While Kejimkujik has been a popular national park for more than four decades, its importance to the Mi’kmaw people is based on millennia of ancestral history. The earliest evidence of people in the Kejimkujik area dates to about 3000-4000 years ago. This time period is called the Late Archaic, the Mu Awsami Saqiwe’k.
European settlement of the area began around the 1820s, and while a few farms were cleared, logging and gold mining also played an important role in the history of Kejimkujik. In the early 1900s, the area became a destination for sportsmen seeking hunting and fishing adventures.
The human history of Kejimkujik Seaside spans as much as 5000 years. The greatest evidence of the Seaside’s human occupation is from the 19th and early 20th centuries:
- Fishing and farming
- Little Hope lighthouse
Kejimkujik was designated a National Historic Site in 1995 because of its cultural landscape which attests to 4000 years of Mi’kmaq occupancy. The cultural landscape includes petroglyph, habitation, burial, and fishing sites, hunting territories, and travel routes.