COVID-19: Your safety when visiting

Anyone exploring the national park is reminded that they are responsible for their own safety and should be sure to properly prepare and plan for their trip, taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves from inclement weather and potential natural hazards found in the park.

Trip planning

  • Follow public health authorities’ guidance for your area, including travel advisories.
  • Plan ahead, prepare, and adjust your plans.
  • Respect closures and restrictions.
  • Avoid popular destinations and high use places and times.
  • This is a great time to explore natural and cultural treasures close to home.

Outdoor etiquette

  • Practice physical distancing and hygiene rules during the COVID-19 pandemic while visiting Parks Canada places.
  • Be respectful of others. Keep prescribed distance while lining up and respect the facility’s maximum use capacity.
  • Bring hygiene supplies, water, provisions and equipment as some facilities may be closed.
  • Carry disinfectant, wipes, and toilet paper.
  • Cover picnic tables.
  • Avoid touching hard surfaces.

Hiking and biking etiquette

  • Be kind and considerate of others.
  • Respect closures and restrictions.
  • Pack in and pack out. Keep our places clean, pick up your litter and dispose of it by using appropriate garbage containers or take your waste home.
  • Yield to oncoming users where space is narrow.
  • Let others move out of bridges, platforms, and other narrow spaces before entering.
  • Step off trails to let others pass where possible. But please try to avoid stepping on vegetation and stay on trails unless letting others pass.
  • Slow down on trails. Speed increases user conflicts and risks of injuries.
  • Adjust your distance from others based on their speed to maintain physical distancing.
  • Let others know of your intention to pass. Signal others using your voice or a bell.
  • Please be cautious and avoid risky activities.

Voted “favorite thing to do in Kejimkujik” by kids, biking is a way to see the park that is popular with all age groups. Bring your own bike and helmet, or rent one at Jakes Landing.

Biking at Kejimkujik Inland

Please note: Some trails are currently closed until further notice.

#4 Flowing Waters: easy 1 km (loop)
  • Listen to the Mersey River gurgling and splashing as you wander through a wetland and along a riverbank. Gateway to Ukme’k (#15).
#11 Peter Point: moderate 1.9 km one way (linear)
  • This is a multi-use trail so watch for, and give the right of way to, hikers.
  • Birds love this area for its variety of habitats: red and sugar maple and hemlock.
  • People love this area for its secluded sandy point.
  • As the trail opens onto the lake, close your eyes and imagine the cottage that once stood there.
#12 Mersey River: easy 3.5 km one way (linear)
  • This is a multi-use trail so watch for, and give the right of way to, hikers.
  • Follow the river’s edge to see the Mersey in all its different moods.
  • From the trail’s parking and picnic area, head along the river, up into the darker woods, and back to quiet, still Mersey pools.
  • Listen to the swish of the lush grasses as you pass through.
  • The trail forks as you near the campground; you can continue around Slapfoot trail (#14) or walk your bike over the floating bridge and the canoeists at Jakes Landing and continue to Merrymakedge Beach (#15).
#13 Slapfoot: moderate 3.2 km one way (linear) Trail closed until further notice.
  • This is a multi-use trail so watch for, and give the right of way to, hikers.
  • You can start from Meadow Beach, various points in Jeremy’s Bay, or Jim Charles Point.
  • Join the Slapfoot trail from the Mersey trail (#13) or the trail to Merrymakedge (#15).
  • The views of the lakeshore change with the season and the weather.
  • Every turn brings something new; just watch out for other people!
#14 Jake's Landing to Merrymakedge Beach: moderate 3 km one way (linear)
  • This is a multi-use trail so watch for, and give the right of way to, hikers.
  • Enveloped in trees, you will pass by the viewing tower exhibit and continue to the playground at Merrymakedge.
  • This is a great area to view pileated woodpeckers.
  • From the playground, you follow the lakeshore to the canteen and the beach.
#15 Ukme’k: moderate 6.3 km one way (linear)
  • Our newest trail will have you twisting and turning with the Mersey River as you weave your way through Kejimkujik’s landscape by foot or by bike.
  • Take it easy or challenge yourself with the optional technical features perfect for mountain bikers.
  • Access the Ukme’k Trail from multiple trailheads including:
    • the Mill Falls Trail (#2) parking lot
    • the Flowing Waters Trail (#4) parking lot
    • the Mersey River Trail (#12) parking lot
  • Experience the trail in pieces or do the whole trail from end to end. If you’re looking to explore more, continue on the Mersey River Trail all the way to Jake's Landing and Merrymakedge!
#16 Eel Weir to Fire Tower: difficult 19.5 km return from Eel Weir parking area Trail closed until further notice.
  • This trail begins on an old service road, but turns onto the rougher surface of the fire tower road and through a unique old growth forest of sugar maple and yellow birch.
  • It quickly climbs to the high point of land where the tower sits.
  • Portage E (2.5 km) makes a good side trip down to Mountain Lake.
  • We suggest you walk your bike on the portage.

This downloadable map (PDF 838 KB) shows the services and facilities at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, including biking trails.

Biking at Kejimkujik Seaside

The trails at the Seaside are for hiking only. Out of respect for hikers, please leave your bicycles in the rack at the trail entrance.

Wilderness Biking

There is one portion of the backcountry trail system that is open to bicycles. You can ride in the southern part of the park, following the Peskowesk road as far as site 41 at Lucifee Brook. There is parking at the Eel Weir.

Trail closed until further notice

Biking is not permitted on other back country trails.

This downloadable map (PDF 1122 KB) shows the backcountry trail system at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

Biking Rules

  • Stay on the gravel bike trails
  • You must wear a bike helmet
  • Maintain a safe speed
  • Give hikers the right of way
  • Pay attention in the campground where there is a lot of traffic.
  • Be aware that you are quick and quiet on a bike and could easily startle wild animals