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Fortune, PEI (variably Fortune River, Fortune Bridge, Bay Fortune) is a rural community located west of Souris, centralized around the Fortune River. Early settlement dates back to the 1700s[1]

The name Fortune is thought to refer to the ship La Fortune, an English schooner weighing 40 tons which was brought to the area in 1754 by Le Sieur Laborde.[2] This, however, is contradicted somewhat by Rayburn in Geographical Names of Prince Edward Island, as he indicates that "de la Roque shows Riviere a la Fortune in 1752", two years prior to this schooner. Given this, it is posited that the name may possibly mean "river of riches".

References Edit

http://www.islandnewspapers.ca/islandora/object/guardian%3A19120730-006? (30 July 1912)

Geographical Names of Prince Edward Island by Alan Rayburn

  1. http://pointseastcoastaldrive.com/things-do/entry/bay-fortune-harbour
  2. Douglas, R., & Geographic Board of Canada. (1925). Place-names of Prince Edward Island with meanings. Ottawa: F. A. Acland, Printer to the King.