Prince Edward Island National Park celebrates Parks Day with the Great Island Sandcastle Competition
July 10, 2014 Charlottetown, PEI Parks Canada Agency
Dig up your pail and shovel and come out to Prince Edward Island National Park on July 19th to take part in this year’s Great Island Sandcastle Competition at Brackley Beach! Parks Canada invites people of all ages to test their beach bucket building skills as they create sand sculptures of all shapes and sizes in this fun, family-friendly event. This year’s theme is the Charlottetown Conference of 1864. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; those interested in taking part can register as a group, individual or family and prizes will be awarded to the best entries.
Held in honour of Parks Day, a national celebration of parks and historic sites all across the country, this event is perfect for everyone, whether they consider themselves to be a novice builder or a professional sandcastle architect. Maurice Bernard, local artist, sandcastle sculptor and host of PEI National Park’s summer program, “Sensational Sandcastles”, will be on-hand to judge the entries and to offer helpful building tips to budding builders. Fancy equipment isn’t needed for participation, just your pail, shovel, imagination and lots of sunscreen!
Those needing a break from the sand can check out PEI National Park’s Discovery Dome between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and take part in fun, educational learning experiences. Get up close and personal with a lobster, find out more about the endangered Piping Plover or participate in the Xplorers Program activities.
Later that evening, a French campfire program, “Histoires de homards” will be offered at Cavendish Campground. This new program tells the story of an “old salt” who needs help teaching a rookie to find his sea-legs. For those consulting the summer interpretation schedule, the regular Cavendish offering of “Sensational Sandcastles” is relocated to Brackley Beach for the day due to the competition.
Regular Parks Canada entry fees apply.
· Parks Day is celebrated annually in parks and historic sites across Canada.
· Through initiatives like Parks Day, Parks Canada is supporting Canada's National Conservation Plan by taking concrete action to connect Canadians to nature.
· Special events like Parks Day enhance visitor experience and facilitate the creation of personal connections with Parks Canada places which, in turn, help to foster a “community of stewards” among Canadians of all ages.
“Parks Canada is leading the way in our communities and in Canada in the protection of natural heritage and in the provision of real and inspiring experiences and learning opportunities. We are pleased to host events such as the Great Island Sandcastle Competition which support the Government’s plan to build lasting connections between Canadians and nature.”
Karen Jans, Superintendent, Prince Edward Island Field Unit