Canoe festival returns to Keji
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.