The western tip of Greenwich, a peninsula that separates St. Peters Bay from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, became part of Prince Edward Island National Park in 1998 to protect and preserve the natural and cultural resources found in the area.
The site contains an extensive and fragile coastal dune system, wetlands and various natural habitats in which numerous rare plant species are found. Among the most spectacular natural characteristics to be protected at Greenwich are the unusually large and mobile parabolic dunes with their associated counter ridges or Gegenwälle . This phenomenon is very rare in North America.
Greenwich is also noted for its cultural and historic richness. Research at the site is ongoing, and evidence found thus far indicates a landscape that has changed drastically over time. Several archaeological digs conducted between 1983 and 2002 by the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Parks Canada have found traces left by the major cultures that have existed on Prince Edward Island over the past 10,000 years. These include early Aboriginal peoples, the Mi'kmaq, French and Acadian settlers, and Scottish, Irish, and English immigrants.
Greenwich Interpretation Centre
The Interpretation Centre features over 20 exhibits to help people learn and appreciate the amazing natural and cultural history of this special place. The centre is fully wheelchair accessible and also includes a gift shop and multipurpose room. >>Interpretation Centre
Ni'n na L'nu Exhibit at Greenwich
Parks Canada is pleased to feature the exhibition Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island. Ni'n na L'nu means "I am one of the People". The expression is older than the term "Mi'kmaq" which dates from the early French era.
This award-winning piece presents the story of the Mi’kmaq of PEI through illustrations and words in a way that has never been done before. From the earliest archaeological record and the oldest oral traditions to the present day, the story of the Mi’kmaq of Epekwitk is brought alive in this strikingly creative exhibit. Featuring original and reproduction artifacts, the exhibit brings history to life by sharing the stories of Mi’kmaq Elders through audio stories and music, as well as the use of images and interactive storyboards displayed on the exterior and interior of five wigwam-like structures.
The exhibition was developed by the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI with support from Parks Canada, Canadian Heritage and the Government of PEI, and recently received the honour of a PEI Heritage Award. On display until September 8th.
Greenwich features three hiking trails varying in length from 1.25 km to 4.5 kms. The landscape varies from secluded wooded areas to open abandoned agricultural fields to spectacular vistas over Bowley Pond. All trails are equipped with interpretive signs, which explain the unique ecosystem and rich history of the area. Trails are open from late spring until late fall. >>Hiking Trails
This facility has been constructed using a sustainable design concept. Energy is provided by means of wind and solar power energy. Composting toilets replace the need for a traditional sewage system. Services available include washrooms, change rooms, exterior showers, a large picnic shelter, a wooden boardwalk to the beach, and observation tower. >>Swimming and Beach Activities
Parking lots, trails, boardwalks, and stairs in Greenwich, PEI National Park are not maintained between Thanksgiving and Victoria Day each year. During this period there is no Parks Canada emergency response. Natural hazards are present in the area. There is, therefore, an increased risk of serious injury or death. By choosing to use unmaintained trails, you assume all actual and legal risks. Parks Canada disclaims any and all liability to you and relies on the Occupiers' Liability Act, RSPEI 1988, c. O-2.
Geocaching at Greenwich
Visit geocaching.com to get the coordinates for the first cache at Greenwich, and find all three to earn a Parks Canada GeoCoin! Visit The Turret Bell in St. Peters for GPS rentals or help learning the ropes.
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