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

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

Sept 1 – Sept 14
10am – 4pm, 7 Days a Week

Cavendish Visitor Information Centre

May 16 – June 20
9am - 5pm, 7 Days a Week

June 21 – Aug 31
8am – 9pm, 7 Days a Week

Sept 1 – Oct 10
9am - 5pm, 7 Days a Week

Dalvay Welcome Centre

July 1 – Aug 31
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 long weekend in May to the end of September every year.

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

Beaches
LocationDates of Operation Facilities 2014Dates of Supervision 2014Facilities 
Stanhope Beach June 15 - Sept 15 Jun 27 – Aug 24
(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 17 - Sept 30 Jun 28 – Aug 24
(11 am to 5 pm)
Washrooms (composting toilets), Parking
Brackley Beach May 17 - Oct 19 Jun 27 – Sept 1
(10 am to 6 pm)
Change Rooms, Showers, Washrooms (flush toilets), Exhibits, Drinking Water, Phone, Canteen, Wheelchair Access*, Parking
North Rustico Beach June 15 - Sept 15 Jun 27 – Aug 24
(11 am to 5 pm)
Washrooms (outdoor privies), Drinking Water, Parking, 
Greenwich Beach June 14 - Sept 15 Jun 28 – Aug 24
(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 11 – Sept 14 Jun 28 – Aug 24
(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 17 - Sept 30 Jun 27 – Sept 1
(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 902-672-6224 or 902-672-6350.

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. For brief descriptions as well as the location of each trail refer to the table below. Enjoy!

Trails
LocationDates of Operation 2014Facilities
Woodlands: Starts off the northwest portion of Dalvay Crescent CLOSED until Spring 2015  
 Reeds & Rushes: Starts off the northwest portion of Dalvay Crescent CLOSED until Spring 2015 Interpretive Panels
Farmlands: Starts 2 km east of Stanhope, to the south of the Gulf Shore Parkway May 17 - Sept. 30  
Bubbling Springs: Starts 2 km east of Stanhope, to the south of the Gulf Shore Parkway May 17 - Sept. 30 Interpretive Panels
Gulf Shore Way East: Trailheads located at Brackley Beach Complex and Dalvay Crescent May 17 - Sept. 30 Wheelchair Access
Gulf Shore Way West: Trailheads located at North Rustico and at Cawnpore Lane (Oceanview Lookoff) May 17 - Sept. 30 Wheelchair Access
Cavendish Dunelands: Starts at Oceanview Lookoff or Cavendish Beach May 17 - Sept. 30 Interpretive Panels
Homestead: Starts just at the entrance of Cavendish Campground May 17 - Sept. 30 Interpretive Panels
Clark’s Lane Trail: Starts at Cavendish Grove May 17 - Sept. 30 Interpretive Panels
Cavendish Beach Trail: Starts at Cavendish Grove or Cavendish Beach May 17 - Sept. 30 Interpretive Panels
*Haunted Wood: Green Gables Heritage Place May 17 - Oct. 31 Interpretive Panels
*Balsam Hollow: Green Gables Heritage Place May 17 - Oct. 31 Interpretive Panels
Tlaqatik: Greenwich May 17 - Sept. 30 Interpretive Panels
Greenwich Dunes: Greenwich May 17 - Sept. 30 Interpretive Panels
Havre Saint Pierre: Greenwich May 17 - Sept. 30 Wheelchair Access, Interpretive Panels

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

*Green Gables Heritage Place site fees apply

Camping

The operating season for the two campgrounds in Prince Edward Island National Park, (Cavendish and Stanhope) is June 11 (first night) to September 14 (last night), 2014.

Camping
LocationDates of Operation 2014
Cavendish Campground June 11 (first night) – September 14 (last night)
Stanhope Campground June 11 (first night) – September 14 (last night)
Group Camping at Stanhope Campground June 11 (first night) – September 14 (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. 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.