Souris, Prince Edward Island

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Town of Souris
St Marys Church, Souris
St Marys Church, Souris
Flag of Town of Souris
Official seal of Town of Souris
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
Country Canada
Province Prince Edward Island
County Kings County
Founded 1740
Incorporated Town November 14, 1910
 • Type Town Council
 • Mayor Dr. Stephen O'Brien
 • Deputy Mayor Denis Thibodeau
 • Councillors Wanda Bailey
Thelma MacDonald
Kenny Peters
Jim Cheverie
Jo-Anne Dunphy
 • CAO Shelley LaVie
 • Total 3.42 km2 (1.32 sq mi)
Highest elevation 13 m (43 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 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
Telephone Exchange 687
NTS Map 011L08

Souris is a Canadian port town in southeastern Kings County, Prince Edward Island. It is located in an area famous for its beaches.


Historical population
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%

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.


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.


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 Fortune Consolidated School, ten minutes west of Souris in Fortune Bridge.


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 goodwave 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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