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.


Kejimkujik Dark Sky Kits (self-guided)
Spirit of the Settlers Night Hike (guided program)
Wild Ride Bike Hike (guided program)
Beauty and Magic in the Dark Sky (guided program)
Your Guides to the Galaxy: Dark Skies Discoveries (guided program) 


family at picnic table looking at binoculars and kit

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!


little girl looking into lantern

Spirit of the Settlers Night Hike

Take part in a journey along an ancient glacial hill to the site of an old farm. The night will reveal the story of the Rogers family, newcomers to an ancient land.

Availability:  Saturday 9:30 pm

Fee: $22/person, limit 25 people/tour.

Duration: 90 minutes

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 

 


Wild Ride Bike Ride

Slip away into the darkness and immerse yourself in the movement of cycling through the night life of Keji. This excursion offers unparalleled night sky views and chance encounters with night creatures. Stops along the way awaken the senses while snacks are provided which serve to fuel the journey back to our beginning.
 

Availability:  Saturday 9:30 pm

Fee: $22/person, limit 12 people.

Duration: 90 minutes

Not recommended for Children under 12. Children under 16 must accompanied by an adult.
Whynot Adventure (902-682-2282) offers a rental rate of $21.00 tax included per bicycle for this program only! 

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 

 

family with guide looking into night sky

Beauty and Magic in the Dark Sky

An intimate experience exploring Kejimkujik's dark skies with park guides and our telescope in Nova Scotia's only Dark Sky Preserve.

Availability:  Sunday at 10:30 pm in July and 10 pm in August

Fee: $4.90/person, limit 30 people/tour.

Duration: 1 hour

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. 


Delve into distant celestial bodies in Nova Scotia's only Dark Sky Preserve! Learn about planets, stars, constellations, black holes, distant galaxies and more.

Availability:  Saturday at 10:00 pm

Duration:
1 hour

Fee: Free with entry.

Reservations: No reservations needed.