2015 Special Events
Join us for a whole year’s worth of fun and exciting opportunities to experience the great outdoors on Prince Edward Island. More events will be added as details are confirmed, so check back through the season!
For more information about any of these events please call 902-672-6350. Schedule subject to change.
Special Events at PEI National Park
Parks and People Association’s World Oceans Day Beach Clean Up
Date: June 20, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: PEI National Park, Dalvay Beach parking area
Think globally and act locally! Join The Parks and People Association to celebrate World Oceans Day by helping to clean up the beaches in Prince Edward Island National Park. You’ll be taking part in a global effort help keep the oceans clean, right in your own backyard! Everyone is invited to lend a hand.
Canada Day celebrations at Green Gables Heritage Place!
Date: July 1, 2015
Location: Green Gables Heritage Place
Celebrate Canada’s birthday with cake at Green Gables Heritage Place!
The Great Island Sandcastle Competition (Parks Day)
Date: July 18, 2015
Location: Brackley Beach
Pack up your beach gear and join us at Brackley for the most fun you can have with a pail and shovel! Individuals, teams and families are invited to let their creative sides show build sensational sculptures in the sand. Renowned sandcastle artist Maurice Bernard will be on hand to offer up a few of his best tricks of the trade and help crown the champion for 2015. Enjoy this family-oriented sandcastle building contest in celebration of Parks Day! Prizes for best entries.
Prince Edward Island National Park Surf Guard Competition
Date: July 25, 2015
Location: Brackley Beach
All are invited to come out to Brackley Beach at 7pm to watch our Surf Guards demonstrate some of their life-saving skills as they engage in their annual Surf Guard Competition. The competition will last approximately 1.5 hours and will feature running, swimming, paddling, and specific events such as “Board rescues”, “The Beach Flag Competition”, and “The Ironguard Team Relay”. For the competition, Surf Guards are divided up into teams of “East” and “West” ends of the Prince Edward Island National Park. The team with the most points is declared the victor at the end of the event, and the winners get bragging rights for the season.
Date: August 20, 2015
Location: Cavendish Beach Complex
Young and young at heart will enjoy the Prince Edward Island National Park BioBlitz, where they will join park biologists and interpreters to make their own natural discoveries using monitoring and interactive techniques. The BioBlitz is a great opportunity to discover or rediscover the natural world and learn about which species call the ponds, forests and shores of the island home. Through a variety of fun and family-friendly activities, visitors will explore the four ecosystems in the park: the pond, the forest, the beach and the salt marsh.
Prince Edward Island Marathon
Date: October 18, 2015
Location: Brackley to Dalvay
Challenge yourself in the Prince Edward Island Marathon. The start line at Brackley Beach launches you into 12 kilometres of beautiful seaside landscapes. After winding past dunes, the Covehead Lighthouse and Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site you’ll find yourself along the Confederation Trail, heading for Charlottetown and the finish line at Province House National Historic Site. Join us for this Boston qualifier and one of the friendliest marathons around. To register or for additional information, please contact PEI Marathon.
Acadian National Feast Day
Date: August 16, 2015
Location: Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site
This cultural celebration, featuring the richness of the Acadian culture as well as the historic ties between the Acadian and Mi’kmaq peoples presented in music, interpretation, and sacred ceremonies, is a free public event. Pack a picnic lunch and stay for the day!
Gold Cup and Saucer Parade
Date: August 21, 2015
Watch for Parka and the rest of the gang from Prince Edward Island National Park on the Parks Canada float in Charlottetown’s Gold Cup and Saucer parade, Atlantic Canada’s largest parade, part of PEI’s Old Home Week celebrations.