Prince Edward Island (PEI) authorities strictly regulate the movement of firewood as the province has areas under quarantine for several invasive tree pests including European spongy moth, Dutch elm disease, European larch canker, emerald ash borer, brown spruce longhorn beetle, and hemlock woolly adelgid. It is illegal to move firewood out of a regulated area without a movement certificate from the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency (CFIA) since these and other harmful tree pests spread to new areas when people transport untreated firewood. The CFIA and the PEI authorities collectively have the following recommendations for residents and visitors when handling firewood for camping, and home heating uses. These recommendations are designed to prevent the transport of forest pests on firewood and protect the overall health of the great outdoors.
- Buy certified heat-treated and/or locally-cut firewood, ideally from within 80km.
- Do not bring outside firewood into a national park in Canada.
- Utilize the Don’t Move Firewood Project to exchange any out-of-providence firewood for locally sourced wood at provincial and national park campsites.
- Utilize the drop-off boxes at PEI entrances to dispose of any out-of-province firewood.
*Open fires are not allowed at most of PEI’s national parks and provincial park campgrounds, and they may put fire restrictions when wildfire risk is high. Visit their website or inquire the campground staff for the most current information.
Bringing firewood from Canada into the USA is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Read about these requirements on the USDA and CBP firewood information sheet.
Bringing firewood from the USA into Canada is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Canada also encourages visitors to use local firewood.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 5 August 2021.
Prince Edward Island (PEI) Resources:
- PEI Invasive Species Council
- Buying and Burning Firewood on PEI
- Tree Insect and Disease Information
- Invasive Plant and Animal Species in PEI
- PEI Tourism, Leave Firewood at Home
General Canada Web Resources:
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency – Don’t Move Firewood Page
- Canadian Council on Invasive Species – Buy Local Burn Local
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency – Firewood Page
- US Customs and Border Protection (Regarding personal firewood from Canada into the USA)
- Canada Border Services Agency (Regarding person firewood from the USA into Canada)
Pest Specific Information
- Asian Longhorned Beetle Questions and Answers
- Brown Spruce Longhorned Beetle Information
- Emerald Ash Borer, Regulated Areas in Canada
- European Spongy Moth North America Quarantine Map
- Spongy Moth Information and Canadian Quarantine
For more information, visit our General Canada Information page.
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