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About Peake’s Quay

Step into the rich tapestry of history and experience the vibrant maritime spirit at Peake’s Quay, an iconic destination nestled on the charismatic Charlottetown waterfront. Once a symbol of the city’s industrial might, today, Peake’s Quay pulses with the rhythm of Prince Edward Island’s heart, encapsulating the essence of its culture, history, and maritime tradition.

Situated at 8-10 Lower Water Street, where the echoes of the past meet the joys of the present, Peake’s Quay has transformed from a former industrial building into a bustling hub of excitement and entertainment. With more than 20 unique shops offering a treasure trove of handmade jewelry, crafts, antiques, and souvenirs, it is a shopper’s paradise. Indulge in mouth-watering delicacies at the restaurant, treat yourself to the famous “Cows” ice cream, or simply enjoy a lovely salad while taking in the stunning views from the expansive deck overlooking the marina.

A Rich and Vibrant History

The Peake Brothers constructed the Peake No. 3 wharf in 1872. The wharf was one of three the Peake Family owned along the Charlottetown waterfront. Their father, James Ellis Peake (1797-1860) had developed a large shipping empire before his premature death in 1860. His sons continued in the business and established the successful company, Peake Bros. & Company in 1866.

At this point in Prince Edward Island’s history, the Island exported a great deal of oats, potatoes, dried fish and wood products to the other Maritime Provinces, as well as to Britain and the United States. Over half the trade was funneled through the port of Charlottetown and some of the trade was probably conducted from Peake’s wharf.

The Federal department of Marine and Fisheries acquired many of the buildings on the wharf in 1904 and it constructed various outbuildings that were used for storage and testing. A number of buildings near the head of Peake’s wharf were industrial in nature however. Companies such as Bruce Stewart & Company, M.P. Hogan’s Sash and Door Factory, Robert Palmer & Company and later, MacDonald and Rowe Woodworking Company, operated from the area.

It is not clear when the Peake’s Quay building was constructed but MacDonald and Rowe Woodworking used it for much of the 20th Century. Together, S. Albert MacDonald and William Rowe began the large woodworking firm in approximately 1911. MacDonald had worked as a foreman for the company’s predecessor, the Robert Palmer & Co. Sash and Door Factory, before beginning his own company in partnership with Rowe.

In 1989, a new chapter began in the story of Peake’s Quay. The Charlottetown Area Development Corporation embarked on a significant development project that breathed new life into the area. The building, along with some of the former Department of Marine and Fisheries buildings, underwent an incredible transformation into a seasonal restaurant, nightclub, and shops. The construction of a large pedestrian boardwalk, linked to the Charlottetown Boardwalk system, and the installation of a 150-slip marina where the old wharf once stood, further elevated the area’s appeal​.

Today, Peake’s Quay retains its simple yet elegant design, paying homage to its industrial roots while welcoming visitors and residents alike to enjoy its vibrant atmosphere​. Its large balconies provide an unobstructed view of the Charlottetown Harbour, a sight that never fails to captivate. The Quay has undergone several renovations since 1989, including an expansion of the building and balcony, all the while preserving and enhancing the heritage character of the area​​.

Peake’s Quay, a place where history, culture, and community come together, awaits your visit. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax, shop, dine, or simply take great photos, Peake’s Quay offers a memorable experience​. Join us at Peake’s Quay and become a part of Charlottetown’s enduring maritime story.