Parks Canada encourages visitors to enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer; however, visitors are responsible for their own safety and conditions in the natural environment are not always predictable. Take the time to learn about possible hazards that could affect your visit.
Ticks and Your Health
Heat-related emergencies occur when the body becomes dehydrated, which may result in an increased body temperature. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, can happen to anyone who stays in the summer heat and sun for too long.
Young children, the elderly, those with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, and those taking certain medications can become ill in hot, humid weather faster than healthy adults.
It is important for everyone enjoying the outdoors to know how to prevent heat emergencies, recognize when someone has been in the heat for too long, and be able to provide help when needed. Learn more about the prevention and treatment of heat-related emergencies (Canadian Red Cross).
You will not be alone in the wilderness. The chance to observe wild animals as they go about their natural lives is one of the most fascinating experiences that Canada’s national parks have to offer. Along with this opportunity, however, comes the responsibility to treat wild animals with the respect they deserve, and need.
- All the wild animals you encounter in Kejimkujik are potentially dangerous if cornered, approached too closely, or harassed.This is especially important at Kejimkujik Seaside, where seals may come close to shore.
- Do not feed any wildlife, and take care that your food and garbage are secured so as not to attract animals to your campsite.
- Keep pets on a leash at all times.
- Drive slowly.
- Black bears and coyotes are present at the inland and coastal portions of Kejimkujik. Read You are in Bear Country and Coyotes and Hiking Safety or get the information at the Visitor Centre.
During the spring and summer you need to be prepared for biting insects such as blackflies and mosquitoes. Cover up or wear specially designed bug jackets. Use insect repellent. Learn more about the prevention and treatment of West Nile Virus (Public Health Agency of Canada).
Nova Scotia is home to a variety of ticks, which are most active in areas of long grass or shrubbery. May-June is the period when ticks are most common, but the season can be prolonged by cool, damp weather. Read Ticks and Your Health for precautions and treatment for tick bites and for information on Blacklegged Ticks and Lyme Disease.
There are areas in Kejimkujik where you will find poison ivy, a climbing plant of the sumac family. It grows on sandy, stony, or rocky shores, sprouts in thickets, in clearings, and along the borders of woods. The sap of the plant contains an oily resin that causes an irritating inflammation of the skin in most people. Learn more about about poison ivy (Health Canada).
Tap water in Kejimkujik is tested regularly. However, if you are heading out to hike or paddle for the day, or planning a trip in the backcountry, you should carry water with you, or be prepared to purify any water which you take out of lakes, streams, or springs in Kejimkujik. Learn more about drinking water safety (Health Canada).
Some factors will be ever changing, and you will want to talk to Kejimkujik staff for up-to-date information on weather and its effects on fire hazard, trail conditions, and canoeing conditions. We can also inform you of any recent animal sightings that you should be aware of. You can contact the Visitor Centre staff at (902) 682-2772. View the Kejimkujik weather forecast (Environment Canada).
A decline in core body temperature is a serious safety concern. Cold-related emergencies, such as hypothermia, can happen to anyone who is exposed to cold temperatures (or rain, wind, water or snow) for too long, and can be life threatening.
- Bring extra clothing. Replace wet clothes with dry ones before you get chilled.
- Dress in layers; adjust as you go to prevent overcooling or overheating.
- Wear clothing that retains its insulating properties when wet (e.g. polypropylene, fleece, wool, gore-tex). Do not wear cotton, e.g. jeans.
- Be alert to the first signs of hypothermia: shivering, difficulty using your hands, disorientation, and a drop in body temperature.
- Drink plenty of water and snack throughout the day.
Learn more about the prevention and treatment of cold-related emergencies (Canadian Red Cross).
Ice conditions on Kejimkujik's lakes and rivers can remain hazardous all winter. Learn about ice factors and ice safety (Canadian Red Cross)
A cellular phone can be valuable for emergency use in Kejimkujik; however, you should never rely on using one. Cellular service in Keji will vary depending on your phone, your service provider, and your location. Pay phones are available at the Visitor Centre, throughout the campground, at Jake’s Landing and the Merrymakedge Beach Area.
Police, Fire, Ambulance
(emergency only) 911
Annapolis Community Health Centre, Annapolis Royal, NS
Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, NS
South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater, NS
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