Kejimkujik National Park
Address City
P.O. Box 236 Maitland Bridge Annapolis County
Province Country
NS Canada
Postal Code
B0T 1B0
 
Kejimkujik National Park Located in an undeveloped area in the western region of the province, the park is an easily accessible wilderness. Well know for its excellent canoe routes and camping, it also has a network of excellent backpacking and hiking trails. There are 14 day hikes in the park that range from short riverside walks to half-day treks. With 91 kilometres of trails there's ample opportunity for exploring the natural environments of forests, lakes and rivers. Over 80 percent of the Park is the backcountry, accessible only by canoe or hiking trails.  
Canoeing is one of the favorite ways to enjoy Kejimkujik National Park. You can rent canoes at Jakes Landing
 
Location: The park is off route 8, the Kejimkujik Drive, which cuts across southwestern Nova Scotia between Liverpool and Annapolis Royal. From Halifax follow the 103 west then head north on the 8. If you reach Nova Scotia via the Digby ferry from New Brunswick take the 101 east from the terminus, then head south on the 8. From Maine there is a high speed ferry from Bar Harbour, check for pricing.

Size: 381 square km., along with 22 square Km. of rugged Atlantic coastline.

 
Front Country Camping: 320 unserviced tent and trailer sites are available at Jerrys Cove Campground.. The campground has showers, flush toilets and a trailer dump. Swimmers have only a short walk to the beach.

Walkin Camping: : (Jeremy Bay): 9 sites with access to the same facities as the rest of the campers.

Group Camping: There are areas at Jim Charles Point for groups, reservations are required. Qualified groups should contact the park for details.

Wilderness Camping: There are 44 primitive campsites in the park. Some are just a short paddle along Kejimkujic Lake, while others are in the backcountry requiring extended paddling or hiking to reach.

Reservations can be made through the parks website via Parks Canada Camping

 
Mountain Biking: McGinty Lake Trail 5 km. Fire Tower Road 18 km. Bike rentals are available in the park.

Backpacking: Camp out at one of 44 primitive backcountry campsites. The trail routes make from 1 to 6 day's travel. possible. The trails are clearly marked. By connecting the various trails you can essentailly make your way all around the parks periphery.

 
Mountain Biking on the McGinty Lake Trail in Kejimkujik National Park
 
Big Dam/Frozen Ocean: Intermediate, 20km, linear. This trail follows the Liberty Lake Trail for the first 10 km. It is a good overnight trail with 4 campsites on route. It is recommend that you make advanced reservations and of course you must register for backcountry use. The "Backcountry Guide" is a topographic map with hiking and backpacking trail profiles, the map is 1:50 000 scale, and can be ordered or bought at the Visitors Centre.Campsites 1, 3, 45 and 46 are located along the trail, they all have fire pits and pit toilets.

Channel Lake Route: Intermediate, 26km, loop. The trail starts at the Big Dam Lake parking lot and heads to Channel Lake. There is a wade across Still Brook on the way which is 2 meters wide. The trail goes out to Campsite 6 and back. Once you've reached Frozen Ocean Lake you take the Libert Lake Trail back to Big Dam Lake. You can complete this trail in 2 days. It is recommend that you make advanced reservations and you must register for backcountry use. The "Backcountry Guide" is a topographic map with hiking trail profiles, the map is 1:50 000 scale, and can be ordered or bought from the Visitors Centre. Campsites 17 and 6 along this route have fire pits and pit toilets.

Liberty Lake Route: Expert, 65km. This is the longest trail in the park. It starts at Big Dam Lake parking lot along the parks western boundaries and heads around the edges of the park to the mersey River bridge below George Lake. It should take about 4 nights to complete this trail. It is recommend that you make advanced reservations and you must register for backcountry use. The "Backcountry Guide" is a topographic map with hiking trail profiles, the map is 1:50 000 scale, and can be ordered or bought at the Visitors Centre. Campsites 45,42 and 37 along this route have fire pits and pit toilets.

 
Hiking: There are 91 kilometers of trails in Kejimkujik wandering through the forests, lakes and rivers of the park

Beech Grove Trail: Easy, 2.2km. The trail takes you through forested woodlands and wildlife areas and a walk walk along a glacially formed hil,l called a drumlin. The trail should take about 1 1/2 hours to complete.

 
There is a great deal of watchable wildlife in
Kejimkujik National Park
 
Farmlands Trail: Easy, 1.l km, loop. This trail takes you up a drumlin to the site of an old farm, where you'll see nature reclaiming the area, white pines growing up where a farmers fields and buildings us to be. The trail should take about 45 min to complete.

Flowing Waters Trail: Easy, 1.0km, loop. This trail takes you along the Mersey River, with its alternating quiet waters and swifts. On the way back, the trail takes an old logging road. The trail should take about 40 min to complete.

Gold Mines: Easy, 3km. A self-guided interpretive trail, named for the gold discovery in Kejimkujic. The trail should take about 1 to 2 hours to complete.

Grafton Lake Trail: Easy, 1.6km, loop. This trail takes you around Grafton Lake and provides the interesting opportunity to see a terrestrial plant community starting to recolonize the exposed lake bottom. The trail should take about 1 hour to complete.

Hemlocks and Hardwood Trail: The trail takes you into a stand of old growth forest, where you'll have the rare opportunity to observe 300-year-old hemlocks. The trail should take about 2 1/2 hours to complete.

Jakes Landing to Merrymakedge Beach: Easy, 3km, linear. The trail brings you through a dense stands of hemlock and beech which provide a canopy over much of the trail and then one to Kejimkujik Lake. A very nice hike in the late afternoon or evening. You can also combine the hike with the Slapfoot trail if you want something longer. The trail should take about 1 hour to complete (not including the slapfoot trail)..

Seaside Adjunct: The Seaside Adjunct protects 22 square kilometres of rugged Atlantic coastline and has 2 hiking trails that provide the only access into the area. Both trails are rough and sometimes wet. From Southwest Port Mouton, an old gravel road leads to the shore on Black Point. The trail is 8 km in length and should take about 90 min. to complete. From the community of St. Catherine's River, there is a boardwalk trail of 3 km to the shore that should take about 35 minutes. The adjunct is external to the main park area, located off highway 103, 25 km southwest of Liverpool.

Mersey Meadows Trail: Easy, 0.3km. This is an easy trail, good for people of all ages. It has eight interpretive signs along the trail to identify the types of predators (don't be nervous) that make thier home in the area. There is also a telescope along the trail for viewing wildlife. The trail should take about 10 min to complete.

Mersey River Trail: Easy, 3.5km one way. This trail takes you along the river's edge with its long grasses and stands of maple, hemlock and fir. The trail should take about 1 to 2 hours to complete.

Mill Falls Trail: Easy, 1.0km. The trail starts at the Visitors Centre and follows along the Mersey River on the way to Mill Falls. The trail should take about 30 min to complete.

Peter Point Trail: Easy, 3.0km. This is diverse habitat for wildlife, with a low area of maples and hemlock, all of which makes for good birding. The trail should take about 1 to 2 hours to complete.

Rogers Brook Trail: Easy, 1.0km. The trail passes through a maple flood plain and a hemlock forest and crosses Rogers Brook. It's a good trail for wildlife viewing and birdwatching. The trail should take about 30 min to complete.

Slapfoot Trail: Easy, 3.2km. This trail offers an easy walk through mixed forests and softwood stands along the lakeshore to Jim Charles Point. Keep going and the trail will take you to Jake's Landing where you can pick up the Merrymakedge Trail if you want to extend your hike. The trail should take about 1 hour to complete (not including Merrymakedge).

Snake Lake Trail: Easy, 3km. The trail starts out on an old logging road then continues on through a mixture of habitats. Keep your eyes open and you'll see a variety of bird species. The trail should take about 1 to 2 hours to complete.


Kayaking: You can do some lake kayaking on Lake Kejimkujic in the interior part of the park and sea kayaking at the Seaside Adjunct. Kejimkujic Lake has a number of islands and inlets to explore as well as a few connecting lakes which can be reached by river. You can take advantage of the lakes wilderness campgrounds and spend a night or two out. The Seaside Adjunct is a wild and isolated stretch of coastline along Nova Scotia's Atlantic shore where you'll often see seals sunning themselves on the rocks. The Adjunct is also a breeding area for the endangered piping plover. The sea kayaking here is excellent but there is a dirth of good camping areas.

 
Canoeing: The park has multi-day routes through a variety of lakes connected by streams, rivers or portages. Of course you can just take a day paddle on Kejimkujic Lake. There are 44 wilderness campsites, some of which are on Kejimkujic Lake making a simple overnight trip extremely easy. Extended trips of 7 to 10 days are possible in the park. You'll find canoe rentals at Jakes Landing.. All overnight stays must include a check in at the park office after to ensure no lost campers.  
Canoeing at Jakes Landing
Kejimkujik National Park
 

Big Dam/Frozen Ocean: Easy, 26km, 1 portage 0.4km., 2-3 days, linear. The route starts with a short portage from the Big Dam Lake parking lot. From Big Dam Lake follow Still Brook to Frozen Ocean Lake then Little River to Channel Lake and on to Kejimkujic Lake. You'll find campsites on all the lakes allowing you a very flexible itinerary. Big Dam Lake may be the most interesting of the lakes to explore. Kejimkujic becomes difficult when the wind comes up. Head north on route 8 from the park road passed the Maitland Bridge and watch for the road to the parking lot on your right.

Mersey River Bridge to Kejimkujic Lake: Easy, 8km, 0 portages, several hours to several days, linear. The put in is at Mersey Bridge off the south park road south of Kejimkujic Lake. For a little longer trip you can head south at this point to Loon Lake where there is a canoe campsite. Heading north you'll enter George Lake which opens up into Kejimkujic. There's a campsite along the western shore just passed Hemlook Island an another further up or in Minards Bay. Paddling closer to the main area of the park you'll find several islands with campsites.

Peskowesk Lake System: Intermediate/Expert, 48km, 6-13 portages, 3-6days, loop. From Jakes Landing make your way across Kejimkujic Lake to first portage (1.2km) from Minards Bay to North Cranberry Lake. Paddle the western lake shore to the next portage (0.12km) into Puzzle Lake and again follow the western shore you find the next portage (0.5km) into Cobrielle Lake. You'll find camping at the end of portage as well as in the narrows between Cobrielle and Mountain Lake. You can portage (0.64km) into Peskowesk Lake at the south end from Cobrielle or up lake from the Mountain Lake portage (0.62km). From Peskowesk Lake you can can choose routes into Hilchemakaar Lake, Lower Silver, Black Lake or Beaverskin Lake and Pebbleloggitch Lake. The longest portage is just over 2.0km but it can be avoided by retracing your route back into Kejimkujic Lake. The silver lakes area is the most scenic of your options. There are more campsites on Peskawask, Lower Silver and Pebbleogitch Lakes. In the spring and fall you can reach Peskowesk Lake by car by following the south park road passed the Mersey Bridge to the parking lot.

Note: Kejimkujic Lake is big enough to provide problems for canoeists when the wind is up. Stay close to shore, particulary as the afternoon approaches and sun warms the air.

Backcountry and Cross Country Skiing: 50 km Of Groomed Trails & 65 km Of Ungroomed Trails.

Snowshoeing: Grafton Lake Loop 1.6 km. Slapfoot Trail 4.2 km. Farmland Trail 1.0 km.

Winter Camping: From November to May you can camp in the park. You can ski in and stay at Mason's Cabin at Pebbleloggitch Lake. The cabin may be reserved in season.

 
Kejimkujik offers some of the best canoe camping in Atlantic Canada. It protects 381 sq km of inland lakes and forests, and 22 sq km of rugged Atlantic coastline at Kejumkujik's Seaside Adjunct. The Seaside Adjunct provides a protected area for the endangered piping plover to breed.

Area Towns and Villages
Digby
Liverpool
Yarmouth (a fair distance away)
Annapolis Royal

Nearest Major Center: Halifax

Bar Harbour Maine-Yarmouth Ferry

Accommodations:
Whitman Inn - Kempt (just outside the park)
Lanes Privateer Inn - Liverpool
Port Royal Inn - Annapolis Royal
M&W Restaurant - Maitland Bridge

Ecology Monitoring and Assessment Site - Kejimkujik
Nova Scotia Bouldering
Birding Nova Scotia
Loon Lake Outfitters
Basin Charters Whale Watching - Digby, Bay of Fundy


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