City Profile

Prince Edward Island
Population: 36,000

  • Charlottetown has the second highest number of community gardens relative to population size, or twice the average.
  • Charlottetown is one of 50% of cities that have a policy to waive permit fees for groups that show financial need.
  • Charlottetown sits above the average amount of parkland relative to population with 8.1 hectares of parkland per thousand people.
  • Charlottetown opened 12 outdoor ice rinks this winter, including the new Gordie Griffin Rink and, in some rinks, installed a special new lining that helps maintain the ice in the event of a thaw.
  • The University of Prince Edward Island’s Climate Lab Provincial Coastal Erosion Monitoring Project has installed some monitoring stations in Charlottetown parks. The project will measure annual fluctuations in coastal change to better understand the impact of climate change on PEI’s coastal regions.
  • The city noticed a shift in park use in 2020, including more trail use and an increase in interest in neighbourhood parks. They shifted staff focus to trail management and hope to make neighbourhood parks more enjoyable for all ages, rather than a previous focus on child-friendly spaces.
2021 Data


ha parkland per 1000 people

291 ha of total parkland


of total parkland is natural area

85 total ha


of total city land is parkland

4429 ha of total city area


dog parks


Community gardens/urban farms

5 minute walk

Parkland provision goal (distance to park / ha per 1000 people)


community park groups


Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need.


Parks operating budget per person




Total parks capital budget


Provincially legislated tools available for parkland dedication, acquisition and/or development

of the development site or cash-in-lieu

¹Excluding a bridge construction.

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