Nova Scotia’s Kejimkujikwill close on October 20, a report said. This is to repair the damages to the that Dorian caused.
Superintendent Jonathan Sheppard said that extensive washes and coastal erosion resulting from the storm of 2019 have caused to close off the Port Joli Head since the storm struck.
“For us, it just really bought into clear picture the challenges that we face with coastal infrastructure in a time of increased, both frequency and also, intensity, of storms,” said Sheppard.
Kejimkujik received more than $1 million of federal funds this year to aid in theof areas of the inland and along the coast.
Sheppard estimates the total number of people who visit Kejiat between 15,000-20,000 each year.
He said waiting until after the peakseason finishes to start working was logical to reduce the impact on tourists.
It also allowed theto create plans that didn’t simply rebuild what was already in place but also considered the effects that climate changes could have on the visitor experience in the years ahead.
“We’re not just filling the potholes and putting like with like,” said Sheppard. “We are really looking at what it means to build a climate-resilientnetwork in a coastal area.”
Sheppard states that parts of thewill be moved inland to prevent erosion. The route will be altered to avoid hills and make it easier to access. Rocks will also reinforce certain sections to prevent the from getting swept away by storms.
This isn’t the first time that part of Kejimkujik has been shut down to repair work in recent years.
Jeremy’s Bayin the inland was closed in 2020 to refurbish facilities and infrastructure in use since the 1970s.
Sheppard states that Kejimkujik staff learned it was much safer and easier to finish major-scale renovations without any visitors during the shutdown.
Sheppard anticipates the work at Kejito be completed by the close of December.
Visitors will be welcomed to stroll theand stroll along the coastline early in the new year.