Kejimkujik Commemorative Bench Program


Friends of Keji

The Friends of Keji Cooperating Association is made up of a knowledgeable pool of people willing to share their expertise for the betterment of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.  We provide an important voice of support, with hands-on and financial assistance for complementary services and activities to visitors. 

Historic Site

“...the cultural landscape of Kejimkujik National Park, which attests to 4000 years of Mi’kmaq occupancy of this area, and which includes petroglyph sites, habitation sites, fishing sites, hunting territories, travel routes and burials, is of national historic significance...”

Species at Risk

The Adopt-A-Turtle program, which is administered through the Friends of Keji Cooperating Association, has 10 turtles available for adoption (males and females) at a cost of $33 for individuals, schools and businesses.

Dark Sky Preserve

Kejimkujik invites you to experience the astronomical depth of its Dark-Sky Preserve. Gaze at brilliant celestial bodies through a telescope, binoculars, or with the naked eye. Go deeper to discover how stars have inspired centuries of story, song and legend. Welcome to Nova Scotia’s darkest sky - and brightest stars

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Commemorative Benches

Friends of Keji Commemorative Bench Program gives individuals, businesses or organizations the opportunity to adopt a bench in memory or recognition of a loved one or deserving individual or group. The gift of a bench is a lasting tribute that benefits the park as a whole by enhancing the visitor experience.  Memorial benches are currently located on front country trails and locations can be found on the Bench Map.

 Benches will be constructed using trees from within the Park that have been downed by storms, removed to accommodate new washroom facilities, or removed to prevent the spread of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum donation and how long is the term?
Donations for memorial benches start at $1000 CAD. This includes the cost of the bench, a customized plaque, and the installation and maintenance of the bench for 10 years in its original location, or within close proximity.

What happens after the 10-year term?
After 10 years, the donor will be given the option to reinvest in the program for another 10 year period or to receive the plaque and allow the bench to be offered to other donors. Each donor is responsible to update their contact information such as phone number, email address and mailing address during this time.

Is my donation tax deductible?
Donations are tax deductible and income tax receipts will be issued. Payment of donations must be completed to Friends of Keji Cooperating Association in advance of ordering/installing the bench. Once your application has been finalised, it should take approximately 30 days to receive a tax receipt in the mail. More than one person can donate towards the donation item. Tax receipts will be issued and mailed to each person contributing to this financial donation.

Do I own the memorial bench?
Donations will not constitute ownership of the bench, the land upon which it is situated, or surrounding lands. Parks Canada retains the right to use lands adjacent to the bench or relocate the bench if required for national park management purposes. The disposition of the bench is at the sole discretion of the park.

What kind of message can be put on the plaque?
A customized plaque will be engraved with the donor’s desired message. The maximum number of words permitted is 40, on 4 lines maximum. Please be advised that the more words you have, the smaller the font will be to accommodate your personalized message. For consistency and quality, Friends of Keji  reserve the right to reject unacceptable messages or wording and will look after the plaque production and installation. We do not accept custom supplied plaques. Since Parks Canada proudly serves Canadians and visitors of all ethnicities, your personalized message may be engraved in English, French Mi'kmaq, or any language of your choice

Can I choose a bench location?
Benches are available on a first come, first serve basis. Based on availability, you may select a preferred location. For the most up to date list of available benches please see the commemorative bench map.

Can I choose to move my bench during the 10-year term?
Once a location has been chosen by a donor, this will be their permanent location for the 10-year commitment. From time to time a bench may be moved within close proximity to accommodate construction and/or maintenance. Should we need to displace your bench to a temporary location, you will be notified by a Parks Canada representative.

How do I participate in this program?
If you wish to participate in the Friends of Keji Commemorative bench program outlined here, please submit a completed application form (PDF) along with payment to Friends of Keji. You can email your completed application form to: or alternatively mail it at the address listed below. Please remit your payment to the Friends of Keji Cooperating Association at:
50 Pinetree Cresent, Hammonds Plains, NS, B3Z 1K4

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If you have further questions or require additional information regarding this program, please contact us at

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