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Boardwalks, Beaches & Sand Dunes-PEI Nat’l Park (Greenwich)

Boardwalks, Beaches & Sand Dunes-PEI Nat’l Park (Greenwich)

Prince Edward Island (PEI) is justifiably famous for its long stretches of beaches. The Cavendish area beaches and Brackley Beach are tourist favourites. I prefer the off the beaten path Greenwich section of PEI National Park. In 1998 Greenwich became part of the National Park because of its large parabolic sand dunes, the endangered piping plover and many rare plants.

I loved the Greenwich section of PEI National Park because of its boardwalks, beaches and sand dunes – and in this part of the park, there aren’t many people.

Boardwalks through the Greenwich section of PEI Nat'l Park
Boardwalks through the Greenwich section of PEI National Park
Lovely boardwalk section in PEI National Park
Lovely boardwalk section in PEI National Park

The Interpretation Centre for Greenwich Beach

Greenwich is accessed via Highway 313 out of the town of St. Peters, less than an hour’s drive from Charlottetown. Buy your park pass at the interpretation center (bikers are free!) for $7.80 per adult and spend at least 30 minutes checking out the displays.

I took simple pleasure in trying to guess the bird type from the assorted stuffed ones and felt like a kid walking over the giant 3D map. Then you have some tough decisions to make.

Which beach do you want to explore? Greenwich Beach is a kilometre from the Interpretation Centre, accessed via a 0.75 km boardwalk. We chose the 4.5 km return trip to visit the Greenwich Dunes and beach.

John is always on the lookout for a new bird
John is always on the lookout for a new bird
Parabolic sand dunes
Parabolic sand dunes
The hike to the seashore is suitable for all ages
The hike to the seashore is suitable for all ages

Don’t forget a picnic lunch

It’s an easy walk to get to the dunes and the section over the floating boardwalk is particularly beautiful. (Do not bring your dog on this trail.)

If I’d known more beforehand I would have brought a picnic lunch and a bathing suit. There are about six kilometres of lovely clean beach with very few people about.

Beautiful beaches in the Greenwich Section of PEI National Park – accessed via the Greenwich Dunes Trail
Beautiful beaches in the Greenwich Section of PEI National Park – accessed via the Greenwich Dunes Trail
Pack a picnic lunch and spend a full day on the beach
Pack a picnic lunch and spend a full day on the beach

More hiking trails in the Greenwich Section of PEI National Park

Two other trails offer hiking possibilities. Havre Saint Pierre is a short 1.25 km walk that explains the history of St. Peters Bay and the cultured mussel industry.

The other hike on Tlaqatik Trail is an easy 4.5 kilometres. Enjoy great vistas of the very scenic St. Peters Bay and follow the interpretive signs to get a cultural overview of the area. Bring a pair of binoculars and try to catch a view of the endangered piping plover too.

Piping plover - Photo credit: Mathew Schwartz from Unsplash
Piping plover – Photo credit: Mathew Schwartz from Unsplash

Where to stay near the Greenwich section of PEI National Park

My favourite place of all time to stay in PEI is the Inn of Bay Fortune near Souris. While it’s not on a beach, it’s close and the food is divine.

The Inn at St. Peters offers ocean views and well-tended grounds – and it’s just 6 minutes away. It is rated as exceptional. For something cozier check out the Tír na nÓg Inn – a B&B rated exceptional.

Further reading on things to do in the Maritimes

For more information on Prince Edward Island National Park visit the website.

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Boardwalks, beaches & sand dunes - the beautiful Greenwich section of PEI National Park

 

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. Hi there- planning a Road Trip of our east coast that will include PEI.. curious as to why you said not to bring your dog to this trail? We’re bringing him along so I’m looking for dog friendly hikes 🙂

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