"Finding a community that accepts the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a young adult with open arms is hard to find. But in Kensington you feel a part of a big extended family."
The Town of Kensington sits at the heart of Prince Edward Island's tourist area, a mere forty minutes from Borden and Charlottetown, and twenty minutes or less to Summerside, Cavendish, or Malpeque. Whether you plan it or not, you'll probably find yourself driving through Kensington while enroute to or from the main tourist areas, but if you don't it's worth a special trip.
Kensington has the basic services of any small town: a dentist, four doctors, two schools, four churches a vet clinic and a small business district with probably everything you'll need for your vacation. Hungry? How about lobster and seafood, pizza or donuts, Chinese food, or a drive-through restaurant that is famous all over the Island? A number of the restaurants have liquor licenses. The Legion and Five Lanes Lounge provide weekend entertainment. There are service stations, hardware, dry goods and grocery stores, an antique shop, craft shops, a pharmacy, banks and even a stylish " Kensington Clothing" outlet. Since Kensington is close to all the action you might find it convenient to use it as a "home base" and stay at one of the many tourist cottages, bed & breakfast or camping facilities in the area.
Looking for recreation? the Confederation Trail (walking and cycling in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter) runs through the centre of town. The Edward Van Koughnet Memorial Swimming Pool is also near the centre of town. Kensington's ice arena is a beehive of activity in the winter and in late August during the Harvest Festival.
A walk around the town is really quite pleasant and if you park at our historic train station, the visitor information centre staff can point you in the right direction and give you all the tips you need.
The local Veterans' Museum was built by Legion members and graphically catalogues the sacrifices made by our local boys in the two world wars.
Across the street from the museum, Kensington Water Gardens provides a pleasant outdoor atmosphere of flower gardens, walkways and water features to sooth and relax you. Displays inside the Towers reflect much of the Island's English heritage.
Kensington & Area Chamber of Commerce (Board of Trade) was organized in the spring of 1961 by several businessmen from the area who were members of the Summerside Board of Trade. Over the years, "the Chamber" has been instrumental in the launching of many projects of great benefit to the Community. Some of these are:
Visitor Information Centre and handicraft outlet
Seabrook Farms - (now Cavendish Farms)
PEI Grain Elevator
Establishment of the Medical Centre
The first Community School on the Island
The County Line Courier (local monthly newspaper)
KenNet Inc. - Community Internet Access Site
Main Street Program
Cultural Foundation (Theatre Company, Kensington Ceilidhs. Etc)
Kensington Enterprise Centre - light industrial space for lease
In 1995-96 the Chamber shared with the Cooperative Education Program at Kensington Intermediate Senior High School, and The County Line Courier, the Conference Board of Canada's National Partners in Education Award. The Chamber's mission is to promote and improve trade, commerce and the economic well being of Kensington and the twenty-eight surrounding communities. The Board of Directors welcomes new members to the Chamber and encourages businesses to join its efforts to ensure a healthy economic base to benefit the entire community. The Chamber office may be contacted at 902-836-3209 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kensington and Area Recreation Association
KARA is made up of 13 member organizations with 2 members from each organization on the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee is derived from the Board of Directors.
KARA owns and operates Community Gardens Complex. It is one of the most beautiful and cleanest arenas on PEI with a seating capacity of 1000 people in the winter and 2000 during the summer months. A strong Minor Hockey system, an enthusiastic Figure Skating Club, Recreational League, Preschool and Adult Skates and a strong Senior C Hockey Club plays out of Community Gardens.
Summer activities include Minor Ball and Recreational Ball on the 2 ball fields adjacent to the Arena. Other activities during the summer months include a Dog Show, Auction sales, ice cream social, fiddling and step dancing jamobree, and the Harvest Festival,our main summer event run mainly by community volunteers.
The facility is available for rental summer and winter by contacting the manager, Robert Wood at 1(902)836-3509.
Kids R First
The East Prince Community Coalition is a non-profit organization formed in 1994 with its primary goal of promoting the whole, healthy, development of children aged 0-6 by strengthening and supporting families in the community.
It is our goal to work with existing organizations and services rather than duplicate those already in place. Those services already in place and deemed necessary by the community residents will be actively facilitated by the Coalition. The primary objectives of the coalition are to set up and maintain a family resource center, parent resource library, toy lending library, parenting programs and support groups,prenatal nutrition programs and drop-in play groups-all based on the individual needs of children and their families.
The East Prince Community Coalition is comprised of a variety of individuals with one common thread - an interest in the well-being of children.
Our objective is to make available programs and services in East Prince communities such as Kensington, Kinkora, and Borden to ensure rural communities have equal access to programs and services offered in larger population centres.