Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

Important Safety Notices and Prohibitions

Some restrictions are required in order to protect our visitors and the park. Complete information on national parks regulations is available upon request. For more information, please call our administration office at 902-672-6350.

Park emergency personnel can be reached 24-hours a day at 1-877-852-3100.

Bridge Jumping

Diving and/or jumping from the Covehead Bridge is a prohibited activity, pursuant to Section 7 (1) of the National Parks General Regulations. The maximum penalty for violating this notice is a fine of $25,000.00.

Pets on Beaches

Domestic animals are prohibited on all National Park beaches, pursuant to section 4(5) of the National Parks Domestic Animals Regulations. This prohibition will be in effect from April 01 - October 15 annually until further notice. Anyone found in violation of this prohibition may be prosecuted under section 3(2)(b) of the domestic animals regulations. The maximum fine for violation of this prohibition is $50.00.

Pets in Buildings

Domestic animals are prohibited from entering all kitchen shelters, and washroom / shower facilities in Prince Edward Island National Park, pursuant to section 4 (5) of the National Parks Domestic Animal Regulations. This prohibition will be in effect from June 7, 2002 until further notice. Anyone found in violation of this prohibition may be prosecuted under Section 3 (2)(b) of the Domestic Animal Regulations. The maximum fine for violation of this prohibition is $50.00.

Beach Closures for Piping Plover 

When Piping Plover are present and breeding, signs are posted and the areas are closed to all public use and travel pursuant to section 7(1), General Regulations of the National Parks Act.

Related Link: Current beach closures for Piping Plover

Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Ice Climbing

Activities commonly known as "rappelling", "rock climbing" and “ice climbing” are prohibited within Prince Edward Island National Park until further notice, pursuant to Section 7(l) of the National Parks General Regulations. The maximum penalty for violation of this notice is a fine of $2,000.00.

Boating Regulations

Motorized watercraft are not permitted within the National Park waterbodies. Due to public safety and environmental concerns we ask that all boat users in and around Prince Edward Island National Park please adhere to the following restrictions:

  • All boats stay 200 metres away from all designated swimming areas. These areas are identified by white buoy markers and are for the swimming public.
  • If encountering swimmers outside these areas please slow to 10 km per hour and stay well clear of them.
  • Observe Piping Plover closure signs and do not beach your boat in these areas. Move down shore to an area not posted.

Remember that boating safety is everyone’s responsibility. We thank you for your cooperation.

Sand Dune Regulations

Walk on designated paths and boardwalks only. Do not walk on the dunes.

Marram grass is killed with only 10 footsteps. When the grass is gone, the sand is free to move around, which causes blowouts and makes the dunes more susceptible to erosion from storms. Do your part to keep the dunes as beautiful tomorrow as they are today: stay off the sand dunes and remind your friends and family of the damage they could cause if they walk on the marram grass or climb the dunes.  

Feeding Animals

It is illegal to feed, entice, or disturb any animal in Prince Edward Island National Park. Although perceived by many as an act of kindness, humans feeding wildlife can lead to increased rates of wildlife mortality. Animals fed along the road side become dependent on humans for food and lose their natural instinct to hunt. All too often, wildlife fed along roadsides become injured or killed by vehicles. The National Park Wildlife Regulations prohibit feeding of wildlife.

Parking Regulations

Roadside parking is not permitted within the park in order to protect the dunes and to provide a safe opportunity for visitors to bike or walk near this special place. Roadside parking within the park can be in violation of regulations under the National Park Highway Traffic Regulations or the Highway Traffic Act of the province of Prince Edward Island. Please park in designated parking lots located at all supervised beaches, picnic areas, and trails in Prince Edward Island National Park.

Protecting Natural Resources

Prince Edward Island National Park protects all the natural elements that make up its ecosystem. To enable all visitors to fully enjoy the park, its scenery and natural beauty, it is important to leave nature untouched and to refrain from picking flowers or taking unusually shaped rocks or patterned shells. In this way, visitors will be able to admire, identify or photograph them in their natural environment.