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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on the peninsula jutting into the Gulf of St Lawrence above Greenwich and comprised of an interesting parabolic (rare, U-shaped) dune system, this modest section of the larger PEI National Park is well worth a visit.

Visitors can choose between three hikes (along well marked, easy trails complete with interpretive signs) of varying distance, one being wheelchair accessible and all starting close to the large parking. Leashed dogs are allowed on the paths but not on the beach. A state-of-the-art interpretive centre (not always open) offers a multi-media theatre explaining how nature and humans (paleo-Indians lived here some 10,000 years ago, followed by Mi’kmaq, French, Acadians, Scots, Irish and English) have shaped the land, as well as a 3D walk-over floor model of the peninsula.

Take the dune hike which will reward you with a floating pontoon across the lagoon and sightings of wading birds and then follow the stairs to the top and across the dune onto the beach beyond where you can walk (turn left) round the spit of land to rejoin the red path. Sea bird sightings are guaranteed, as well as fishing boats heading out to sea or harvesting shellfish in the protected waters of St Peters Bay.

Considerations: you need to purchase a park pass, unless you visit outside peak period.

Thank wucie
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked to a a lookout and had amazing views of the red sandstone cliffs, crashing waves and sandy beaches. The day was cold and windy but the views were amazing. We were here in the fall so saw some beautiful fall foliage. Would definitely like to return in warmer weather to enjoy more hiking.

Thank MimiandPapa2862
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Received an e-mail from the PEI Tourism office recommending 5 hiking trails on the island. Visited two sections of the park on separate days. Day one was spent at the sand dunes near Greenwich. Spectacular dune formations along the sea. Comfortable walking along the boardwalks and beaches. Evidence of replanting to protect the dunes. Just off season so there were few visitors. Delightful hke.
Day 2 was another recommendation. The Robinson Island trail area has well designed and informative trail loops through the wood sections and along both sea and bay waterfronts.
The trails have semaphore type information signs and tool stations for the bikers. Trail features add some interest to the ride. Bikes go clockwise, hikers counterclockwise.
Both were very enjoyable hikes through well maintained provincial parks. Thanks for the tip from the tourism office.

Thank BlueridgeCharlie
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Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

Prince Edward Islands Red Sand
Beautiful landscape of emerald, sapphire and ruby.

On Prince Edward Islands, the sands take on a distinctive bloody hue of red from an abundance of iron. The soft red sandstone has eroded over time, producing about 500 miles of rosy red beaches.

Thank Sidra1987
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

We traveled to PEI primarily because of the Anne of Green Gables books. The site did not disappoint. It is extremely well done and is constantly being renovated. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Avoid the cruise ships and tour buses if possible. The shore is also spectacular.

Thank Lois L
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

I love this little island, so beautiful,lots to see for such a small place, GREAT food, best beaches,great entertainment, and the people are so friendly.

Thank D G
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

got off a cruise ship hired a cab took a trip down the cabot trail about an hour got to the park the beach its nice not grand its nice just what I thought it was going to be no crashing waves on a rocky coast just a seaweed filled beach

Thank elliot m
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Reviewed September 29, 2018

We stopped at the park to check out the red sand beach. There's a boardwalk so it's a comfortable walk over the dunes to the beach. The views are amazing! This is a great place to take photos.
Even though it was September we took off our shoes, rolled up our pants, and waded into the water - it was surprisingly not too cold.
This would be a lovely place to swim in the summer - but even in the fall it's a lovely spot.

Thank MaureenT7224
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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

We spent a couple of hours walking the boardwalk over to the sand dunes
It is a pleasant, easy walk, until the last section, which requires a short scramble over sand bags and some tricky steps over a short hill.
There are great photo opportunities and in the early morning you are virtually on your own
Car parking is free and there are no entrance fees
There are also a number of information boards which added to the experience

Thank HSeeingtheworld
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

The walk from the parking lot near Greenwich on the north eastern part of the park is less populated than the area near Cavendish. The walk will take about an hour or so and passes over old farmland, through woods, and over a wooden boardwalk (to protect the sensitive ecosystem), ending at sand dunes and lovely beach. Perhaps not as dramatic as the red cliffs near Green Gables but more remote and lovely. We were here early in the day and had the area nearly all to ourselves. There was plenty of time to drive over to the other side and see Green Gables, the red cliffs, and return to our ship for a full day of beauty. Loved this green island!

Thank biarritz99
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