Stars, planets and cultural traditions

Kejimkujik invites you to experience the astronomical depth of its Dark Sky Preserve. Visit the Sky Circle and gaze at brilliant celestial bodies through an on-site telescope, binoculars, or with the naked eye.

Dark Sky Weekends, full of programmed sessions, are offered twice a year. Be sure to see when these special events are held!

Outdoor Amphitheatre shows ponder extraterrestrial life and interstellar phenomena alongside incredible imagery, music and stories. And night hikes and campfire programs examine how artificial light affects humans and wildlife, as well as the value of these Dark-Sky Preserves.

Go deeper - discover how stars have inspired centuries of story, song and legend. And occasional night-time canoe excursions offer a truly magical night-sky perspective.

Welcome to Nova Scotia’s darkest sky - and brightest stars.

 
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Kejimkujik Dark Sky Kits

Interested in the starry sky above? Designated as Dark Sky Preserve in 2010, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site provides one of the best places in Nova Scotia to bask in the celestial wonder. Take advantage of meteor showers, the lunar eclipse or brush up on your constellations with our self-discovery Dark Sky Kits

Rental cost: $5/day  ~  Seven kits available for rental

The dark sky kit includes:
- Binoculars (Celestron 8X42 mm)
- Star finder
- Red light
- Games for children
- Stargazing references

…all in one handy bag.

The dark sky kits are available throughout the season, giving visitors the opportunity to experience the dark skies outside regular Dark Sky programming. With binoculars, a star finder and games for the younger members of your family, you can spend your evenings at Keji exploring the stars, galaxies and constellations. Our eyes take quite a while to adjust to the darkness of the night sky, and, with any exposure to bright light, our acclimatization restarts. Our Dark Sky Kit includes a red light for just this purpose. Astronomers use a red light to read charts and maps at night – now you can too! The kit also includes binoculars designed specifically for stargazing. The opportunity for discovery is endless!


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Spirit of the Settlers Night Hike evening theatre hike

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 see 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 evening ends in the glow of a lantern-lit barn where you will experience the end of the story, as you enjoy traditional treats and refreshments.

Availability: in July, Sunday at 9:30pm; in August, Sunday at 9pm
Fee: $14.70/person plus entry fee.
Ages: Not recommended for children under 10. Children under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Group size: maximum 20 participants
Duration: 90 minute program
Location: Departs from the trailhead at Farmlands. (Farmlands trail is #6 on Kejimkujik map)
Notes:
• Program is offered rain or shine. However, for safety reasons, program will be cancelled in severe weather or if the minimum number of participants do not book. 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.
• Sorry, 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.

 

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Wild Ride night bike tour

Slip away into the night with two Wild Ride night bike guides as you shift your perspective on the nightlife in Keji. Seize this opportunity to experience a Dark Sky Preserve from a vantage point not usually taken – a bicycle. This program takes you cycling in the dark from the road in Jeremy’s Bay Campground, along the main parkway in Kejimkujik to a look off beside the Mersey River and then back to the campground (Approximately 10km). Stops along the way give you time to relax while Wild Ride 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 our beginning at Jeremy’s Bay Campground.

Availability: July: Wednesdays at 9pm; August: Wednesdays at 8:30pm
Fee: $14.70/person plus entry fee.
Ages: Not recommended for children under 12. Children under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Group size: maximum 12 cyclists
Duration: 2 hour program
Location: Departs and returns to Jeremy’s Bay Campground (P2/Amphitheatre).
Notes:
• Bring your own bicycle and helmet. You MUST wear your helmet during this program.
• All other safety equipment will be provided.
• Bicycle rentals are available for an additional fee – inquire when you book.
• Keji Outfitter Whynot Adventure offers a rental rate of $21.00 tax included per bicycle for this program only! 
• 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.
• Sorry, no pets allowed on activity.
Reservations: Contact Us
 

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Beauty and Magic in the Dark Sky telescope program

Looking for an intimate experience exploring Keji’s dark skies? Join dark sky interpreters at Keji’s Sky Circle for an interactive night of beauty and awe with our telescope in Nova Scotia's only Dark Sky Preserve. Both scientific fact and stories of magic and intrigue are included in this special nighttime adventure.

Availability: July: Tuesdays and Fridays at 10pm; August: Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:30pm
Fee: $4.90/person plus entry fee.
Ages: All ages
Group size: maximum 30 people
Duration: 90 minute program
Location: Jeremy’s Bay Campground – Sky Circle
Notes:
• This program is altered in cloudy weather
• This program is cancelled in rainy or severe weather and fees are fully refunded.
• ONLY red lights are permitted at the Sky Circle. Please refrain from using regular flash lights and head lamps as they disrupt night vision.
• Pets are permitted at the Sky Circle if they are quiet, leashed, and under control.
Reservations: Contact Us
Cancellations: Fully refundable if you cancel 48 hours before start time or if cancelled by Parks Canada staff due to weather.