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.

Hiking is one of the most popular activities at Kejimkujik. Our trails at the main park (inland), Seaside, and backcountry take you through an incredible variety of habitats and scenery. They also lead you through places of cultural and natural significance. Trails are of varying lengths so that everyone can have the opportunity to explore. Ensure dogs are kept leashed, to avoid confrontations with wildlife.

Hiking at Kejimkujik Inland

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

Open trails (updated September 9, 2020)

#2 Mill Falls: easy 2 km return (linear)
  • Start at the back door of 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.
#3 Beech Grove: moderate 2.2 km (loop)
  • This trail starts with a floating bridge across the Mersey River and makes a wide circle up and over a drumlin hill.
  • 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.
#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).
#5 Hemlocks and Hardwoods: moderate 5 km (loop)
  • Among Nova Scotia’s oldest trees are the 300-year old hemlocks featured on this trail.
  • 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.
#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.
#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.
#8 Grafton Woods: easy 1.6 km (loop)
  • Amble among towering pines and gnarled beech trees on this two-loop trail.
#9 Snake Lake: moderate 3 km (loop)
  • Discoveries await you: birds, lakes, bogs, diverse forests and marshes
#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.
#12 Mersey River: easy 3.5 km one way (linear)
  • This is a multi-use trail so watch for bikers.
  • 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.
#14 Jake's Landing to Merrymakedge Beach: moderate 3 km one way (linear)
  • This is a multi-use trail so 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.
#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!

Closed trails (updated September 9, 2020)

#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.
#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!
#13 Slapfoot: moderate 3.2 km one way (linear) Trail closed until further notice.
  • This is a busy multi-use trail so 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.
#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.

Hiking at Kejimkujik Seaside 

Open trails (updated July 13, 2020)

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.

Closed trails (updated July 13, 2020)

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 world within it. Interpretative panels give you information as you move along, so you can walk these trails when it’s convenient for you, at your own pace. Self-guided trails are a way for you to experience some interpretation here at Kejimkujik, even if there are no interpretation programs offered during your visit.

Kejimkujik Inland self-guided trails:

Kejimkujik Seaside self-guided trails:

Safety – A Shared Responsibility

We are seeking your assistance to 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.

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