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.  


Possible disruptions

Gulf Shore Way West Trail – MacKenzies Brook

Infrastructure work is ongoing at MacKenzies Brook in PEI National Park. MacKenzies Brook passes beneath the Gulf Shore Parkway and Gulf Shore Way trail through culverts that have reached the end of their lifespan and are being replaced. As such, the Gulf Shore Way West trail will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists between from Orby Head to MacNeills Brook until early 2020.

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 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.

Brackley Beach complex decking

Parks Canada is rehabilitating the decking around the buildings at the Brackley Beach complex. This work will be completed in the winter (weather dependent). Visitor access to the beach will be maintained during this work.

Bubbling Springs / Farmlands trails

Parks Canada is also 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 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 has began infrastructure upgrades at North Rustico beach in Prince Edward Island National Park. This work 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.

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. 

Greenwich Beach Complex

Parks Canada is undertaking infrastructure upgrades to the Greenwich beach complex in Prince Edward Island National Park. This work is expected to be completed by early spring 2020.

This work is part of Parks Canada’s ongoing beaches complex infrastructure project. The work includes the replacement of wood decking and railings around buildings, repairs to the exterior of these buildings, a new roof on the kitchen shelter, the refurbishment of the outdoor shower and upgrades to the off-grid solar power system.

 

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.