November 20th, 2013
We are writing to inform you of some upcoming changes to Robinsons Island in Prince Edward Island National Park.
Parks Canada has recently acquired funding under a special project which will be used toward improving ecological health in Prince Edward Island National Park. Making gains in ecological integrity is a priority for Parks Canada, and we are pleased to invest a portion of these funds at Robinsons Island. In earlier phases of this long-term project, Parks Canada removed infrastructure left after the campground was closed. This fall, work will begin to create new trails on the island. This is an exciting new visitor experience opportunity at the site.
Robinsons Island Campground closed in 2005 due to declining use and high operating costs. Since that time, Parks Canada has removed most of the old infrastructure on the island to facilitate restoration of the forest ecosystem.
Since Robinsons Island Campground closed, Parks Canada has been considering alternate and enhanced visitor opportunities at the site, which is treasured by locals, stakeholders and visitors for its cultural, natural and recreational resources. As the project moves ahead, Parks Canada will ensure that sensitive cultural and ecological sites are protected, and that existing recreational opportunities are maintained for current and future users.
New Visitor Experience Opportunities
In addition to existing leisure opportunities on Robinsons Island such as bird-watching, hiking and wind-surfing or kite-boarding, Parks Canada is excited to provide a new recreational activity at the site, allowing beginner mountain-bikers and families a safe and adventurous way to explore in Prince Edward Island National Park.
In early fall 2013, members of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) came to PEI to deliver a session on trail development, and to assist Parks Canada staff with an analysis of potential mountain biking opportunities at Robinsons Island. As part of this project, existing trails and roadways on the island will be converted into a multi-use path, twinned in several locations and equipped with technical trail features. These features will allow mountain-bikers to challenge themselves at various levels of difficulty and develop new skills as they practice and build confidence. New viewing platforms and interpretative nodes will also be developed through this project.
Parks Canada is exploring new opportunities for visitors to experience Prince Edward Island National Park and to encourage them to make lasting memories through new and exciting opportunities. A family friendly mountain biking destination is unique, providing something new and fun for everyone to enjoy. Mountain-biking will enhance opportunities for our visitors to be active and enjoy outdoor activities, and will enable our stakeholders in the tourism industry to work with Parks Canada to attract new clientele or provide an additional experience for their existing guests.
The original plan for this project included changes to part of the existing road bed across the causeway leading to Robinsons Island, which was to be converted to a gravel trail. Due to feedback from valued stakeholders through preliminary communications, Parks Canada is reassessing this part of the project and will explore public consultation options about how to best address issues facing the current road conditions. In the coming months, Parks Canada will engage stakeholders and the public in a consultation process regarding the future of the road on the causeway.
Should you have any questions or if you would like further information, please feel free to contact Greg Shaw, Project Manager at 902-672-6377 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tara McNally MacPhee