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Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

ShoreLINES: Heritage Notes from Parks Canada's Special Protected Places in PEI - Fall 2012

The Parks and People Association

For over 30 years, Parks and People Association has been one of Parks Canada’s biggest supporters on PEI by promoting awareness, appreciation and conservation of Parks Canada sites on the island. The Parks and People association is a not-for-profit organization that shares Parks Canada’s mandate to protect special heritage places for the education and enjoyment of Canadians.

One of the ways the Parks and People Association supports Parks Canada is by enhancing visitor experience and holding special events. Annual events such as “Come Fly A Kite” at Port-la-Joye – Fort Amherst National Historic Site and “Christmas Lights” at Province House National Historic Site help visitors connect with these special heritage places. They also hold an annual spring beach clean-up in PEI National Park and, when possible, provide funding to support various conservation initiatives.

The Parks and People Association is a group of volunteers that are run by a volunteer board and a retail and events coordinator. They operate gift shops at Province House, Greenwich Interpretation Centre, Cavendish Destination Centre and the Butter Churn Cafe at Green Gables. The proceeds from these ventures go towards the national park and national historic sites in PEI to support various initiatives.

2012 is a milestone year for PEI National Park, as it marks the 75th anniversary of the park. It is no surprise that the Parks and People Association has also marked this milestone in grand fashion by developing a new initiative and by launching a PEI National Park book!

The 75-for-75 Trail Challenge

All visitors and Islanders are challenged to get active and take the 75 for 75 Trail Challenge and run, hike or bike 75 km in PEI National Park before October 8, 2012. All those who complete the challenge will receive a memento for their accomplishment.

There are three challenge categories to choose from: The Classic 75 challenges participants to complete 75 km of trails or beaches; the Trail Challenge is to complete all 15 trails in PEI National Park and the Family Challenge is to accumulate 75 km of trails or beaches as a family.

To date, close to 200 individuals have begun the challenge and 49 have completed 75 km of trails!

There is still time to complete this challenge! Participants can register online at www.parksandpeople.ca, choose their challenge and track their success! All who complete the Classic 75 will be invited to a celebratory barbeque in October 2012!

Prince Edward Island National Park : Past and Present

The Parks and People Association, Parks Canada and Acorn Press recently launched the new book Prince Edward Island National Park : Past and Present. The book is a timeless celebration of PEI National Park and features “then and now” snapshots as well as stunning landscape and wildlife images. The story of Prince Edward Island National Park is captured through 77 pages of photos taken by leading Canadian photographers John Sylvester, Stephen Desroches and Barrett and MacKay as well images from the Public Archives and Records Office of PEI, Library and Archives Canada, the David and Michelle Thompson Collection and the L.M. Montgomery Collection at the University of Guelph.

The cost of the book is $16.95 and it is available through the Parks and People website: www.parksandpeople.ca as well as the Nature Store at the Cavendish Destination Centre, the Province House National Historic Site Gift Shop, the Greenwich Boutique and the Green Gables Gift Shop.

Become a member of the Parks and People Association!

The Parks and People Association is looking for new members and volunteers. With your help the Parks and People Association can do even more! There is always a need for volunteers to help present the many special events and initiatives that are undertaken each year. By joining the association and getting involved, you can help support the national park and national historic sites in PEI. You will also have the opportunity to connect to these special places through participating in fun and inspiring activities. New volunteers bring fresh ideas and help the association grow!

How to join...

Membership dues are $5 for students and seniors, $10 for individuals, $15 for a family and $25 for a corporate membership.

For more information, call 894-4246 or e-mail parksandpeople@pei.aibn.com or check the website at www.parksandpeople.ca.