Victoria Park Nature Education

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Victoria Park Arboretum

Take a tour of the Victoria Park Arboretum and discover some of Prince Edward Island’s native trees and shrubs. 

The arboretum at Victoria Park displays a diversity of woody plants representing Prince Edward Island’s native flora. Located in a woodland just south of the ball fields, the arboretum is a popular area for picnics and quiet activities. By its original definition, an arboretum is a botanical garden made up only of trees. At Victoria Park, the arboretum is comprised of both native trees and shrubs, some of which are quite rare!

In 1873, 40 acres of private Government Farm owned by the Lieutenant Governor was given as a gift to the citizens of PEI. Much of what is now park trails was landscaped, having once been agricultural land. Several non-native species, such as Norway maple, are present in the woods of Victoria Park due to ornamental plantings that occurred during the early development of the park. As time goes on, the arboretum will continue to grow, displaying the beauty of our Island’s native species for generations to come.

Click here for full details on the self-guided tour of the Victoria Park Arboretum. 

2021 Victoria Park Nature Activities

This summer, self-led environmental activities for children will be available in Victoria Park. All needed supplies will be provided. To take part, visit the veranda of the ball field clubhouse located at the Forbes Kennedy Way park entrance on Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from June until the end of August. 

Self-guided activities schedule:
Week of June 1 - Woodland Journal
Week of June 7 - Stewardship Bingo
Week of June 14 - Pollinator Hunt
Week of June 21 - Expert Naturalist
Week of June 28 - Dead Man's Pond
Week of July 5 - Leaf ID
Week of July 12 - Native Plant ID
Week of July 19 - Woodland Journal
Week of July 26 - Stewardship Bingo
Week of August 2 - Pollinator Hunt
Week of August 9 - Expert Naturalist
Week of August 16 - Dead Man's Pond
Week of August 23 - Leaf ID
Week of August 30 - Native Plant ID