What to know before you visit

Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars to support infrastructure work within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.

When visiting or driving through Prince Edward Island National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience. Consult the following list of current infrastructure projects in Prince Edward Island National Park to see if any road or facility work might impact your trip.  


Complete closure

Gulf Shore Parkway West and Gulf Shore Way West Trail – MacKenzies Brook

There is significant work planned for the MacKenzies Brook area beginning in September 2019. As a result, the Gulf Shore Parkway West will be closed to all traffic from September 15, 2019 to November 15, 2019. Signage will be in place at the east and west entrances to the Gulf Shore Parkway West, advising visitors of the road closure.

MacKenzies Brook passes beneath the Gulf Shore Parkway through two culverts, which have reached the end of their lifespan and are in need of replacement. Due to the Gulf Shore Parkway’s elevation in this section, which is about 10 m above sea level, the roadway will need to be completely closed during the excavation and culvert replacement period. The significant difference in elevation between the road way and the excavation site does not safely allow for single lane closures.

In order to minimize visitor impact, this road closure will be in effect from September 15, 2019 to November 15, 2019, in advance of the winter season. The road surface of Gulf Shore Parkway West at MacKenzies Brook will remain gravel from November 15, 2019 to May 15, 2020, with paving to take place in Spring 2020.

The Gulf Shore Parkway West closure will be from the east end of MacNeills Brook parking lot, to the west side of Orby Head. These locations, at either end of the closure are, provide enough space for larger vehicles to turn around safely.

Map - Gulf Shore Parkway West Closure - September 15 to November 15, 2019
Gulf Shore Parkway West Closure September 15 to November 15, 2019.
  • Closure occurs at MacKenzies Brook

From the east: closed at the MacNeills Brook Park lot.

From the west: closed at Orby Head look-out.

There is space for larger vehicles to turn around safely at both of these sites.

Please obey all traffic personnel and signage. Thank you for your patience while we improve our facilities.


Locations listed on this map include:

  • Cavendish Campground,
  • Cavendish Beach,
  • Oceanview Lookoff,
  • MacNeills Brook Beach,
  • MacKenzies Brook,
  • Orby Head,
  • Cavendish Grove,
  • Green Gables Golf Course,
  • Cavendish Destination Centre,
  • Site of L.M. Montgomery's Cavendish Home,
  • Green Gables Heritage Place.

Possible disruptions

Cavendish Dune crossing ramp

Please note that there will be temporary partial closure of the end portion of the ramp on the dune crossing at Cavendish Beach on September 16, 2019. It will reopen again on September 17, 2019.

This closure is necessary to install tactile strips to better assist pedestrians who are visually impaired. The work will be completed during that day. Visitors will still be able to reach the beach during this work via the dune crossing stairs.

Brackley Beach entrance kiosks

Parks Canada is undertaking infrastructure work at the Brackley Beach entrance of Prince Edward Island National Park. This work, which will require sporadic, temporary pedestrian and vehicle lane closures, will begin in early September 2019 and be completed in the winter (weather dependent).

This work is part of Parks Canada’s ongoing entrances and kiosk infrastructure project. The two current kiosks at the Brackley Beach entrance will be replaced with new structures and the queuing lanes will be extended. Overhead LED signage will be installed, along with the necessary support structures. There will also be tree trimming along the roadway leading up to the entrance itself to improve site lines and the safety of staff and motorists.

Bubbling Springs / Farmlands trails

Parks Canada is also be undertaking infrastructure work on the Bubbling Springs and Farmland trails in the Brackley – Dalvay section of Prince Edward Island National Park. This work, which will require sporadic trail closures, will begin in early September 2019 and be completed in the winter (weather dependent).

This work is part of Parks Canada’s ongoing trails infrastructure project. The current viewing blind on Long Pond will be replaced with a larger floating platform that will serve as an outdoor classroom. A new viewing tower will also be installed. The bridge on this trail, as well as on the one on the adjoining Farmlands trail, will be replaced and the retaining wall that holds the bank along the “bubbling” spring will also be reinstated.

North Rustico Beach complex

Parks Canada will soon begin infrastructure upgrades at North Rustico beach in Prince Edward Island National Park. This work will begin after the beach facilities are closed for the season on September 13, 2019 and is expected to be complete by spring 2020.

This work is part of Parks Canada’s ongoing beach complex infrastructure project. The North Rustico beach facilities currently consist of one small change house and one washroom, both of which were built decades ago and are in need of updating. As part of this project, these two buildings will be removed and a new washroom / kitchen shelter building will be constructed on the south side of the existing parking lot, on what is now a gravelled area.

Brackley Beach complex decking

Parks Canada will be rehabilitating the decking around the buildings at the Brackley Beach complex, beginning in mid-October after the facilities are closed for the season. This work will be completed in the winter (weather dependent). Visitor access to the beach will be maintained during this work.

Park entrance kiosks at Grahams Lane in Cavendish

Infrastructure work is underway at the Grahams Lane entrance to the Cavendish section of Prince Edward Island National Park.

This work is part of Parks Canada’s ongoing entrances and kiosk infrastructure project. Two kiosks at the Grahams Lane entrance are being replaced with new structures and the entrance lane will be widened. Overhead LED signage will also be installed, along with the necessary support structures. 

There may be disruptions and delays to vehicle traffic during this construction. Visitors to PEI National Park are advised to exercise caution, respect all on-site signage, and closures, and to follow instructions from on-site Parks Canada’s staff or contractors. 

Trail way-finding signage

New trail signs are being installed on all trails in PEI National Park (excluding the Robinson Island Trail System) during the fall of 2019.  This work includes the installation of new trailhead and way finding signs, as well as distance markers, to help visitors navigate the trails. There will be no trail closures and the work will have minimal impact on visitors.

Please note!
Safety is a top priority for Parks Canada. As such, visitors to PEI National Park are advised to exercise caution, respect all on-site signage and closures, and to follow instructions from on-site Parks Canada’s staff or contractors.

Parks Canada makes every effort to minimize disruptions caused by infrastructure work. We thank local residents and visitors for their patience and support while this important work is happening.