Ca­noe fes­ti­val re­turns to Keji

The Queens County Advance - - ARTS&LEISURE -

Af­ter the as­tound­ing suc­cess of last year, Ke­jimku­jik Na­tional Park and Na­tional His­toric Site of Canada in co­op­er­a­tion with Ca­noe Kayak Nova Sco­tia will bring back the cel­e­bra­tion of the ca­noe this Satur­day and Sun­day (Aug. 15-16) with the 2009 Tent Dwellers Ca­noe Fes­ti­val.

Fea­tur­ing many of the crowd pleasers from 2008, this year's cel­e­bra­tion will in­clude a per­for­mance by the Scott Tim­ber Show, ca­noe­ing, pad­dle mak­ing, flint knap­ping and back­woods cook­ing demon­stra­tions, chil­dren’s pro­grams and ex­hibits. Most of the events will oc­cur on Satur­day in and around the Mer­ry­makedge park­ing lots, but fans will be happy to note that the "Edge of the Un­known" show will be re­vived at the Out­door The­atre that night. Every­one is in­vited to recre­ate a sec­tion of the Tent Dwellers route the next morn­ing when a large ca­noe flotilla will de­part Jakes Land­ing and head for tea and bis­cuits at Kedge Beach. Fire­side sto­ry­telling will fol­low.

"With its cen­te­nary cel­e­brated last year with a six month long fes­ti­val, "The Tent Dwellers" con­tin­ues to grow in pop­u­lar­ity and touch a chord with the pub­lic," re­marked Jonathan Shep­pard, In­ter­pre­ta­tion Co­or­di­na­tor at the Park.

All the ac­tiv­i­ties have a strong fam­ily fo­cus so that every­one can fall in love with ca­noe­ing and the out­doors. "The strong­est theme of the book is about the au­thor's re­la­tion­ships, with his friend, with him­self, with na­ture - and that voy­age of dis­cov­ery would not have taken place without their ca­noes. We want to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion to make their own jour­neys," Shep­pard said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Tent Dwellers web­site at www.tent­d­wellers.ca or call the Park at 902-682-2772.

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