Spend your Thanks­giv­ing at Keji

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY LAURA CHURCHILL DUKE

On Thanks­giv­ing week­end vis­i­tors can soak up the bril­liant colours of fall and en­joy what has be­come one of Ke­jimku­jik’s most pop­u­lar week­ends of the year.

Ac­cord­ing to Parks Canada in­ter­preter of­fi­cer Ash­ley Mof­fat, the Thanks­giv­ing event has been held for more than a dozen years. She says it is a great place to spend the hol­i­day and a last blast for any­one want­ing to camp in the park. Sites in the back coun­try and main camp­grounds are only avail­able un­til Oct. 30.

From Oct. 6 to 8, there is a wide ar­ray of free ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing pet­ro­glyph tours, group camp­fires and the ever pop­u­lar pump­kin carv­ing con­test, haunted jaunt, and an­nual cold tur­key swim.

Campers are en­cour­aged to bring a carved pump­kin and en­ter it into the carv­ing con­test. From there, the top 10 sites are cho­sen. Vis­i­tors have the chance to vote for their favourite pump­kin at the spooky camp­fire Satur­day night. Even if you are not at the park, you can still par­tic­i­pate by vot­ing on­line on the Friends of Keji Face­book page. Prizes will be awarded Sun­day night at the camp­fire cir­cle.

The cold tur­key swim takes place on Sun­day at Kedge Beach in Jeremy’s Bay Camp­ground. Hot ap­ple cider will be pro­vided af­ter­wards by the Friends of Keji as­so­ci­a­tion.

You do not need to be a camper to par­tic­i­pate in any of these free events, says Mof­fat. Park­ing is avail­able at the P1 or P2 of camp­ground park­ing lots for day guests.

Mof­fat says at­ten­dance has grown to about 1,000 peo­ple. She says it’s the per­fect week­end to spend with friends and fam­ily to en­joy the cool crisp air.

“This is an ex­cel­lent Canada 150 event for those who want to con­tinue the cel­e­bra­tion,” Mof­fat said.

For more in­for­ma­tion down­load the new free Parks Canada mo­bile app to find out about events and help plan your trip, or call 902-682-2772 or visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/keji.

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