Parks Canada has opened a new feature at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, the Wil-Bo-Wil cabin. As a project of the Nova Scotia Community College, Parks Canada and the Friends of Keji Cooperating Association, a historical representation of the Wil-Bo-Wil cabin was built to allow visitors to stay and experience the wilderness of Kejimkujik’s backcountry.
In the early 1930s, Kejimkujik had several cabins to house travellers in the woods. After the area became a national park, however, one of the only cabins that remained was Wil-Bo-Wil. Named after the original cabin owners, William Bligh (Wil), Boyd Dakin (Bo), Wilfred Heffler (Wil), the original cabin was situated on the Western Run south of Kejimkujik Lake and has now fallen down.
“Parks Canada is happy to be collaborating on such a great project. Wil-Bo-Wil cabin will offer recreational opportunities for visitors, as well as help tell Kejimkujik’s stories. NSCC students should be very proud of the lasting legacy of their work on Wil-Bo-Wil cabin,” said Eric LeBel, Superintendent of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.
With inspiration and funding provided by the Friends of Keji Cooperating Association, the historically representative cabin was built by NSCC students to preserve part of the park’s history. Students maintained a “leave-no-trace” construction site for minimal impact on the environment and wildlife. The 143 Construction Engineering Flight unit of the Canadian Forces provided transportation of materials.
"The Friends of Keji are delighted to have been associated with our fine partners to recreate this piece of hunting, fishing and guiding history of the Kejimkujik area,” says Friends of Keji Cooperating Association chair Norm Green. “Our partners did an outstanding and professional job. We sincerely hope that Kejimkujik's backcountry users will enjoy this rustic cabin as much as the original cabin was enjoyed for so many years."
“The Wil-Bo-Wil project is a robust example of collaboration between government, the Friends of Keji, and the College to honour the history of the area, while providing an asset to the community of park users,” says Brent Kaulback, NSCC’s Lunenburg Campus Academic Chair, “The students benefit from participating in a real-world experience while contributing to the community.”
Parks Canada is pleased to integrate Wil-Bo-Wil cabin into the Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site’s visitor experience offerings and will receive financial aid from the Friends of Keji Cooperating Association as required. Wil-Bo-Wil cabin is available for rent for $55 per night. For more information about Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/keji.