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Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site officially opens for the visitor season

Press Release

Free admission for youth at Parks Canada’s places starting in 2018

May 16, 2018                       Halifax, NS                 Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada’s places represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Millions of Canadians celebrated Canada 150 with free admission to Parks Canada’s places in 2017 and more Canadians than ever before had amazing experiences. Building on that success, the Government has announced free admission to Parks Canada’s places for youth aged 17 and under, starting in 2018 and beyond. T his will make discovering nature and connecting with our history easier and more affordable for families.

Through the Parks Canada Discovery Pass, families and groups will have unlimited opportunities to visit national parks, marine conservation areas, and historic sites throughout the year.

Starting on May 18, 2018, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site will begin welcoming visitors for the 2018 season.

This year, at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, we will offer self-discovery Dark Sky Kits for visitors to experience Nova Scotia’s darkest sky and brightest stars from our Dark Sky Preserve. Visitors will also be able to propel our 38 foot Mi’kmaw canoe on a guided paddle through the waters of Kejimkujik Lake.

Visitors can also participate in the ancient craft of canoe building with a master Mi’kmaw craftsman by trying their hand at boiling, stripping, and splitting spruce roots.

These and many other cultural and outdoor experiences are awaiting visitors in 2018!

Parks Canada is actively working with our partners, including Indigenous groups, to share the stories of our treasured places, and to monitor and restore sensitive ecosystems, advance conservation initiatives, protect species at risk, and expand our knowledge of biodiversity and climate change.

To have a memorable time and make the most of their Parks Canada experience, visitors are encouraged to plan their trip in advance. Visitors can order their Discovery Pass and make camping reservations online by visiting the Parks Canada’s Website. Visitors are also encouraged to download the incredibly popular Parks Canada’s mobile app and follow us on social media for more information about the breathtaking locations, and hidden gems at national parks, marine conservation areas, and historic sites.

Quotes

“This year we are celebrating families with free admission for youth aged 17 and under. We want to inspire youth to discover, connect, and protect Canada’s remarkable nature and history. And as always, we encourage all visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations across the country, by consulting Parks Canada’s Website, or downloading the Parks Canada’s Mobile App for a list of hidden gems and other unique and memorable ways to experience our national treasures.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of 171 national historic sites, 46 national parks, one national urban park, and four national marine conservation areas.
  • Beginning in 2018, Parks Canada will return to fee-based admission. Admission fees will not increase over 2016 levels.
  • Parks Canada will continue to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one-year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass Program.
  • Canadians are encouraged to order their Parks Canada Discovery Passes online. Discovery Passes are also available at Parks Canada’s entry gates and visitor centres. Please visit the Parks Canada’s Website for more information.
  • As in the past, our partners, such as Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), will be selling Discovery Passes in 2018. Please visit the Webpage of a partner location near you for details.
  • Enter Parks Canada’s Discover Canada contest for a chance to win an amazing trip to Canada’s west coast and other bi-weekly prizes, including Discovery Passes, merchandise and more. In collaboration with our proud partners: MEC, CIBC, and Air Canada.
  • Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site protects 426 square kilometres of diverse habitat within Nova Scotia’s South Shore Region—two distinct and separate natural regions.
  • The largest region, also a Dark Sky Preserve, is 404 square kilometres of inland freshwater habitat and mixed Acadian woodland. While Kejimkujik Seaside is the park’s 22 square kilometre oceanside region.
  • The cultural landscape of Kejimkujik, recognized for its significance as a national historic site, attests to the presence of the Mi’kmaq for thousands of years, and includes petroglyph sites, habitation sites, fishing sites, hunting territories, and travel routes.
  • Help us protect our forests! To help contain the spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (an invasive insect recently found in Nova Scotia), Parks Canada is introducing a firewood importation ban at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Only firewood purchased in the park will be permitted for 2018 (with some exceptions – visit our Website for details).

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Contacts

Michael Campbell
Partnering, Engagement and Communications,
Mainland Nova Scotia Field Unit
902-426-1553
[email protected]

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
855-862-1812
[email protected]

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