Greenwich has a long and colorful past, with fascinating stories to tell from both cultural and natural perspectives. A historic fishing ground for the Mi’kmaq, the Indigenous people of Prince Edward Island, there is archaeological evidence of visitation at Greenwich from more than 10,000 years ago. The area was also home to the earliest French settlers who migrated there from their shipwreck at Naufrage. For many years, before it became part of Prince Edward Island National Park in 1998, the land around Greenwich was even farmed by several local families. Ecologically, Greenwich is an example of a rare parabolic dune system which is composed of sand dunes in a horseshoe-shaped formation. Some of the highest dunes in the province are found here. This dynamic coastal environment is also home to wetlands and forests that provide habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna.
A favourite destination for both visitors and residents, there is something truly magical about PEI National Park at Greenwich. There are few views that can compare with those found on the Greenwich Dunes Trail, which features a floating boardwalk over Bowley Pond and a breathtaking panorama from the dune crossing at the beach. Services at Greenwich include a Visitor Information and Interpretation Centre with engaging exhibits and displays, an extensive system of trails and a beautiful beach covered in pristine white sand.
Dates of Operation
Interpretation Centre: June 6 – September 13 (9am – 5pm, 7 days/week)
Beach Facilities: June 6 – September 4