The Gateway Project

Caledonia is a village situated in the area known as North Queens, and is the closest centre of population to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. The village is small, but mighty, in terms of its importance to the area. As well as a range of shops, trades, and services, Caledonia is home to the North Queens Community School, a Medical Centre, the Queens County Fair, and the Heritage House Museum.

Other amenities in the area include:

  • Fibre-based high-speed internet
  • Harmony Park Ballfield
  • Aquatic centre outdoor swimming pool
  • Beach volleyball court
  • Multiuse trail network
  • McGowan Lake Fish Hatchery Interpretation Centre
  • … and more ‘outdoors’ than you can shake a stick at!

The Gateway Project was created by the North Queens Board of Trade, in collaboration with Parks Canada, and the Region of Queens Municipality, to highlight the many shops and services that are available in the area. There are many reasons to ‘shop local’, including:

  • Build a strong community. By supporting local, you’re supporting a friend, family, neighbour, helping them put food on their table – these are the linkages that make communities thrive.
  • Local businesses give back! They provide jobs in our community, they invest locally, and generously donate to local fundraisers and events.
  • Reduce environmental impact! Taking fewer and shorter car journeys for shopping, buying locally made products, or sourcing local ingredients, all reduce our impact on the planet.
  • Encourage an entrepreneur! Shopping locally creates optimism and encourages other to start up in business.
  • Local business enrich our community! A diversity of shops and services in a small community contribute to local identity and character – and that will bring more people to our community.
  • It’s an experience! Shopping in Caledonia can be part of the road trip experience. Get to know us better 🙂

For a small community like ours it becomes crucial. Even more, because of the small population in the area, encouraging visitors, travelling through the village on the way to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, to purposefully stop and shop here, is a key to creating a bustling, vibrant hub of activity in the middle of the province.

We *NEED* you to shop in our shops! If you are coming to Keji, please consider stocking up here at the NSLC, grocery store, hardware store, or pharmacy. Eat out in our restaurants and pick up ingredients at our farm markets. Or, remember that these services are here should you have forgotten something. Enjoy the experience, you may also discover that North Queens an amazing place to live – you wouldn’t be the first!