Welcome to

Rural Municipality of Murray River, PEI

Incorporated 1955 | Population 337 (2021 Cencus)

Our Community

The picturesque harbour community and Rural Municipality of Murray River is located in the southeastern region of Prince Edward Island. This community is on Points East Coastal Drive.  As you drive through this quaint town you will find accommodations, restaurants, Post Office, craft stores, service station, Confederation trail,  and much more.

There is lots of history in Murray River for you to learn about. Discover information about the boat building and saw mill that was a big part of this village that was located at MacLure’s Dam or just take a walk through the village and enjoy the scenery.

MacLure’s Dam is the largest freshwater pond on Prince Edward Island and probably one of the prettiest. The pond was actually a millpond whose rich history dates back to the early 1800s. Today the pond is verdant with the green of hearty pines serving as backdrops for the marsh grass and cattails that line the banks.

On your visit stop by the wharf and talk to the local  fishermen where you will learn all about lobster fishing, the mussel industry and other fishing that is done in the area. If you want a real treat then be sure to attend the Annual Northumberland Fisheries Festival held in July.  There are lots of things to do and see in Murray River so be sure to drop by our community and spend a bit of time with us.

History and Updates


The Murray River Pines is located by the MacLure dam. This elegant grove of red and white pines highlights one of PEI’s most beautiful settings. This natural area occupies four hectares (10 acres) on the east side of MacLure’s Pond, at the western side of the village of Murray River. Located on Provincial crown land, the stand is one of the best examples of old growth pine forest with some of the trees dating to pre-1870. The trail is approximately two km in length.

• In 1808 the MacLure dam was built to provide waterpower for the gristmill and sawmill. Some buildings are still standing around the dam. Today there is still a depression in the ground, which stretches right to the shore. This is where a shipyard was located which built the MacLure’s vessels before the turn of the century.

• Prior to the year 1940, there were no refrigerators; some households would have large blocks of ice cut out of the dam, which would then be stored in their icehouses. These blocks of ice would be completely covered with sawdust, which would keep the ice in a solid form until late in the summer. This was the only way to keep milk and other perishables as fresh as possible.

• Mussel Mud was also a business at the MacLure Dam. Over time, deep beds of shell and mud built up in the former estuary. These beds were called “mussel mud” and contained neutralizing shell and fertilizer for land, which had become acidic and nutrient poor through years of farming. Mussel mud was a valuable resource that was harvested and sold once the ice was strong.

Enterprising individuals would haul a digging frame equipped with a mud scoop onto the ice and using a horse powered capstan, winched in a rope that lifted a scoop of mud from the bottom to be sold to farmers waiting in line with their sleigh. The heavy ice only lasted a short time so farmers would often deposit the mud along the bank for later movement and get in line for another load.

Rural Municipality of Murray River
Municipal Office
1066 MacInnis Street

Murray River, PEI

Phone: 902-741-2009

Hall Rental inquiries:
Contact municipalityofmurrayriver@gmail.com