Fodor's Expert Review Prince Edward Island National Park

Prince Edward Island National Park Park (National/State/Provincial) Fodor's Choice

Touched with nature's boldest brushstrokes, here sky and sea meet red sandstone cliffs, woodlands, wetlands, rolling dunes, and long stretches of sand. The original portion of the park, a narrow strip of protected coast, extends for 40 km (25 miles) along the north shore of the Island from Cavendish to Dalvay. A separate adjunct sits about 24 km (15 miles) farther east on the Greenwich Peninsula. Diverse habitats are home to a variety of plants and animals, including more than 300 species of birds and the marram grass that's vital to the survival of the dunes. Boardwalks and carpeted footpaths are the only places where human feet should venture, opening up spectacular vistas.

Numerous beaches can be enjoyed between Cavendish and Greenwich, but boardwalks and stairs to reach them are only in place from mid-May to the end of September. Pet owners should be aware that all beaches within the national park are pet-free areas from April to mid-October every year. A relaxing alternative... READ MORE

Touched with nature's boldest brushstrokes, here sky and sea meet red sandstone cliffs, woodlands, wetlands, rolling dunes, and long stretches of sand. The original portion of the park, a narrow strip of protected coast, extends for 40 km (25 miles) along the north shore of the Island from Cavendish to Dalvay. A separate adjunct sits about 24 km (15 miles) farther east on the Greenwich Peninsula. Diverse habitats are home to a variety of plants and animals, including more than 300 species of birds and the marram grass that's vital to the survival of the dunes. Boardwalks and carpeted footpaths are the only places where human feet should venture, opening up spectacular vistas.

Numerous beaches can be enjoyed between Cavendish and Greenwich, but boardwalks and stairs to reach them are only in place from mid-May to the end of September. Pet owners should be aware that all beaches within the national park are pet-free areas from April to mid-October every year. A relaxing alternative is to picnic in the titular grove, accompanied by a sound track of songbirds and honking Canada geese that call the nearby pond home. A full slate of cultural and ecological interpretive programs aimed at all ages is also available. More active types can bike or hike on the park's scenic trails. If you'd rather be out on the water, kayaking and canoeing opportunities abound.

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Quick Facts

Cavendish, Prince Edward Island  Canada

902-672–6350

www.pc.gc.ca

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: C$7.80 July and Aug.; C$3.90 other times, Accessible year-round; most services mid-May–mid-Oct, daily dawn–dusk; full services July and Aug. only

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