• General backcountry information

    Operating season (nights):
    • May 18 to October 30, 2018
    Reservable period (nights):
    • May 18 to October 30, 2018
    Reservable percentage:
    • 100% reservable
    Kiosk hours:
    • May 19 – Jun 21: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, open until 6 pm Friday and Saturday
    • June 22 – Sept 3: 8:30 am – 8 pm
    • Sept 4 – Oct 9: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, open until 6 pm Friday and Saturday
    After hours registration:
    • Registration after hours is not available
    • If you will be arriving after the VRC closes, or if you wish to have your permit issued in advance of the VRC opening the following day, please contact the VRC at (902)682-2772
    Check in time:
    • Any time on the date of arrival. Please keep in mind that the site may be occupied until 12 pm.
    • Permit must be issued from the Visitor Reception Centre in time to reach destination during daylight hours.
    Check out time:
    • Before 12 pm.
    Quiet hours:
    • No excessive noise at any time
    Maximum length of stay:
    • 21 nights (total) in the backcountry.
    • Maximum length of stay per site in the backcountry:
      • From June 23 to September 4, the maximum length of stay per site is 2 nights.
      • From opening until June 22 and from September 5 until closing, the maximum length of stay per site is 3 nights.
    Maximum persons per site:
    • Maximum 6 people per site except sites C, 7, and 12, which are maximum 10 people
    Maximum camping units per site:
    • 2 medium sized tents (4 ppl), or 4 small tents (2ppl) per site (all must fit on tent pads)
    • For sites C, 7, and 12, 3 medium sized tents (4ppl), or 6 small tents (2ppl) per site (all must fit on tent pads)
    Fire policy:
    • Campfires are permitted at all backcountry locations.
    • Please note: you may only make a fire in the pit provided for this purpose
    • Firewood in the southern lake sites (Loon, Cobrielle, Lower Silver, Peskowesk and Peskawa Lakes) will be located in nearby centralized wood piles. Please pick up a map of these locations at the Visitor Information Centre.
    Alcohol policy:
    • None
    Pet policy:
    • Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. They must not be left unattended. You must pick up after your pet at all times.
    Additional information:
    • Please do not burn garbage in the fire pits provided at certain campsites. Do not dump garbage in the pit privies. You must pack out all garbage. Bags are provided upon registration.
    • Campers must use the supports provided for hanging food and all substances which may attract wildlife.
    • Please make certain that a copy of your entrance permit is displayed on your vehicle dash.
    • Cell phone reception is available in the backcountry. Note that the Rogers extended coverage plan is necessary for Rogers clients to expect any service. There are some small dead spots, so if you don’t have reception, move out of your immediate area and you should get reception.
    • Water is not provided. Please carry in water, or bring a filtration system or purification tablets
    • Bring bug spray and a hatchet for kindling
    • Backcountry Guides are available for purchase at the VRC
    • If travelling on small rivers and streams, check water levels with staff at VRC.
    • Do not dive into any water in Kejimkujik. The water is dark and boulders may be present just under the surface
    • Most campsites are only reached by canoe. If unsure about the site you’re booking, contact the Keji VRC (902)682-2772
    • If canoe rentals are required, please contact Whynot Adventure at 902-682-2282 or online at info@whynotaventures.ca
    • ermits must be issued through the Visitor Reception Centre prior to proceeding into the backcountry, even if you have a reservation. If you will be arriving after the VRC closes, or if you wish to have your permit issued in advance of the VRC opening the following day, please contact the VRC at (902)682-2772
    • Bring fuel and a camping stove for cooking. Wood is not provided on all backcountry sites. Wood drop maps are available at the visitor center.
    • Your safety is your responsibility

    Backcountry camping locations:

    • There are 47 backcountry sites spread out over 17 lakes and connected by multiple rivers and streams. Every location has at least two 12ft x 12ft tent pads (3 or 4 pads on group sites) more or less spaced apart (depending on location), a pit privy, a fire pit, and bear cables for hanging wildlife attractants. All sites have a decent amount of shade, but swimming suitability varies from site to site, depending on water depth on approach to site. Travelling on lakes may be difficult during high winds, so it’s always best to get an early start. Rivers and streams are generally lazy and easy to travel on. Check water levels with VRC staff. Also, if travelling on Kejimkujik Lake for the first time, pick up a buoy map at the VRC to help with finding your destination as the lake can confuse your sense of direction due to its multiple islands. Hiking in Keji is generally quite easy, but please see the note below.
    • Two of our backcountry sites are cabins; Mason’s (W1) and Wil-B0-Wil (W2). These are very basic, so you must bring everything you would need at a normal backcountry site, other than your tents.
    • Please Note: The Liberty Lake Loop is an extremely difficult trail to complete, even for experienced hikers, due to the trail passing through some very boggy areas, and the trail being difficult to follow in sections. Before booking this trip, please talk to an attendant at the VRC (902)682-2772.
    • This is a remote wilderness trail with no road access to a large part of it. Be prepared to encounter the following hazards on your trip:
      • Some sections of the trail follow old roads or eskers making for easy hiking, but other sections are rough, narrow, and overgrown with ferns and shrubs. This high vegetation makes following the trail challenging and may also chafe lower legs.
      • Some trail sections can be wet and muddy.
      • You may encounter trees down across the trail, and with rapid fern growth it can be hard to find the trail again should you have to re-route around such obstacles.
      • Although the trail does have trail markers, plan for instances where they may be sparse or missing. Expect that you might lose the trail at some point and might have to find it again by your own means.
      • We recommend you bring a Park topographic map and a compass, or a GPS, and know how to use them.
      • Carrying a cell phone is a good idea but beware that coverage is unpredictable. Note that the Rogers extended coverage plan is necessary for Rogers clients to expect any service.
      • Access to drinking water can be sparse along some sections; be prepared to collect water and to carry it with you. Purify all water taken from backcountry water sources.
      • Make sure that you plan for the least able members of your party so that everyone has an enjoyable trip.
      • This is a natural environment and the conditions are always changing.
      • Your own safety is your first responsibility
      • HIKING DISTANCES

         

        If the site you want to hike to is not on the list below, it is not accessible by hiking or biking.

         

         

        This year firewood in the southern lake sites (Loon, Cobrielle, Lower Silver, Peskowesk and Peskawa Lakes) will be located in nearby centralized wood piles. Please pick up a map of these locations at the Visitor Information Centre. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for spending time in Kejimkujik.

         

         

        Big Dam

        One Way

        Eel Weir

        One Way

        Site #

        Km

        Hours

        Km

        Hours

        A

        0.21

        5 min

        59.2

        17

        B

        0.42

        10 min

        59

        17

        C

        0.52

        12 min

        58.9

        17

        D

        0.64

        15 min

        58.4

        16.5

        1

        1.3

        0.5

        58.1

        16.5

        3

        3.2

        1

        56.2

        16

        5

        11.5

        3.5

        50.9

        14.5

        6

        13

        4

        51.2

        14.5

        7

        12.2

        3.5

        47.2

        14

        17

        5

        1.5

        59.2

        17

        22

        35.6

        12

        36.8

        13

        25

        63.7

        18.5

        8

        3

        W2 (wilbowil)

        51

        14

        8

        3

        37 (W1 - Mason's)

        41

        12

        18.4

        6

        38

        44.8

        12.5

        18.2

        5

        41

        34.8

        10

        23

        7

        42

        25

        7

        34

        11

        43

        17.8

        5.5

        50

        15

        44

        14

        4.5

        45.4

        13

        45

        11

        3

        48.4

        14

        46

        10

        3

        49.4

        14.5

         

         

        PADDLING DISTANCES

         

        Different distances are given for certain sites as there are different routes to get there depending on the portage chosen.  The portage is indicated in (). If the site you wish to stay at is not on the list below, then it is not accessible by canoe.

         

         

        This year firewood in the southern lake sites (Loon, Cobrielle, Lower Silver, Peskowesk and Peskawa Lakes) will be located in nearby centralized wood piles. Please pick up a map of these locations at the Visitor Information Centre. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you for spending time in Kejimkujik.

         

         

         

        Distances (km) – One way

         

        SITE #

        BIG DAM

        JAKE'S

        EEL WEIR

         

        Y1

        n/a

        0

        n/a

         

        1

        1.5

        24

         

         

        2

        2.25

        23.5

         

         

        3

        3

        22.5

         

         

        4

        4

        21

         

         

        5

        8.5

        16.75

         

         

        6

        9

        16.5

         

         

        7

        9.5

        16

         

         

        8

        10.5

        15

         

         

        9

        15.5

        9.5

         

         

        10

        16

        9

        13

         

        11

        19

        6.5

        10

         

        12

        33.25

        2

        7

         

        13

        33.5

        2

        7

         

        14

        33.75

        2.5

        6.5

         

        15

        32.5

        3

        6.5

         

        16

        33

        5.5

        6

         

        17

        16

        11

        16

         

        18

         

        6.5

        3.5

         

        19

         

        6.5

        3

         

        20

         

        5.5

        8.5

         

        21

        23.5

        9.5

        13

         

        22

        24

        10.5

        13.5

         

        23

         

        11

        2.5

         

        24

         

        7

        4

         

        25

         

        9.5

        7

         

        26

         

         

        11.5 (E)

        9.5 (E)

         

         

        12 (A)

        9 (A)

         

        27

         

         

        12.5 (E)

        10.5 (E)

         

         

        11 (A)

        9 (A)

         

        W2

         

        13.5

        11.5

         

        29

         

        13.5

        11.5

         

        30

         

        15

        13

         

        31

         

        11.5

        9

         

        32

         

        12

        9.5

         

        34

         

        14.5

        11

         

        37 (W1)

         

        17

        15

         

        38

         

        17

        15

         

        40

         

        20

        17.5

         

        41

         

         

        17

         

        44

        11

        17

        21.5

         

        45

        9.5

        17.5

        22

         

        46

        10

        18

        22.5

         
  • Fees

    • For information regarding camping fees for Kejimkujik National Park please see our Fees page.
  • If there is no vacancy for your dates

    • Kejimkujik NP & NHS does not have backcountry sites available on a first come first served basis. If there are no sites available for the dates selected, you can either select different dates, or reserve a site in our front country campground.
  • Require additional information?

    Reservation service:

    General park information:

    • (902)682-2772, 8:30 to 4:30, May 2 to October 10, 2017
    • (902)682-2770, 8:30 to 4:30, all other dates
    • kejimkujik.info@pc.gc.ca

    For information and reservations for our Yurts, rustic cabins, oTENTiks or front country campsites:

    For information and reservations for Group camping:

    • (902)682-2772, 8:30 to 4:30, May 2 to October 10, 2017>
    • (902)682-2770, 8:30 to 4:30, all other dates>
    • kejimkujik.info@pc.gc.ca
  • Terms and definitions

    Site-specific
    Guests select the specific campsite or accommodation when they make their reservation. All front-country camping reservations made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service (PCRS) are site-specific reservations.
    Operating Season (Nights)
    The "Operating Season" is the nights that the campground is open. Sometimes the campgrounds are open for longer than the period for which they accept reservations. Any dates of the "Operating Season" outside of the "Reservable Period" are dates that the campground operates on a first come, first served basis only.
    Reservable Period (Nights)
    The "Reservable Period" is the nights for which you can make a camping or accommodation reservation. Note that many campgrounds may be open longer than this period, and operate outside of these dates on a first-come, first-served basis.
    Kiosk
    The administration/entrance booth of a particular campground, this is where you "check-in" and register your arrival.
    Vehicle
    Car, truck, motorcycle, truck-camper, motorhome, or recreational vehicle. A motor home pulling another vehicle may count as two vehicles.
    Camping Unit
    Tent, tent-trailer, truck-camper, trailer, 5th wheel, motorhome or recreational vehicle.
    Serviced Site

    Refers to a campsite offering either electrical, water, and/or sewer hook-ups or any combination of these services directly on the campsite. Fully-serviced sites offer electrical, potable water, and sewer hook-ups. "Unserviced" sites do not offer any of these hook-ups.

    The terms "serviced" and "unserviced" refer to the individual campsites; they do not refer to the washroom facilities or other amenities available at the campground.

    Drive-through Site
    Campsite where the driver does not have to reverse their vehicle to exit (there is a separate entrance and exit to the individual campsite). Ideal for larger vehicles and trailers.
    Walk-in Site
    Campsite which requires some degree of walking to access the site, and therefore requires a tent. Vehicle will be parked a short distance away.
    Overflow Site
    Overflow campsites vary from park to park, and may range from a paved area to park a camping unit (not generally suitable for tents) to a more traditional, grassy site. They are unserviced and are not reservable.
    Accessible Site
    A campsite which is accessible to guests with limited mobility.
    Firepit

    A designated structure for campfires located on a campsite. Check availability, as not all campsites offer a fire pit. In some parks, a fire permit is required to have a fire.

    In some parks, only communal firepits are available, and access is shared with other guests.

    Fire permit
    In some campgrounds, guests will require a valid fire permit to have a campfire. A fire permit may include firewood. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
    Firewood
    In some campgrounds firewood is sold by the bundle, whereas in others a fire permit may give the holder access to the campground wood pile. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
    First-come, First-served Site
    Campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis only. These sites are only available to guests who are physically located at the campground. These sites cannot be registered over the telephone or on-line. These campsites may be available for only 1 night or for multiple nights depending on availability.
    Shoulder Season
    Shoulder season refers to the season before and after the peak season. While many campgrounds remain open outside of their peak season, the services offered during this period may be limited (please check with the park for more details).
    Entrance Pass
    A valid National Park Entrance Pass is required for all visitors to National Parks that have entry fees.
    Daily Entrance Pass
    A daily entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park on a per day basis for the period of time indicated.
    Annual/Seasonal Entrance Pass
    An annual or seasonal entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park for the period of time indicated.
    Parks Canada Discovery Pass
    The Parks Canada Discovery Pass permits visitors unlimited entry to the participating Parks Canada national parks and national historic sites across Canada, for a period of 12 months.