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.

Please note:

  • When there is snow, the Main Parkway will generally be plowed to the Jeremy’s Bay campground seven days a week. Access to the remainder of Kejimkujik will require the use of skis or snowshoes, as there will be no winter maintenance.
  • Trails are not maintained or patrolled. You may encounter icy patches, washed out or flooded sections, and/or downed trees.
  • Lake and river ice is not monitored. Consider it hazardous at all times.
  • The Jeremy’s Bay campground area, including Jim Charles Point, is closed to visitors and unsafe for entry as it is an active construction site. Learn more about the campground improvements.
  • All campsites, including backcountry, and roofed accommodations are closed until spring 2021. While day visits are welcome, overnight stays are not permitted at this time.
COVID-19: Your safety when visiting

While exploring Kejimkujik, you are responsible for your own safety. Be sure to properly prepare and plan for your trip, taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself from inclement weather and potential natural hazards.

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.

Hiking is one of the most popular activities at Kejimkujik. The many trails take you through an incredible variety of habitats and scenery, leading you through places of cultural and natural significance. Trails are of varying lengths so everyone can have the opportunity to explore. Ensure dogs are kept leashed to avoid confrontations with wildlife.

Hiking in winter and spring

Kejimkujik is a great destination (weather permitting) for winter hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, picnicking, or stargazing. 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.

Please note:

  • Trails are not maintained or patrolled at this time of year.  You may encounter icy patches, washed out or flooded sections and/or downed trees.
  • Emergency response may be severely delayed due to COVID–19.
  • The Big Dam Road (to the north) and Eel Weir Road (to the south) are gated, which affects distance to access the trails in these areas. These gates will be locked until the spring.
  • When there is snow, the Main Parkway will generally be plowed to the Jeremy’s Bay campground seven days a week. Access to the remainder of Kejimkujik will require the use of skis or snowshoes, as there will be no winter maintenance.
  • When there is snow, parking is available at the Visitor Centre, Mill Falls, Mersey River Trail, and in the parking area at the beginning of the Big Dam Road (on the “J-Line” road). To ensure adequate space for plowing and grooming equipment, please respect parking signage and do not block the Big Dam Road gate.
  • Visit the Friends of Keji webcam to see weather and road conditions.
  • When snow conditions and COVID–19 restrictions allow, volunteers will groom the Big Dam Road for cross-country skiing. Each time it is groomed, an update will be posted on the Friends of Keji Facebook page
  • Due to road conditions, gate closures, and the fact that the Main Parkway is not plowed beyond the turnoff for the campground, you may not be able to easily access all trails in the winter. The winter trail map, the Friends of Keji webcam, and the individual trail descriptions will help you determine whether you can drive to a particular trailhead or whether you will need to park your vehicle and hike to reach it.
  • When planning your trip, remember that all trails will be more difficult when there is snow or icy patches.

Trails at Kejimkujik Inland (updated December 17, 2020)

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

#1 Mersey Meadow: easy 70 m one way (linear) Trail closed until further notice.
  • Stroll to a viewing platform for a stunning view of a Mersey River Stillwater.
  • A raised platform provides two viewing scopes to look for beavers and ducks.
#2 Mill Falls: easy 2 km return (linear)

Summer:

  • Start behind the Visitor Centre and walk downstream along the bank of the Mersey River.
  • Observe the sheer power of Mill Falls in the spring from the viewing area by the picnic shelter or stop in the summer for a cool spot to picnic.
  • Continue to the end of the trail to enjoy the quieter places in the river.

Winter and spring:

  • When there is snow, Mill Falls Trail is one of the easier trails to access as the parking lots at the Visitor Centre and Mill Falls are plowed. Note that you may need to walk through snow to reach the trailhead.
#3 Beech Grove: moderate 2.2 km (loop)
  • Drumlins are steep on one side and gently sloping on the other.
  • The top of this drumlin is clothed in beeches, bright green and full of warblers in the spring, soft brown and loaded with beechnuts in the fall.

Summer: 

  • Access Beech Grove by the Beech Grove floating bridge, or via the Ukme’k Trail (#15). 

Winter and spring: 

  • The Beech Grove Trail floating bridge has been removed until spring. The Beech Grove Trail is only accessible via Ukme’k (#15) at this time. 
  • Lake and river ice is not monitored. Consider it hazardous at all times.
     
#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.
#5 Hemlocks and Hardwoods: moderate 5 km (loop)
  • The 300-year old hemlocks along this trail are among Nova Scotia’s oldest trees.
  • As you move into the stand of tall, stately conifers, notice how different it feels under the thick-leafed canopy: cool and dark and moist.
  • A hemlock boardwalk will take you over the very sensitive roots of these giants.

Winter and spring: 

  • The Big Dam Road gate is locked until spring. Please park at the beginning of the Big Dam Road (on the “J-line” road), being careful not to block the gate. Hike 2.5 km on the Big Dam Road Road until you reach the parking lot. Following the signs, hike up the trail until you reach the Hemlocks and Hardwoods trailhead). 
#6 Farmlands: moderate 1.1 km (loop)
  • Travel back into Keji's past with a walk to an old drumlin farm.
  • Drumlins, eliptical hills, were formed many thousands of years ago during glacial periods.
  • In the 19th century they attracted settlers who built their farms on the top.
  • Walk through the forest in the trail of ancient glaciers and search for evidence of the old farm.

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.  
#7 Rogers Brook: easy 1 km (loop)
  • The trail may be short, but there’s so much to see as you explore the Rogers Brook trail.
  • You will cross Rogers Brook and follow the Mersey River along a red maple floodplain.
  • Vibrant in autumn, the floodplain is teeming with life all year.
  • Watch for turtles and amphibians and nesting waterfowl.

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. 
  • Note that high water can result in flooding along this trail in fall, winter, and spring. Please travel with care.
#8 Grafton Woods: easy 1.6 km (loop)
  • Amble among towering pines and gnarled beech trees on this two-loop trail.

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. 
#9 Snake Lake: moderate 3 km (loop)
  • Discoveries await you: birds, lakes, bogs, diverse forests and marshes.

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. 
#10 Gold Mines: moderate 1.5 km one way (linear) Trail closed until further notice.
  • The signs and exhibits on this trail tell the story of gold mining in this area.
  • Relics demonstrate where and how the gold was mined, and local miners’ stories bring it all to life.
  • The promise of gold is in the air!
#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: moderate 19.5 km return (linear) 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 hiking trails and campsites at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

Trails at Kejimkujik Seaside (updated December 17, 2020)

Parking

Please note that the entrance and parking lot at Kejimkujik Seaside are not plowed or maintained during the winter months. If you are not able to access the parking lot, please park your vehicle on the side of the road just before the entrance.

Harbour Rocks trail at the Seaside: 2.8 km one way (linear)
  • This trail passes through dense coastal forest, beside bogs rich with orchids, over coastal barrens, and then to the sandy beach and rocky islands at Harbour Rocks.
  • Along the trail, a viewing platform provides a spectacular view of St. Catherine's River Beach.
  • In the thick growth of shrubs at the trail’s edge you may see birds such as the Common Yellow-throat, Savannah Sparrow, and Palm Warbler feeding on insects or berries.
  • At the shore, a viewing scope provides a close-up look at offshore seals and seabirds like the Northern Gannet and the Common Eider.
  • This route then follows the headlands and small sheltered coves to St. Catherine's River Beach.
  • Park staff protect the Piping Plover by closing the beach to public access during the nesting season.
Port Joli Head trail at the Seaside: 4.4 km one way (loop) Trail closed until further notice.
  • This trail branches from the Harbour Rocks Trail, and crosses an extensive bog to a viewing platform overlooking Boyds Cove.
  • The trail skirts clumps of coastal forest, which provide shelter for White-tailed Deer and forest birds, and then follows the coast to Port Joli Head.
  • Here is the full force of the ocean. Crashing surf announces the energy of the waves, the wind whips salty spray into the air, cobbles clatter as the waves recede, cries of gulls and eiders drift ashore, and the smell of seaweed is heavy in the air.
  • Large boulders left behind by the glaciers sit perched on the rocky headlands, now encrusted with orange coastal lichens.
  • When you explore these headlands be careful to keep your distance from the water’s edge, since rogue waves can wash across them.
  • From Port Joli Head, the trail loops along the shoreline to Harbour Rocks.

This downloadable map shows the hiking trails at Kejimkujik Seaside National Park.

This downloadable map (PDF 586 KB) shows the hiking trails at Kejimkujik Seaside National Park.

Self-guided trails

Self-guided trail
Self-guided trails

Self-guided trails are a great way for you to learn about Kejimkujik and the natural and cultural resources it protects. Interpretative panels offer information as you move along, so you can walk these trails at your own pace. Self-guided trails are another way for you to experience interpretation here at Kejimkujik.

Self-guided trails at Kejimkujik Inland:

Safety – A Shared Responsibility

Please help us ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit.

  • Do not approach or feed wildlife.
  • Staying on the trail protects trailside vegetation.
  • Do not enter restricted areas.
  • Bike only on designated biking trails.
  • Bikers yield to hikers.
  • Protect yourself against ticks. Cover up, spray and self-check!
  • Please keep your pets on a leash. Pets off-leash may disturb and harm wild animals and other visitors.
  • Backcountry campsites are for registered campers only, please respect campers’ privacy.
  • Black Bears: They prefer to avoid humans but may be attracted if you leave food, coolers, or garbage out. Store food and waste securely at all times.
  • Coyotes: Be 'coyote smart'! If you see a coyote or a coyote approaches you, don't run; back away slowly, act big, and make noise.
  • Please report bear or coyote sightings to staff at the Visitor Centre.
  • Provincial Motor Vehicle legislation is applicable and enforced in Kejimkujik. It is unsafe and illegal to ride in the back of trucks. Speeding and failure to stop at the entrance kiosk poses a safety hazard and is against the law.

Contact us

Summer: 

  • Call the Visitor Centre: 902-682-2772
  • Email: pc.kejimkujik.pc@canada.ca
  • Ambassadors: 902-298-0668
  • Police, Fire, Ambulance: 911 (emergency only)

Winter and spring: 

  • Call 902-682-2770 Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Email: pc.kejimkujik.pc@canada.ca
  • Police, Fire, Ambulance: 911 (emergency only)