If you ask a Nova Scotian for advice on a place to get away from it all – a place with lush forests, meandering rivers, and island-dotted lakes – you’ll likely hear the name “Keji” again and again. What they mean is Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. It truly is a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the world and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Nova Scotia.
The main part of Kejimkujik was first established as a National Park in 1969, being recognized for its old growth forest, rare wildlife, and traditional Mi’kmaq waterways. The park took its name from Kejimkujik Lake, which is a Mi’kmaq word believed to mean “land where fairies abound." Kejimkujik’s canoe routes had been used by native inhabitants for thousands of years as they travelled between the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic Coast. They also made their mark while on those journeys, leaving stone carvings, or petroglyphs, on slate outcroppings along the shore. These Mi’kmaq petroglyphs can be seen on guided tours and contain images of traditional Mi’kmaq life, including hunting, fishing, and wildlife.