Emergencies

Call 911 in the event of an emergency. Be prepared to have to wait for help to arrive. Emergency response may be extremely delayed due to COVID–19.

Winter safety

You are responsible for your own safety. Be prepared for changing weather conditions, be aware of winter hazards, and have adequate information and equipment to ensure a safe visit.

Visit AdventureSmart for tips on how to prepare for your favourite winter activity.

More information about accessing Kejimkujik in winter and spring.

Voted “favorite thing to do in Kejimkujik” by kids, biking is a way to see the park that is popular with all age groups.

Biking in winter and spring

As most facilities and services are closed at this time of year, your visit to Kejimkujik in fall, winter, or spring will be very different from your summer experience. Access is available at your own risk.

More information about accessing Kejimkujik in winter and spring.

Biking at Kejimkujik Inland

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

#4 Flowing Waters: easy 1 km (loop)

Summer:

  • Listen to the Mersey River gurgling and splashing as you wander through a wetland and along a riverbank. Gateway to Ukme’k (#15).

Winter and spring:

  • The Big Dam Road gate is locked until spring. Please park at the J-Line (at the beginning of the Big Dam Road), being careful not to block the gate. Hike 800 m along Ukme’k to reach the Flowing Waters trail.
#11 Peter Point: moderate 1.9 km one way (linear)
  • This is a multi-use trail so watch for bikers.
  • Birds love this area for its variety of habitats: red and sugar maple and hemlock.
  • People love this area for its secluded sandy point.

Winter and spring: 

  • When there is snow, the Main Parkway is only plowed to the turnoff to the campground. Please choose another option when road conditions do not allow you to access this trail.
  • The Eel Weir gate is locked until spring. When road conditions allow, park your vehicle in the Grafton Woods parking lot and hike 3 km to the Peter Point/Snake Lake trailhead.
#12 Mersey River: easy 3.5 km one way (linear)
  • This is a shared-use trail so please watch for bikers.
  • Follow the river’s edge to see the Mersey in all its different moods.

Summer: 

  • 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.

Winter and spring: 

  • When there is snow, part of the Mersey River Trail parking lot will normally be plowed.
  • The Jake’s Landing floating bridge has been removed until spring.
  • Due to the bridge removal and ongoing Slapfoot closure, it is not possible to connect to either the Merrymakedge or Slapfoot trails from the Mersey River Trail at this time.
#13 Slapfoot: moderate 3.2 km one way (linear) Trail closed until further notice.
 
  • This is a busy shared-use trail so please watch for bikers.
  • You can start from Meadow Beach, various points in Jeremys Bay campground, or Jim Charles Point.
  • Join the Mersey trail or the trail to Merrymakedge.
  • The views of the lakeshore change with the season and the weather.
  • Every turn brings something new.

Winter and spring: 

  • The Slapfoot trail remains closed due to Jeremy’s Bay campground construction. 
#14 Jake's Landing to Merrymakedge Beach: moderate 3 km one way (linear)
  • This is a shared-use trail so please watch for bikers.
  • The trail begins at the far end of the Jake's Landing parking lot, and climbs steeply through scattered granite boulders.
  • This is a good place to watch for Pileated Woodpeckers.
  • Enveloped in trees, you will pass by the viewing tower exhibit and continue to Merrymakedge playground.
  • From here the trail follows the lakeshore, flat and easy, to the canteen and the beach at Merrymakedge.

Winter and spring: 

  • When there is snow, the Main Parkway will only be plowed to the turnoff to the campground. Please choose another option when road conditions do not allow you to access this trail.
#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.

Summer:

  • 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!

Winter and spring:

  • The Beech Grove floating bridge has been removed until spring so there is no access to Ukme’k from the Mill Falls parking lot at this time. 
  • Access Ukme’k from either the Mersey River Trail (#12) parking lot (snow conditions permitting) or the beginning of the Big Dam Road (the “J-Line” parking area). Please do not park in front of the Big Dam Road gate.
  • The Big Dam Road gate is locked until spring, so it is not possible to access Ukme’k from the Flowing Waters parking lot at this time.
#16 Eel Weir to Fire Tower: difficult 19.5 km return from Eel Weir parking area Trail closed until further notice.
  • Start off from the original site of a Mi'kmaw fishing weir for your adventure on this backcountry road. The route crosses ancient portage routes and promises big challenges, big hardwoods, and big returns.

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