The beach at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park, P.E.I. (Photo: Government of Prince Edward Island, via X.)

P.E.I. is famous for its red sand beaches. Lately, those beaches have been shrinking – even disappearing. Climate change and erosion are taking a bite out of them.

You can’t win for losing

The province is always battling with erosion. It steals about 30 centimetres a year from the average shoreline. Some places have lost up to two metres from one year to the next.

Climate change is adding to the problem. Storms are more violent. They happen more often.

Plus, the sea level is rising, and thanks to global warming, there’s less sea ice to cushion the waves.