Parks Canada plays an important role in helping to address the impacts of climate change by protecting and restoring healthy, resilient ecosystems and contributing to the recovery of species at risk. Now, more than ever, Canadians know that being outdoors in nature is important for our physical and mental health. That is why the Government of Canada is protecting lands and oceans in Canada, leaving a legacy for future generations.
Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Cardigan, announced that the Government of Canada has purchased a 405-acre property in Greenwich, Prince Edward Island. The property is adjacent to Prince Edward Island National Park at Greenwich and will be added to the park.
This land contains a forest, wetlands and coastal dunes that are home to many species at risk and rare species, such as the Piping Plover, the Yellow-banded Bumble Bee and the Little Brown Myotis (bat). Among the most spectacular natural characteristics to be protected at this site in Greenwich are the unusually large and mobile parabolic dunes with their associated counter ridges or Gegenwälle.
“The Government of Canada continues to safeguard Canada’s biodiversity by expanding our network of protected and conserved areas across the country. Through the addition of this ecologically important property to PEI National Park at Greenwich, Parks Canada is protecting these vital ecosystems while providing opportunities for Canadians to spend time in nature.”
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada