Canada 150: An Eastern Canada National Parks Tour — Stop 5. Prince Edward Island

In celebration of Canada’s 150th, Mountain Life Publisher and Photo Editor Glen Harris and his clan are on a on three-month Eastern Canada National Parks tour.

This week they explored Prince Edward Island National Park. Keep a lookout for our photo essay series in the coming months. For daily updates you can follow Glen on Insta @glenedwardharris.


Sunsets abide at PEI National Park.

PEI’s our fifth national park, and I must say we’re on a roll. Without a word, my kids look for leftover firewood at neighbouring vacated sites, I unload our packed Tiguan with double ski boxes and four bikes (crammed onto a three-bike rack). My wife, Signy, sets up the oTENTik interior with a comfort and ease as if we’re home. We’ve done this a few times now.

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It’s a busy time traveling these parks between logistics, set up, take down, meals, clean up, and a grueling itinerary of river hikes, interpretation, bikes loops and banger lookouts.

That all stopped at PEI National. We crash the night in our styling oTENTik and at breakfast pull out the itinerary.

Day 1: Cavendish Beach.

Day 2: Stanhope Beach and sandcastle classes.

Day 3: Bike Tlaqatik Loop, loaded with varied bridges, teeter-totters,
and a pump track.

Day 4: Walk a floating boardwalk through a dune-scape to yet another
isolated beach location.

Day 5: Golf at the Gables, then dinner at the Dalvay Mansion.

The days blend together with ease. Siestas also make it into the PEI schedule.


Laying the foundation on how to build a proper castle made of sand.


Premium oTENTik locations at Stanhope Beach campground complete with BBQs and fire pits.


Floating boardwalk through dune-scape to an isolated beach.


Bridges, teeter totters at Tlaqatik.


PEI Park Pump track? Sure, why not.