On display on the Main Floor of Robertson Library are 46 historical maps relating to Prince Edward Island and the Atlantic Canada region. This display visually illustrates the evolving knowledge which explorers, cartographers and surveyors have had of this region from its earliest discovery in the 16th century to the formation of Canada. The "Map Gallery" is located past the Information Desk in the Government Documents area. Several of the maps housed in the Special Collections Room are within the climate controlled storage area. Ask the Special Collections Room staff for assistance.

Description of Maps

  1. A new map of Nova Scotia compiled from the latest surveys expressly for the Historical & Statistical Account of Nova Scotia. 1829.
  2. Location: Microform Area (1)

  3. A plan of the Island of St. John with the divisions of the counties, parishes and the lots as granted by Government; likewise the soundings round the coast and harbours. Surveyed by Capt. Holland. 1775.
  4. Location: Special Collections Room (2)

  5. Plan de l'Ile de St. Jean au nord de l'Acadie et dans le sud du Golfe de St. Laurent. Suivant l'arpentage du Capitaine Anglois Holland. Redige au Depot General des Cartes Plans et Journaux de la Marine par Ordre de M. De Sartine, Conseiller d'Etat, Ministre et Secretaire d'Etat au Department de la Marine. 1778.
  6. Location: Special Collections Room (3)

  7. A map of the Island of St. John in the Gulf of St. Laurence divided into counties and parishes and the lots as granted by Government, to which are added the soundings round the coast and harbours, improved from the late survey of Captain Holland. Published as the Act direct, April 6, 1775.
  8. Location: Special Collections Room (4) Donated to the University Library by David MacDonald Stewart, Chancellor, 1983.

  9. County map of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Cape Breton Id. and Pr. Edward Id. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1867 by S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr. in the Clerks Office of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  10. Location: Microform Area (5)

  11. Panoramic view of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 1878. Reprinted 1983 by Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation.
  12. Location: Special Collections Room (6)

  13. Johnson's New Brunswick and Nova Scotia of the Dominion of Canada, also Newfoundland, Prince Edward and Cape Breton Is. Published by A.J. Johnson, New York. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1867 by A.J. Johnson in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.
  14. Location: Map Gallery (7)

  15. A chart of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, composed from a great number of actual surveys and other materials, regulated and connected by astronomical observations. - London: Printed and sold by Robert Sayer and John Bennett, No. 53 in Fleet Street, as the Act directs, 25th March, 1775.
  16. Location: Map Gallery (8)

  17. Colton's New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Id. Published by Johnson Browning, New York. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1855 by J.J. Colton & Co. in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.
  18. Location: Microform Area (9)

  19. Gastaldi, Giacomo, c1500-1565. La Nova Francia. Venice: after 1556, c1558.
  20. Note: The original woodcut block was destroyed by fire in 1556. This copy is the second state and is a pre-Cartier conception of the Northeast coast of America from New York to Labrador. The information is derived from Verrazzano's 1524 voyage. The second state includes figures depicting Indians, animals, demons and ships but differs from the first woodcut by the addition of several weeping willow trees.

    Location: Special Collections Room (10)

  21. Canada East formerly Lower Canada. Published by S. Augustus Mitchell, Philadelphia. 1850.
  22. Location: Map Gallery (11)

  23. Desbarres, J.F.W. Cardigan Bay, from the Atlantic Neptune - London, 1780.
  24. Location: Map Gallery (12)

  25. Partie Orientale de la Nouvelle France ou du Canada avec l'Isle de Terre-Neuve et de Nouvelle Escosse, Acadie et Nouv. Angleterre avec Fleuve de St. Laurence. Represente par Math. Seulter. Georg. de S.M. Imper. d'Augsbourg.
  26. Location: Library Reception Office (13)

  27. DesBarres, J.F.W. Engraved chart from the Atlantic Neptune. Hillsborough Bay. c.1780.
  28. Location: Map Gallery (14)

  29. Map of Nova Scotia, or Acadia with the Islands of Cape Breton and St. John's, from actual surveys of Capt. Montresor, Engineer. 1768.
  30. Location: Special Collections Room (15)

  31. Map of Charlottetown and Common, P.E.I. N.D.
  32. Location: Map Gallery (16)

  33. Map of the City of Charlottetown, P.E.I. W.E. Hyndman, 1902.
    Scale 400' to 1"
  34. Location: Special Collections Room (17)

  35. Charlottetown Harbour. Surveyed by Capt. H.W. Bayfield. Assisted by Lieut. J. Orlebar & G.A. Bedford, 1843. London: Published according to Act of Parliament by the Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, May 12, 1845. Small corrections, 1877. Large corrections 1884.
  36. Location: Map Gallery (18)

  37. Charlottetown Harbour. Surveyed by Capt. H.W. Bayfield. Assisted by Lieut. J. Orlebar & G.A. Bedford. 1843. London: Published according to Act of Parliament at the Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, May 12, 1845. Small corrections 1921. New Editions, Feb. 1884, June 1916.
  38. Location: Special Collections Room (19)

  39. Hillsborough Bay. Surveyed by Capt. H.W. Bayfield. Assisted by Lieuts. J. Orlebar & G.A. Bedford. 1842. London: Published according to Act of Parliament at the Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, June 19th, 1846. Corrections to 1860, May 1968, Sept. 1969.
  40. Location: Map Gallery (20)

  41. Hillsborough Bay. Surveyed by Capt. H.W. Bayfield. Assisted by Lieuts. J. Orlebar & G.A. Bedford. 1842. London: Published according to Act of Parliament at the Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, June 19th, 1846. Large Corrections 1860, May 1968, Sept. 69, 1981.
  42. Location: Map Gallery (21)

  43. Carte de l’Acadie et pais voisins. Pour servir a l'histoire generale des voyages. Par M.B. Ing'r. de la Marine. 1757. [Bellin] Echelle de lieues communes de France.
  44. Location: Special Collections Room (22)

  45. Prince Edward Island divided into counties and parishes, with the lots, as granted by Government, exhibiting all the new settlements, roads, mills, etc. - London: Published as the Act directs, March 1, 1798, by H. Ashby, King Street, Cheapside.
  46. Location: Special Collections Room (23)

  47. Public Works Canada. Hillsborough River, P.E.I. Plan shewing position of river wharves also public roads and railway.
  48. Location: Map Gallery (24)

  49. Map of Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Comprising the latest topographical information afforded by the Surveyor General's Office and other authentic sources. The sea coast, rivers, etc. being laid down by the survey recently completed by Capt. H.W. Bayfield, R.N. by George Wright, Esq., Surveyor General, 1852. With corrections and additions to 1903 by H.J. Cundall, L.S.
    Scale - 2 1/2 statute Miles to the inch.
  50. Location: Special Collections Room. Ask staff to view this item. (25)

  51. Richmond Bay surveyed by Captain Bayfield, R.N., F.A.S. 1845. Published according to Act of Parliament at the Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, Oct. 18, 1850. Corrections to 1860.
  52. Location: Map Gallery (26)

  53. Charlotte - Town and Roadstead.
    Scale: 1: 600,000.
  54. Location: Special Collections Room (27)

  55. Gastaldi, Giacomo]. [c1500-1565] Tierra nveva [Venice: 1574].
  56. Location: Microform Area (28)

  57. L'Isle de Terre-Neuve, l'Acadie, ou la nouvelle Ecosse, I'Isle St. Jean et la Partie Orientale du Canada. Par M. Bonne, Ingnieur-Hydrographe de la Marine. 1780.
  58. Location: Map Gallery (29)

  59. [Lodge] An exact map of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Gulf and River St. Laurence, and Coast of Labrador from the latest observations. [Lodge/Russel] 1777.
  60. Location: Microform Area (30)

  61. [Bellin, Jacques Nicolas] Carta del Golfo di S. Lorenzo & Paesi Vicini.
    Spanish edition of Bellin's famous 1744 map.
  62. Location: Special Collections Room (31)

  63. A new map of Newfoundland, New Scotland, the Isles of Breton, Anticoste, St. John's, etc., together with the fishing banks. By H. Moll, geographer. [London c.1745].
    Published in the Osbornes collection of voyages and travels, London, 1745.
  64. Location: Microform Area (32)

  65. Prince Edward Island to which the name of le Saint Jean was first given by Champlain in 1603. The name was changed in 1798 in honor of H.R.H. Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Commander in Chief, British North America. Drawn to commemorate the first conference held in Charlottetown on 1st September, 1864 which led to the Confederation of Canada of today. - Peter R. Nurse, 1964.
  66. Location: Special Collections Room (33)

  67. Map showing the electoral divisions of the Dominion of Canada. Sheet No. 1. [tackabury, 1876].
  68. Location: Map Gallery (34)

  69. Chart of Hillsborough Bay and the harbour of Charlotte Town. Surveyed under the Colonial Statute 2nd Victoria Cap. 5 by George Wright, Surveyor General and George Peacock, Master R.N. (H.M. Ship Andromache). Commissioners appointed under said Act. 1839.
  70. Location: Map Gallery (35)

  71. North America: Sheet 1: Nova Scotia with part of New Brunswick and Lower Canada. Published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Published Dec. 15, 1832 by Baldwin & Cradock, London.
  72. Location: Microform Area (36)

  73. Cardigan Bay/surveyed by Captain H.W. Bayfield, R.N.F.A.S. Published according to Act of Parliament at the Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty, Sept. 12, 1850.
  74. Location: Map Gallery (37)

  75. Public Works. Canada. North Rustico, P.E.I. Piers. Representative of over 150 drawings of wharves and piers of P.E.I. renovated between the years 1885-1914.
  76. Location: Map Gallery (38)

  77. Le Isole di Terra Nuova & Capo Breton per Antonio Zatta. Venezia, 1778.
    This map is commonly referred to as "The Cod Tree Map".
  78. Location: Special Collections Room (#39 and #40 are framed together)

  79. Parte orientale del Canada, Nuova Scozia settentrionale, E parte di Labrador [Antonio Zatta. Venezia, 1778.
  80. Location: Special Collections Room (#39 and #40 are framed together)

  81. A chart of the Gulf of St. Laurence composed from a great number of actual surveys and other materials, regulated and connected by astronomical observations. From a plate by Thomas Jeffreys. - London: March 25, 1775.
  82. Location: Special Collections Room (40)

  83. A new map of Nova Scotia and Cape Britain with the adjacent parts of New England and Canada composed from a great number of actual surveys/by Thomas Jeffreys. - London: 1755.
  84. Location: Special Collections Room (41)

  85. Northumberland Strait/Surveyed by Captain H.W. Bayfield. - London: 1839-1857. Updated to 1907
  86. Location: Map Gallery(42)

  87. Carte des Isles de Saint Pierre et Miquelon leve par ordre de M. Le Duc de Choiseul, Colonel General des Suisses et Grisons Ministre de la Guerre et de la Marine/Par Jacques Nicolas Bellin. - Paris, 1763.
  88. Location: Special Collections Room (43)

  89. Richmond Bay/Surveyed by Captain Bayfield. - 1845.
  90. Location: Map Gallery (44)

  91. Lake Map.
    Topographical map of Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence from actual surveys and the late Coast Survey of Captain H.W. Bayfield and D.J. Lake - St. John, N.B.: W.C. & H.H. Baker, 1863.
    Donated to the University of Prince Edward Island by the Blanchard family, in memory of their father, the late Henri Blanchard and their brother the late Elmer Blanchard.
  92. Location: Special Collections Room. Ask staff to view this item. (45)

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