We are pleased to report that the summer of 2017 has gotten off to a great start. Visitation has been strong and visitors from Canada and around the world continue to have exceptional experiences at Parks Canada places in PEI.
To proactively prepare for increased visitation this season, Parks Canada has made a number of changes and implemented various strategies including additional hiring, training and communications planning. As anticipated, increased visitation has nonetheless led to some congestion in certain parking lots in PEI National Park and at Green Gables Heritage Place.
To continue to ensure the best possible experience for visitors, we’d like to remind you of the new tools Parks Canada has to offer and encourage all tourism partners to share the following trip planning suggestions with visitors:
1) Use the new online parking tool, PEINow (www.parkscanada.gc.ca/peinow) to gauge parking availability and plan your trip!
2) Plan to arrive when sites are less busy – either before 11am, or after 3pm
3) Signup for Bamtext Alerts by texting “OPT IN” to 902-200-4499 to receive text messages about parking updates as well as daily activities and special events
4) Visit some of the lesser frequented sites for an equally compelling experience and more flexibility for parking and time of visit. Port-La-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site and Cavendish Grove in PEI National Park are two hidden gems!
Additionally, visitors may have specific questions pertaining to Green Gables Heritage Place. Tourism operators and guides are invited to share the following info with visitors:
- The parking lot at Green Gables can often be at capacity between 11am and 3pm. Tuesday through Thursday are typically busier days.
- When the parking lot is at or near capacity, staff in the parking lot will direct visitors to overflow parking at Oceanview (1.1km) or Cavendish Grove (1.6km) in PEI National Park and provide info on other related sites.
- Despite high numbers during peak hours, the Green Gables House and grounds, including the trail and gardens, continue to provide wonderful visitor experiences.
The following points on parking may also be helpful to visitors of other PEI National Park places:
- When it is a beautiful summer day it is best to come before 11 am or after 3 pm
- Some of the smaller parking lots in the park fill very quickly, including Ross Lane Beach, Stanhope Cape Picnic Area, Covehead Lighthouse, and Shaws Beach in the Brackley to Dalvay section and MacKenzies Brook and Macneills Brook in the Cavendish to North Rustico section.
- The parking lots at the two large beach complexes at Cavendish Beach and Brackley Beach, as well as five medium sized parking lots at Dalvay Beach, Stanhope Beach, North Rustico Beach, Greenwich Beach and the Greenwich trail head, are monitored closely and information on availability is updated regularly on the online tool, “PEINOW”.
- Visitors are reminded that roadside parking is illegal and to obey no parking and tow zone signage. Roadside parking can present a significant safety hazard.
Parks Canada encourages visitors to take full advantage of the FREE Discovery Pass in celebration of Canada 150 and to explore the beautiful trails, beaches and heritage sites available for your enjoyment at Parks Canada sites in PEI.
Should you have any questions, or if you would like further information on Parks Canada programming and Canada 150 activities, check our website, follow us on Twitter and Facebook or call 902-672-6350.