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Souris is a Canadian port town in northeastern Kings County, Prince Edward Island. It is located in an area famous for its beaches and potatoes, containing the majority of Prince Edward Island's potato farmers.HistorySouris 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, McQuaid Building, along with others.EconomyThe 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.EducationSouris is home to three schools, serving grades K-12. Souris Consolidated School currently serves grades K-7, and Souris Regional High School serves grade 8-12. Ecole La Belle Cloche is Souris' only Francophone school and teaches students from grades K-12.
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