After several months of anticipation, I’m pleased to announce that in honour of the park’s 75th anniversary, PEI National Park, Parks and People Association and The Acorn Press released a new book this past Wednesday night to a full house at Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site — a 77 page picture-heavy book produced primarily with John Sylvester’s images from his 28 years of photographing the park.
During the creation of the book, I was approached by Parks & People and PEI National Park to participate in this anniversary publication with the inclusion of some of my own images which I easily agreed to.
Thanks to all who attended Wednesday night where both John and I were available for book signings. If I was a guessing man, I would not be surprised if we signed 100 or more books. It felt like a successful first day and I was pleasantly surprised just how many mentioned they were familiar with this website.
You can buy the book online for only $17.80 CND or pick it up at any Parks and People boutique / bookstore.
Today’s Image – Prince Edward Island National Park: Past and Present
The following text is quoted from the introduction to Prince Edward Island National Park: Past and Present.
Prince Edward Island National Park has been welcoming vistors from around the world since it was first created in 1937. From the dramatic red sandstone cliffs and spectacular beaches in Cavendish to the pristine parabolic dunes in Greenwich, this small coastal park has captiavated the hearts of all who experience its serene and tranquil beauty.
Stretching for about 40 kilometres along the north shore of Prince Edward Island between New London and Tracadie bays and taking in the tip of the Greenwich peninsula in St. Peters Bay, the Park’s dynamic coastal landscape is constantly chaning as it is shaped by wind and waves.
This book aims to capture the essence of this special place, preserved and protected for you to return to again and again..
As an additional preview, here are a few of the images found in the book.
Above: I can watch the radar map for the aurora borealis all week long and as hard as one can cross their fingers, the fact remains, that the Northern Lights are a very rare occurrence this far south on Prince Edward Island. It’s not predictable but while driving home one night from the south side of the island, the green beams to the heavens were visible over the tree lines and the decision was made to quickly cut across the province into the National Park. From here, the dancing night sky colours were visible until sunrise.
Above: At several locations, there are man made perches that allow Ospreys to build their nest high above the trees and often located road side. This particular nest is near the Cavendish Beach Campground as an adult returns with half a fish for the new borns eagerly waiting for lunch inside the nest.
Above: The newest addition to the park is Greenwich and located further east from the rest of the park on the north side of St Peters Bay. The dunes are tall and the walking trails are long including a 0.5 km floating wooden boardwalk over Bowley Pond.
Above: The endangered bird that Parks Canada is trying so hard to protect. This summer, Parks Officials recorded only 4 new borns from the nesting grounds. The Plover in this image above is only days old on the sands of Cavendish from a couple years ago. At the size of a small stone, they are only visible if you are looking for them. Read more about the Piping Plover on the Parks and People website.