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Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

Full services are available in July and August. Full services are available in July and August.
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2015 Hours of Operation

Prince Edward Island National Park is open for you to enjoy with most facilities open from mid-May to mid-October every year. Full services are available in July and August. Limited services are available in May-June and in September-October.

Visitor Information Centres

Greenwich Interpretation Centre

June 17 – June 30
10am – 4pm, 7 Days a Week

July 1 – Aug 31
Daily 10am – 6pm, 7 Days a Week

Sept 1 – Sept 7
10am – 4pm, 7 Days a Week

Cavendish Destination Centre

May 15 – June 21
9am - 5pm, 7 Days a Week

June 22 – Sept 1
8am – 9pm, 7 Days a Week

Sept 2 – Oct 9
9am - 5pm, 7 Days a Week

Oct 12 - Dec 31
11am - 2pm, Mon - Fri

Dalvay Welcome Centre

July 2 – Sept 4
8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday (Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays)

Beaches

There are numerous spectacular beaches located within PEI National Park from Cavendish to Greenwich. To access these beaches, all boardwalks and stairs will be installed from the Victoria Day weekend in May to September 30 every year.

There are seven supervised beach facilities located in the park. Their dates of operation are:

Beaches
LocationDates of Operation Facilities 2015Dates of Supervision 2015Facilities 
Stanhope Beach June 14 - Sept 15 Jun 29 – Aug 30
(11 am to 6 pm)
Change Rooms, Showers, Washrooms (flush toilets), Exhibits, Drinking Water, Phone, Wheelchair Access*, Parking, Picnic Shelter, Playground
Ross Lane Beach May 16 - Sept 30 Jun 30 – Aug 23
(11 am to 5 pm)
Washrooms (composting toilets), Parking
Brackley Beach May 16 - Oct 19 Jun 29 – Sept 7
(10 am to 6 pm)
Change Rooms, Showers, Washrooms (flush toilets), Exhibits, Drinking Water, Phone, Canteen, Wheelchair Access*, Parking
North Rustico Beach June 14 - Sept 15 Jun 30 – Aug 23
(11 am to 5 pm)
Washrooms (outdoor privies), Drinking Water, Parking, 
Greenwich Beach June 13 - Sept 15 Jun 30 – Aug 23
(11 am to 6 pm)
Change Rooms, Outdoor Showers, Lookout, Picnic Area, Kitchen Shelter, Washrooms (composting toilets), Exhibits, Parking
Cavendish Campground Beach
(for campers only)
Jun 10 – Sept 14 Jun 30 – Aug 30
(11 am to 5 pm)
In the campground there are: Change Rooms, Washrooms (flush toilets), Showers, Kitchen Shelters, Drinking Water, Phone, Wheelchair Access*
Cavendish Beach May 16 - Sept 30 Jun 29 – Sept 7
(10 am to 6 pm)
Change Rooms, Showers, Drinking Water, Washrooms (flush toilets), Phone, Canteen, Parking, Exhibits

*Special beach wheelchairs are available for use at these locations. To reserve, please call 902-672-6350.

Schedule subject to change. For more information please call 902-672-6350.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas 2015
LocationOpenClosed
Dalvay Trail House May 16 October 12
Stanhope Beach June 14 September 15
Stanhope Cape June 14 September 15
Cape Turner June 14 September 15
Cavendish East June 14 September 15
Cavendish Grove May 16 September 30

Schedule subject to change. For more information please call 902-672-6350.

Trails

There are many scenic trails located within Prince Edward Island National Park, each with its own unique features. The trails vary in length as well as in sight and sound. Hiking and Cycling are popular activities on our trails. For brief descriptions as well as the location of each trail refer to the table below. Enjoy!

Trails
LocationDates Maintained 2015/16Facilities
Woodlands: Starts off the northwest portion of Dalvay Crescent CLOSED until further notice  
Reeds & Rushes: Starts off the northwest portion of Dalvay Crescent CLOSED until further notice Interpretive Panels
Farmlands: Starts 2 km east of Stanhope, to the south of the Gulf Shore Parkway May 15 - Oct. 12  
Bubbling Springs: Starts 2 km east of Stanhope, to the south of the Gulf Shore Parkway May 15 - Oct. 12 Interpretive Panels
Gulf Shore Way East: Trailheads located at Brackley Beach Complex and Dalvay Crescent May 15 - Oct. 12 Wheelchair Access
R.I.T.S. (Robinsons Island Trail System): Starts at Robinsons Island Trailhead June 5 - Oct. 12 Lookout/Birdwatching
Gulf Shore Way West: Trailheads located at North Rustico and at Cawnpore Lane (Oceanview Lookoff) May 15 - Oct. 12 Wheelchair Access
Cavendish Dunelands: Starts at Oceanview Lookoff or Cavendish Beach May 15 - Oct. 12 Interpretive Panels
Homestead: Starts just at the entrance of Cavendish Campground May 15 - Oct. 12 Interpretive Panels
Clark’s Lane Trail: Starts at Cavendish Grove May 15 - Oct. 12 Interpretive Panels
Cavendish Beach Trail: Starts at Cavendish Grove or Cavendish Beach May 15 - Oct. 12 Interpretive Panels
*Haunted Wood: Green Gables Heritage Place May 1 - Oct. 31 Interpretive Panels
*Balsam Hollow: Green Gables Heritage Place May 1 - Oct. 31 Interpretive Panels
Tlaqatik: Greenwich May 15 - Oct. 12 Interpretive Panels
Greenwich Dunes: Greenwich May 15 - Oct. 12 Interpretive Panels
Havre Saint Pierre: Greenwich May 15 - Oct. 12 Wheelchair Access, Interpretive Panels

*Green Gables Heritage Place site fees apply

Schedule subject to change. For more information please call 902-672-6350.

Camping

Camping
LocationDates of Operation 2015
Cavendish Campground June 10 (first night) – September 13 (last night)
Stanhope Campground July 13 (first night) – September 6 (last night)

Winter Access

While Prince Edward Island National Park will remain open for Islanders and other visitors to continue to enjoy, facilities in the park will be closed between Thanksgiving Day (mid-October) and Victoria Day (mid-May).

Parks Canada will continue to clear snow from the Gulf Shore Parkway between Cavendish and North Rustico and between Brackley and Dalvay to allow access, and a number of parking areas will be kept cleared for parking:

  • Dalvay Parking Lot (beside beach)
  • Greenwich (Visitor Information Centre)
  • Bubbling Springs / Farmlands Trail
  • Shaws Beach
  • North Rustico Beach
  • Macneills Brook
  • Cavendish Beach

However, Parks Canada will not be grooming cross-country ski trails, monitoring and removing felled trees from trails, maintaining beach accesses or maintaining Dalvay Lake for skating. Washroom facilities and warm-up shelters will remain closed. PLEASE NOTE: There will be no emergency service provided by Parks Canada.

Trail users can continue to use the cross-country ski trails by breaking their own trail and visitors can continue to explore and enjoy the park, by hiking, showshoeing, viewing wildlife or doing other winter activities. Anyone exploring the national park in the winter is reminded that they are responsible for their own safety and should be sure to properly prepare and plan for their trip, taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves from inclement weather and potential natural hazards found in the park.

For more information please call 902-672-6350.