Between Brackley and Dalvay, the following work will take place:
Covehead Bridge Reconstruction
- One lane open until mid-July. Two lanes open from mid-July to September, pedestrian sidewalk also open. Bridge and pedestrian sidewalk will be closed for two weeks in September for re-paving.
- The work on Covehead Bridge will continue through the summer. During this time the beach on either end of the bridge will be a construction zone. For visitor safety reasons, access will be restricted in these areas.
- The Gulfshore Parkway will be open this summer, but delays should be expected. Please obey all traffic personnel. The Gulf Shore Way trail will require partial or full closures while construction is taking place.
Regular updates are available on our website www.parkscanada.gc.ca/peinp-fiip
Footbridge at Bayshore Entrance
As part of Parks Canada’s work to rehabilitate infrastructure, the pedestrian footbridge near the Bayshore entrance to PEI National Park has been replaced. Please be reminded that it is illegal to drive off-road vehicles, such as golf carts in PEI National Park. People caught driving golf carts in the park may be charged and golf carts may be towed. Thank you for your cooperation – we all play a role in keeping the park safe for all users.
Stanhope and Cavendish Campgrounds
Stanhope and Cavendish Campground officially opened as of June 8th! Parks Canada is proud to introduce 8 new oTENTiks to the Stanhope campground. Exclusive to the national park, they blend the fun of a tent with the convenience of a cabin: it’s camping, without the hassle. Come check it out! All of our campsites are now available for 2016 reservation, and we still have vacancy for Cavendish Beach Music Festival weekend! The reservation service for Parks Canada campgrounds is available at www.reservation.pc.gc.ca or 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783).
This fall, we will be realigning the entrance to Stanhope and Cavendish Campground and making upgrades to our campground kiosks.
Stanhope Main Beach Complex
Visitors to Stanhope Main Beach will notice some improvements this summer. Over the winter, we installed a new playground and swingset in the area. Also, we have made some renovations to the space that was formerly occupied by the canteen at the beach complex. This area has been refurbished to provide an indoor classroom space for groups. If you are interested in reserving this space, please contact our administrative office at 902-672-6350. If you are interested in reserving this space, please contact our administrative office at 902-672-6350. Stanhope Main Beach will offer surfguard supervision from June 29th to August 21st from 11 am to 6 pm.
Interpretation Activity and Program Schedule 2016
Parks Canada is once again pleased to offer a variety of interpretive programs and activities between July 2nd and September 7th. New programs in French and in English as well as our old favorites will take place this summer, including Beach Hut at Brackley Beach on Sundays from 12-4, Sensational Sandcastle at Brackley Beach on Wednesday from 1-4 and Top Hat Time Machine – a brand new campfire program we are proud to introduce this year.
For more details and to see our full calendar, go to www.pc.gc.ca/pei. There is something for everyone.
Piping Plovers have returned
The endangered Piping Plover has once again returned to the beaches of PEI National Park for another breeding season. Once nests are located, beaches are closed to provide these birds the undisturbed space they need to raise their families. Thank you for your cooperation in respecting temporary beach closures.
For up-to-date information on the Piping Plover and beach closures in PEI National Park, please check out our “Plover Watch 2016” page on our website: www.pc.gc.ca/pei.
Domestic Animal Regulations in Effect
A reminder that the Domestic Animal Regulations in PEI National Park are now in effect.
Under this regulation, domestic animals are prohibited on all beaches in PEI National Park between April 1st and October 15th each year. The prohibition applies to dogs, cats and horses. This regulation was implemented to protect shorebird nesting, rearing and feeding habitat as well as other wildlife. It was also implemented for visitor safety.
Domestic animals are permitted elsewhere in the park, in areas such as trails, day-use areas and campgrounds. All pets must be on a leash and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.
Parks Canada would like to remind neighbours that the seemingly kind activity of feeding foxes can be harmful and often leads to increased fox injury or death. Feeding foxes will cause them to become habituated to humans and rely solely on humans for food. In some cases, young kits that are fed by humans may not develop the skills they need to hunt and succeed. Please help us keep wildlife “Wild and Alive” : do not feed wildlife. If you see anyone feeding wildlife, please report the incident at 1-877-852-3100.