Bring your students to experience Prince Edward Island National Park!
The spring and fall are both excellent times to bring your class on a self-directed visit to experience Prince Edward Island National Park. With over 50 kilometres of scenic trails and 40 kilometers of coastline, the park offers many opportunities to explore wildlife and ecosystems, including coastal dunes, freshwater ponds, forests and old field white spruce stands.
In order to accommodate school groups, we will be taking reservations for the following facilities commencing in mid-April each year:
- Stanhope Beach Multi-use Area
- Greenwich Interpretation Centre
Other facilities within the park are also available on a first-come-first-use basis, according to the tables listed below.
Cavendish-North Rustico, Prince Edward Island National Park
- Explore Prince Edward Island’s most famous beach – Cavendish Beach. From Cavendish Main Beach Complex, take the Cavendish Beach Trail towards Cavendish Grove (1.1km one-way), where you can have a lovely picnic under mature trees.
- Explore the Homestead Trail (6.3km or 8.4km, return loops) to discover a variety of species and diverse habitats, as well as majestic views of the Cavendish Sandspit and New London Bay.
- Take a bus tour along the Gulf Shore Way and stop along the various lookouts, such as Oceanview Lookoff, McNeil’s Brook, and Orby Head, where panoramic vistas of red sandstone bluffs and cliffs meet the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Finish off your scenic tour at North Rustico Beach.
- Be sure to visit Green Gables Heritage Place as part of your visit in Cavendish. Please check the website for hours of operations. To make reservations, please call (902) 963-7874.
The following facilities are available in the Cavendish-North Rustico section of the park:
Brackley-Dalvay, Prince Edward Island National Park
- Explore Brackley Beach – only 25 minutes away from downtown Charlottetown! Experience a wide expanse of sandy beach and dunes and look for beach finds along the way!
- Experience the hub-bub of a working harbour at Covehead. Spend time on the beach and take a class photo in front of the iconic Covehead Lighthouse.
- Go on an adventure along one of two trails in this sector: Bubbling Springs (2.2km return loop) and Farmlands (2.7km return loop). Please note that both Reeds and Rushes and Woodlands trails will be closed for the season due to construction.
- Check out the new multi-use educational area at Stanhope Main Beach Complex. The intent of this area is to provide groups - especially school groups - with a classroom area to utilize for their own purposes and a home base of sorts during their visit to Prince Edward Island National Park. We would love to welcome your groups to the National Park!
The following facilities are available in the Brackley-Dalvay section of the park:
|Brackley Beach Complex
Greenwich, Prince Edward Island National Park
Take your class to Greenwich, Prince Edward Island National Park for a self-directed visit to this majestic coastal landscape. Along the Greenwich Dunes Trail, interpretive panels will help you discover rare sand dune formations and explore a variety of habitats including old fields, forests, ponds, sand dunes and beaches. The trail is 4.5 km return, so please allow 1.5 to 2 hours to complete your trip.
Enhance your visit by touring the Greenwich Interpretation Centre to see over 20 interactive exhibits and a spectacular 12-minute multimedia presentation on 10,000 years of human history in the area. Please allow 45 minutes for a complete visit of the centre.
In 2016, the Greenwich Interpretation Centre will be opened daily, starting June 15. Please note that operational hours are as follows:
- June 15 to September 5: 10am-6pm
To make reservations for a self-directed visit at the Greenwich Interpretation Centre or to book the use of the Dalvay Trail House, please contact Lauren Gauthier, Interpretation Coordinator at: 902-672-6381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.