Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)

Decodon, pontederia and buttonbush (Photo by Caroline Tanguay/NCC)

Boughton Island (Georgetown)

Just west of Georgetown lies Boughton Island, the third largest island off the coast of PEI. The area contains a wide range of habitats, including sand dunes, beaches, ponds, salt marshes and coastal bogs. The sandy beaches provide nesting habitat for the endangered piping plover, and the island is home to the one of PEI’s largest great blue heron colonies. NCC had secured over half (391 acres) of the 600 acre island, before transferring the deed to the Province of Prince Edward Island, who manages the whole region under the PEI Natural Area Protection Act.

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