Parks Canada is pleased to offer a selection of educational programs at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site that will suit the interests and curriculum needs of all school grade levels. These programs showcase the very best Parks Canada has to offer – telling stories of who we are, including the history, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples.

Several options are available for schools and teachers including enhanced guided programs, self-guided programs, overnight dark sky programs, and camping.

Self-guided programs

For school groups looking to do something on their own, at their own pace, with no guides, we offer the following programs at no cost (entry is FREE for youth 17 and under).

Suitable for students of all ages. Teachers and chaperones accompanying the groups are free.

Be captivated by the woods and waterways that have been travelled by the Mi’kmaq for thousands of years.

1. Xplore with Parks Canada XPLORERS booklets – recommended for ages 6-12.

School groups can complete several mini-quest activities and get a special Keji souvenir!

Ask at the Visitor Centre for your FREE Xplorers booklets (one per student).

Complete at least 4 activities in the booklet and become an official Kejimkujik Xplorer and receive a certificate and special limited edition souvenir.

2. Hike some trails – recommended for age 8+ 

Hiking is one of the most popular activities at Kejijkujik. Trails at the main park and at Kejimkujik Seaside will lead your group through an incredible variety of habitats and scenery to places of cultural and historical significance.

Trails are of varying lengths so everyone can have the opportunity to explore.

Ensure you bring the trail map and that everyone in your group stays together and stays on the trails.

Please do not pick the plants or take any natural objects from the forest or waterways.

3. Rent canoes from Whynot Adventure, The Keji Outfitters, and explore the Mersey River – recommended for age 10+

Reservations can be made online. If you would like to make a reservation less than 48 hours from your arrival, please call 902-682-2282 to book.

4. Pack a picnic and play educational nature games! – recommended for all ages.

The best picnic area and playground for school groups is located near Merrymakedge Beach at Merrymakedge P1. There are great views, a large grassy picnic area, playground, picnic shelter and flush toilet.

You can drive to this location and it is also accessible from the walking/biking trail that connects the campground to Merrymakedge Beach.

Here are some great ‘Parks Canada approved’ activities you can do with your group.

5. Camp in the Group Campground and stay overnight – recommended for age 12+

Jim Charles Campground is available for youth and family groups. Minimum group size is 8 with a capacity of 80. This is a tenting-only facility.

Groups wanting to add a guided night program for their group while camping overnight (dark sky program, night hike or a campfire program), please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you. Note guided programs are available for a fee.

Enhanced programs (guided)

Registration closed for enhanced school programs.

All enhanced school programs are fully booked for 2021.

For school groups looking for an enhanced program, we offer guided programs for a small fee per student. Space is very limited and bookings fill up early. Groups must reserve ahead of time in order to secure their program.

1. Encampment Program: Wejisqalia’ti’k – Recommended for students age 8+

Wejisqalia’ti’k means: ‘We grew up from the earth”. For the Mi’kmaq, this word incorporates thousands of years living and respecting their homeland, Mi’kma’ki. Cultivate your connection with the teachings that nature offer while a cultural interpreter shares their unique skills and knowledge of this land.

Capacity: Groups up to 60 people

Length: 1 hour

Fee: See prices (teachers and chaperones are free.)

Location: Mi’kmaw Encampment at Merrymakedge P2

2. Petroglyph Tour – recommended for students age 12+

This guided walk through time will teach students about Mi’kmaw culture by experiencing the petroglyphs on the shores of Kejimkujik Lake. Note, tour will be cancelled during rain and high water levels.

Capacity: Limit of 20 people/tour – no exceptions

Length: 1 hour

Fee: See prices (teachers and chaperones are free.)

Location: Merrymakedge P1

3. Habitat Happiness – recommended for students age 7-12

An interpreter will show students what ‘habitat’ is all about with a customized selection of fun activities such as games, hikes and independent exploration.

Students will understand, through first-hand interactions, the elements of space, shelter, food and water and how they interplay to create the perfect habitat for plants, wild animals and the Mi’kmaw people who lived in the Kejimkujik landscape for thousands of years.

Capacity: Groups up to 30 people

Length: 1 hour

Fee: See prices (teachers and chaperones are free.)

Location: Merrymakedge Area or Mill Falls – TBD


All requests for school group visits should be forwarded to

Please include the following information:

  • Preferred dates and times of visit
  • Grade level (ages) and number of students
  • School group leader name, email address, and phone number
  • Preferred language, i.e. English or French. Note: cultural programs may only be available in English.

Payment can be made as follows:

  • School cheque payable to ‘The Receiver General for Canada”
  • Credit, debit, or cash upon arrival.