Look at a satellite image of Prince Edward Island and you'll see a lot of green. Of course: this is the "Garden Province." But even within the green are specially-designated lands that honour and preserve the natural wonders. National, provincial, community and privately-owned parks. Many are for day-use, while others include campgrounds. Some offer interpretive programs related to the local wildlife, or host special events. Trails abound. They include some of our most popular beaches. Open spaces for outdoor sports, picnics, exploration, and leisurely walks are plentiful.
PEI is home to a wide variety of parkland. Visitors and residents alike are never far from one of our 26 Provincial Parks, each with its own unique landscape, features, and natural wonders. Ten of our Provincial Parks include campgrounds, which perfectly complement the many private campgrounds on the Island. If you choose to spend the night to complete your magical day, you'll find everything you need to keep all of your campers happy. In fact, PEI Provincial Parks contain or are accessible to some of the Island's most prized beachfront locations. Try your hand at clam digging or take a leisurely stroll along the shore. Swimmers are encouraged to visit any of the eight Provincial Parks that offer surfguard services. All of our parks are ideal for picnics, family reunions, or just getting back to nature. Several include museums and heritage sites.
Prince Edward Island National Park is a 60-kilometre stretch of the Island's north shore. Home to Cavendish Beach, the Gulfshore Parkway and the breathtaking landscape of Greenwich, the national park brings you up close and personal with some of the Island's most iconic natural treasures. Whether it's a day at the beach, a night camping under the stars, or a cycle tour of the north shore coastline, PEI National Park offers something for everyone. This year you're invited to discover the Greenwich Dunes Trail, awarded the Atlantic Canada Trail Association's prestigious 'Destination Trail' designation, recognizing it as their highest rated trail in Atlantic Canada.
The Island has dozens of smaller community parks, as well, which you can use as your destination or as a place to stop and rest along the way.