More than 100 people, from Halifax, Digby, Yarmouth, the Annapolis Valley and the South Shore turned up at Keji Jan. 19 to make that point at a gathering called Occupy Winter.
The Canada-wide movement aims to show Parks Canada and the federal government Canadians want to be able to use their national parks all year round.
Parks Canada closed Keji to overnight camping Oct. 10, 2012, after the Thanksgiving weekend. They also closed all the side roads leading to the lakes and trails.
The main road into the park was supposed to be barricaded at Mill Falls starting Nov. 1, but staff kept it open as long as the snow held off - the end of December.
Parks Canada plans to open the main road and the road to Jakes Landing March 30.
They don’t intend to allow overnight camping until the Victoria Day weekend.