Parks Canada’s infrastructure program
What to know before you visit
Over a span of five years, Parks Canada is investing over $4 million in infrastructure investments to enhance the visitor experience and update infrastructure at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. The funds are part of the Government of Canada’s $3 billion investment into national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.
Several infrastructure projects have been identified for Kejimkujik. Some projects are complete while others are in the planning phases.
Related Archeological Work
As the only national park, which is also a national historic site recognizing the Mi’kmaw cultural landscape here, archaeological work is a critical preliminary first step in the construction process. Before construction work begins, archeologists investigate the area using a series of test pits to search for the presence of cultural resources and historical artifacts. If discovered, they would be recovered and preserved.
For example, last summer, archeologists from Parks Canada and the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative worked together to do some preliminary archeology at the site of the Eel Weir Bridge. Over many weeks, they uncovered over 5,000 artifacts at the site before construction of the new bridge began. These artifacts were catalogued and are being stored at Parks Canada’s archeology lab in Dartmouth where they will undergo analysis.
What we learn from archaeology is not only important for conservation, but also for protection and presentation. Artifacts help us to better understand these sites, their history and the people that lived and worked there, which in turn informs the interpretation of the site for visitors.
Visitor Centre/Administration building
When Kejimkujik opens for the 2018 season, the park’s Visitor Centre and main administration building will have received some updates. Contractors are replacing the outdated oil fire boiler with a new heat pump and solar hot water system; the roof is being replaced; and it’s getting a new septic system.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019 to upgrade existing trail and add some new sections to create a new multi-use trail which will connect the Visitor Centre with Jeremy’s Bay Campground. The 6 kilometre crushed-gravel trail will be 1.5 metres wide, perfect for a walk or bike ride with family and friends.
We thank you for your continued support and understanding as we make improvements to Kejimkujik’s infrastructure.