The Coastie Initiative

Prince Edward Island National Park

When you take a photo of yourself, that’s a selfie.

When you take a photo of the coast, that’s a Coastie!

Take part in the Coastie Initiative, a community science program at Parks Canada administered places.

Your pictures taken at these locations will help us monitor coastal change over time. In any given year, the amount of coastal erosion along the north shore of PEI National Park can be between 0.6m to 3m.  Cell phone cradles can be found in specific locations at the coastal sites. Place your phone in the cradle and take a Coastie.

To participate:

  1. Scan the QR code found at the Coastie site, or
  2. Submit your photo to

Instructions will also be available on site at each Coastie research location. Don’t forget to use the #Coastie hashtag when sharing on social media.

Coastie sites in Prince Edward Island National Park can be found at:

  • Cavendish Main Beach
  • Brackley Main Beach

*Please check for updates on the condition of each site as we continue repair work on the park after post tropical storm Fiona.
Other Parks Canada administered sites with Coastie locations can be found at:

  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Forillon National Park
  • Fundy National Park
  • Gros Morne National Park
  • Kouchibouguac National Park
  • Point Pelee National Park
  • Sable Island National Park Reserve
  • Terra Nova National Park
  • Kejimkujik Seaside
    • MacLeods Cove lookoff
    • The beginning of St. Catherines River Beach

Your photos will be analyzed and the data will be made available to the University of Windsor, who will use it to track coastal changes, such as shoreline retreat, dune erosion and recovery, storm surge and ice cover, vegetation structure, beach use, and rip current locations.

Learn more and check out the Coastie gallery.

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