Cedar Dunes Provincial Park

Managed by The Swim Guide

Cedar Dunes is a unique beach as it is home to the only functioning lighthouse in Canada and the tallest lighthouse on PEI. The West Point Lighthouse was built in 1875 and now functions as a museum, inn and restaurant along with being a lighthouse. The museum offers a glimpse into the history of lighthouses in Canada, displaying many artifacts. It is located off of the beautiful North Cape Coast drive in West Point . Cedar Dunes Beach has 1.5 km boardwalk and interpretive nature trails, ideal for exploring and learning about the area. The trails wind through dunes populated with Eastern White Cedars, a very rare occurrence and the namesake of the park. Cedar Dunes has much folklore and myth surrounding it, including tales of a phantom ship, buried treasure and even a sea serpent. Find out for yourself by visiting the beach at night and looking for the blazing ship or the red and brown furred sea snake.The beach is supervised by lifeguards and has camping accommodations, including a playground, washrooms, laundry, telephones and an ice machine.

WATER QUALITY
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CURRENT WEATHER
2°C
Clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Cedar Dunes Provincial Park is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Prince Edward Island does monitor recreational water quality. Please use caution if visiting these beaches and look for signs posted in the area indicating whether the water is clean enough for swimming.

Tide information is posted online http://www.tourismpei.com/beachreports

Please note: some estuaries may be anoxic. Information is available on the PEI Environment website: http://www.gov.pe.ca/environment/anoxic-events

Visitors can often find sand dunes at PEI beaches and parks. Dunes are fragile and easily damaged. It can take as few as 10 footsteps through the same area to destroy a marram grass colony. The roots of this protective plant cover act as a net, shaping and containing the sand. Wind blows away at the exposed sand, turning small depressions into giant holes called blowouts. Blowouts turn stable dunes into constantly shifting hills that are unable to support vegetation or wildlife.

Please use the boardwalks and carpeted foot paths at designated beach access points and stay off the dunes to prevent further damage.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Cedar Dunes Provincial Park

Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
2°C
Clear

Cedar Dunes is a unique beach as it is home to the only functioning lighthouse in Canada and the tallest lighthouse on PEI. The West Point Lighthouse was built in 1875 and now functions as a museum, inn and restaurant along with being a lighthouse. The museum offers a glimpse into the history of lighthouses in Canada, displaying many artifacts. It is located off of the beautiful North Cape Coast drive in West Point . Cedar Dunes Beach has 1.5 km boardwalk and interpretive nature trails, ideal for exploring and learning about the area. The trails wind through dunes populated with Eastern White Cedars, a very rare occurrence and the namesake of the park. Cedar Dunes has much folklore and myth surrounding it, including tales of a phantom ship, buried treasure and even a sea serpent. Find out for yourself by visiting the beach at night and looking for the blazing ship or the red and brown furred sea snake.The beach is supervised by lifeguards and has camping accommodations, including a playground, washrooms, laundry, telephones and an ice machine.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Cedar Dunes Provincial Park is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

Prince Edward Island does monitor recreational water quality. Please use caution if visiting these beaches and look for signs posted in the area indicating whether the water is clean enough for swimming.

Tide information is posted online http://www.tourismpei.com/beachreports

Please note: some estuaries may be anoxic. Information is available on the PEI Environment website: http://www.gov.pe.ca/environment/anoxic-events

Visitors can often find sand dunes at PEI beaches and parks. Dunes are fragile and easily damaged. It can take as few as 10 footsteps through the same area to destroy a marram grass colony. The roots of this protective plant cover act as a net, shaping and containing the sand. Wind blows away at the exposed sand, turning small depressions into giant holes called blowouts. Blowouts turn stable dunes into constantly shifting hills that are unable to support vegetation or wildlife.

Please use the boardwalks and carpeted foot paths at designated beach access points and stay off the dunes to prevent further damage.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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