Holman’s Island Cleanup

Event Details

October 1st, 2016, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Holman's Island (Summerside), PEI
Infrastructure / Site Cleanup

A generous pledge donation from Cooke Insurance helped make the conservation of Holman’s Island possible. We wanted to thank you with an opportunity to experience what you have helped protect!

By cleaning the beaches, volunteers will be helping to keep the beaches of Holman’s Island clean for all visitors, both human and animal alike. Buoys and rope tend to wash up from the nearby aquaculture industry, as well as smaller garbage like lobster bands and netting, which are easily ingested by waterfowl, potentially causing harm to their internal digestion. Garbage from human visitors to the island also risks ingestion by birds or mammals, but also impacts the overall aestheticism of Holman’s Island within the picturesque Summerside Harbour.

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About Holman’s Island (Summerside)

This 91 acre (36 ha.) island was once the site of P.E.I’s first summer resort; now, it’s under the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s permanent protection as a “hotel for birds”. The area features a large salt marsh and old growth, acadian forest, making it an ideal habitat for a diverse range of species, including the redback salamander, Atlantic white-sided dolphin and the endangered red knot shorebird.

NCC acquired Holman’s Island with the assistance of the Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), a unique public-private partnership to accelerate the pace of land conservation across southern Canada.

What you will be doing

The goal of the day is clean up the shorelines of Holman’s Island. We will be boated out to the island and will be working to clean up the entire circumference of the island’s shoreline. While there, we will also be visiting the site of the old hotel and given a brief history of the hotel and the island.

Why you will love it

Holman’s Island is one of Prince Edward Island’s pristine offshore islands, which as a group largely escaped development to arable land. Holman’s Island is particularly spectacular, with its mature Acadian forest, and undeveloped salt marshes and shorelines. The island is part of the Bedeque Bay Important Bird Area, and provides staging habitat for Canada geese, Atlantic brant, and the endangered red knot. The sheltered salt marshes also provide habitat and feeding grounds for a number of other avian species, from shorebirds to eagles. The interior forests are home to small mammals like red squirrels and snowshoe hares, as well as reptiles like the garter snake, and amphibians like the wood frog.


Contact Courtney Thompson: courtney.thompson@natureconservancy.ca

Please Note

NCC will provide snacks and water, but we ask that you bring your own lunch. We will be boating out to the island and cleaning garbage on the beach, so wear clothing and footwear that can get wet but will keep you warm. There are a lot of mosquitoes on the island, (although there may be fewer this time of year) so wear appropriate clothing (light in colour, long sleeves, etc.) and use bug spray.

People of all fitness levels can participate
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Warm, waterproof or wet-resistant clothing
  • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes
  • Lunch