Events

     Throughout the years Tignish has had many events that will always be remembered. These events both good and bad are what made Tignish what it is today. The following is a brief time line of major events here in Tignish:

1799 - Arrival of the eight Acadian families and the founding of Tignish.

1802 - Birth of Sylvain-Ephrem Poirier, first Acadian priest of Prince Edward Island who was ordained in 1828.

1811 - Arrival of the first two Irish settlers in Tignish.

1844 - Peter MacIntyre becomes the first priest of Tignish.

1859 - 60 - Construction of the St. Simon and St. Jude Church, the biggest structure in the village at the time.

1866 - Construction of the lighthouse at North Cape. Today it is the site of the Atlantic Wind Test Site and the longest natural reef in North America.

1868 - Construction of the "Notre Dame des Anges" convent for its congregation, the sisters of Notre Dame.

1882 - Acquisition of the pipe organ by the St. Simon and St. Jude Church, the 129th masterpiece of Louis Mitchell of Montreal.

1893- 1915 - Publication of the weekly newspaper L'Impartial founded by Gilbert Buote.

1896 - Spectacular fire in Tignish where 62 buildings were burned to the ground.

1911- 1913 - Building of the Tignish Post Office with the help of Senator Murphy and François J. Buote.

1919 - Great War Veterans Association formed in Tignish.

1923 - Creation of the fisherman's cooperative, the first of its kind in Canada, with the help of notary Chester MaCarthy.

1930 - Construction of the Dalton Center by Sir Charles Dalton and Robert T. Oulton.

1932 - Train accident where four persons lost their lives and many others were injured.

1941 - First shipment of Irish Moss from P.E.I. was shipped by Myrick and MacIntosh to the U.S.A.

1948 - Tignish Health Committee, chaired by Gerald Handrahan, manager of the Tignish Co-operative, organized the purchase of Dr. J.A. Johnston's home for resident Dr. S. Dubicanic.

1967 - Tignish parish of St. Simon and St. Jude Church built a Parish Centre.

1968 - Tignish Centennial Community Sports Arena heavily damaged by fire.

1970 - Gerald Keough opened a Boys and Girls Club in the new Parish Centre; also, a Senior Citizen's Club was formed in Tignish.

1970 - Restoration of the Pipe Organ at the church.

1972 - Artificial ice was laid in the Centennial Community Arena.

1973 - The Island telephone exchange at Tignish converted to dial after 62 years as a switchboard; residents of Tignish were issued a postal code; Tignish Co-operative Health Association Ltd. was formed as 60 people became chartered members as shareholders; the official opening of the first Health Centre Co-operative in Atlantic Canada.

1976 - Inspector Malcolm McInnis of the R.C.M.P. brings the Musical Ride to his hometown of Tignish to help in celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Legion.

1978 - Establishment of the Co-operative Club Ti-Pa, the first co-operative historical society of its kind in Atlantic Canada; Tignish Normalization Co-op opened their new workshop building on Haywood Road.

1989 - Construction of the elementary school of Tignish.

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