Ellerslie-Bideford, Prince Edward Island
|Municipality of Ellerslie-Bideford|
Ellerslie-Bideford in Prince Edward Island
|Coordinates: 46.601°N 63.958°W|
|Province||Prince Edward Island|
|• Chairperson||Myron Hutchinson|
|• Councillor||Lorraine Barlow|
|• CAO||Julie Ellisworth-Enman|
|• Summer (DST)||ADT|
|Canadian postal code|
The community was incorporated by provincial government in 1977, when Ellerslie merged with Bideford. Ellerslie was founded in 1853 by a local carpenter, being named after Ellerslie, Scotland. Bideford was named in 1818 after Bideford, Devon, England. Ellerslie is currently one of the last communities in the West Prince district of Prince Edward Island prior to the border with East Prince.
The community had a rich history in the fox farming and ship building industries. The Bideford Shipyard launched several sea vessels, including the last one to be christened there, the Meteor. Bideford is also home to a Shellfish Museum; as the fishery is the basis of the local economy.
Over the past several years, the Community Improvement Council (or CIC) has endeavored to undertake several infrastructure projects. These projects include a new set of Soccer Fields and a Running Track. The Council also attempted to move the community towards a central sewer system from the current model of independent septic tanks for each dwelling, however this motion was defeated in a community vote, over much controversy.
Ellerslie was home to Ellerslie Elementary School, which has approximately 200 students in grades K-6. From this school, area residents go to Hernewood Intermediate, and Westisle Composite High.
- Bideford Parsonage Museum
- The Bideford Shellfish Museum
- "Municipal Councils and Contact Information" (PDF). Government of Prince Edward Island. January 27, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
- Hamiton, William Baillie (1996). Place Names of Atlantic Canada (illustrated, reprint ed.). University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0802075703. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
- "EC2018–585: Municipal Government Act Rural Municipality of Lady Slipper and Rural Municipality of Ellerslie-Bideford Restructuring" (PDF). Government of Prince Edward Island Executive Council. September 25, 2018. pp. 321–323. Retrieved October 27, 2018.