Canada 150 photo: Building sandcastles at Brackley Beach, P.E.I.

Master sandcastle builder Maurice Bernard demonstrates his skills on Brackley Beach in Prince Edward Island National Park.

Master sandcastle builder Maurice Bernard demonstrates his skills on Brackley Beach in Prince Edward Island National Park.

Today’s Canada 150 photo is another glimpse of the East Coast. (Can you tell I love it down there?)

In 2013, I had the chance to learn from master sandcastle builder Maurice Bernard on Brackley Beach in Prince Edward Island National Park.

Each summer, Bernard offers weekly sessions on Brackley Beach and Cavendish Beach to help budding sand architects build the sculpture of their dreams. (My group tried to create a miniature version of the provincial legislature building in Charlottetown. Let’s just say that our ambition somewhat exceeded our skills.)

This year, Bernard will be on one of the two beaches on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. In fact, today (Saturday, July 15), he’ll be overseeing the activity at the park’s Great Island Sandcastle Competition.

Someone else on my trip wrote a fun story about the experience for Saltscapes magazine. It’s definitely worth trying, if you find yourself on P.E.I.

Throughout July and August 2017, I’ll be posting one photo a day that I’ve taken somewhere across Canada, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. Want to see more photos in this series? Click the “Canada 150 photo” text in bold near the top of this post.

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