Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island

Murray Harbour (2011 pop.: 320) is a municipality that holds rural municipality status in Prince Edward Island, Canada.[1] It is located in southeastern Kings County.

Rural Municipality of Murray Harbour
Community

Seal
Location of Murray Harbour in Prince Edward Island
Coordinates: 46°0′24.26″N 62°31′32.14″W
Country Canada
Province Prince Edward Island
CountyKings County
Incorporated (municipality)1953
Founded1786
Area
  Total10.4 km2 (4.01 sq mi)
Population
  Total320
  Density89.3/km2 (231/sq mi)
Canadian Postal code
C0A1V0
Area code(s)902
Telephone Exchange962
Websitehttp://www.murrayharbour.ca/

Located in the township of Lot 64, the community is named after General the Honourable James Murray, (1721–94), Governor of Quebec (1764–66).

With an area of 4.1 km2 and an extensive waterfront facing a large natural harbour (also named Murray Harbour), the community's primary industry is fishing, most notably lobster and scallops. It also hosts some secondary industry in the form of fish processing and a growing tertiary service economy centred on tourism.

The community has a car repair station, a fire station, a grocery, two restaurants, a number of churches, a marina and a number of wharves. The Community Centre hosts many events throughout the year, including plays, music and comedy shows - including Small Halls Festival - ceilidhs, suppers, painting classes, seniors' events and more. Behind the Community Centre is a large double dog park and an outdoor rink/ball hockey rink. In summer 2017 a huge playground (for ages 5 to 13) and a skate park will be added.

The majority of the community's fishing fleet is berthed at the South River Harbour facility which is operated by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Other wharves include the Murray Harbour wharf, Machon Point wharf, and Beach Point wharf, as well as the Bowridge Landing Marina.

In recent years, Murray Harbour has attracted many retirees. The climate is a maritime one with only two or three months of cool/cold weather. The summers are pleasant and there is an active arts and social events community.

Notable people

Murray Harbour is the hometown of former ice-hockey player Brad Richards. He received the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and the Conn Smythe Trophy as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning when the Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004 and he was also the alternate captain of the New York Rangers. He also won the Stanley Cup in 2015 with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Murray Harbour is the current residence of Nathan Rolston, the renowned expert in water purification systems.

Early settlers

Samuel Holland named Murray Harbour after the Honourable James Murray, (1721–94).[2] According to the first census of Prince Edward Island in 1798, ordered by Governor Fanning, there were only three families resident on Lot 64, Nicolas Hugh, a family of three, William Sencabaugh, a family of five, and a widow, Mrs. Foster with a family of five, United Empire Loyalists.[3] By the beginning of the 18th century, Guernsey's residents were starting to settle in North America.[4] Benjamin Chappell (1740 – 1825) described three notable migrations to Prince Edward Island - the United Empire Loyalists, the Selkirk Settlers, and the Guernsey settlers. He wrote on June 3, 1806 that eight families (the Brehauts, Robertsons, Taudvins, Machons, Marquands, DeJerseys, and Sullivans) who had arrived on a ship from Guernsey on May 16, 1806 had gone to Murray Harbour.[5]:472

References

  1. "Municipal Councils and Contact Information" (PDF). Government of Prince Edward Island. January 27, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  2. Alan Rayburn, Geographical Names of Prince Edward Island, p.2-5
  3. Prince Edward Island Census. 1798. By order of Governor Fanning.
  4. "Guernsey's emigrant children". BBC Legacies. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  5. MacLeod, Ada (1930). "The Oldest Diary on Prince Edward Island" (PDF). The Dalhousie Review: 461–474.

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