2018 Special events
Canada Day – July 1
Celebrate Canada’s birthday with a free visit to some of our country’s most treasured places and spaces! Free admission for all to Prince Edward Island National Park and Green Gables Heritage Place.
Canada Historic Places Day – July 7
Hosted at beautiful Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site, Canada’s Historic Places Day commemorates our country’s cultural heritage with fun family activities and programming. All are invited to take part!
Parks Day – July 21
Celebrate Parks Day on July 21 at PEI National Park with free admission! This year, Parks Canada is also pleased to offer free admission for one day at Parks Canada places across the country. This is a special thank you to the millions of Canadians who celebrated Canada 150 with Parks Canada in 2017 when more Canadians than ever before had amazing experiences at Parks Canada’s places.
Please note that while admission to PEI National Park is free on Parks Day, some programs are still applicable to fees.
10 – 11 AM: Join us for Yoga on the Beach at Brackley Beach, $7.30 per person.
11 – 1 PM: Free airbrush tattoos of beach waves, Anne of Green Gables, and all things PEI at Brackley Beach!
1 – 4 PM: Come participate in our Beach Hut program at Brackley Beach, where you’ll get up close and personal with PEI’s ecosystems through nature demonstrations and a touch tank.
1 – 4 PM: It’s time for the Great Island Sandcastle Competition! The theme of this year’s sandcastle competition is “Nature and Conservation.” 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. 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. Please bring shovels and pails. To register for the sandcastle competition, please arrive at 11:30 AM. The competition will begin at 12 PM at Brackley Beach and end at 3:30 PM, followed by judging and prizes.
6:30 PM: The day will finish off with the annual Surfguard Competition at Brackley Beach. The annual competition, hosted by Clark’s Lifeguard Services, features:
- “Board rescues” where Surf Guards save “victims”, demonstrating the immense responsibilities they have as well as their professional execution of life-saving activities.
- “The Beach Flag Competition” - a fast-paced and fun-filled activity where Surf Guards participate in an elimination race similar to a game of “musical chairs.”
- “The Ironguard Team Relay” demonstrates the endurance of Surf Guards as they run on the sandy beach, swim, and paddling a rescue board.
Surf Guards are divided up into teams of “East” and “West” ends of PEI National Park. As “East” vs “West” compete for the day, the team with the most points is declared the victor at the end of the event, and the winners get bragging rights for the season.
Acadian National Feast Day – August 12
Join us at Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site for a day of fun “Acadian-style” to mark this annual celebration of the rich and vibrant Acadian culture.
Campground Chef Cook-off – August 31
Calling all campground chefs! Put forward your best camping recipe for your chance to compete at Cavendish Campground in our second annual cook-off as we look to crown the newest Campground Chef extraordinaire.
Great Island Campout – August 31 - September 2
Round off the 2018 summer camping season with a weekend full of the very best of PEI National Park! Featuring a full line-up of interpretive programs and events, this weekend at Cavendish Campground is the camping event of the season. Get your camping crew together and book your site early so you don’t miss out!
Jour du Souvenir Acadien (Acadian Day of Remembrance) - December 13
This annual commemoration is designed to be a day of remembrance, but also celebrates the richness and the dynamism of the Acadian people as a model of courage and perseverance.