Prince Edward Island National Park
Prince Edward Island National Park, a popular destination on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is Prince Edward Island's only national park. It preserves cliffs of red sandstone, huge sand dunes, and 40 kilometers of Canada's finest coastal beaches. The Gulf Stream makes a loop near the island, bringing its warm current close to shore. Prince Edward Island National Park's marshlands are home to a huge number of birds, including the great blue heron and the endangered piping plover. Originally home to the Mi'kmaq, this beautiful coastline saw settlement by Acadian fishermen and British farmers before it came into favor as a Victorian resort. It was designated as a national park in 1937. In addition to its water recreation opportunities, the park offers a host of historic attractions such as the House of Green Gables and Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site, built in 1895. The Greenwich Dunes were added to the park in 1998.What to see and do: Swimming and other water activities are popular at the park's seven supervised beaches. Hiking and picnicking are popular summer pastimes, and winter visitors enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. There are several bike trails, and the park provides a number of ranger-led nature walks and lighthouse tours through the summer season. The House of Green Gables, made famous by L.M. Montgomery's novel Anne of Green Gables, is located in Prince Edward National Park and open to the public free of charge. Summer crowds can be daunting, so park authorities suggest you plan your visit there for early in the day. There are a number of short trails around the house and grounds; these are less crowded and quite lovely. Lodging in the park ranges from the Victorian elegance of Dalvay-by-the-Sea Hotel with its incomparable lobster bisque (your room fee includes breakfast and dinner), to quaint bungalows, to three camping facilities providing a total of over 500 campsites. Amenities range from full hookups, showers, and laundry facilities to basic campsites with no hookups and modern restrooms nearby. Handicapped-accessible facilities are available. While Prince Edward National Park is open year-round, most park services operate from mid-June through Labor Day. Contact the park for information regarding individual campgrounds, amenities, and dates of operation. Leashed pets are allowed. A nominal entrance fee is charged.
2 Palmers Lane
- Prince Edward Island, Canada C1A 5V6
- 46.41698400, -63.07481500
- Visit Website
- (902) 672-6350