As part of its important stewardship role, Parks Canada is continuously evaluating the needs of both the region’s ecosystems and the visitors to those areas. This on-going process means that PEI National Park sites are re-defined from time to time to ensure a current reflection of what is needed to uphold our ecological goals in a changing landscape. We are also sensitive to the changing needs of park visitors and strive to strike a balance between the provision of services to our guests and the necessary conservation efforts that protect the often-fragile places in the Park.
The Brackley Day-Use Area was once a well-used picnicking facility within Prince Edward Island National Park. Presently, however, the site is not frequently used by our visitors or local residents. This factor, in addition to environmental concerns related to the nearby dune system, suggests that the area should be restored to natural woodland.
The Brackley Day-Use and Group Tenting Areas have been identified for the PEI National Park Restoration Program beginning in 2015. The buildings and other infrastructure will be removed from these areas and the site will be planted with native Acadian Forest tree and shrub species in an effort to encourage vegetation representative of what was once an incredibly rich forest area. This project is supportive of Canada’s National Conservation Plan by taking practical action to restore Canada’s ecosystems and to contribute in a positive way to the conservation of Canada’s lands and waters.
While we are looking forward to seeing the rebirth of this area as a restored forest space, Parks Canada recognizes that this may cause some inconvenience for those who do still use the area for events and activities and will do its best to accommodate visitors in other areas within PEI National Park. Parks Canada values your opinion on this project and we would be happy to speak with you about the available options.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us 672-6350.