Fortune, PEI (variably Fortune River, Fortune Bridge, Bay Fortune) is a rural community located west of Souris, centralized around the Fortune River. Early settlement dates back to the 1700s[1]

The name Fortune is thought to refer to the ship La Fortune, an English schooner weighing 40 tons which was brought to the area in 1754 by Le Sieur Laborde.[2] This, however, is contradicted somewhat by Rayburn in Geographical Names of Prince Edward Island, as he indicates that "de la Roque shows Riviere a la Fortune in 1752", two years prior to this schooner. Given this, it is posited that the name may possibly mean "river of riches".

References Edit (30 July 1912)

Geographical Names of Prince Edward Island by Alan Rayburn

  2. Douglas, R., & Geographic Board of Canada. (1925). Place-names of Prince Edward Island with meanings. Ottawa: F. A. Acland, Printer to the King.