St Peters Bay, PEI, incorporated as a village in 1953 and as a community in 1983, population 253 (2011c), 248 (2006c). The Community of St Peters Bay, 53 km northeast of Charlottetown, is located at the head of a bay of the same name. The picturesque community was named after the comte de St-Pierre, who in 1720 was granted control over the Island by French authorities. As in the past, the economy of the surrounding area is dependent upon fishing and farming. St Peters Bay's importance declined after the demise of the shipbuilding industry in the late 19th century.