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Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

2016 Special Events

Special Events at PEI National Park
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Special Events at other Parks Canada places

Community Events

Join us for a whole year’s worth of fun and exciting opportunities to experience the great outdoors on Prince Edward Island. More events will be added as details are confirmed, so check back through the season!

For more information about any of these events please call 902-672-6350. Schedule subject to change.

The Great Island Sandcastle Competition (Canada Parks Day)

Date: July 16, 2016
Location: Cavendish Beach
Full Schedule: See here

Pack up your beach gear and join us at Cavendish Beach for the most fun you can have with a pail and shovel! Individuals, teams and families are invited to let their creative sides show build sensational sculptures in the sand. Renowned sandcastle artist Maurice Bernard will be on hand to offer up a few of his best tricks of the trade and help crown the champion for 2016. Enjoy this family-oriented sandcastle building contest in celebration of Canada Parks Day! Prizes for best entries.

Prince Edward Island National Park Surf Guard Competition

Date: August 10, 2016
Location: Brackley Beach

All are invited to come out to Brackley Beach at 7:00pm to watch our Surf Guards demonstrate some of their life-saving skills as they engage in their annual Surf Guard Competition. The competition will last approximately 1.5 hours and will highlight the best of surfguard abilities on the Island. This particular date also coincides with the Lifesaving Societies "National Drowning Prevention Week".


Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Date: October 1st, 2016
Location: Robinsons Island Trailhead

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (TKMBD) is an international celebration of this great family-friendly outdoor sport. The event encourages visitors and residents of local communities to bring their mountain or hybrid bikes and their children to Prince Edward Island National Park to enjoy the Robinsons Island Trail System as a family. Bicycling is good, healthy fun, and a gateway to healthy lifestyles. This event develops a connection between kids, bikes and the natural world around them while touching on themes such as bike safety, skills, rider etiquette, nutrition, hydration and sun protection. Brought to you by Parks Canada and the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), this year's TKMBD theme is based on IMBA's four tenants: Speak, Build, Respect, and Ride.

Prince Edward Island Marathon

Date: October 16, 2016
Location: Brackley to Covehead

Challenge yourself in the Prince Edward Island Marathon. The race starts near Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island National Park, with the route continuing for 5 kilometres through beautiful seaside landscapes. After leaving the park, you will head for Charlottetown and the finish line at Province House National Historic Site. Join us for this Boston qualifier and one of the friendliest marathons around. To register or for additional information, please visit the PEI Marathon Web site or call Amanda at 902-316-2299.

Special Events at other Parks Canada places


Canada Day celebrations at Green Gables Heritage Place!

Date: July 1, 2016
Location: Green Gables Heritage Place

Celebrate Canada’s birthday with free entry at Parks Canada sites! You can also catch games, races and cake at Green Gables Heritage Place.


Acadian National Feast Day

Date: August 14, 2016
Location: Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site

This cultural celebration, featuring the richness of the Acadian culture as well as the historic ties between the Acadian and Mi’kmaq peoples presented in music, interpretation, and sacred ceremonies, is a free public event. Pack a picnic lunch and stay for the day!

Community Events


Canada Day in North Rustico Parade

Date: July 1, 2016
Location: North Rustico, PEI

Watch for Parka and the rest of the gang from Prince Edward Island National Park on the Parks Canada float in the Canada Day in North Rustico celebrations.


Gold Cup and Saucer Parade

Date: August 19, 2016
Location: Charlottetown

Watch for Parka and the rest of the gang from Prince Edward Island National Park on the Parks Canada float in Charlottetown’s Gold Cup and Saucer parade, Atlantic Canada’s largest parade, part of PEI’s Old Home Week celebrations.