Prince Edward Island National Park
Operating season: June 13 to September 4, 2023
Stanhope Campground is a quiet, scenic campground with over 100 sites, located minutes from the bustling Covehead Harbour. The campground is located along the Gulf Shore Way, a 10 km seaside trail ideal for cycling, inline skating or walking.
The campground offers sites with accessible features, washroom facilities with hot showers and flush toilets, kitchen shelters, a laundromat, playground and Parks Canada store.
Stanhope Beach, located 1 km from the campground, has surf guard supervision in July and August as well as a beach wheelchair available for use.
Please call 902-672-6350 for information and availability of group camping sites in Stanhope Campground.
Services and facilities
Download a Stanhope campground map (PDF, 2.43 MB)
About Stanhope Campground
Operating Season: June 13 to September 4, 2023
- Spring shoulder season (June 13 – June 29), 9am - 7pm
- Peak Season (June 30 – September 4), 8am – 9pm
Check in time:
- Any time after 2 pm
- Visitors who would like to arrive at the campground earlier may enjoy the rest of the park while waiting for their campsite to become vacant.
Check out time:
- Before 11 am
- 11 pm to 7 am
Maximum persons per site:
- Six people (exceptions possible for two adults with their dependent children up to a maximum of seven people).
- Equipped camping: a six-person tent (recommended for up to four adults, or two adults and up to four children)
- Please call 902-672-6350 for information and availability of group camping sites in Stanhope Campground.
Maximum vehicles per site:
- One vehicle or two motorcycles
- Exceptions for RVs towing a vehicle
- Another option is to park a second vehicle in designated area
Maximum camping units per site:
- One camping unit (two small tents by exception only — site must be able to accommodate)
Cooking / food preparation:
- Cooking is not permitted inside oTENTiks or in the equipped camping tents
- No generator use between 9 pm and 8 am
Amperage of electrical service:
- 3-way: electricity (20, 30 & 50 amps), water and sewer
- No electricity in the oTENTiks or on the equipped camping sites. Electricity is available in some shelters, washrooms, and activity buildings
- In order to protect the forests of PEI National Park against invasive species (i.e brown spruce longhorn beetle), do not bring firewood into the park and only use the firewood available for purchase at the campgrounds.
- Campfires are only permitted in provided fireplaces
- Do not leave fires unattended
- Firewood is for sale at campground kiosks and visitor centres
- Alcoholic beverages and non-medical cannabis must remain on registered campsite
- No smoking within 20 m of playground.
- Pets must be kept on a leash. Please pick up their droppings.
- Pets are not allowed in equipped campsite tents or oTENTiks
For information regarding camping fees for PEI National Park please see our Fees page.
Terms and conditionsSite-specific Guests select the specific campsite or accommodation when they make their reservation. All front-country camping reservations made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service (PCRS) are site-specific reservations.
Operating Season (Nights) is the nights that the campground is open. Sometimes the campgrounds are open for longer than the period for which they accept reservations. Any dates of the "Operating Season" outside of the "Reservable Period" are dates that the campground operates on a first come, first served basis only.
Reservable Period (Nights)The "Reservable Period" is the nights for which you can make a camping or accommodation reservation. Note that many campgrounds may be open longer than this period and operate outside of these dates on a first-come, first-served basis.
Kiosk The administration/entrance booth of a particular campground, this is where you "check-in" and register your arrival.
Vehicle Car, truck, motorcycle, truck-camper, motorhome, or recreational vehicle. A motor home pulling another vehicle may count as two vehicles.
Camping Unit Tent, tent-trailer, truck-camper, trailer, 5th wheel, motorhome or recreational vehicle.
Serviced Site Refers to a campsite offering either electrical, water, and/or sewer hook-ups or any combination of these services directly on the campsite. Fully serviced sites offer electrical, potable water, and sewer hook-ups. "Unserviced" sites do not offer any of these hook-ups.
The terms "serviced" and "unserviced" refer to the individual campsites; they do not refer to the washroom facilities or other amenities available at the campground.
Overflow Site Overflow campsites vary from park to park and may range from a paved area to park a camping unit (not generally suitable for tents) to a more traditional, grassy site. They are unserviced and are not reservable.
Accessible Site A campsite which is accessible to guests with limited mobility.
Firepit A designated structure for campfires located on a campsite. Check availability, as not all campsites offer a fire pit. In some parks, a fire permit is required to have a fire.
In some parks, only communal firepits are available, and access is shared with other guests.
Firewood Firewood is sold by the bundle and available at the Kiosk.
First-come, First-served Site Campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis only. These sites are only available to guests who are physically located at the campground. These sites cannot be registered over the telephone or on-line. These campsites may be available for only 1 night or for multiple nights depending on availability.
Shoulder Season Shoulder season refers to the season before and after the peak season. While many campgrounds remain open outside of their peak season, the services offered during this period may be limited (please check with the park for more details).
Entrance Pass A valid National Park Entrance Pass is required for all visitors to National Parks that have entry fees.
Daily Entrance Pass A daily entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park on a per day basis for the period of time indicated.
Annual/Seasonal Entrance Pass An annual or seasonal entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park for the period of time indicated.
Parks Canada Discovery Pass The Parks Canada Discovery Pass permits visitors unlimited entry to the participating Parks Canada national parks and national historic sites across Canada, for a period of 12 months.
983 Gulf Shore Parkway,
General park information:
From the Confederation Bridge: Follow Route 1, the Trans-Canada Highway, east to Charlottetown. Turn onto the Charlottetown Arterial Highway (“Bypass”) then turn left (north) onto Route 15 toward Brackley Beach. After approximately 19 kilometres you will enter PEI National Park and the Gulf Shore Parkway. Follow the parkway for 7.2km until you reach Stanhope Campground on the right.
From Charlottetown: Follow the Charlottetown Arterial Highway (“Bypass”) and turn north onto Route 15 heading to Brackley Beach. After approximately 19 kilometres you will enter PEI National Park and the Gulf Shore Highway. Follow the highway for 7.2km until you reach Stanhope Campground on the right.
From the Wood Islands Ferry: Follow Route 1, the Trans-Canada Highway, west to Charlottetown. Turn right onto Route 2 (St. Peters Highway). Turn left onto Route 6. After approximately 10 km you will enter PEI National Park at the Dalvay gate. Continue straight along the Gulf Shore Parkway for another 5km until you reach Stanhope Campground on the left.
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