Former Keji landowners and their families to get free access to park

Published on April 29, 2014

Kejimkujik Lake wasn’t quite as frozen as they told us it was on Friday, April 4.

©Jonathan Riley

Parks Canada announced April 29 it is providing an entry fee exemption for the approximately 130 property owners whose lands were expropriated in the creation of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, their children and grandchildren.  The program also includes the spouses of the three generations and dependent children to the age of 18.

The Kejimkujik pass will authorize three generations to access areas in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of personal importance to them, such as the former site of a family property, or to participate in commemorative events organized or supported by Parks Canada.

Information on the application process for the pass will be available online or by calling the park.

The use of expropriation was abandoned as a legal park creation tool in the early 1970s. The Canada National Parks Act, which was amended in 2000, prohibits the use of expropriation to establish or expand national parks. Now, Parks Canada assembles real estate for national parks over many years, buying up parcels as they come on the market on a willing seller-willing buyer basis.