The Kejimkujik National Park is a two-part national park. It is located in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia in eastern Canada. The main park measures 381 square kilometers, the secondary park has an area of 22 square kilometers. The area is located on the coast of the Atlantic.
The Kejimkujik National Park is special because it is the only national park in the maritime provinces of Canada that is located inland. The total area of the two parts measures 403 square kilometers.
Landscape of the Kejimkujik National Park
Most of the Kejimkujik National Park is dominated by forests. There are many lakes and rivers throughout the area. When the original wine residents still lived in this region, the waterways were an important means of transport for the Mi’kmags. They used the rivers with their canoes to cross from the Bay of Fundy to get to the Atlantic.
One thing has to be said about the Kejimkujik National Park: The landscape on the Atlantic Ocean is characterized by an incredibly beautiful white sandy beach. Almost like from a picture book, this is how you could describe this sight.
Animals of Kejimkujik National Park
The damp areas along the coast offer many animals a suitable habitat. Among other things, the very rare coastal bird, the yellow-footed plover, lives in this part of the park. Many different species of frogs are found in the Kejimkujik National Park area. Visitors can also spot some fine specimens of red deer. In addition, you can spot the tree prick every now and then.
the Kejimkujik Lake gave the park its name. This is the largest lake within the park area. The lake itself got its name from the indigenous people, the Mi’kmaq. Translated into German it means “trying to escape” or “swollen water”. This relates to the effort required to cross the lake by boat and paddle. The park administration, however, translates the name as “tired muscle”.
History of the park and its indigenous people
The Mi’kmaqs and their history can be traced in the many rock paintings. They have immortalized themselves and their people over time. The paintings can be seen on guided tours be considered. However, entering the caves alone is prohibited. The legends and stories related to the paintings are also told. So the visitor gets an interesting insight into background information about the development and the life of the indigenous people of the park.
In 1760 the Scots and Irish met the area and built the first settlements. Today you can still see the legacies of that time. Some of today’s roads are paths from that time that have been gradually expanded. With the car, the park is by the way also easily accessible. However, most of the park can only be reached by canoe. After all, it is a lake area.
The beautiful mixed forest landscape is also ideal for long hikes or a short walk. Depending on the season, it is a real paradise for canoeists, hikers, botanists and cyclists. With a bit of luck, you might even see a few wild boars. The wild water lilies and orchids are particularly beautiful. However, these wildflowers may not be picked or collected. Like everything in the park, they are under nature protection! You can take a short break at one of the waterfalls. From a distance the rushing water can still be heard and on warmer days the humid air offers a welcome cooling.