Parks Canada’s infrastructure program
What to know before you visit
Over the next five years, Parks Canada will invest $3 billion to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.
Several infrastructure projects have been identified for Kejimkujik, and planning for these projects is well underway. Parks Canada will continue to provide updates as these projects progress.
Related Archeological Work
As the only national park, which is also a national historic site recognizing the Mi’kmaw cultural landscape here, archaeological work is a critical preliminary first step in the construction process. Before construction work begins, archeology work will investigate a series of test pits for the presence of cultural resources and historical artifacts. If discovered, they would be recovered and preserved.
What we learn from archaeology is not only important for conservation, but also for protection and presentation. Artifacts help us to better understand these sites, their history and the people that lived and worked there, which in turn informs the interpretation of the site for visitors.
Replacement of the Eel Weir bridge
One of Kejimkujik’s projects includes the replacement of the Eel Weir bridge. Construction work is anticipated for Summer 2017.
Engineering assessments indicate that the bridge is nearing the end of its life cycle. Rest assured, Parks Canada is carefully monitoring heavy vehicle traffic on the Eel Weir Bridge and all safety protocols have been implemented to ensure safety for all vehicle traffic.
Parks Canada’s investments in the Eel Weir Bridge will further enable important work toward our goals of ecological integrity and quality visitor experiences. The Eel Weir Bridge supports access to Kejimkujik’s backcountry, which is critical to the ongoing resource conservation monitoring programs conducted by staff and researchers. The Eel Weir Bridge facilitates (pedestrian) backcountry access for hikers, paddlers and campers, and expedites staff travel in the provision of services to these visitors.
A note to backcountry users
Construction work planned for the Summer of 2017 will effect road, trail, and campsite closures beginning on July 4th, 2017 and last until December 2017. Please note the following changes regarding the replacement of the Eel Weir:
- Eel Weir Road will be closed between Grafton Bridge and Peskowesk Brook.
- Peter Point, Goldmines and Snake Point trails will be closed.
- ATTENTION Liberty Lake HIKERS: The backcountry trail from Eel Weir Bridge to Liberty Lake will be closed to hikers, however, portages will be possible.
- The backcountry sites #23 and #28 will be closed.
- The cabin sites W1 (Mason’s) and W2 (Wil-Bo-Wil) will be open for paddle-ins only.
- The Mersey River will be closed on the southern extent of George Lake to the northern extent of Loon Lake.
- Firewood delivery in the southern lake campsites will be affected; campers will need to pick up firewood at centralized wood piles. A map indicating wood pile locations is available at the Visitor Information Centre.
We apologize for any inconvenience this construction may cause. If you have any questions during your stay please stop by the visitor centre or call us at 902-682-2772.
We thank backcountry campers for their continued support as we make improvements to Kejimkujik’s infrastructure.
Almost $4 million in infrastructure investments will take place over the next few years to enhance the visitor experience at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Parks Canada is undertaking several new projects, including trail improvements and upgrades to campground facilities such as washrooms, showers, and water and wastewater systems.
A part of this investment will also go towards the design and construction of a multi-use trail at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. The work will include enhancements and upgrades to existing trails.
These projects are part of Parks Canada’s five-year infrastructure investment. Initial planning and design will begin in 2017 and the majority of construction work will be initiated over the next two to three years.