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Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst - Summer 2022

For the summer of 2022, Parks Canada welcomes visitors to the beautiful Island--Epekwitk--and to PEI National Park and National Historic Sites. Please see the following updates from Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site.

Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst hours

  • Visitor Reception Centre is open daily from 9-5 pm until August 31
    (Please note the exterior interpretive panels have been removed due to poor condition. A new outdoor interpretive exhibit is expected to be installed this fall.)
    Day-use washrooms (lower parking lot area) are open until August 31.
  • Trails available year-round
  • Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site is free of charge to visitors.


Indigenous Heritage Programming at Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst

Mi’kmaq heritage is a vital part of the historical significance of Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst. A Grand Alliance was forged here between the Mi'kmaq and the French - one of only two locations in North America where this was traditionally celebrated annually with speeches, gifting and feasting. This summer, Parks Canada is pleased to bring alive the Mi’kmaq history of Epekwitk at Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst. Join Indigenous heritage presenters on site and be immersed in the stories, history and language of the Mi'kmaq people.

Activities take place Mondays from 9 am to 5 pm, July 4 to August 29 at the wigwam located on-site. Visitors will find the wigwam on the left before the lower parking lot at the end of Haché Gallant Drive. It can also be accessed from the Coastal Forest Path, a trail which starts behind the Visitor Reception Centre.


Visiting Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site – General Information

Park Wardens are on duty seven days per week throughout the year. In case of an emergency, call 911. Visitors who wish to report a non-emergency issue (e.g., facility damage, wildlife concern, law enforcement issue) can call Parks Canada Dispatch at 1-877-852-3100.

Please visit parkscanada.gc.ca/skmaqn for the latest updates. If you have comments or inquiries, you may contact 902-675-2220 (Visitor Information Centre), 1-888-773-8888 (toll-free) or skmaqn@pc.gc.ca.

For more information please review SPLJFA newsletter July 2022