St. Dunstan's Basilica

St. Dunstan's Basilica is the Cathedral of the Diocese of Charlottetown in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is named for St. Dunstan the Anglo Saxon saint from Glastonbury. It is located on Great George Street, between the harbour and the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

St. Dunstan's Basilica
St. Dunstan's Cathedral Basilica
Location45 Great George Street
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
C1A 4K1
DenominationCatholic Church
Architect(s)François-Xavier Berlinguet[1]
Groundbreaking1896, 1913 (reconstruction after fire)
Number of spires2
Spire height200 feet (61 m)[1]
ArchdioceseDiocese of Charlottetown
Official nameSt. Dunstan's Roman Catholic Cathedral / Basilica National Historic Site of Canada


The present stone structure was built in 1916, after a fire destroyed the original cathedral in 1913.

In October 1980 it was the site of a state funeral when Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau gave the eulogy during the funeral for Veterans Affairs Minister Daniel J. MacDonald (M.P. Cardigan). The Basilica was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990.[1]


Further reading

  • Peter Ludlow, The Canny Scot: Archbishop James Morrison of Antigonish' (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015)

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