News & Updates

A New Year’s Update

To start this exciting year in Glenaladale’s future we reflect on all that was accomplished in 2018. We hope you’ll be as impressed as we are with what a small group of dedicated volunteers can accomplish with the help of funders and donors who share the same vision!

In early March we obtained title to the magnificent Glenaladale Estate, with the funding assistance of Canadian Heritage’s Cultural Spaces program and a mortgage from the provincial government. All Islanders and friends of heritage and environmental preservation can be proud of the Trust’s accomplishments in preserving this 529¾ acre national treasure.

An immediate challenge was to get a handle on the contents of the house. We were very pleased to have had two exceptional students with us this summer; a shout out to Lianne Poole and Aiden Campbell who handled the task with an amazing level of enthusiasm! Assisted by local volunteers, they managed to catalogue most of the incredibly broad range of artifacts, covering a 100 year span of life in this wonderful home.

We were happy to host groups of students to the property: in co-operation with the Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association a few groups of elementary and junior high students participated in planting trees and cleaning the shoreline of the property. We also hosted Ms Pendergast’s Morell High history class and look forward to more schools having a field trip at Glenaladale as time goes on.

We decided early on to open the house on an “as is” basis for tours on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer. Our dedicated team of volunteers did a terrific job telling the stories and educating visitors about the history of the property and the treasure that is the house itself. Members of the MacKinnon family graciously shared their memories of life at Glenaladale, helping us to build on these stories as time goes on!

We also installed a new gate and held two Git ’er Done Days, managing to clear out the outbuildings and prep the school for the move to its new site this spring. We also brought the verandah back to life with a fresh coat of paint. We are very grateful to the community volunteers―too many to name―and students of the Holland College Heritage Carpentry Retrofit program who made these events both successful and fun.

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In October we received a Governors’ Award from the National Trust for Canada for our “impressive accomplishments to date in securing an exciting future for the historic Glenaladale Estate in Prince Edward Island.” This was in addition to earlier winning our division in their This Place Matters competition.


Glenaladale has many layers to its history and its landscape, something the Office of the Provincial Archaeologist understands quite well. Their team put in many hours determining the locations of the early home-sites, with such positive results that we look forward to a larger public dig to begin next year!

Our inaugural Spirits of Glenaladale event, held in late October, was a big hit! Along with our ceilidhs this summer, we’re gaining a reputation for creating events that speak to the authenticity of PEI’s culture.

Holland College students officially put their stamp on things on November 16th, with the removal of the 3rd floor east window, to be restored at the College’s workshop in Charlottetown.

And with the assistance of the provincial government’s Rural and Regional Development we have just finished critical repairs to the roof and brickwork. A huge relief to have that done!

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Now that winter has set in, we are focussed on background tasks and look forward to big things happening at Glenaladale come spring!

People say our plans are big―and they are! But people also say “Won’t it be wonderful!” Together we can do it: ensure Glenaladale is preserved, its stories are told, and Captain John’s and Sir William C’s dreams of community and of agricultural and rural development are finally achieved!

We are confident in the long-term sustainability of Glenaladale, but still need your help to get us to that point. Our various fundraising efforts have generated over $200,000 to date, but with a substantial mortgage and significant costs for the regeneration, we need to double that amount. Please click here for an overview of some of the various ways you can support our work, or get in touch by emailing Donations of any size are gratefully accepted and will be rewarded with on-site recognition. To those who have already committed your support, thank you!

Glenaladale stands as a testament to all that life offered in days gone by, and is a special place for what it offers today as




Chase the Highland Cow update

Well, the days are getting shorter and cooler now so we’ve changed a few things about our Chase the Highland Cow fundraiser…

The draws will now take place on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Tracadie Community Centre rather than at Glenaladale House. A BIG thank you to the folks at the Community Centre for their ongoing support!

In addition to our other venues, we’ll also be selling tickets at the Community Centre on Thursdays from 4 pm until the draw so that’s a great chance to buy your tickets and hang around for the draw and some chats with our fundraising team 🙂

Finally, adult residents of PEI can now purchase Chase the Highland Cow tickets online at: Chase the Highland Cow for Glenaladale! A 50 cent convenience fee will be added to the price of the ticket.

See our Facebook page or the embedded FB feed on the right for updates to the Chase!

A GRAND day at Glenaladale!

This past Saturday we held our first “Git ‘er Done Day” and made great progress by clearing out one of the outbuildings and touching up the front verandah of the house.

A BIG thank you to a hardworking group of people who helped to make this happen: David, Frank, Alan, Ron, Gail, Woody, and Tony joined Board members Cathy, Mary C., Terry, Cheryl, and Aggi-Rose, who all invested a good amount of sweat equity to the task! Some good laughter made it all much easier and seeing the results was just the icing on the cake 🙂

Check out the photos and we think you’ll agree this was great progress! Stay tuned for the next chance to help out!

Thank you

We want to take this opportunity to thank the MacDonald Family–Carl, Catherine, Mary Carla, and Matthew for donating all the proceeds from the sales of the book Helen MacDonald of Glenaladale–Miss Nelly, written by the late Genevieve Irene MacDonald, to the Glenaladale Heritage Trust. We also wish to thank the PEI Scottish Settlers Historical Society for printing the book, the provincial Dept of Education, Early Learning and Culture for financial assistance from Community Cultural Partnership Program, and the Hillsborough River Association for hosting the book launch.

Last Thursday evening we had a great turnout for the launch and appreciate everyone who came to show their support and purchased a copy of this story about an amazing young women of the late 1700’s who stepped up to the many new challenges life brought her way.

Books can be purchased online via the link at the bottom of this page, at the Glenaladale Estate, in Charlottetown at McAskill Woodworking Limited [26 Beasley Ave] and The Bookmark [172 Queen St], or send us an email at The book sells for $10.00 plus shipping.

Book Cover - Helen MacDonald of Glenalladale - Miss Nelly

Chase The Highland Cow

The Chase the Highland Cow draw for August 9th. Angela McDonell drew the red ticket #3369927 belonging to Janet Jones. Angela cut the deck on behalf of Janet Jones and cut the four of Clubs. Janet will receive $239.00. Congratulation Janet! Next weeks Jackpot will be $2358.50. Remember to get your ticket for next week!

The Government of Canada provides more than $700,000 to fund the acquisition of the Glenaladale Estate

News release

Tracadie Cross – April 11, 2018

On behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament (Cardigan), today announced $705,000 in funding to allow Glenaladale Heritage Trust Inc. to acquire the Glenaladale Estate in Tracadie Bay, Prince Edward Island. This support is provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

The historic Glenaladale Estate is an invaluable cultural asset to Prince Edward Island. Acquiring the 523‑acre estate acquisition will help Glenaladale Heritage Trust protect and preserve the site, educate the public about the province’s Scottish heritage and promote arts and culture in the region.

Through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada dedicated an unprecedented $168.2 million to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund over two years. This was followed by an additional $300 million over 10 years for the Fund in Budget 2017.



“Arts and culture are at the heart of our communities, and our government is committed to investing in Canada’s cultural infrastructures. By investing in such institutions as the Glenaladale Estate, we continue to create jobs, grow the economy and build stronger communities across the country.”

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“Glenaladale Estate played an important role in Prince Edward Island’s rich history. Through today’s investment, we are ensuring that this historic estate will be protected and preserved for years to come.”

— The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament (Cardigan)

“Six years ago, we started this journey to preserve this gem of a property. We knew its significance historically but also saw its potential to explore a better future. We are extremely pleased the Department of Canadian Heritage sees what we see. With their support for the acquisition, we can now focus on the regeneration and look forward to working with the community, other organizations and interested entrepreneurs to develop the Estate as a sustainable centre that connects heritage with other aspects of Island life.”

— Mary J. Gallant, Chair of Glenaladale Heritage Trust Inc.

A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & Extended Edition

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As things continue to progress behind the scenes with Glenaladale, we thought this would be a good chance to let everyone know of a recent project by one of our partner groups.

Hillsborough River Association (HRA) has just re-published Frank Pigot’s highly regarded 1975 history of Mount Stewart, Prince Edward Island. HRA’s Publishing Committee—Dan McAskill, Aggi-Rose Reddin, and Jim Hornby—have added over 200 photos, illustrations, and maps; a timeline and community updates to 2017; and both an every-name index and a photos & illustrations index. At over 300 pages in length, the history also includes some information on Mount Stewart’s neighbouring communities.

In the words of Ed Macdonald, Chair and Professor of History at University of Prince Edward Island:

“From pre-historic times to the recent past, Mount Stewart has boasted a local history with a much larger significance than might be expected…its story is in large measure PEI’s story. It commemorates our aboriginal heritage…it encompasses wonderful characters such as Captain John MacDonald of Glenaladale, the pioneer of Scots Catholic settlement of Prince Edward Island, and the doughty “HellfireJack” Stewart, who gave the community its name. It also tackles crucial themes: the Island’s legendary shipbuilding industry; its evolving transportation infrastructure; the nature of village enterprise and social life; and the struggles of rural community in an urbanizing age.”

A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & Extended Edition sells for $20 and is available locally through the Mount Stewart Irving, and in Charlottetown at McAskill’s Woodworking, 26 Beasley Ave., and Bookmark, 172 Queen St. For mail order or further information, please contact hillsboroughriver[at] ISBN 978-1-77515-990-2

Special CD for sale

Last week I was given a box of very special CD’s to sell for Glenaladale. This CD is a collection of Fiddle music featuring Colin J Boyd of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Colin J Boyd was a pioneer Scottish Fiddler and he was the first eastern Canadian Scottish Fiddler to make a record –his first three in 1928 on the Colunbia label. His daughter Mary Boyd has been a big supporter of the Glenaladale project and lives in the community. She has donated these for us to sell. What I really enjoyed about the CD–besides the great tunes–was the sound. The CD was made from the records so it has that old sound a lot of us listened to in our youth. The CDs will sell for $20.00 and you can email me ( if you are off Island and would like a price on shipping one to you or contact me and arrange to pickup if you are on the Island. I have attached a picture of the cover of the CD and the inside info on Colin J Boyd.

There is a limited quantity–so don’t procrastinate!!