Trails


Macphail Woods Nature Trails

The Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead is a 20-minute drive east of Charlottetown off Route 1, near the Orwell Corner Historic Village. The Homestead offers a wide variety of cultural and natural history activities and workshops, as well as restaurant, banquet and conference facilities in a beautiful wooded setting.

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It is also the home of the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project. Most of the homestead’s 57 hectares (140 acres) are wooded and include a pond and several streams. These wood lands are a research and demonstration site for the restoration of native forests. three walking trails , a native plant nursery and an arboretum have been created. The Wild flower, Streamside and Woodland Trails focus on different aspects of PEI’s natural succession of forest types. Each trail has its own unique charm.

Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project

Tours or Info:

  • Phone:
    (902)651-2575
  • Email: macphailwoods@gmail.com

Macphail Woods Walking Trails

Visitors are encouraged to tour the site on their own at any time of the year. To arrange tours or for more information, contact the Macphail Woods project at (902)651-2575. Parking is available at the trailhead near the house. Please refrain from removing flowers or other plants from the homestead.

The Gairloch Trail

The Gairloch Road Trail is located in Lot 60, in the southeast corner of the province. The name Gairloch likely comes from a village of the same name on the Loch of Gair, in County Ross and Cromarty in Scotland.

The Gairloch Road site presents approximately 400 acres of the full range of typical woodland cover. It is under the management of the provincial forestry division and the MacPhailWoods Ecological Forestry Project. These groups are making efforts to not only maintain and protect the forest, but to restore it to the original Acadian forest state. The trail runs through and skirts dense white spruce thickets, as well as more open pine and hardwood copses, where ground pine and other club mosses abound.

Other Island Trails

There are many excellent hiking trails across Prince Edward Island that provide excellent opportunities to see some of the local plants and wildlife.

Island Trails is a local non-profit organization dedicated to creating, expanding, and maintaining a network of trails across the Island. Take a look at their website for some great trail recommendations.

Thanks to all the Friends of Macphail for their help and hard work; the descendants of Sir Andrew Macphail for permission to reprint material from The Master’s Wife; the P.E.I. Department of Fisheries and the Environment; Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation; the EJLB Foundation for help with our Biodiversity Monitoring plots; Holland College students and staff in the Renewable Resources and Urban and Rural Planning programs; the Island Nature Trust for original assistance on the Streamside Trail and brochure; and all the generous volunteers who helped with our trail and nursery work.

Upcoming Events

Aug
10
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Nature Discovery Se...
Summer Camp: Nature Discovery Se...
Aug 10 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 14 @ 3:00 pm
Nature Discovery: Session Two This camp will introduce the children to the woods, stream and native tree nursery that surround our Nature Center. The campers will delight in learning to use all their senses to
Aug
17
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Becoming a Naturali...
Summer Camp: Becoming a Naturali...
Aug 17 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 21 @ 3:00 pm
Becoming a Naturalist Session Two This camp focuses on encountering and describing the natural world. Through the use of art and other hands-on outdoor activities, they’ll expand their understanding of life in the woodlands, waterways,
Aug
24
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Bushcraft Ecology A...
Summer Camp: Bushcraft Ecology A...
Aug 24 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 28 @ 3:00 pm
Bushcraft Ecology Ages 14-16 These campers will delight in learning survival skills such as one-match fire making, shelter building, rope making with natural fibres, and tracking animals. Touching on plant and tree identification, campers will
Sep
19
Sat
7:00 pm September Stargazing
September Stargazing
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Learn about the night sky and get to know some constellations. This outing will teach some basics of astronomy and then head out into the dark for naked-eye stargazing
Sep
26
Sat
9:00 am SWE Bushcraft II: Complete Wilde...
SWE Bushcraft II: Complete Wilde...
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bushcraft II: Complete Wilderness Skills/h3> Spend a fun day developing your outdoor savvy. Learn to tie the most essential knots, light a fire safely and consistently, hang a tarp quickly and securely, chop wood, build

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