Cavendish Campground New Loop Construction

Climate change and its impacts on coastal shorelines (accelerated erosion, damaging wind events) have encouraged park managers to plan for coastal retreat for visitor offers such as camping. As such, this proposed project will relocate a new campground loop for Cavendish Campground inland to be more protected from climate change impacts. It was also chosen due to its room for expansion in future years as erosion continues to erode the shoreline away at Cavendish Campground.
The new loop will contain 20 unserviced sites with a central shower / washroom building. The 20 sites will all have the same 6x5m footprint with a 4m gravel driveway. These footprints will require 300mm of gravel (200mm of class A gravel and 100mm of crusher dust). This loop will be completely stand alone from the main campground with regards to service lines (water, sewer, electrical). Waste water will be piped directly to the lagoon system in the adjacent field. Potable water will be supplied by a well in close proximity to the washroom building with several water supply taps available for visitors. Electrical lines will provide power using overhead lines coming in from the roadway then migrating underground to the washroom. The access road into the site will be built up from the existing abandoned farm field using local island shale stone and class A gravel. All tent pads will be constructed using the same technique and will be topped with crusher dust. Standard construction methods will be used to build the new loop using equipment such as bulldozers, loaders, excavators, compacting rollers, concrete trucks, hydraulic lifts and drilling equipment. Civil design plans will be completed for construction to begin in spring 2021 with construction of the washroom to immediately follow. The washroom building will measure 10x18m built on 5' concrete foundation. These will be built in areas where there was previously a primitive campground back in the 1950's. At that time, vehicles were permitted to park in a mowed grass field that was previously agricultural land. Farming would have occurred here for several 100 years.

Latest update

May 15, 2021 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from April 15 to May 15, 2021 - April 15, 2021


Prince Edward Island National Park
2 Palmers Lane
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 5V8
Telephone: 902-672-6350
Fax: 902-672-6370

  • Location

    • Prince Edward Island National Park (Prince Edward Island)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
    • Recreation and Tourism
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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