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Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Canoeing and Kayaking

Canoeing Keji Lake © Parks Canada/D. Wilson










Kejimkujik offers some of the best paddling in Atlantic Canada. Canoe or kayak along the waterways where the Mi’kmaq paddled for thousands of years. Bring your own equipment or rent a canoe or kayak and safety equipment at Keji Outfitters at Jake's Landing.

Mersey Stillwater Paddle (Guided paddle)
Suggested Day Trips (Self-Guided)
Canoe Safety
Help Keep Kejimkujik Wild and Beautiful

Mersey Stillwater Paddle

Discover Kejimkujik in Voyageur Style!

Experience the simplicity and tranquility of travelling by canoe at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Climb aboard our Voyageur Canoe for a one hour tour with two skilled Parks Canada guides. Slow down to the rhythm of Keji as you dip your paddle into the still waters of the Mersey River and get the inside scoop on all things Keji! Your personal guides are treasure troves of essential natural and cultural history facts and may even share a humorous story or two as they serve you delicious and refreshing Mersey Tea.

See schedule of interpretation

$14.70/person for up to 8 visitors.

For safety reasons, the paddle may be cancelled if the canoe is less than half full. Full refunds will be issued. PFDs and paddles provided.

Bookings open on May 20, 2016
• Stop in at the Visitor Centre and make booking in person (cash, debit, or credit card)
• Call the Visitor Centre 902-682-2772 and book over the phone. Credit card needed for phone bookings.

• Cancellations: fully refundable if you cancel 24 hours before the paddle departure time.
• Program offered rain or shine. However, for safety reasons, program will be cancelled in severe weather and visitors will be fully refunded.
• No pets allowed on paddle.
• Not recommended for infants.
• Visitors are allowed to book the whole boat if they pay the full fee and have at least 4 paddlers. Paddle can be arranged in English or French if a group books the whole boat.

Suggested Day Trips (Self-Guided)

From Jake's Landing

A one to two hour trip up the quiet Mersey River takes you beneath overhanging red maples and through the home of turtles. In small side streams, frogs and water lilies abound; watch them but leave them undisturbed. If you are quiet you might see an elegant great blue heron. An evening canoe outing may offer you a glimpse of beavers. This trip is excellent for families and those with little canoeing experience. Down river leads to Kejimkujik Lake and its islands, where you can spend hours watching water birds or exploring coves.

From lower Mersey River at the Eel Weir Bridge

A short (200-metre) portage takes you upstream to George Lake, a great place to explore among the islands (2 hours). Search the lake for ducks or loons diving for fish, perhaps, or deer feeding on the shoreline. This lake remains sheltered from most strong winds. If you canoe further northward, looping around Hemlock Island, you will see the expanse of Kejimkujik Lake. Turn into Minards Bay where the landscape changes to large granite boulders in a bay dotted by islands and ringed by a rugged shoreline. (3 to 4 hours)

From Big Dam Lake

A 400-metre portage from the Big Dam parking lot takes you to Big Dam Lake. The entire lakeshore is forested, with impressive pine and hemlock stands on the eastern side. The lake is divided into two halves; the clear spring-fed southeastern half allows you to gaze at water lilies rooted in the shallows. This part of the lake usually remains sheltered from strong winds. Paddle through the narrow passage and enter the northern expanse of this lake with its bog-fed dark-brown waters. (2 - 3 hours)

From Mersey River at the Visitor Centre

Launch your canoe from the little dock just behind the Visitor Centre and take a short, leisurely trip up the Mersey River. Explore this stillwater carefully, watching for signs of beaver, muskrat or great blue heron among the lushly vegetated islands. Red-winged blackbirds are common here in the summer. (1 1/2 hours)

Canoe Safety

Plan your outing by making sure you have a map of the buoys on Kejimkujik Lake, and that you have checked the updated weather forecast and talked to staff at the Visitor Centre or at Jakes Landing about canoeing conditions.

  • Each person must have a properly fitting personal flotation device. Each canoe must be equipped with a bailer, a whistle, and a 15 m buoyant rope.
  • Wind and waves on Kejimkujik Lake are often strongest at mid-day. For your safety we suggest canoeing either early morning or late afternoon.
  • Foul weather and high winds may force you to stay put until conditions permit safe canoeing. Ensure your outing allows for extra time and provisions.
  • Dress for all weather. Ensure you have hats, sunscreen and clothing for changing conditions.
  • "Get informed and go outdoors" with the AdventureSmart program.

Help Keep Kejimkujik Wild and Beautiful

canoe and rocky landscape © Parks Canada/P. Hope
  • For the welfare of all wildlife, always observe them from a distance. Leave nature undisturbed for others to enjoy. Learn more about the Leave No Trace Canada program.
  • Pack out everything you pack in.
  • Use only designated picnic sites – open fires are not permitted in these locations.
  • Backcountry campsites are for registered campers only – please respect campers’ privacy.

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