Guided Cultural Programs
Discovering Mi'kmaw Culture, Traditions and Language

Birch Bark Canoe Building Workshop 
Kejimkujik Lake Yoga
Petroglyph Tour 
Mi'kmaw Encampment - Wejisqalia’ti’k 

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.

 

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

Birch Bark Canoe Building Workshop 

Learn the ancient craft of canoe building with master Mi’kmaw craftsman, Todd Labrador. Hands-on workshops give you a ‘behind the scenes’ cultural experience on the shore of Kejimkujik Lake. Sip a cup of tea with Todd and then try your hand at boiling, stripping, and splitting spruce roots or using a draw horse to make wooden pegs for the gunwales. This is your chance to dive right into the living history and the contemporary experience of the Mi’kmaq by participating in the ancient craft of birch bark canoe building.

Time: 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Dates: Sundays July 1 - September 2
Fees: $65/person.  (Parks Canada entry fees apply)
Ages: 18 and up
Max Capacity: 6 people/workshop
Location: Merrymakedge Beach Canoe-Building Shop
Parking: Merrymakedge P4 – follow signs to the shop

Workshops offered rain or shine
Note: Sharp tools will be used during workshops

Reservations: 
Bookings open on May 18, 2018 

  • Stop in at the Visitor Centre and register in person (cash, debit, or credit card). 
  • Call the Visitor Centre 902-682-2772, Credit card required for phone bookings.
  • Off-season (November-May) call 902-682-2770 or email kejimkujik.info@pc.gc.ca

 

Kejimkujik Lake Yoga

Find your place in nature by enjoying a tranquil yoga class in the outdoors. Let time stop as you contemplate the ancient rhythms of Mi'kmaw culture on a soft pebble beach. Kejimkujik Lake is beautiful and moody, so expansive from water to sky that the views encourage you to uncover a deep connection to self. 

Fee: $22.00 per person, limit of 12 people
Location: Kejimkujik Beach
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Reservations: 
Bookings open on May 18, 2018 

  • Stop in at the Visitor Centre and register in person (cash, debit, or credit card). 
  • Call the Visitor Centre 902-682-2772, Credit card required for phone bookings.
  • Off-season (November-May) call 902-682-2770 or email kejimkujik.info@pc.gc.ca

 

Petroglyph Tour

Follow your guide in the footsteps of history. Tour the petroglyphs where ancient stone carvings paint a vivid picture of the Mi’kmaw way of life. 
Offered daily. 

Availability: Offered daily, July 1st to September 2nd
Group size: Limit 20 people/tour
Fee: Free with regular admission, registration required.

Reservations: 
Bookings open on May 18, 2018

  • Stop in at the Visitor Centre and register in person.
  • Call the Visitor Centre 902-682-2772.
 

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

Mi'kmaw Encampment - Wejisqalia’ti’k

Cultivate your connection with the teachings that nature offers while a Cultural Interpreter shares their unique skills and knowledge of this land.

Availability: Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 2pm and Saturday at 7pm in July and August 

Duration: 1 hour, no reservations needed.