Learn more about Prince Edward Island National Park guidelines and regulations currently in place, including beach closures for piping plover, sand dune regulations, and more. 

For PEI National Park safety guidelines and prohibitions, please visit: Visitor safety.

Beach Closures for Piping Plover

When Piping Plover are present and breeding, signs are posted and the areas are closed to all public use and travel pursuant to section 7(1) of the National Park General Regulations. Anyone found in violation of this prohibition may be prosecuted under Section 7(4)(c) of the General Regulations. The minimum fine for a violation of this prohibition is $175. 

Sand Dune Regulations

Walk on designated paths and boardwalks only. Do not walk on the dunes.

Marram grass is killed with only 10 footsteps. When the grass is gone, the sand is free to move around, which causes blowouts and makes the dunes more susceptible to erosion from storms. Sand dunes play an important role in providing a barrier from strong wind and storm surges along the Island coastline.

Do your part to keep the dunes as beautiful tomorrow as they are today: stay off the sand dunes and remind your friends and family of the damage they could cause if they walk on the marram grass or climb the dunes. 

Sand dunes are closed to all public use and travel pursuant to section 7(1) of the National Park General Regulations.  Anyone found in violation of this prohibition may be prosecuted under Section 7(4)(c) of the General Regulations. The minimum fine for a violation of this prohibition is $150.

Area closure coordinates: 

  • PEI National Park West: All coastal dune systems from the tip of Cavendish Sandspit Beach at the western coordinate, 46.510671 -63.478949, to the National Park boundary of North Rustico Beach at the eastern coordinate, 46.457989 -63.291419.
  • PEI National Park Central: All coastal dune systems from the tip of Robinson’s Island Beach peninsula at the western coordinate, 46.440537 -63.270186, to the National Park boundary of Blooming Point Beach at the eastern coordinate, 46.461657 -62.655173.
  • PEI National Park East: All coastal dune systems from the tip of Greenwich Beach peninsula at the western coordinate, 46.44329, -62.731635, to the eastern National Park boundary coordinate, 46.461657 -62.655173.

Beach Closures for Bank Swallows

The bank swallow is a small songbird that nests in burrows along eroding banks. The Canadian population has declined by 98% over the last 40 years. Loss of habitat, along with climate change effects, have contributed to this species new “threatened” status under the Species at Risk Act. Please respect “closed area” signage and allow these birds to nest without disturbance. If you see anyone disturbing Bank Swallows or their nests, contact our dispatch service at 1-877-852-3100. The minimum fine for a violation of this regulation is $175.

Current closures: 

  • Cavendish Campground and Cavendish Campground Beach from the following coordinates: west boundary longitude -63.408058 and latitude 46.50182; and east boundary longitude -63.40609 and latitude 46.50153 to mean high tide.

    Please note: this is a narrow stretch of beach directly in front of a Bank Swallow (Species at Risk: Threatened) nesting colony on the edge of Cavendish Campground and the beach. Visitors will still be able to access Cavendish Campground Beach on both sides of the closure, with lots of room to walk around it.

Use of Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) / Drone

In Canada’s national parks, the landing and take-off of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) – also known as a drone – is prohibited pursuant to Section 2(1) of the National Parks Aircraft Access Regulations. The minimum fine for a violation of this prohibition is $575. Learn more about drone regulations in PEI National Park.

Pets on Beaches

Domestic animals are prohibited on all National Park beaches, pursuant to section 4(5) of the National Parks Domestic Animals Regulations. This prohibition will be in effect from April 01 - October 15 annually until further notice. Anyone found in violation of this prohibition may be prosecuted under section 3(2)(b) of the Domestic Animals Regulations. The minimum fine for a violation of this prohibition is $125.

Pets in Buildings

Domestic animals are prohibited from entering all kitchen shelters, and washroom / shower facilities in Prince Edward Island National Park, pursuant to section 4 (5) of the National Parks Domestic Animal Regulations. This prohibition will be in effect from June 7, 2002 until further notice. Anyone found in violation of this prohibition may be prosecuted under Section 3 (2)(b) of the Domestic Animal Regulations. The minimum fine for a violation of this prohibition is $125.  

Feeding Animals

It is illegal to feed, entice, or disturb any animal in Prince Edward Island National Park. Although perceived by many as an act of kindness, humans feeding wildlife can lead to increased rates of wildlife mortality. Animals fed along the road side become dependent on humans for food and lose their natural instinct to hunt. All too often, wildlife fed along roadsides become injured or killed by vehicles. The National Park Wildlife Regulations prohibit feeding of wildlife. Anyone found contravening the regulation may be prosecuted under Section 4(1)(f) of the Wildlife Regulations. The minimum fine is $275.

Parking Regulations

Roadside parking is not permitted within the park in order to protect the dunes and to provide a safe opportunity for visitors to bike or walk near this special place. Roadside parking within the park can be in violation of regulations under the National Park Highway Traffic Regulations or the PEI Highway Traffic Act. Please park in designated parking lots located at all supervised beaches, picnic areas, and trails in Prince Edward Island National Park. Vehicles parked in non - designated areas may be fined and/or towed at owner’s expense.

Protecting Natural Resources

Prince Edward Island National Park protects all the natural elements that make up its ecosystem. To enable all visitors to fully enjoy the park, its scenery and natural beauty, it is important to leave nature untouched and to refrain from picking flowers or taking unusually shaped rocks or patterned shells. In this way, visitors will be able to admire, identify or photograph them in their natural environment. The National Park General Regulations prohibit the removal of natural objects. Anyone found contravening the regulation may be prosecuted under Section 10 of the General Regulations. The minimum fine is $175.