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.
A quiet moment in the Kejimkujik backcountry
© Parks Canada/K. Oliver
Two backcountry cabins, Wil-Bo-Wil and Mason's, are available for $55/night. The reservation process is the same as other backcountry sites. See "Backcounty Reservations," below.
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 and trip planning. 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).
- Reservations for back-country camping are available through the Parks Canada Reservation Service by phoning 1-877-RESERVE (8am to 6pm) or online anytime at reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca. **New: Reservations for the 2016 camping season will be available beginning January 26, 2016.** We regret that we cannot accept reservations by mail, email, fax or by contacting the park directly.
- There is no limit to the number of reservations you can make for yourself or others, provided that the fees are paid, and the complete booking information is provided for each.
- Each reservation must be secured by a NON-REFUNDABLE reservation fee and complete payment of all camping fees.
- Each reservation includes all sites reserved consecutively for ONE backcountry trip (21 night maximum). Each site may be booked for a maximum of two consecutive nights between the last Friday before Canada Day and Labour Day, and three consecutive nights in other operating seasons.
- Payments for all reservations must be made with any major credit cards.
- If you cannot make your trip at the time you have reserved, you will be refunded all camping fees (less the reservation fee and a cancellation fee), as long as you notify the Parks Canada Reservation Service no less than three 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 modification fee.
- Reservations not claimed on the scheduled date of arrival will be cancelled by noon of the following day.
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
- 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.
To help plan your trip:
- The Kejimkujik Backcountry Guide is available by calling the Visitor Centre 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:
- Mountain Equipment Co-op Hiking and Camping Info
- Leave No Trace Canada's Leave No Trace Principles
- "Get Informed and Go Outdoors"- AdventureSmart
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.