Cavendish Campground Staff Room Construction

The previous Cavendish Campground Staff Room experienced a devastating fire last fall and, as such, burned beyond repair. National park staff now require a lunchroom, wash up area and bathroom for their daily personal needs. Site design and drawings have been completed and the new site for the staff room has been designated within the rehabilitated dumping station for Cavendish Campground.

The new staff room will be situated in the northeast corner of the former dumping station site. It will be partially constructed on an old agricultural field (100+ years ago) that has since grown into an old field regenerative forest stand of White Spruce. A paved parking lot covering a large portion of the remaining graded site is also proposed within the site design. Services (electrical, water, sewage and communications) will be routed into the new lunchroom and travel in corridors identified on the site drawing. All corridors have been previously disturbed by either road construction or electrical corridors.

Construction is expected to begin in June 2020 and be completed by October 2020. The campground entrance was re-designed and reconstructed in 2017. It was at this time the old dumping station was removed and the site rehabilitated into a grass field.

Last fall, Hurricane Dorian made landfall on PEI and devastated Cavendish Campground felling the majority of trees in the area. Any softwood trees remaining standing were removed due to safety reasons. Therefore, there are almost no trees remaining in the area where the lunch room is to be constructed.

Detailed Scope of Work

Elements of this project include the following:

  1. Design and construct a new staff room; a full 8 foot foundation will be used with wooden stud walls and steel roof design.
  2. Design and construct a new asphalt parking lot and access road for the staff room;
  3. Installation of electrical, sewage, water and communication lines tying into the existing systems already servicing the campground.
  4. An access trail for utility vehicles accessing the campground using the existing power corridor will be created.

This work is being tendered for contract in May 2020 with work beginning in June 2020 and expected to be completed by October 2020.

The history of the site was originally agricultural crops (hay, potato, grain, clover). The project site since has been heavily landscaped to facilitate the construction of the campground entrance and supporting infrastructure (access roads, Grahams Lane, parking lots, walking trails). The entrance to the campground has been majorly reconfigured at least three times in the past 70 years as is evident in the aerial photos. All roadways would have had major amounts of fill trucked in to build up the road surfaces. Back ditches would have been heavily landscaped with heavy machinery disturbing anything that was found on site.

The campground had an EIA completed in 2015 that encompassed developing additional camping sites throughout the campground. Archaeological test pits were dug and the area was assessed for cultural impacts.


Latest update

28 June 2020 - The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New Project Being Assessed by Parks Canada - Public Comments Invited 29 May to 28 June, 2020 - May 29, 2020


Prince Edward Island National Park
2 Palmers Lane
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 5V8
Telephone: 902-672-6350
Fax: 902-672-6370

  • Location

    • Prince Edward Island National Park (Prince Edward Island)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Building and Property Development
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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