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Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

Park Will Enforce Restriction on Dogs on Beaches

Parks Canada would like to remind visitors that from April 1 to October 15 each year, all domestic animals, including dogs and horses, are not permitted on the beaches of Prince Edward Island National Park.

Beaches across PEI provide important nesting habitat for the Piping Plover, an endangered shorebird in Canada. The presence of dogs on the beach creates a disturbance for the Piping Plover throughout its breeding season and, in early spring, can deter Piping Plovers. To prevent this disturbance from occurring, Parks Canada will be enforcing its restriction on dogs on beaches. Park wardens will be charging offenders found contravening the prohibition.

Dogs on a leash are welcome in most other areas of the park including Cavendish Grove, the campgrounds, the Gulf Shore Way (19 kilometres of paved multi-use trail beside the Gulf Shore Parkway) and over 30 kilometres of nature trails. We remind pet owners that to help keep Prince Edward Island National Park a clean and enjoyable place, they must pick up after their dogs.

Parks Canada’s mandate is to protect the ecological and commemorative integrity of land and sites in its care. It is entrusted to do this while also offering opportunities for the public to enjoy the park and national historic sites in ways that leave them unimpaired for future generations.

For more information, visit us on Facebook at: and be sure to “like” us. If you are interested in getting involved in the Piping Plover recovery effort on PEI, contact Parks Canada at (902) 672-6350 or the Island Nature Trust at (902) 566-9150.