Guided cultural programs: Discovering Mi'kmaw culture, traditions and language

There is a great story in the woodlands, lakes, rivers, bogs and barrens of Kejimkujik. It is a story 4,000 years in the making. It is equal parts history and legend, and it's here for you to hear it, to see it and to feel it.

Begin your journey with a guided tour of some of the park’s 500-plus petroglyphs. Found along the lakeshores of Kejimkujik, these fascinating stone-carved stories are one of North America’s largest such collections and have been vital clues for reconstructing regional history. Carvings of porpoise hunts from sail-rigged canoes and clothing and adornments from centuries past—including the iconic peaked hats worn by women—even at times bear their creators’ signatures, some of the only remaining evidence of the ancient Mi’kmaw’s written history.

Continue your cultural exploration at Merrymakedge’s carefully recreated traditional Mi’kmaw encampment and experience, first-hand, Kejimkujik’s deep roots.

Connect with Mi'kmaw Culture at Kejimkujik!

Petroglyph Tour

View iconic petroglyphs carved in slate rock and discover four millennia of Mi’kmaw history. Enrich your visit to Kejimkujik with a guided tour of some of the 500-plus petroglyphs that are found on-site. Located along the lakeshores of Kejimkujik, these fascinating stone-carved depictions make up one of North America’s largest collections and have been vital clues for reconstructing regional history. Gaze upon carvings of symbols and figures, sailing ships, and clothing and adornments from centuries ago. Comprising some of the only remaining evidence of the written history of the Mi’kmaq, the petroglyphs are definitely a “must see” part of your Kejimkujik visit.

Availability: Offered daily, July and August 
Weekend tours in September
Hours: TBD
Duration: 90-minute program
Fee: Free with entry fee, but you must register.
Ages: Not recommended for infants and toddlers.
Group size: There is a strict limit of no more than 20 people/tour
Location: Merrymakedge (P1 parking area)
Notes:
• The petroglyphs are in a restricted area and the tours are the only way visitors can access them.
• Sorry, no pets allowed on tour. 
• For safety reasons, the program will be cancelled in rainy weather.
Registration: Contact us
Cancellations: Please call the Visitor Centre in advance if you are unable to make your tour.


Mi'kmaw Encampment - Wejisqalia’ti’k

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

Come sip a cup of tea and discover the diversity of meaningful relationships that local Mi’kmaw guides have to this place known as Kejimkujik. In Mi’kmaw, wejisqulia’ti’k translates to, “Tell us that we grew from the earth”. This cultural connection is being kept alive by retelling our stories, sharing our understanding, and expressing our gratitude for this place. What can you learn from this small piece of Mi’kma’ki? Let the guides lead your journey of discovery in this ancient landscape.

Availability: July and August
Dates: TBD
Fee: Free with entry fee.
Ages: all ages, family friendly.
Group size: No limit
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Merrymakedge, Mi’kmaw Encampment Site (P2 parking area)
Notes:
• Each of these programs is slightly different, depending on the Mi’kmaw guide.
• Program is offered rain or shine. However, for safety reasons, program will be cancelled in severe weather. 
• Pets are permitted if they are quiet, leashed, and under control.
Registration: None required.
For more information: Contact us