June

Bioblitz - June 9 - 10 2017

PEI National Park will be participating in Parks Canada's national BioBlitz initiative. This event will be held in June 2017, and will be delivered in collaboration with partners from local watershed and environmental groups.

July

ParticipACTION 150 -  July 2 2017

On July 2 we will be hosting a free ParticipACTION 150 event as part of Canada150  from 10AM - 4 PM at Cavendish Main Beach. Join us for a fun day in the sun with two Yoga on the Beach sessions at 10 AM and noon and everything from surfboard balancing to field hockey in our 4 activity tents.

Parks Day and The Great Island Sandcastle competition - July 15  2017

Parks Canada, in collaboration with Access Advisor PEI and the Spinal Cord Injury Association of PEI, is excited to launch the new accessibility mats at Stanhope Main Beach on Parks Day. These accessibility mats allow regular wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices to travel from the wooden boardwalk to the sand right down to the water’s edge. As part of the launch, there will be Yoga on the Beach, incorporating chair yoga, at 9:30 am at Stanhope  Beach. 

The events then move to Brackley Main Beach, PEI National Park for the Great Island Sandcastle Competition with this year’s theme being “Canada 150.” Creativity counts and the panel of judges is looking forward to seeing sand creations of all shapes and sizes in this fun, family-friendly event. Registration for the Great Island Sandcastle Competition begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Brackley Beach Complex and judging will take place at 2:00 p.m. The announcement of the winners will follow at 3:00 p.m.

Those interested in taking part can register as a group, individual, or family and prizes will be awarded for the best entries. Maurice Bernard, local artist, sand sculptor, and host of PEI National Park’s summer program “Sensational Sandcastles”, will be on-hand to offer helpful tips. To pre-register for the sandcastle competition please send an email to pc.evenements-ipe.events-pei.pc@pc.gc.ca with the name and number of participants of the team, including contact information for the team captain. Our events team will be on hand with airbrush tattoos as well so come and enjoy the sun, the sand and the sea.

September

Great Island Campout at Cavendish Campground - September 1 - 3 2017

On Labour Day weekend (Sept 1-3), we are hosting the first Great Island Campout at Cavendish Campground. With the enthusiasm and visitation generated by Canada 150 and the free Parks Canada Discovery Pass, we are inviting visitors to book campsites over the weekend to experience the best of PEI National Park's programming and facilities.

This event will also include the Great Island Campout Cookoff contest presented with help from CBC Mainstreet. All are invited to send in camp cooking recipes to angelawalker@cbc.ca until August 28 for the chance to win 2 nights of free Great Island Campout camping. Three finalists will compete to win the title of Best Camp Chef on Friday, September 1. The winning recipe will be featured in the 2018 National Park Visitor Guide.

For more information: Great Island Campout 2017

Special Events at Green Gables Heritage Place

National Historic Sites Day - July 8 2017

Join us at Green Gables Heritage Place on July 8th for a fun-filled day in celebration of the Parks Canada places that preserve our country’s history and heritage.

The festivities begin with Story Time in French at 10 a.m., and in English at 10:30 a.m. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., children can participate in My National Historic Site, an arts and crafts activity to draw, colour, and share the special places in their lives.

There will also be guided talks of the site throughout the day on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in English, and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in French. Games and races will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., with ice cream included! Anne herself will also be on site and period costumes will be available for visitors to try on for a great photo opportunity. 

Special Events at Port-la-Joye - Fort Amherst National Historic Site

Family Fun Day at Port-La-Joye—Fort Amherst - August 13 2017

In celebration of Acadian National Feast Day Parks Canada will host host Family Fun Day at Port-La-Joye—Fort Amherst/Journée en famille à Port-La-Joye—Fort Amherst. There will be a variety of Acadian cultural activities for all ages.