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Trip Planner Canada  /  Prince Edward Island  /  Rustico
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Things to do: beaches, nightlife, museums
North Rustico is a town located in the northern part of Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada.It became an incorporated municipality in 1954. North Rustico became a town on November 16, 2013. The town is known to locals, as well as many others as "The Crick". Part of the Cavendish beaches and the Duneshores Tourism Association, the town encompasses a large part of the Island's north shore resort area.North Rustico is well known for its Canada Day celebration every year on July 1. The event usually attracts in excess of 10,000 people, which packs the town quite full. It includes festivities in the park, a parade down main street, as well as a boat parade on Rustico Harbour. The celebration is popular among families, teenagers and adults. The day is completed around 10:00 p.m. by a fireworks display over the bay.HistoryThe village of North Rustico was founded circa 1790, around a small natural harbour along the Gulf of St. Lawrence coast. The region was home to a remnant Acadian population who fled British capture and deportation during the Seven Years' War (see Great Upheaval), although English, Scottish and Irish settlers moved into the area during the remainder of the 18th century and throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.The name Rustico comes from Rassicot, who was one of the first settlers from France.The Farmers' Bank of Rustico in nearby South Rustico was founded and managed under the leadership of Father Georges-Antoine Belcourt, and received Royal Assent for its act of incorporation at the Court of Windsor on April 7, 1864. It is often considered to have been the first community-based bank in Canada. The bank building was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1959.
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