Cavendish Beach, PEI National Park

North Rustico, Prince Edward Island
Managed by The Swim Guide

Cavendish Beach is located in PEI National Park and was named by ex-British officer William Winter in honour of Field Marshal Lord Frederick Cavendish, a Colonel of the British army. It has 12 km of hiking and biking trails around the beach, perfect to explore the area and learn from interpretive programs on beach ecology, geology, evolution, wildlife, and archaeology. The beach is equipped with lifeguards from June 27th to September 1st and has a day use park with a large parking area, there are washrooms and a canteen. The east end of the beach has impressive red sandstone cliffs. The main attractions of the Cavendish area are the writer Lucy Maud Montgomery’s childhood home and the famous Green Gables that inspired the 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables. Montgomery’s home and Green Gables can both be visited. Cavendish is home to the annual Cavendish Beach Music Festival, a summer attraction that draws thousands of visitors.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • No data available

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample. The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available.
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Current Weather
14°C
Mostly clear
Monitoring Frequency

Cavendish Beach, PEI National Park is not sampled

Source Information

Prince Edward Island does monitor recreational water quality, however these beaches do have lifeguards from June 27th to September 1st.

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

Cavendish Beach, PEI National Park

North Rustico, Prince Edward Island
Managed by The Swim Guide

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample. The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
14°C
Mostly clear

Cavendish Beach is located in PEI National Park and was named by ex-British officer William Winter in honour of Field Marshal Lord Frederick Cavendish, a Colonel of the British army. It has 12 km of hiking and biking trails around the beach, perfect to explore the area and learn from interpretive programs on beach ecology, geology, evolution, wildlife, and archaeology. The beach is equipped with lifeguards from June 27th to September 1st and has a day use park with a large parking area, there are washrooms and a canteen. The east end of the beach has impressive red sandstone cliffs. The main attractions of the Cavendish area are the writer Lucy Maud Montgomery’s childhood home and the famous Green Gables that inspired the 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables. Montgomery’s home and Green Gables can both be visited. Cavendish is home to the annual Cavendish Beach Music Festival, a summer attraction that draws thousands of visitors.

Monitoring Frequency

Cavendish Beach, PEI National Park is not sampled

Source Information

Prince Edward Island does monitor recreational water quality, however these beaches do have lifeguards from June 27th to September 1st.

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

  Beach Location Water Quality
Green Gables, Prince Edward Island
North Rustico, Prince Edward Island
North Rustico, Prince Edward Island
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