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 at 10:30 am except Wednesday’s tour is at 6 pm 
*Thursdays at 10 am are in the Big Canoe: See Pulling Water Guided Petroglyph Paddle 
Learn more: Summer activity schedule
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

Cancellations: Please call the Visitor Centre in advance if you are unable to make your tour

For more information: Contact us

Mi'kmaw Encampment: Wigwam building (Nikinen “neeg-eh-nen”)

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

Nikinen is a Mi’kmaw word that means “our home”. Join Parks Canada Interpreters and help them construct a new home made of birch bark, alders, spruce roots, and other natural materials. Lend a hand and be a part of the effort or simply witness the different stages of construction throughout the summer. Nikinen will be the site of some of the future interpretation programming in Kejimkujik!

Availability: July and August, Wednesdays at 2 pm, Saturdays at 6 pm 
Learn more: Summer activity schedule
Fee: Free with entry fee, no registration needed
Ages: All ages
Group size: No limit
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Merrymakedge, Mi’kmaw Encampment Site (P2 parking area)
Notes:

  • This program is cancelled in rainy or severe weather
  • Pets are permitted if they are quiet, on a leash, and under control

For more information: Contact us

Customary Culinary Experience (Ketutmek “ge-du-dum-eck”)

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

Ketutmek is a Mi’kmaw word that means, “we are craving to eat”. Join Parks Canada Interpreters for an immersive culinary experience you will never forget. We invite you to join in preparing and eating some of our favourite dishes. Food is the vessel that will take us on this journey in which we work together to prepare customary foods using contemporary techniques.

Availability: July and August, Fridays at 5 pm 
Learn more: Summer activity schedule
Fee: $22 per person
Ages: Recommended for ages 12 and up
Group size: 15 people
Duration: 3 hours
Location: Merrymakedge, Mi’kmaw Encampment Site (P2 parking area)
What to expect:

  • A short guided hike will introduce you to edible plant species that traditionally grow in Kejimkujik 
  • Collaborate with other attendees and assist in the preparation of the meal. All provisions will be provided
  • The following foods may be prepared and served: Meat, fish and shellfish (at times) products, various vegetables and legumes, various fruits and berries and various tree nuts
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate for allergies or food restrictions

Notes:

  • This program is altered in rainy or severe weather
  • Pets are not permitted at this program

For more information: Contact us