One of the biggest projects in the National Park is the repair and widening of the Covehead Bridge
Roadways, campgrounds and buildings owned by Parks Canada in Prince Edward Island are getting a $24-million facelift over the next year, thanks to an infusion of federal cash.
One of the biggest projects is in the National Park, where the Covehead Bridge will be repaired and widened by three metres to include a sidewalk on both sides of the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists. The roads in the National Park will also undergo a major resurfacing, and water and wastewater systems will be improved. These infrastructure projects account for more than $16 million of the funding announced Wednesday.
Bill Courtney, asset manager with Parks Canada, says the bridge will be closed from October of this year to mid-April of 2016 to accommodate the construction.
“It will be open for use next lobster season, next summer and fall, but for a short period of time we’re going to give the contractor full access to the bridge to expedite the work.”
The Stanhope and Cavendish campgrounds will also see millions in upgrades, including renewed kitchen shelters, reception areas and greater accessibility for users with disabilities.
Greg Shaw, the Parks Canada project manager overseeing most of these projects, says much of this work is long overdue.
“The Cavendish campground was constructed in the 1960s, so it’s in real need of some upgrades,” he said.
“Some of those sites are really small now, people can’t even get their car on the sites in some of them, so we’ll be making those bigger.”
For those who want to try camping but don’t enjoy roughing it, Stanhope campground will soon house six to eight new oTentiks.
These canvass cabins offer a luxury camping experiences, complete with beds, heaters, a table and dishes as well as a deck and a barbeque.
“It’s almost like ‘glamping,’” Shaw said.
“Basically all you have to do is come with your sleeping bag and everything else is provided.”
Improvements will also be made to the Green Gables site in Cavendish as well as to the Portla-Joye—Fort Amherst national historic site.
Tenders for all these projects are going out immediately and work will begin as soon as possible. All upgrades and improvements are expected to be completed over the next year.
The P.E.I. National Park welcomes approximately 400,000 visitors every year.
Karen Jans of Parks Canada Prince Edward Island shows the beauty of the National Park in Covehead. The National Park is getting a $24-million facelift over the next year.
Call it ‘glamping’, Stanhope campground will soon house six to eight of these new oTentiks. These canvass cabins offer a luxury camping experiences, complete with beds, heaters, a table and dishes as well as a deck and a barbeque.