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Seasons greetings from Parks Canada!

From all of us at Parks Canada PEI, we wish you happy holidays!  Here are a few updates from Parks Canada regarding winter in the park.

Off-season access to Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst and facilities update
All Parks Canada visitor facilities, including washrooms, have closed for the season. However, visitors are still welcome to use the Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst trail system.  Please be sure to plan ahead for your visit.  Visitors are reminded that they are responsible for their own safety and to pack out all garbage that they generate. Trails will not be groomed or maintained throughout the off-season.

Dogs and other domestic animals
Dogs and other domestic animals must remain on-leash at all times anywhere in Parks Canada administered places—whether on trails or on the beach. Pet owners are reminded that they are always required to clean up after their pets. During the off-season, some waste receptacles have been removed and owners must be prepared to pack out any waste bags from their visit.

Parks Canada Reconciliation Art Contest—sneak preview
The official launch of this contest, open to all PEI K-12 students, will be in January 2022, so keep your eyes on our website (or this newsletter) for an exciting chance to become a part of history…and a better future! The Parks Canada Reconciliation Art Contest will be tied into the Province House National Historic Site restoration project, details to come!


Protect our precious dunes
A thank you and a gentle reminder that the dunes closure remains in effect throughout the off-season, as the dunes remain fragile year-round. This means it is prohibited to walk on sand dunes, from the base of the dune where the slope begins to increase, including all vegetated areas. We all have a part to play in protecting this important wildlife habitat, unique geographical feature, and local tourist attraction. Thank you to all of you who continue making the effort to protect this precious resource!

If you have comments or inquiries, you may contact A/External Relations Manager Jennifer Stewart at jennifer.stewart@pc.gc.ca.