St. Peter’s Community Council would like to wish President Keila Hebert and members of her executive for another successful St. Peter’s Wild Blueberry Festival and Homecoming. This year being the 35th Anniversary of the Festival is a remarkable milestone for the organization.
Chairman: Ron MacInnis, Councillors: Brenda Gillis Curran, Gordon MacLean, Gerry MacKinnon and Jason Shephard. Administrator: Mary Burge.
Blueberry Festival: Look for Parks Canada activities at the Blueberry Festival! There will be special interpretive programs at Greenwich, a children’s day activity booth and a Parks Canada float in the parade!
Beach Supervision at Greenwich:
Surf guards are on duty daily at Greenwich Beach from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, until August 20th.
Greenwich Interpretation Centre: What’s Happening?
This summer, the travelling exhibit Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island is on display at the Greenwich Interpretation Centre. This award-winning interactive exhibition brings the history of the Mi’kmaq of PEI to life through artifacts, pictures, audio stories and music.
Also, a special performance of A’tuken / Tell Stories / Raconter des histoires will be held at the Greenwich Interpretation Centre on Monday, August 7th from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM. This interactive program encourages visitors to discover the rich culture of the Mi’kmaq people through story, song and dance.
The interpretation centre is open daily until September 15th from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and is included in the free Parks Canada Discovery Pass in celebration of Canada’s 150 anniversary throughout 2017. You can pick up your complimentary pass on your first visit to the park.
Parking and Tips for Visiting:
To continue to ensure the best possible experience for your visit to the PEI National Park, we’d like to remind you of a few helpful parking tools and tips.
- Use the new online parking tool, PEINow (www.parkscanada.gc.ca/peinow) to gauge parking availability and plan your trip! The beach and trails in Greenwich have been quite busy with lots of visitors discovering these hidden gems, particularly throughout weekends. Plan accordingly!
- Signup for Bamtext Alerts by texting “OPT IN” to (902)-200-4499 to receive text messages about parking updates as well as daily activities and special events
- Remember that roadside parking is illegal and obey no parking and tow zone signage. Roadside parking can present a significant safety hazard.
For more information on activities and events in PEI National Park, check out our website atwww.pc.gc.ca/pei and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ParksCanadaPEI) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/PEInationalpark).
Food Drive to Benefit St Peter’s Community
Please bring in your non-perishable food items to
St Peter’s Complex, 1968 Cardigan Road. Collection Box is in the Lobby.
Parks Canada is excited to see so many visitors enjoying the newly opened Greenwich Dunes trail! We encourage Islanders and travellers from afar to discover this hidden gem and bring a friend!
The washrooms at the Greenwich trailhead are now open. Facilities at the main beach complex are open and the surfguards start at Greenwich Beach on June 30th. The Greenwich Interpretive Centre is open daily, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, from June 14th to September 15th.
Make sure to check out some of the interpretation activities taking place at Greenwich this summer:
Greenwich Trails: Uncover the secrets of PEI’s highest dunes with one of our guides extraordinaire! Meet at Trail Head. English on Monday’s 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. French on Friday’s 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.
Discovery Zone: Get your hands on some fun, interactive activities that explore the treasures of PEI National Park at the Greenwich Interpretive Centre. English on Thursday’s and Sunday’s from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. French on Friday’s from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
A’tuken / Tell Stories / Raconter des histoires: Discover the rich culture of the Mi’kmaq people through story, song and dance. Greenwich Interpretation Centre; July 31 and August 7 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
For more information on activities and events in PEI National Park, check out our website at www.pc.gc.ca/pei and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/ParksCanadaPEI) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/PEInationalpark/).
The Trans Canada Trail in conjunction with The Community of St. Peter’s Bay, is having a grand celebration on Saturday, August 26, 2017. This is to celebrate the full connection of the Great Trail and Canada’s 150th on our Section of the Trail.
The replacement of the floating boardwalk on the Greenwich Dunes Trail is almost complete and all trails are expected to reopen on Friday, June 2. Crews have completed installing the handrails on the boardwalk and are finishing stringing cable wires through the posts to form the protective barrier. They are also in the process of cleaning up any damage on the gravel portion of the trail. Until it reopens, we ask visitors to please respect the barriers and signage and remain off the closed trail – it is still a construction zone and there is heavy machinery still operating on site. During this time, visitors are welcome to access the beach through the Greenwich Beach facility. The washrooms are open on June 13 and the surf-guards will start on June 30. The Greenwich Interpretive Centre will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., June 14 to September 15.
For more information on the Greenwich area of PEI National Park, please visit the Parks Canada website (pc.gc.ca), follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or call (902)-672-6350.
Summer is just around the corner and that means that the 35th St. Peter’s Bay Wild Blueberry Festival and Homecoming is getting closer. This year we are bringing back an old favourite as well as adding a few new events.
Saturday, July 29 will see the return of the co-ed softball tournament. The festival wants to thank the Community of St. Peter’s for the upgrades to the ball field which will allow this event to take place within our own community. The Community is taking care of the extensive field repairs while the Festival is replacing the dugouts and fixing the backstop. The ball tournament will be followed Saturday night by a Pub Night which will be held at the St. Peter’s Complex. Also on Saturday, July 29 there will be a crokinole tournament, both singles and doubles, which will be held at the St Peter’s Complex. Don’t forget the annual Blueberry Festival Yard Sale!
Friday, August 4 will be Children’s day. This event is being revamped this year to create a carnival atmosphere with some events from previous years returning and new ones being added. Also, this year the Festival will be having events on Sunday, August 6. Further details on all these events will follow.
We have tried to change things up in response to the survey that was completed following last year’s festival. As everyone can imagine a festival of this size requires many volunteers to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Since we have expanded the festival this year we are seeking more volunteers to help us make the 35th a huge success. A big thank you to all that have volunteered in the past and we hope that you are still on board for helping out this year. To those that would like to help out please contact anyone of the festival committee members or send us a message on our Facebook page. Thank you from St. Peter’s Blueberry Festival Committee.
Planning continues for the 2017 St. Peter’s Blueberry Festival. All this time, we are trying to finalize events while also looking for chair people for several events. If you can help by chairing an event, or if you can even help with an event, we are always looking for volunteers. The festival takes a lot of hours and many hands make light work.
Also, as we’ve inidicated in previous postings, the vice-president position is currently vacant and we would like to fill this position. If you’re interested in helping with the St. Peter’s Blueberry Festival, please contact one of the executive or feel free to come to our next meeting. All meetings are posted on facebook. Do check us out!
St. Peters Community Council and Administrator would like to wish all our residents a Happy Mother’s Day. Best wishes from:
- Ron MacInnis, Chairman
- Jerry MacKinnon, Councillor
- Brenda Gillis Curran, Councillor
- Gordon MacLean, Councillor
- Jason Shephard, Councillor
- Mary Burge, Administrator