2020 visitor season
Due to the damage caused by post-tropical storm Dorian in PEI National Park, some campsites at Cavendish campground will be delayed opening for reservation. All A-section sites as well as sites D48 – D60 will not be available for reservation until further notice. Although unavailable for reservation at this time, these sites are expected to open with the rest of the campground on June 3rd, 2020.
Post Tropical Storm Dorian
On Saturday, September 7, 2019, Prince Edward Island was hit by post-tropical storm Dorian. Even though it was no longer consider a hurricane, it was nonetheless damaging with winds in excess of 98 km/h, rain over 85 mm and storm surge of approximately 2 meters. Within PEI National Park, the most significant impacts of the storm were felt in the western sector, notably in the main provincial tourism area of Cavendish. Approximately 80% of the trees had fallen or were deemed dangerous and an estimated 2 meters of shoreline was lost to erosion.
Significant changes are evident throughout various parts of the park. Cavendish Campground lost 70-80% of its trees and an early estimate of coastal erosion in the park suggests a 2 meter loss. Stanhope Campground fared better than Cavendish Campground.
Parks Canada staff members and our partners have been working diligently to ensure that we can re-open in the summer of 2020. While the campground will certainly look and feel different, we know that new opportunities come with new growth. Thank you for your patience as we rebuild this beautiful campground!
PEI National Park has many options for visitors who want to stay overnight.
Our largest campground features over 200 sites and an exclusive supervised white sand beach. Exceptional recreational activities abound, including the spectacular 8km Homestead Trail, suitable for hiking and cycling. The campground offers showers, flush toilets, a laundromat and kitchen shelters. Campfires are permitted on selected sites.
Download a Cavendish Campground map (PDF, 1.33 MB).
Stanhope Campground is quiet and picturesque and features over 100 sites. The campground is located along the recently developed Gulf Shore Way, a 10km multi-use trail ideal for cycling, inline skating or walking and is a short walk from Stanhope Beach. The campground offers accessible sites, washroom facilities with hot showers and flush toilets, a laundromat and kitchen shelters. Inquire at the campground kiosk about our beach wheelchair that can be used at Stanhope Beach.
Download a Stanhope Campground map (PDF, 871 KB).
Camping at PEI National Park is one of the most memorable ways to truly experience and appreciate the natural beauty of white sand beaches, coastal wetlands and over 50 km of trails! You will benefit from close proximity to beaches, trails, interpretive programs and special events.
For more information: Reservable camping information
Check out Prince Edward Island National Park’s newest accommodation option on the North Shore - the authentic oTENTik!
A structure that blends the fun of a tent with the convenience of a cabin, oTENTik is an appealing option for those who want a camping experience without the hassle. Take away the need for piles of supplies, tent pegs, and poles and you’ve got a fuss-free vacation in the making.
For more information: Reservable accommodation information
To reserve a spot at Cavendish or Stanhope campgrounds visit www.reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca or call 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783).
Reservations can be requested beginning January 20, 2020 at 8 am AST.