Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada

Backcountry Camping

"" A quiet moment in the Kejimkujik backcountry
© Parks Canada/K. Oliver

 

Spring Access – Backcountry Camping

Twenty backcountry campsites will be available from April 1, 2014 until May 15. Jeremy’s Bay Campground, Jim Charles Point Group Campground and all backcountry sites open for the season on May 16. This change will provide spring anglers and others with greater opportunity to enjoy Kejimkujik’s excellent spring fishing and outdoor recreation.

Registration

The sites listed below will operate under a first-come, first served self-registration system. A self-registration book will be set up outside the Visitor Reception Centre. No reservations will be taken. Any permits filled out for a start date that is later than the date the permit is filled out will not be honored.
Payment of $24.50/campsite/night ($55.00 for cabins) will be collected via cash or credit card in a locked box. Once deposited, all permits are non-refundable.

There are two cabins on the list; however, as the system is first come, first served, visitors should come prepared to camp.

Services

Backcountry campsites include two tent pads, a firebox, a picnic table, a pit privy and bear cables for hoisting food.
Visitors should bring a portable stove for cooking, as there may not be wood available at the site.

Road access

Access to the main park/site road remains weather-dependant as there is no winter maintenance. The main park/site road will generally be ploughed to the Visitor Centre, Monday to Friday. The opening of the gates for Eel Weir Road and the Big Dam Road is weather-dependant. They will be opened as conditions permit. The road to Jake’s Landing will be opened on April 1.

Visitor Safety

Facilities, roads and trails are not currently maintained. Parks Canada does not provide emergency services or safety patrols, and visitors must be self-sufficient in dealing with any emergency that may occur. The emergency contact number is 9-1-1; however, cellular phone coverage may not be available.

Visitors are responsible for their own safety. Visitors should be aware of changeable weather conditions and winter hazards, and have adequate information and equipment to ensure a safe visit.

Campsites available:

Ten sites are accessible by hiking (boat/canoe not required).
All sites are accessible by water (Indirect access from several of the walk-in sites).
Due to the first come, first served nature of the registration system, visitors should come prepared to camp at any of the sites, which may be at long distances.

Site #
1) Walk-in A Big Dam Lake
2) Walk-in B Big Dam Lake
3) Walk-in C Big Dam Lake
4) Walk-in D Big Dam Lake
5) 1 Big Dam Lake
6) 3 Big Dam Lake
7) 4 Big Dam Lake
8) 5 Frozen Ocean
9) 6 Frozen Ocean
10) 8 Frozen Ocean with shelter
11) 10 Little River
12) 11 Keji Lake with shelter
13) 12 Keji Lake
14) 13 Keji Lake
15) 14 Keji Lake
16) 15 Keji Lake
17) 23 Loon Lake with shelter
18) 24 Keji Lake
19) Wil-Bo-Wil Cabin Peskowesk Road/Lake
20) 37 Mason's Cabin Peskowesk Road

Backcountry guides/maps

The Kejimkujik Backcountry Guide is available locally at Mary Lake Home Hardware and in Halifax at Mountain Equipment Co-op (Granville St.), The Trail Shop (Quinpool Rd.), and Maps and More (Lower Water St.).

Fishing permits

The fishing season begins on April 1st, 2014. Fishing permits are available at...(see "Fishing" for more information).



A trip into Kejimkujik's backcountry is your chance to experience the tranquil wilderness and ancestral home of the Mi'kmaq. As you travel, by canoe or on foot, relax and slow to the pace of the natural world.

Over 80% of Kejimkujik is accessible by canoe or hiking only. Situated in beautiful wilderness settings, 46 backcountry campsites are scattered along hiking trails and canoe routes. Each site has two tent pads, a firebox, a picnic table, a pit privy, bear cables for hoisting food, and firewood. Campsites, trails, and portages enable you to travel safely without disturbing the land.







Wil-Bo-Wil exterior Wil-Bo-Wil
© Parks Canada

New Backcountry Cabin

Wil-Bo-Wil offers visitors a new way to experience Keji’s backcountry. The replica cabin is available for use in August 2013 for $55 per night. Contact the Visitor Centre to book your stay at Wil-Bo-Wil.




Backcountry canoeing © Parks Canada / D. Wilson

Getting Started

Begin your trip planning by consulting this website and the Friends of Keji website. Become familiar with the reservation policy, gear requirements and considerations, and guidelines for your stay here in Kejimkujik. Then you can phone the Visitor Centre staff at (902) 682-2772 for more information, trip planning, and to make reservations. Purchase Kejimkujik's Backcountry Guide and Map, available from the Visitor Centre.

The number of people, in one group, who may stay at a single backcountry campsite is limited, and most accommodate a maximum of six people. This keeps impact and erosion within acceptable limits, and controls the number of people in the backcountry so that everyone can experience the tranquility and solitude they seek. To accomodate family groups, Campsites C (Big Dam Lake), 7 (Frozen Ocean Lake), and 12 (Ritchie Island, Kejimkujik Lake), are available for 10 people (maximum of 6 adults).


Backcountry Campsite Reservation Policy

  • Reservations for the summer season are taken from the first Monday in May and may be made by telephone (902) 682-2772, or in person at the Kejimkujik Visitor Centre, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. We regret that we cannot accept reservations by mail, email or fax.
  • Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance of the start date of your trip. Subject to this condition, there is no limit to the number of reservations you can make for yourself or others, provided that the deposit is paid, and the complete booking information is provided for each.
  • Each reservation must be secured by a NON-REFUNDABLE reservation fee and the first night's camping fee. Payment for any remaining nights of the reservation is made when you pick up your backcountry camping permit at the Visitor Centre upon arrival at Kejimkujik.
  • Each reservation includes all sites reserved consecutively for ONE backcountry trip (fourteen night maximum). Each site may be booked for a maximum of two consecutive nights between June 20 and Labour Day, and four consecutive nights in other seasons.
  • Deposits for telephone reservations must be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Cash or cheques are accepted only for reservations made in person.
  • If you cannot make your trip at the time you have reserved, you will be refunded the first night's camping fee (less the reservation fee), as long as you notify the Visitor Centre no less than two days preceding your reserved date of arrival. If you wish to make a change or an addition to your reservation, you will be required to pay a new reservation fee, but your pre-payment of the camping fee will be credited to your new reservation. Reservations not claimed on the scheduled date of arrival will be cancelled by noon of the following day with the first night's camping fee forfeited.
Backcountry campsite © Parks Canada / N. Bembridge

Trip Planning

Remember, your safety is your responsibility.

  • Be familiar with the use of all your equipment
  • Be realistic about your abilities; plan for your least-experienced group member; provide for extra time and provisions
  • Be prepared for emergencies, medical or otherwise
  • Ensure you have enough daylight time to safely arrive at your designated campsite.
  • We suggest traveling on the lakes in the morning to avoid windy afternoon conditions.
  • More safety considerations

Equipment

Essential:

  • topographical map such as Kejimkujik's Backcountry Guide, available at the Visitor Centre. Travelers in the woods should carry with them a map and compass and know how to use them. A GPS unit is a good additional tool but doesn't take the place of map and compass.
  • drinking water or water purification (tablets, pump filters). Never assume that any water source in the backcountry is safe to drink.
  • axe to make kindling from the firewood provided on your site
  • portable camp stove for cooking. Be aware that open fires may be banned in dry conditions.

Equipment Checklist

To help plan your trip:

  • The Kejimkujik Backcountry Guide is available by calling the Visitor Centre, at Jake's Landing Rentals, and in Halifax at Mountain Equipment Co-op (Granville St.), The Trail Shop (Quinpool Rd.), and Maps and More (Lower Water St.).
  • Keji-A Guide to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, produced by the Friends of Keji, is available at By The Mersey Gift Shop in the park's Visitor Centre, and at selected bookshops.
  • Paddling the Tobeatic, by Andrew L. Smith
  • Paddle Lunenburg-Queens, by Sheena Masson
  • Paddle Annapolis County, by Annapolis County Department of Recreation

Learn more about outdoor activity planning:


Backcountry Regulations

Even with a reservation, you must register for Backcountry camping at the Visitor Centre, and return your permit at the end of your trip. You should consult with the staff at Kejimkujik in regard to current and long-range weather forecasts, known hazards, policies, regulations, and available safety information.

Kejimkujik is dedicated to preserving nature and fostering an understanding of sound camping practices. To ensure an enjoyable wilderness experience, now and in the future, please observe the following regulations and practices:

  • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Pets are a threat to wildlife, and wildlife can hurt pets. We recommend that they not be taken into the backcountry.
  • A Kejimkujik National Park Fishing license is required for fishing. See "Fishing" for details about licenses and regulations.
  • Never store food in your tent. Raccoons, bears, and other animals are attracted to food and food waste. Food should be sealed and stored using the food storage devices on each campsite.
  • A fireplace is provided for evening fires at each campsite. Open fires may be built in these fireplaces only. Please build small fires to conserve firewood.
  • You may camp only on designated campsites, pitching your tent on tent pads provided.
  • Firearms are prohibited within Kejimkujik.
  • You may not gather any wood, bark, or kindling from the forest. Burn only the firewood provided. Make your kindling from this firewood. Be sure to bring an axe or hatchet.
  • Do not burn garbage. You must bring all your waste back out with you. Sorting stations are available at the various backcountry parking areas.

National Park Regulations apply at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada.