Restoration work complete at Basin Head Interpretive Park

News release

Souris and Area Branch of PEI Wildlife Federation ready to welcome visitors to the improved site

Investing in sustainable tourism projects throughout Atlantic Canada helps improve the region’s competitiveness in the world’s fastest growing sector and creates jobs for the middle class and those looking to join it. To this end, upgrades have been made to Basin Head Provincial Park to improve visitors’ experience, while promoting education and protection of the Basin Head Lagoon, one Canada’s eleven Marine Protected Areas.

The Government of Canada provided a non-repayable contribution of $184,867 to the PEI Wildlife Federation to support interpretive panels, the installation of a floating dock, upgrades to the boat launch, a new picnic shelter, improved parking and more educational opportunities. The Government of Prince Edward Island contributed $100,000 to the project.

Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), along with project representatives and supporters today participated in the grand opening of the interpretive park.

This investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic Provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy by helping the region’s tourism industry attract more visitors and create new jobs across the region. This bold approach is in line with Canada’s Tourism Vision, which seeks to make Canada a top-ten global tourism destination by 2025.


“Basin Head Provincial Park has become a flagship destination for visitors to our province. I am pleased that the Government of Canada has supported the PEI Wildlife Federation with a project that will have cultural, social and economic benefits. When visitors are drawn to any area of our beautiful Island, the tourism industry and the economy benefit.”

- Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown

The Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation has done an outstanding job in revitalizing the wharf and creating the new interpretive centre and boardwalk. We are proud to partner in this project that will enhance visitor experience at Basin Head, which includes the province’s only marine protected area."

- Honourable Jamie Fox, Provincial Minister of Fisheries and Communities

Souris Wildlife is delighted to lead this project to develop a neglected piece of land and turn it into Basin Head Interpretive Park, a fantastic resource for locals and tourists alike.  We have received excellent support from the local community and regional organisations including ACOA, the Government of PEI, Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, Eastern Kings Community Council, and PEI Museums and Heritage Foundation.”

 -Frances Braceland, Project Manager, Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation

Quick facts

    • The Government of Canada invested $184,867 in this project through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF). The Government of Prince Edward Island contributed $100,000.
    • The ICF focuses on investments that lead to long-term employment and economic capacity building in Atlantic Canadian communities.
    • The Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation holds a membership under the PEI Wildlife Federation, a not-for-profit environmental organization with a mandate to support a healthy, sustainable community including environmental, educational, economic and social values that encourages the responsible use and enjoyment of the watershed while working in harmony to enhance resource-based activities.
    • Known for its singing sands, its picturesque beachfront and its unique tidal harbour, Basin Head Provincial Park is recognized by Islanders and tourists as one of the best beaches in the province and was named the best beach in Canada by in 2013.


Jana Parker Smith
Communications Manager
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Wayne MacKinnon

Senior Communications Officer

Fisheries and Communities


Frances Braceland

Project Manager

Souris and Area Branch of the PEI Wildlife Federation


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