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PEI National Park is really somewhat of a misnomer because it is actually the cover organization for numerous parks and facilities located all over the island. Together these distinct parks provide an excellent way to explore and enjoy this most gentle of islands. Most of these parklands lie on the island’s north coast. The newest part is located at Greenwich, where several miles of delicate dunelands have been protected. Raised boardwalks provide easy access to the beach and permit viewing of the dunes without damage. The single largest section of the park begins at Robinson’s Island in Rustico and extends all along the shore to include the ...

PEI National Park is really somewhat of a misnomer because it is actually the cover organization for numerous parks and facilities located all over the island. Together these distinct parks provide an excellent way to explore and enjoy this most gentle of islands. Most of these parklands lie on the island’s north coast. The newest part is located at Greenwich, where several miles of delicate dunelands have been protected. Raised boardwalks provide easy access to the beach and permit viewing of the dunes without damage. The single largest section of the park begins at Robinson’s Island in Rustico and extends all along the shore to include the bar of dunes that protects Tracadie Bay. Here, too, there are dunes, along with red sandstone cliffs that the waves pound mercilessly. Cavendish also has a share of the national park, with its biggest campground. Camping is available within the national park at several other locations. Kayaking is excellent in several of the bays along the north coast, as is the opportunity to go deep sea fishing. Swimming at the red sand beaches is good for children, since the slope is gentle and the water warm; they are rarely crowded. The park system also has hiking trails that vary from less than a mile to several miles; most are easy to walk. Bicyclists will enjoy the challenge of the Confederation Trail that runs from one end of the island to the other.

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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: The smallest province in Eastern Canada, Prince Edward Island National Park lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
  • Language: English and French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Summer is the busiest time, when everything is open, but spring and fall are lovely, with usually good weather.