Prince Edward Island

In Prince Edward Island, approximately 18 thousand hectares (2.7% of the province as of 2010) are designated as protected. Environment Canada maintains 1 protected area on Prince Edward Island, the Black Pond Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS), comprising over 100 hectares of the province's protected lands and waters. Currently, there are no National Wildlife Areas (NWAs) in the province.

Map of Environment Canada's Protected Areas in Prince Edward Island

Map of protected areas in Prince Edward Island. (1) Black Pond MBS

Long description for the Map

Map showing Environment Canada's only protected areas in Prince Edward Island, one Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS).

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List of Protected Areas in Prince Edward Island

The tables below contain information about the National Wildlife Areas (NWA) and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries (MBS) shown on the map above. In addition to the name, year of establishment, and size of each protected area, the tables indicate how these sites fit into national and international networks of conservation areas. The following entities may be noted:

Ramsar: Wetland of International Importance

Important Bird Area (IBA)

Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN)

Biosphere reserve of the The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB)

Migratory Birds Sanctuary

Black Pond MBS picture

Photo: Colin MacKinnon © Environment Canada
Black Pond MBS

Prince Edward Island
MBS NameYear establishedSize in hectares
Black Pond MBS1936203

Access and Permitting

Although access to NWAs is not restricted, the primary purpose of these areas is to protect and conserve wildlife and their habitats, and therefore most NWAs are not equipped with facilities to accommodate public visitation. Unless otherwise posted, all recreational activities are prohibited within NWAs.

Although access to most MBSs is not restricted either, the primary intent of these sanctuaries is to protect migratory birds, and therefore hunting, as well as disturbing or molesting migratory birds, their eggs, nests or habitat, is prohibited.

A permit may be obtained from the Minister of the Environment authorizing the conduct of certain activities in an NWA or MBS, if the Minister or delegate is of the opinion that the proposed activity:

  • will not interfere with the conservation of wildlife; or
  • is consistent with the purpose for which the protected area was established; and
  • is consistent with the management plan for the protected area.

Contact Information

Additional information on entry, prohibited activities, and permits in Environment Canada's protected areas is provided on the Management and Activities web pages of the NWAs and MBS. For more information on Environment Canada's protected area in Prince Edward Island, please contact the regional Environment Canada office: 

Environment Canada – Atlantic Region
Canadian Wildlife Service
Protected Areas and Stewardship
17 Waterfowl Lane
Sackville, New Brunswick (NB)
E4L 4N1
Toll Free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only)

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