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Canada 150 celebrated through sandcastles

Published on July 16, 2017

Island artist Maurice Bernard works on a massive sandcastle celebrating Canada 150.

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From the symbolic maple leaf to lobsters holding cowboy hats, there was plenty of Canadian creativity on display during the Great Island Sandcastle competition this weekend.

The competition was held by Parks Canada at Brackley Beach for National Parks Day.

Published on 16 July 2017

Calgary residents, from left, Stephen Caron, Catherine Bernard, Sophie Caron and Sasha Caron show their finished sandcastle, which depicts a lobster holding a cowboy hat to represent both provinces of Alberta and P.E.I. The group was one of many who participated in the Great Island Sandcastle Competition this weekend.

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Published on 16 July 2017

Toronto sisters, from left, Oswyn and Evelyn McKechnie work on a sand castle inside the P.E.I. National Park during the Parks Day celebrations on Saturday. The theme of this year’s Great Island Sandcastle Competition was Canada 150, with a number of Islanders and visitors working to build the best castle with some help from P.E.I. artist Maurice Bernard.

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Friends Dillan Hughes and Nicholas Coles show their Canada 150 sandcastle at Brackley Beach.

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Same Edgecomb, from right, shows Montreal residents Ezra and Emil Furlani how to make trees out of sand for their castle.

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Tara McNally-MacPhee, of Parks Canada, Anne Shirley and Sir John A. Macdonald judge the sandcastles during the Great Island Sandcastle competition at P.E.I.’s National Park on the weekend.

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U.S. residents, from left, Rosa Atienza, Schuyler Valin, Sam Valin, Angelo Atienza and Marc Valin show their sandcastle created on Saturday.

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Published on 16 July 2017

The Cochrane family from Milton, Ont. sculpted an intricate creation for the Great Island Sandcastle competition at Brackley Beach for National Parks Day on Saturday. From left is Naomi, Nalina, mother Sonia, Nolan, Neriah, Nicholas, father Terry, Noah and Nevan. The family is in P.E.I. for most of the summer.

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Nevan Cochrane gets a spray-on tattoo of a lighthouse from Parks Canada's Cody Gaudet during Parks Day at Brackley Beach this weekend.

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Published on 16 July 2017

Island artist Maurice Bernard works on a massive sandcastle celebrating Canada 150.

Photos by MITCH MACDONALD/THE GUARDIAN

The theme was Canada 150, with Islanders and visitors from across the country putting their own twist on the theme.

They also had some help from Island artist Maurice Bernard, who provided some tips on how to make a great sandcastle.

The day also saw the launch of new accessibility mats at Stanhope Beach, which was a collaboration with Access Advisory P.E.I. and the Spinal Cord Injury Association of P.E.I.

The mats allow regular wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices to travel from the wooden boardwalk onto the sand and right down to the water’s edge.

There was also yoga on the beach, which incorporated chair yoga, at the beach.