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Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada

Backcountry Camping

Equipment Checklist

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.

You should also bring the following:

  • axe and knife
  • sunscreen and insect repellent
  • First Aid kit
  • rainwear
  • compass and map
  • change of clothes (waterproof)
  • portable stove and fuel
  • waterproof matches
  • layered clothing
  • extra food, emergency provisions
  • fire starter cubes
  • tent, tarp, and rope
  • flashlight or candles
  • water filter or purification tablets
  • sunglasses
  • whistle

For winter add:

  • cross country skis or snowshoes
  • ski/snowshoe repair kits (spare bindings and ski tips)
  • four-season tent
  • four-season sleeping bag and pad (cabins do not have mattresses on the bunks)
  • long underwear
  • fleece pants and vest
  • gaiters
  • outer shell pants and top
  • insulated top - down or synthetic
  • gloves/mitts
  • toque
  • warm socks with wicking liner

Avoid:

  • individually packaged items
  • disposable items
  • canned and bottled items

Choose:

  • powdered drinks, soups and dried foods
  • bulk foods, to eliminate redundant packaging
  • reusable items such as ceramic mugs, plates and bowls
  • durable pots and cutlery, liquid fuel stoves and lanterns, etc.