Campers will be allowed in Keji a few months earlier this year.
Parks Canada spokesperson Theresa Bunbury confirmed today, March 10 that Kejimkujik National Park will open 20 of their backcountry camping sites starting Tuesday, April 1.
“People have requested this change and we are thrilled to be able to provide them access to the back country sites in April,” she told the Courier. “We heard from a lot of people who want to be able to go spring fishing in the park.”
Parks Canada closed Kejimkujik early in 2012 – just after Thanksgiving, citing budget cuts and saying they intended to focus on providing services in the summer when visitor numbers are greater.
Parks Canada didn’t allow anyone in the park after dark that fall, winter and well into the spring of 2013, not until the long weekend in May. Much of the park's backcountry cannot be reached without at least one overnight.
[Keji camping closed Thanksgiving to Victoria Day, October 2012]
Last fall Parks Canada extended the camping season for two weeks past Thanksgiving until the end of October on a trial basis. They also allowed visits to the park after dark this winter, but did not allow camping.
[Keji camping extended, Oct. 2013]
Bunbury says the upcoming spring camping extension is also a pilot to see if the service can be provided with out impacting the park’s budget.
“It needs to be sustainable and so we need a certain amount of up-take,” she said.