidence is in the process of restoring it, Gallant said.

“There is still a lot to be done on the schoolhouse to get it into a functioning building.”

As for the house, work has been done on the bricks and roof, she said.

“It was in pretty good shape but only a few areas needed attention so there is work to be done to get it to the level we want it to be at.”

The Trust’s board of directors has continued to be an active participant in these restorations since the property was purchased, along with approximately 35 to 40 volunteers.

The hope is to have everything ready for the planned 10-day celebration, which begins June 25, 2022 and includes a reenactment of the Portage of the Glenaladale settlers from 1772, as well as genealogical tents, several ceilidhs, lectures and various hands-on activities for visitors said Gallant.

“But to do all of this, we need more support.”

Michael Robar is the Guardian’s National Affairs Reporter.

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