Please note: Hours of operation for 2018 will be published as soon as the dates are confirmed.

Prince Edward Island National Park is open for you to enjoy with most facilities open from mid-May to mid-October every year. Full services are available in July and August. Limited services are available in May-June and in September-October.

Visitor Information Centres

PEI National Park employees

Greenwich Interpretation Centre

June 14 - September 15 2017

10AM - 6PM

7 days a week

Beaches

PEI National Park beaches

There are numerous spectacular beaches located within PEI National Park from Cavendish to Greenwich. To access these beaches, all boardwalks and stairs will be installed from the Victoria Day weekend in May to September 30 every year.

There are seven supervised beach facilities located in the park.


Stanhope Beach

Dates of Supervision: June 29 – Aug 27 (11 am to 6 pm)
Facilities: Change Rooms, Showers, Washrooms (flush toilets), Exhibits, Drinking Water, Phone, Wheelchair Access*, Parking, Picnic Shelter, Playground
Dates of Facilities Operation: May 31 - Sept 15

Ross Lane Beach
Dates of Supervision: June 30 – Aug 20 (11 am to 5 pm)
Facilities: Washrooms (composting toilets), Parking
Dates of Facilities Operation: May 15 - Sept 30

Brackley Beach
Dates of Supervision: June 29 – Sept 4 (10 am to 6 pm)
Facilities: Change Rooms, Showers, Washrooms (flush toilets), Exhibits, Drinking Water, Phone, Canteen, Wheelchair Access*, Parking
Dates of Facilities Operation: May 15 - Oct 18

North Rustico Beach
Dates of Supervision: June 30 – Aug 20 (11 am to 5 pm)
Facilities: Washrooms (outdoor privies), Drinking Water, Parking
Dates of Facilities Operation: June 12 - Sept 15

Greenwich Beach
Dates of Supervision: June 30 – Aug 20 (11 am to 5 pm)
Facilities: Change Rooms, Outdoor Showers, Lookout, Picnic Area, Kitchen Shelter, Washrooms (composting toilets), Exhibits, Parking
Dates of Facilities Operation: June 12 - Sept 15

Cavendish Campground Beach (for campers only)
Dates of Supervision: June 30 – Aug 27 (11 am to 5 pm)
Facilities: In the campground there are: Change Rooms, Washrooms (flush toilets), Showers, Kitchen Shelters, Drinking Water, Phone, Wheelchair Access*
Dates of Facilities Operation: June 16 – Sept 29

Cavendish Beach
Dates of Supervision: June 29 – Sept 4 (10 am to 6 pm)
Facilities: Change Rooms, Showers, Drinking Water, Washrooms (flush toilets), Phone, Canteen, Parking, Exhibits
Dates of Facilities Operation: May 15 - Sept 30

*Special beach wheelchairs are available for use at these locations. To reserve, please call 902-672-6350.
Schedule subject to change. For more information please call 902-672-6350.


Beach information and hours of operation

Picnic Areas

PEI National Park camping areas

Picnic area dates of operation

Stanhope Beach: May 31 - September 15
Stanhope Cape: June 12 - September 15
Cape Turner: June 12 - September 15
Oceanview (Cavendish East): June 12 - September 15
Cavendish Grove: May 15 - September 30

Trails

PEI National Park trails

There are many scenic trails located within Prince Edward Island National Park, each with its own unique features. The trails vary in length as well as in sight and sound.

Hiking and cycling are popular activities on our trails.

 

 

Woodlands Trail
CLOSED until further notice

Reeds and Rushes Trail
CLOSED until futher notice

Farmlands Trail
Length: 2.9 km
Difficulty: Easy
Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
Starts 2 km east of Stanhope, to the south of the Gulf Shore Parkway.
Features: Interpretive Panels, Archaeological Site


Bubbling Springs
Length: 2.5 km
Difficulty: Easy
Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
Starts 2 km east of Stanhope, to the south of the Gulf Shore Parkway.
Features: Interpretive Panels, Lookout


Gulf Shore Way East
Length: 10 km one way
Difficulty: Easy
Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
Trailheads located at Brackley Beach Complex and Dalvay Crescent.
Features: Wheelchair Access

R.I.T.S. (Robinsons Island Trail System)
Length: 5 km
Difficulty: Moderate
Dates maintained: May 19 - Oct. 12
Starts at Robinsons Island Trailhead.
Features: Lookout/Birdwatching, Pump Track, Mountain Bike Features

Gulf Shore Way West
Length: 8.5 km one way
Difficulty: Easy
Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
Trailheads located at North Rustico and at Cawnpore Lane (Oceanview Lookoff)
Features: Wheelchair Access

Cavendish Dunelands
Length: 2.3 km one way
Difficulty: Easy
Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
Starts at Oceanview Lookoff or Cavendish Beach.
Features: Interpretive Panels

Homestead Trail
Length: 6.7 or 8.8 km
Difficulty: Moderate
Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
Starts just at the entrance of Cavendish Campground
Features: Interpretive Panels

Clark’s Lane Trail
Length: 0.8 km one way
Difficulty: Easy
Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
Starts at Cavendish Grove.
Features: Interpretive Panels

Cavendish Beach Trail
Length: 1.1 km one way
Difficulty: Easy
Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
Starts at Cavendish Grove or Cavendish Beach.
Features: Interpretive Panels

Tlaqatik
Length: 4.8 km
Difficulty: Easy
Dates maintained: June 2 - Oct. 12
Located in Greenwich.
Features: Interpretive Panels, Lookout

Havre Saint Pierre
Length: 1.1 km
Difficulty: Easy
Dates maintained: June 2 - Oct. 12
Located in Greenwich.
Features: Wheelchair Access, Interpretive Panels, Lookout

Greenwich Dunes**
Length: 4.8 km
Difficulty: Moderate
Dates maintained: June 2 - Oct. 12
Located in Greenwich.
Features: Interpretive Panels, Lookout/Birdwatching

Haunted Wood**
Length: 0.9 km
Difficulty: Easy
Dates maintained: May 1 - Oct. 31
Located at Green Gables Heritage Place.
Features: Interpretive Panels

Balsam Hollow**
Length: 0.8 km
Difficulty: Easy
Dates maintained: May 1 – Oct. 31
Located at Green Gables Heritage Place.
Features: Interpretive Panels

**HIKING ONLY

Schedule subject to change. For more information please call 902-672-6350.

Trail locations and information

Camping

Camping in PEI National Park

Campground dates of operation

Cavendish Campground: June 16 - September 28 2017
Please note: Shoulder season (self-registration) is at Cavendish Campground only from Sept. 5 - 28 2017

Stanhope Campground: June 16 - September 4 2017

Learn more about camping in PEI National Park: Stay overnight
Make a reservation for one of PEI National Park's campgrounds through the Parks Canada Reservation Service.

Winter Access

PEI National Park winter access areas

While Prince Edward Island National Park will remain open for Islanders and other visitors to continue to enjoy, facilities in the park will be closed between Thanksgiving Day (mid-October) and Victoria Day (mid-May).

Parks Canada will continue to clear snow from the Gulf Shore Parkway between Cavendish and North Rustico and between Brackley and Dalvay to allow access.

  • Dalvay Parking Lot (beside beach)
  • Greenwich (Visitor Information Centre)
  • Bubbling Springs / Farmlands Trail
  • Shaws Beach
  • North Rustico Beach
  • Macneills Brook
  • Cavendish Beach

Parking areas cleared off in winter

However, Parks Canada will not be grooming cross-country ski trails, monitoring and removing felled trees from trails, maintaining beach accesses or maintaining Dalvay Lake for skating. Washroom facilities and warm-up shelters will remain closed.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no emergency service provided by Parks Canada. Trail users can continue to use the cross-country ski trails by breaking their own trail and visitors can continue to explore and enjoy the park, by hiking, showshoeing, viewing wildlife or doing other winter activities. Anyone exploring the national park in the winter is reminded that they are responsible for their own safety and should be sure to properly prepare and plan for their trip, taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves from inclement weather and potential natural hazards found in the park. For more information please call 902-672-6350.