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
Flag
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; -62.25416Coordinates: 46°21′19″N 62°15′15″W / 46.35540°N 62.25416°W / 46.35540; -62.25416
CountryCanada
ProvincePrince Edward Island
CountyKings County
Founded1740
Incorporated TownNovember 14, 1910
Government
 • TypeTown Council
 • MayorDr. Stephen O'Brien
 • Deputy MayorDenis Thibodeau
 • CouncillorsWanda Bailey
Thelma MacDonald
Kenny Peters
Jim Cheverie
Jo-Anne Dunphy
 • CAOShelley LaVie
Area
 • Total3.42 km2 (1.32 sq mi)
Highest elevation
13 m (43 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Population
(2011)
From Statistics Canada
 • Total1,173
 • Density342.8/km2 (888/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (ADT)
Canadian Postal code
C0A
Area code(s)902
Telephone Exchange208 215 327 687 743
NTS Map011L08
GNBC CodeBACII
Websitewww.sourispei.com

Souris is a Canadian town located in Kings County, Prince Edward Island.

It is situated near the northeastern tip of the province.

History[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
19011,140—    
19111,089−4.5%
19211,094+0.5%
19311,063−2.8%
19911,333+25.4%
19961,293−3.0%
20011,248−3.5%
20061,232−1.3%
20111,173−4.8%

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, and the McQuaid Building.

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 two schools, serving grades K-12. Souris Regional School teaches students from grade K-12. Ecole La Belle Cloche is Souris' only Francophone school and teaches students from grades K-12.

École La-Belle-Cloche is situated in what used to be Rollo Bay Consolidated School, three minutes west of Souris in Rollo Bay.

Sports[edit]

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

Kitesurfing is popular in Souris and nearby beaches. Souris Beach is an intermediate level beach, and has good wave conditions when winds blow from the Southwest. Nearby beaches of Little Harbour, Basin Head, and other nearby beaches generally have good conditions in southwest and southeast winds.

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