Celebrate Parks Day on July 21 at PEI National Park with Free Admission!

Celebrate Parks Day on July 21 at PEI National Park with Free Admission!

Posted on: July 13, 2018 6:37 am

Youth, families, and visitors are invited to enjoy activities at Brackley Beach 

July 13, 2018                                  Charlottetown, PE                           Parks Canada Agency

The Government is celebrating families and the importance of our protected areas with free admission to Parks Canada’s places for youth 17 and under, starting in 2018 and beyond. This year, Parks Canada is also pleased to offer free admission for one day at Parks Canada’s places across the country. This is a special thank you to the millions of Canadians who celebrated Canada 150 with Parks Canada in 2017 when more Canadians than ever before had amazing experiences at Parks Canada’s places.

Prince Edward Island National Park is pleased to offer free admission day on Saturday, July 21st. The national park has a full day of activities planned at Brackley Beach, including the Great Island Sandcastle Competition, Yoga on the Beach, Beach Hut, the Surfguard Competition, and a brand new program called “Canada on Canvas”, where participants are taught how to paint a beautiful Canadian image, such as a piping plover or a beach dune. For a full schedule of events on Free Admission Day in PEI National Park, please visit pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/pe/pei-ipe/activ/evenements-events.

The theme of this year’s sandcastle competition is “Nature and Conservation”. Creativity counts and the panel of judges is looking forward to seeing sand creations of all shapes and sizes in this fun, family-friendly event. Maurice Bernard, local artist, sand sculptor, and host of PEI National Park’s summer program, “Sensational Sandcastles”, will be on-hand to offer helpful tips.

Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world. Through its broad network of national parks, marine conservation areas, and national historic sites, Parks Canada connects Canadians with their heritage. For a complete list of dates for free admission for each national park or national historic site, please visit Parks Canada’s website.

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“National parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer. They tell the stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. Prince Edward Island National Park is a national treasure, and on Free Admission Day, I invite Canadian families, youth, and visitors to our country to explore it and connect with Canada’s nature and history.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • To pre-register for the Great Island Sandcastle Competition, please send an email to pc.evenements-ipe.events-pei.pc@pc.gc.ca with the number of participants on your team, including contact information for the team captain.

  • Free admission day is site-specific and the date is determined by each national park or historic site. It is important to note that only admission is free on free admission day. Fees for recreational services and goods such as camping and firewood, boat launches, transportation, or special tours remain.

  • Canada’s national parks and national marine conservation areas provide outstanding examples of our country’s natural landscapes, generate economic activity by attracting visitors from Canada and abroad, and provide Canadians with access to our natural heritage.

  • As reiterated in Budget 2018, the Government of Canada is pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth aged 17 and under in 2018 and beyond.

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Janette Gallant
Partnering, Engagement and Communications Officer
PEI Field Unit

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency

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