Established in 2002

Current Board of Directors

Chair:  John Rousseau
Treasurer:   Vacant
Secretary :  Vacant
Dorothy Oulton
Gwyn Davies
Harvey Sawler
Kyle Cook
Daniel Emery
Jake Defusco

Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers that help the Market reach its full potential.

The Board which is made up of volunteers, tirelessly devote many hours to ensuring that the Market is a place that the community can be proud of, and a place that visitors will enjoy.

Zoe Hansen has been our volunteer gardener who every year, paints our grounds like an artist with all of the beautiful flowers and shrubs she plants. 

 Wood Islands Village located in
Prince Edward Island, the ‘Birthplace of Canada’

In 2002 a half kilometer from the Wood Islands Ferry Terminal, the Plough the Waves Visitor Centre was opened to welcome the more than 350,000 ferry passengers that visit the island.

It was signed over to the Wood Islands & Area Development Corporation, a not-for-profit community run entity that now manages the complex which houses a Retail liquor store, rental spaces and the Lighthouse and Museum.

Hon Don MacKinnon (seated at left) signs the deed to the land at Plough The Waves (now  Wood Islands Village) over to the Wood Islands & Area Development Corporation.
Representing the WIADC is Zoe Hansen, Secretary, and John Rousseau, Board Chair, (seated at right). Looking on is Wilbur MacDonald, MLA for Belfast-Pownal Bay and Premier Pat Binns
January 8, 2002

Renamed Wood Islands Market in 2022, the complex features a replica of the Wood Islands Train Station which used to be on the rail line near the corner of Douses Road and Hwy 315. Currently housing a restaurant, the woodwork in the ‘kitchen’ is the actual interior of the Melville Train Station, rescued by WIADC in 2005. Also rescued in that year is the original Freight Shed from Belle River Station moved from a farmyard in Flat River and now resting next to the replica train station. Standing on the platform is a vintage baggage cart donated by the Davies family.

In addition to providing summer jobs every year, Wood Islands Market hosts a variety of community events such as Family Day, concerts, and the annual 70 Mile Coastal Yardsale which draws hundreds of visitors from all over. 

The Board which is made up of volunteers, along with a core of seasonal staff directed by the Site Administrator, put their hearts and souls into making the Market a source of community pride. It has become a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

We welcome you to enjoy all that we have to offer!

Wood Islands & Area Development Corporation (WIADC)


The Wood Islands & Area Development Corporation’s mission is to encourage a socially, environmentally, and economically healthy community.


To create a sense of community.

To develop and promote employment opportunities within our community.

To maintain and enhance the presence of the ferry service.

To utilize existing facilities to their fullest potential, and expand where necessary to meet these objectives.