Hitting the Trail: Greenwich, Prince Edward Island National Park (PEI, Canada)

February 25, 2014

Hitting the Trail is a weekly feature here at Mud Puddles to Meteors. In each post we will share trails, parks, beaches, and museums from around the country (and sometimes even beyond). If you would like to join in and share a special nature location please send us an email at kidsandnature@gmail.com with the details listed at the bottom of the post and links to the photos. We would love to share your nature adventure!

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Greenwich, Prince Edward Island National Park (PEI, Canada)

This week we welcome Alex, of Life on a Canadian Island, sharing their walk at Prince Edward Island National Park. The trail took them through amazing coastal dune system, red sand beaches, and beautiful wetlands. Thank you, Alex, for sharing a peek at the gorgeous coast of PEI this week.

 

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Some Things to Know

 

Location: Greenwich, Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Greenwich is part of the Prince Edward Island National Park, but it is a little further away from Charlottetown. It is about a 45 minute drive through beautiful countryside.

 

Habitat: Coastal dune system, wetlands, and other natural habitats home to rare plant species. Large and mobile parabolic dunes, very rare in North America.

 

Special Features: There are several trails. Each has information boards through to learn more about this area of land, how it was used, and the flora and natural habitats.

 

On the Greenwich Dunes Trail, there are “grey dunes” which are more inland dunes and lichens are able to grow on these. They erode more slowly than regular sand dunes, because of the lichens. The same trail also has a long floating boardwalk over Bowley Pond. Towards the end of the trail and right before the beach and ocean, the parabolic dunes are an amazing site to see.

 

Best time of year to visit: The best time of the year to visit would be in the summer months, anytime between June and September,

 

We will have Alex back on Thursday to share about their geocaching adventures and a few tips for getting started in creating a geocache adventure with your family. Be sure to check back!

 

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tamara February 27, 2014 at 7:39 am

Alex! You remind me of how beautiful PEI is! I have only been there once (shame on me with living so close) but every year we when we visit Pictou we say we must plan to drive over to PEI. The boys would especially love it and whenever we see red earth in NS or NB the boys say “PEI dirt!”.

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