The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has conserved a 52-hectare (128-acre) coastal property adjacent to popular Blooming Point beach, about 30 kilometres north of Charlottetown. The new conservation area is located on Tracadie Bay and features Acadian forest, freshwater wetland, salt marsh and dunes.
A portion of this project was donated to NCC by the MacGillivray family of Blooming Point, under the Government of Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program. It’s one of 27 properties conserved on PEI through the Ecological Gifts Program—the most of any province in Canada.
NCC’s Blooming Point property is located in an internationally recognized Important Bird Area. It provides valuable coastal and wetland habitat for many species of birds including Canada warbler, listed as threatened under Canada’s Species at Risk Act.
Although NCC’s new property is adjacent to the beach, it does not include trails or pedestrian access to the beach, due to the location of a large wetland and other natural barriers.
The community of Blooming Point borders Prince Edward Island National Park. Its beach and ecologically significant wetland habitats were not included in the national park when it was established decades ago, making the area a focal point for conservation ever since.