Cabrits National Park

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The Cabrits Peninsula is formed by two extinct volcanoes which separates Prince Rupert Bay from Douglas Bay. The name, which means goats, comes from the goats which Europeans sailors left to run wild and serves as a meat source whenever they revisited the island. The Cabrits became a strategic post for defending Dominica during the French/British battles for possession. Historic highlights include Fort Shirley being the scene for the famous 8th West Indian Regiment revolt in 1802. In 1986, the Cabrits was made a national park and is now an open-air museum enjoyable to all, particularly nature lovers, those wanting a romantic getaway, historians, and those who want to enjoy beautiful scenery.

The park is the site of Fort Shirley, an impressive 18th-century British garrison ruin, which has been faithfully under restoration since 1986. The powder magazine to the right of the fort entrance has been turned into a small museum with restoration exhibits and a display of unearthed artefacts.

The Cabrits is home to scores of hermit crabs, harmless snakes and ground lizards that scurry about the ruins and along the hiking trails that lead up to the two volcanic peaks. The trail up the 560ft West Cabrit begins at the back side of Fort Shirley and the hike takes about 30 minutes. Most of the walk passes through a wooded area, but there’s a panoramic view at the top.

Place Categories: Attractions and Park. Place Tags: information centre, kid friendly, parks/reserves and toilets.

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