Prince Edward Island National Park – a natural jewel in the Atlantic Ocean
On the north coast of Prince Edward Island, Canada’s largest island province in the Atlantic Ocean is the National Park of the same name. With its 22 square kilometers, the Prince Edward Island National Park is Canada’s second-smallest national park. It is only undercut with the peculiarity of the St. Lawrence Island National Park with 9 square kilometers. However, the Prince Edward Island National Park is a popular tourist destination with its contrasting scenery, red sandstone cliffs, white sand beaches and beautiful coastal sunsets. This is also helped by the mild climate and the summer water temperatures of over 20 degrees Celsius. Fascinating are the huge sand dunes and the contrasting deep blue of the sea.
From Europe to the beautiful nature of the Prince Edward Island National Park
Not far from the Prince Edward Island National Park is Charlottetown, capital of the Atlantic Province of Prince Edward Island. Tourists from overseas first fly to the airports of Halifax, Nova Scotia or Toronto, Ontario. From there the flights to Charlottetown Airport start. The Prince Edward Island National Park is only 24km from Charlottetown. It ranges from Cavendish to Dalvay. The special feature of Dalvay-by-the-Sea is in addition to the Victorian architecture, the sand dunes, and the red sandstone cliffs. Dalvay Beach is the easternmost beach and the starting point for long hikes. The national park offers forty kilometers of the most beautiful saltwater beaches for a relaxing walk. Experienced hikers can also explore the more difficult areas of the national park.
The yellow-footed rain-pear in the “Important Bird Area”
Protection in the National Park is particularly experienced by the endangered Yellow-footed Plover (Charadriidae). He is a rare coastal bird with sand-colored camouflage, yellow-orange legs and feet and a short break. Its nesting sites are the dune areas of the national park. Worldwide, the rare bird has its place in nature conservation. Since the Prince Edward Island National Park deserves the preservation of the yellow-footed rain feeder, it was given the title of “Important Bird Area.” There are a total of 300 bird species in the national park. Other protected habitats in the national park are the freshwater wetlands and salt marshes.
Green Gables House in Cavendish
The Prince Edward Island National Park gained additional international recognition through the children’s book “Anne on Green Gables” by Canadian author LM Montgomery. The scene of the story of the orphan Anne is a 19th-century farmhouse in Cavendish, which is a magnet for many tourists. Another popular attraction is the popular beach of Cavendish Beach. Unfortunately, this beautiful, wide beach has become very commercial. In summer, it is recommended for visitors who want to avoid the hustle and bustle, to dodge the western end of the national park. In the middle of the park is the quieter Brackley Beach, also with sand dunes as a natural backdrop. In the summer months of July and August bathers encounter pleasant water temperatures of around 22 degrees Celsius.
The Prince Edward Island National Park – a romantic place in the middle of the sea
Many visitors have enjoyed “Orby Head” with its red sandstone cliffs and fantastic sunsets. Hiking through the sand dunes as well as the diverse flora and fauna of the Prince Edward Island National Park as well as water sports are a special experience. A nice alternative to staying at the beach hotel is the picturesque, quiet Stanhope Campground, a campsite close to the beach and well-known hiking trails. Sometimes the silence is interrupted by a swarm of flying Canadian wild geese on their way south. On the child-friendly sandy beaches, you can discover a lot, explore the secrets of the sea. The lighthouses along the coast are reminiscent of seafaring and the mystery of the sea.
Did you know that …
- The diverse habitats in the Prince Edward Island National Park provide a home for a variety of plants and animals, including the endangered Gulf of Saint Lawrence Aster and the endangered Yellow-footed Plover.
- Prince Edward Island National Park is one of the most visited parks in Canada, focusing on the months of July and August?
- Early Native Americans (First Nation) represent the first cultural group that inhabited Prince Edward National Park? Archaeological excavations have left traces of the most important cultures that have existed there in the last 10,000 years.
the first European settlers who came to the Prince Edward Island National Park, came from France in 1720?
- There are seven supervised beaches in Prince Edward Island National Park?
- There are many scenic trails in the park, each of which has its own unique features? The routes differ in length, as well as in the sights and the sounds.
- the “poison ivy” can be found in certain areas of the Prince National Park, usually near dunes? This 3-leafed green plant can cause mild pain when touched and a very itchy rash when exposed several times.
- Has parks Canada monitored the population of the Yellow-footed Plover in the Prince Edward Island National Park since 1982?
- There are 42 species of dragonflies and small dragonflies in the Prince Edward Island National Park?