Nature and science
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Conservation, restoration, ecological integrity, forest, coastal estuary, freshwater, protecting species.
Birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish.
Freshwater, forest, wetland, barrens, bogs, Forest islands, ponds, capes, cobbles, islands, coves, beaches, lagoons
Kejimkujik is a rare refuge for old growth forests and the species that depend upon them; at the core of the second largest biosphere reserve in Canada; the keeper of stories and memories of the Mi’kmaq who have traveled and lived in the area for thousands of years; a rock-girded seashore of world-renowned beauty.
What does the word Kejimkujik mean? Derived from the Mi’kmaw word Kejimkuji’jk, meaning little fairies, historically, Kejimkujik Lake was known as Fairy Lake; to this day one of its bays is still known as Fairy Bay. The notion of fairies could also be interpreted as little people, or gnomes, which assume various forms in Mi’kmaw culture. For example, Wiklatmu’j are small entities thought to be represented among the petroglyphs here at Kejimkujik.
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