Nova Scotia’s sun protection area
The Kejimkujik National Park is located in the province of Nova Scotia, in eastern Canada. Founded in 1974, it is divided into the main park and a secondary park (the so-called Seaside) and covers a total area of about 403 square kilometers. The park was named after its largest lake, Kejimkujik Lake, and is briefly called “Keji” by the Canadians themselves. The name was coined by the Mi’kmaq Indians and is often translated as “swollen waters”. Since the year 2010, the Kejimkujik National Park is designated as a sun protection area (Kejimkujik Dark Sky Preserve).
The main park
The main park is located in the central southwest of Nova Scotia and can be reached via Route 8. The nearest cities are west of Digby and south of Halifax. The park itself is located in the center of Canada’s second largest biosphere and consists of 21 different forest species, most of them mixed forests.
Hiking is the top priority in Kejimkujik National Park. 60 percent of the park can only be reached on foot or by canoe. On 15 trails, one to five kilometers long, you can admire the diversity and beauty of the park in a short distance. It is possible to explore the park on your own, on trails from 23 km to 61 km in length. The trail “Mersey Meadow” is also handicapped accessible and gives on a platform the opportunity to observe beavers and ducks.
Especially in autumn, the park invites to hiking, when the foliage for a short time, the forests in the complete color spectrum of the Indian Summer dives, pleasant temperatures prevail and no more insects get in touch with the visitors. There are several ways to camp in the park. In addition to the Jeremy’s Bay Campground, where you can spend the night in tents or trailers, secluded campsites are also available. These can be reached by arrangement with the park management on foot or by canoe.
The “Dark Sky Preserve”
In 2010, the Kejimkujik National Park was incorporated into the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, which obliged the park management to avoid light pollution. In the park, the space of the universe and the sparkle of the stars can be observed in a special way. For all those interested, public programs are also offered which explain the constellations and give an overview of the nocturnal life of the organisms of the park.
Those who prefer to discover the picturesque water world can make their way through the park on the thousands of years old canoe trails of the Mi’kmaq. Today’s park, the former habitat of the Mi’kmaq was used as a link between the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic. As the forest is reflected in the water, countless birds and other animals of Canada, such as elk and beaver, can be observed in an untouched and natural environment. Even longer routes are possible on the canoe, the transitions between the waterways are relatively short with 150 meters to two kilometers.
It is also possible to conquer the enchanting hiking trails by bike, like fishing the Mi’kmaq once in Kejimkujik Lake, watching the unique birds of Canada or simply having a picnic in the forest in the group. With pleasant temperatures ranging between -5 ° C in winter and + 18 ° C in summer, Kejimkujik Park invites visitors all year round. With the Discovery Pass, both the main park and the side park can be explored.
The only national park in Canada, the Kejimkujik National Park is not only a national park, it also bears the seal of a “National Historic Site” due to the Mi’kmaq Indians. This means that the entire park is of great cultural and archaeological importance to Canada. The history of the Mi’kmaq probably begins around 8400 BC. Long before the pyramids and Stonehenge. About 3000 BC They settled at Kejimkujik Lake. The approximately 500 different petroglyphs, carved in stone, provide information about the Mi’kmaq and are a unique testimony of their culture.
They originated around 1200 AD and show motifs from the life and legends of the Mi’kmaq, such as the mystical Kulloo bird or Jipijka’m, a horned serpent. Interestingly, in later petroglyphs, Christian motifs are also recognizable, most likely inspired by Christian missionaries.
The Seaside of Kejimkujik National Park
In 1988, the Kejimkujik National Park was connected to a 25 km long area east of Liverpool.
Located on the Atlantic coast and accessible via Highway 103, the secondary park was named Seaside. The sprawling Seaside is one of the few remaining virgin coastal regions in Canada and greets the visitor with gleaming white beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and the scent of wild roses. The wildlife of Seaside is also fascinating. Especially seals like to be observed, but also Comoran, Pluvialis, Great Blue Heron, wild mink, osprey and even the rare black bear can be admired.