Souris, Prince Edward Island

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Town of Souris
Town
St Marys Church, Souris
St Marys Church, Souris
Flag of Town of Souris
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Official seal of Town of Souris
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Souris, Prince Edward Island is located in Prince Edward Island
Souris, Prince Edward Island
Location of Souris in Prince Edward Island
Coordinates: 46°21′19″N 62°15′15″W / 46.35540°N 62.25416°W / 46.35540; -62.25416
Country Canada
Province Prince Edward Island
County Kings County
Founded 1740
Incorporated Town November 14, 1910
Government
 • Type Town Council
 • Mayor David MacDonald
 • Deputy Mayor Denis Thibodeau
 • Councillors Wanda Bailey
Thelma MacDonald
Kenny Peters
Jim Cheverie
Jo-Anne Dunphy
 • CAO Shelley LaVie
Area
 • Total 3.42 km2 (1.32 sq mi)
Elevation Sea Level to 13 m (0 to 42.6 ft)
Population (2011)
From Statistics Canada
 • Total 1,173
 • Density 342.8/km2 (888/sq mi)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Canadian Postal code C0A
Area code(s) 902
NTS Map 011L08
GNBC Code BACII
Website http://www.sourispei.com

Souris is a Canadian port town in northeastern Kings County, Prince Edward Island. It is located in an area famous for its beaches and potatoes, containing the majority of Prince Edward Island's potato farmers.

History[edit]

Souris was founded by Acadians in 1727 as a fishing settlement at the mouth of the Souris River. These early settlers experienced several plagues of field mice in the surrounding area during the 1720s-1760s (the name is French for "mouse").

Since the 1960s, Souris has hosted an interprovincial ferry terminal for the service to Quebec's Magdalen Islands. The MV Madeleine is operated by the Coopérative de transport maritime et aérien (CTMA).

The town has many well-preserved historical buildings, including the Matthew and MacLean Building, Souris Customs House and Post Office, McQuaid Building, along with others.

Historical populations
Year Pop.   ±%  
1901 1,140 —    
1911 1,089 −4.5%
1921 1,094 +0.5%
1931 1,063 −2.8%
1991 1,333 +25.4%
1996 1,293 −3.0%
2001 1,248 −3.5%
2006 1,232 −1.3%
2011 1,173 −4.8%

Economy[edit]

The economy of the area is dominated by the seasonal industries of fishing and oysters, agriculture and tourism. There are also several industrial businesses and a good retail sector. The town is home to banks, pharmacies, cafés, restaurants, gas stations, a grocery store and other independent businesses.

Education[edit]

Souris is home to three schools, serving grades K-12. Souris Consolidated School currently serves grades K-7, and Souris Regional High School serves grade 8-12. Ecole La Belle Cloche is Souris' only Francophone school and teaches students from grades K-12.

Ecole La Belle Cloche is currently situated in what was formerly Fortune Consolidated School, ten minutes west of Souris.

Sports[edit]

Souris has venues for soccer, baseball, basketball, rugby, hockey, football, ringette and other similar sports. There are also several parks in Souris.

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Coordinates: 46°21′29.88″N 62°15′4.61″W / 46.3583000°N 62.2512806°W / 46.3583000; -62.2512806