Jeremy’s Bay Campground will be closed in 2020. Learn more about these campground improvements and how you can still enjoy your visit.

Guides are your key to Kejimkujik

Kejimkujik guides are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love for this spectacular place. Get swept away on one of the many adventures they have prepared for you. These programs are planned to appeal to visitors of all ages.

July and August

Mondays

Petroglyph Tour

10:30 am to noon, free with entry fee (but you must register).

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.

Ages: Not recommended for infants and toddlers
Group size: There is a strict limit of 20 people per 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
  • No pets allowed
  • 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

Creature Feature! 

2 to 3 pm (drop-in), free with entry fee.
 
Visit us at the beach and check out some amazing Kejimkujik creatures, such as aquatic insects, fish, hemlocks, birds, mammals, and more. Learn how these creatures keep life interesting and diverse in our Acadian forest. It’s your chance to take a closer look at flora and fauna worlds that you may not have known existed!
 
Ages: All ages, family-friendly
Group size: No limit
Location: Merrymakedge Beach, P4 parking area (look for the Parks Canada guide)
Registration: None required
Cancellation: This program is cancelled in rainy or severe weather
 

Kejimkujik Campfire Theatre

9:30 pm to 10:30 pm in July and 9 pm to 10 pm in August, free with entry fee.

Kejimkujik Campfire Theatre presents outdoor productions in a magnificent wilderness setting. These interpretive programs are a marriage of relevant cultural and conservation themes woven together with artistic imagination, in a natural setting that comes with its own surprises.

Summer 2020 production: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The forests abound with mystery. Gather the family around the warm glow of the campfire to enjoy the Bard’s story of magic, summer, and nature.

Ages: all ages, family-friendly
Group size: no limit
Location: Merrymakedge (P1 parking area) – meet at the shelter
Registration: none required
Cancellation: This program is cancelled in severe weather

Tuesdays

Petroglyph Tour

Bilingual
10:30 am to noon, free with entry fee (but you must register).

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.

Ages: Not recommended for infants and toddlers.
Group size: There is a strict limit of 20 people per 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
  • No pets allowed
  • 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

Creature Feature! 

Bilingual
2 to 3 pm (drop-in), free with entry fee. 

Visit us at the beach and check out some amazing Kejimkujik creatures, such as aquatic insects, fish, hemlocks, birds, mammals, and more. Learn how these creatures keep life interesting and diverse in our Acadian forest. It’s your chance to take a closer look at flora and fauna worlds that you may not have known existed!

Ages: All ages, family-friendly
Group size: No limit
Location: Merrymakedge Beach, P4 parking area (look for the Parks Canada guide)
Registration: None required
Cancellation: This program is cancelled in rainy or severe weather

Wednesdays

Mi’kmaw encampment program: Wigwam-Building (Nikinen “neeg-eh-nen”)

2 pm to 3:30 pm, free (no registration needed)

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!

Ages: All ages
Group size: Unlimited
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

Petroglyph Tour

6 pm to 7 pm, free with entry fee (but you must register).

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.

Ages: Not recommended for infants and toddlers
Group size: There is a strict limit of 20 people per 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
  • No pets allowed
  • 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
Thursdays

Pulling Water: Guided Petroglyph Paddle

10 am to noon, $4.90 per person.

Paddle with your guides on the Mersey River and out onto Kejimkujik Lake in a 38-foot-long Mi’kmaw-style ocean-going canoe! Along the way you will learn about these waterways which were used by the Mi’kmaq for thousands of years (and remains an integral part of their culture today.) You won’t make it to the ocean but you will make an unforgettable stop at a restricted petroglyph sitewhere can see, touch and feel the images and history.

Ages: Ages 12 and up (strongly not advised for children under 12)
Group size: 18 people
Location: Paddle departs from, and returns to, the Jakes Landing
Destination: Restricted Petroglyph Site

What to expect:

  • Paddle the big canoe in tandem with 17 other paddlers
  • You’ll be in the sun and heat for 2 hours (bring water and sunscreen)
  • You must wear a PFD (provided) at all times while in canoe
  • There will be a short walk on uneven terrain
  • Footwear must be removed at the petroglyph site

Notes:

  • Stop in at the Visitor Centre and register in person (cash, debit, or credit card)
  • Call the Visitor Centre  at 902-682-2772 (credit card required for phone bookings)
  • This program is altered in rainy or windy weather and cancelled in severe weather
  • Pets are not permitted at this program
  • Private bookings available
  • Cancellations:  Fully refundable if you cancel 48 hours before start time or if cancelled by Parks Canada staff due to weather or low numbers  

Wild Ride Night Bike tour

9 pm to 11 pm in July, 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm in August, $14.70 per person plus entry fee. 

Seize the opportunity to experience a Dark-Sky Preserve from a vantage point not usually taken – a bicycle. This guided program takes you cycling at twilight into the darkness of the night from Jake’s Landing, along the main parkway in Kejimkujik (approximately 8 km). Stops along the way give you time to relax while your guides share night stories. Take time to appreciate night sky views in unique places and welcome the chance sighting of animals that prefer the night life. This journey through the darkness culminates with a ‘taste bud test’ in which you’ll receive a goody bag with flavourful food items that you will only be able to identify through your sense of taste energizing you for the journey back to Jake’s Landing.


Ages: Not recommended for children under 12 (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Group size: maximum 12 cyclists
Location: Departs and returns from Jake’s Landing/Whynot Adventure

Notes:

  • Bring your own bicycle and helmet (you MUST wear your helmet during this program)
  • All other safety equipment will be provided
  • Whynot Adventure (the Keji Outfitters) offers a special bicycle rental rate for this program only, reservations required (make sure you pick up your rental bike before they close at 5 pm)
  • Parks Canada interpreters will return all rentals after the program
  • Program is offered rain or shine. However, for safety reasons, program will be cancelled in severe weather or if the minimum number of cyclists do not book (if cancellation occurs, visitors will be fully refunded)
  • No pets allowed on activity
  • Reservations: Contact Us
Fridays

Petroglyph Tour

10:30 am to noon, free with entry fee (but you must register).

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.

Ages: Not recommended for infants and toddlers.
Group size: There is a strict limit of 20 people per 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
  • No pets allowed
  • 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

Mersey Stillwater Paddle

Bilingual
2 pm to 3:30 pm. $14.70 per person plus entry fee. Paddles and PFDs provided.

Discover Kejimkujik in Voyageur style! Experience the simplicity and tranquility of travelling by canoe at Kejimkujik. Climb aboard our Voyageur Canoe for a tour with two skilled Parks Canada guides. Slow down to the rhythm of Kejimkujik as you dip your paddle into the still waters of the Mersey River. Your personal guides are windows into Kejimkujik's nature and culture and will share humorous stories as they serve you a delicious treat and refreshing Mersey Tea.

Ages: Ages 8 and up (visitors 16 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult)
Group size: Maximum 8 paddlers
Location: Paddle departs from, and returns to, the Visitor Centre
Notes:

  • Program is offered rain or shine. However, for safety reasons, program will be cancelled in severe weather or if the minimum number of paddlers is not reached (if cancellation occurs, visitors will be fully refunded)
  • No pets allowed on paddle
  • Reservations: Contact us
  • Cancellations: Fully refundable if you cancel 48 hours before the paddle departure time or if cancelled by Parks Canada staff due to weather or low numbers

Customary Culinary Experience: Ketutmek “ge-du-dum-eck”

5pm to 8 pm, $22 per person

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.

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 

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe

10 pm to 11:30 pm in July, 9:30 pm to 11 pm in August. Free.
Come early to watch the sunset!

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small watery planet and an even smaller unregarded beach. Welcome to Merrymakedge, the perfect spot for a most unexpected journey. We’ve arranged for a Vogon transport to take us around the universe. With your own personal guide on hand, we’ll drop by some galactic neighbours and tell a few stories on the wildest road trip yet.

Ages: All ages
Group size: Unlimited
Location: Merrymakedge Beach
Notes:

  • This program is altered in cloudy weather
  • This program is cancelled in rainy or severe weather
  • Only red lights are permitted (please refrain from using regular flash lights and head lamps as they disrupt night vision)
  • Pets are permitted if they are quiet, on a leash, and under control.
 
Saturdays

Petroglyph Tour

Bilingual
10:30 am to noon, free with entry fee (but you must register).

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.

Ages: Not recommended for infants and toddlers.
Group size: There is a strict limit of 20 people per 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
  • No pets allowed
  • 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

Mersey Stillwater Paddle

Bilingual
2 pm to 3:30 pm. $14.70 per person plus entry fee. Paddles and PFDs provided.

Discover Kejimkujik in Voyageur style! Experience the simplicity and tranquility of travelling by canoe at Kejimkujik. Climb aboard our Voyageur Canoe for a tour with two skilled Parks Canada guides. Slow down to the rhythm of Kejimkujik as you dip your paddle into the still waters of the Mersey River. Your personal guides are windows into Kejimkujik's nature and culture and will share humorous stories as they serve you a delicious treat and refreshing Mersey Tea.

Ages: Ages 8 and up (visitors 16 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult)
Group size: Maximum 8 paddlers
Location: Paddle departs from, and returns to, the Visitor Centre
Notes:

  • Program is offered rain or shine. However, for safety reasons, program will be cancelled in severe weather or if the minimum number of paddlers is not reached (if cancellation occurs, visitors will be fully refunded)
  • No pets allowed on paddle
  • Reservations: Contact us
  • Cancellations: Fully refundable if you cancel 48 hours before the paddle departure time or if cancelled by Parks Canada staff due to weather or low numbers

Mi’kmaw encampment program: Wigwam-Building (Nikinen “neeg-eh-nen”)

6 pm to 7:30 pm. Free, no registration needed.

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!

Ages: All ages
Group size: Unlimited
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
 
Sundays

Petroglyph Tour

10:30 am to noon, free with entry fee (but you must register).

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.

Ages: Not recommended for infants and toddlers
Group size: There is a strict limit of 20 people per 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
  • No pets allowed
  • 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

Creature Feature! 

2 to 3 pm (drop-in), free with entry fee.

Visit us at the beach and check out some amazing Kejimkujik creatures, such as aquatic insects, fish, hemlocks, birds, mammals, and more. Learn how these creatures keep life interesting and diverse in our Acadian forest. It’s your chance to take a closer look at flora and fauna worlds that you may not have known existed!

All ages, family friendly
Group size: No limit
Location: Merrymakedge Beach, P4 parking area (look for the Parks Canada guide)
Registration: None required
Cancellation: This program is cancelled in rainy or severe weather

Spirit of the Settlers Night Hike 

9:30 pm to 11 pm in July, 9 pm to 10:30 pm in August. $14.70 per person plus entry fee.

In the darkness of a summer night, take part in a journey along an ancient glacial hill to the site of an old farm, where you will be introduced to the story of the Rogers family, the first European settlers to make their way here. With your guide, move slowly through the remnants of the old farm, orchard and pasture, and watch the story unfold. Feel the presence of Peter and Frances Rogers and their family as they set up their life on the farm and do their best to make it work. The story ends in the glow of a lantern-lit barn as you enjoy traditional treats and refreshments.

Ages: Not recommended for children under 10 (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Group size: Maximum 20 participants
Location: Departs from Farmlands Trail trailhead. (Farmlands Trail is #6 on Kejimkujik map)
Notes:

  • This program is offered rain or shine
  • This program will be cancelled in severe weather or if the minimum number of participants is not reached (if cancellation occurs, visitors will be fully refunded)
  • This hike will take you on uneven ground and up/down a significant incline: wear appropriate footwear
  • No pets allowed on activity
  • Reservations: Contact us
  • Cancellations: Fully refundable if you cancel 48 hours before the tour departure time or if cancelled by Parks Canada staff due to weather or low numbers

2020 Savour the Adventures experiences

Saturday evenings this summer, raise your game and raise your glass to Kejimkujik’s wilderness. These savoury wilderness adventures offered to adults age 19 and over, dig deeper and offer you exclusive experiences that take you farther into the heart of this place.

Routes and destinations, paired with food and alcohol, have been selected to inspire, transform, and rejuvenate you. Choose the adventure that appeals to you or sign up for all three for a deeper and more unique glimpse into the essence of Kejimkujik. Learn more: Savour the Adventures