Kensington, Prince Edward Island

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Kensington
Kensington in Prince Edward Island
Coordinates: 46°26′16″N63°38′08″W / 46.43775°N 63.63564°W / 46.43775; -63.63564
CountryCanada
Province Prince Edward Island
County Prince County
Founded1824
Government
  MayorRowan Caseley
  Deputy MayorCoreen Pickering
  CouncillorsBonnie MacRae
Rodney Mann
Ivan Gallant
Wade Toombs
Jeff Spencer
Area
[1]
  Total3.17 km2 (1.22 sq mi)
Elevation
35 m (115 ft)
Population
 (2021) [1]
  Total1,812
  Density570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (Atlantic (AST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-3 (ADT)
Canadian Postal code
C0B 1M0
Area code(s) 902 (836 exchange)
NTS Map011L05
GNBC CodeBABMQ
Website www.kensington.ca

Kensington is a Canadian town located in Prince County, Prince Edward Island. It is 15 km (9.3 mi) northeast of the city of Summerside. In 2021, its population was 1,812. [1]

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History

The area was first known as Five Lanes End, as roads from five different communities converged at the point. It was renamed Barrett's Cross in 1824 after an early settler who established an inn in the area. In 1862, the town was renamed after Kensington Palace in London and it became a town after the Prince Edward Island Railway's mainline from Charlottetown to Summerside curved through the community. The town's former railyards are now rehabilitated as a tourist venue, with the former Kensington Railway Station designed by architect Charles Benjamin Chappell [2] designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1976. [3]

Demographics

Federal census population history of Kensington
YearPop.±%
1921 556    
1931 612+10.1%
1941 767+25.3%
1951 811+5.7%
1956854+5.3%
1961884+3.5%
19661,022+15.6%
19711,086+6.3%
19761,150+5.9%
19811,143−0.6%
19861,105−3.3%
1991 1,332+20.5%
1996 1,383+3.8%
2001 1,385+0.1%
2006 1,485+7.2%
2011 1,496+0.7%
2016 1,619+8.2%
2021 1,812+11.9%
Source: Statistics Canada
[4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Kensington had a population of 1,812 living in 865 of its 897 total private dwellings, a change of

Events

Aside from being a service centre for the surrounding farming areas, Kensington hosts many notable events throughout the year. These include the Kensington Harvest Festival, Miss Community Gardens pageant, and many more.

Education

Kensington has schools from Preschool to Secondary. It is part of the English Language School Board (formerly part of the Western School Board) District of schools. At the Preschool level there are numerous organizations such as Fun Times Kindergarten, Play School, Happy Days Playschool, and Kiddietown Day Care.

Kensington has one elementary school, Queen Elizabeth Elementary. [16] Opened on December 3, 1976, Queen Elizabeth teaches kindergarten through grade 6. The school has two playgrounds, the front playground being used for the primary grades and the back playground for grades 4 through 6. The school contains a music room, gymnasium, French room, and library. Many extracurricular activities are offered to students, such as intramurals, choir, chess club, photography club and more.

It is also home to Kensington Intermediate Senior High School which teaches grades seven to twelve. KISH (as it is often abbreviated) offers many extracurricular programs and organizations such as the Gender Sexuality Alliance, the student council, sports teams (e.g. rugby, soccer, basketball and more), Travel and Tourism, Agriculture (known commonly as Aggies), concert and jazz band and much more.

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References

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  2. Canada, Province of Prince Edward Island. "Charles Benjamin Chappell (1857-1931)". Canada's Historic Places. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  3. Kensington Railway Station . Canadian Register of Historic Places . Retrieved 25 September 2011.
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  16. Queen Elizabeth Elementary

Coordinates: 46°26′N63°39′W / 46.433°N 63.650°W / 46.433; -63.650