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Illustrated & Extended Edition
Frank Pigot with the Hillsborough River Association

Over the centuries, the Hillsborough River was the primary navigation corridor across the Island since Aboriginal people first arrived here. The Hillsborough’s rich tidal waters, old growth forests, fisheries, saltmarshes and other natural resources fostered settlement, navigation, shipbuilding, agriculture, lumbering, water power, and much else for its various cultures. Located at the head of tide, Mount Stewart became one of the Island’s most thriving communities. In his epic 1975 A History of Mount Stewart, Frank Pigot told the story of this once vibrant community’s growth and change. He wrote of historical figures such as the enigmatic “Hellfire Jack” Stewart after whom the community is named and Captain John MacDonald of Glenaladale, of tall ships, water power, farming, fishing, white whale, bear, and rural generosity when times were touch. Long out of print, this book has become a treasured family heirloom for many descendants of this area.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the designation of the Hillsborough as the Island’s first Canadian Heritage River and Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Hillsborough River Association embarked on republishing Frank’s book. Frank endorsed the Association enriching his words with photographs, maps, and illustrations. He also endorsed the addition of some highlights of Mount Stewart since 1975 in the form of a timeline, community updates, and new initiatives. All of this was indexed to allow readers and researchers to quickly find people’s names and subject matter.

On November 19 from 2 to 4 pm at the Mount Stewart Community Complex, the Hillsborough River Association will launch Frank Pigot’s and the Association’s A History of Mount Stewart: Illustrated & Extended which contains over 200 pictures, maps and illustrations. Thanks to the authors, profits from its sales will be invested in the Association’s heritage and river conservation programs.

This book will be sold through the Association and from selected locations including McAskill Woodworking Ltd.

The Association received financial assistance offered by the Canadian Heritage Rivers Canada 150 Fund, the Community Fund of Canada’s 150th Fund, and PEI Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture’s Community Cultural Partnership Program.

For information on the Hillsborough River Association’s Canadian Heritage Rivers’ Canada 150 “All Around the Hillsborough” celebrations or related activities contact the Association at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on the Facebook site search-HRA-Watershed-Management.

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