Prince Edward Island Govt: Provincial Park protected for generations

A new shoreline project that is reducing the impacts of climate change and erosion at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park near West Point is complete. 

photo courtesy of Government of Prince Edward Island

The shoreline was suffering from ongoing and extensive sea level rise, storm surge, and wave-driven erosion, said Government of Prince Edward Island said.

Cedar Dunes provincial campground and beach were starting to wash away so the Province completed major restoration work to protect it. 

Shoreline protection is necessary for the sustainability of provincial infrastructure, such as provincial parks, highways, and bridges,” said Ernie Hudson, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Cedar Dunes is a special area for Islanders and visitors. Effective restoration means that the next generations can enjoy camping or visiting the beach.””  

In the winter of 2021-2022, construction began by installing five reefs and a groyne (artificial barrier) designed to withstand strong storms and waves and help build up sediment to reduce erosion.

In February and March 2024, two more reefs and approximately 14,000 tonnes of sand nourishment were added to the shoreline protection system.

Each reef has about 2,000 tonnes of large rock with each one measuring about 45m long by 15m wide by 3m high, the Government of Prince Edward Island said.