Kejimkujik's newest trail will have you twisting and turning with the Mersey River as you weave your way through the landscape by foot or by bike. Take it easy or challenge yourself with the optional technical features perfect for mountain bikers.
The Ukme’k Trail winds along the forested banks of the Mersey River. Travel the 13.5 km from Mill Falls to Merrymakedge almost entirely on trails. Access Ukme’k from trailheads at Mill Falls, Flowing Waters, and Mersey River trail parking lots.
The name Ukme’k means twisted in Mi’kmaq, and was inspired by the winding path this trail takes along the Mersey River.
The new Mill Falls Bridge connects the Mill Falls Trail, the Beech Grove Trail, and the Ukme’k Trail.
6.3 km (one way)
Moderate (Parks Canada trail rating guide)
92 m to 116 m
1.5 hours to 2 hours walking (one way)
Ranges from flat ground to gently rolling with short steep sections.
Technical features include: rock crossings, berms, rollers, and natural features.
An easy route is always clearly indicated for those who prefer to bypass the natural features.
A beautiful rainbow crosswalk connects Ukme'k to the Mersey River Trail.
Walk or wheel safely and confidently across this new crosswalk. Everyone is welcome to come in and find their place at Kejimkujik.
The eleven colours of the Progress Pride Flag show support for all members of Two-spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and beyond (2SLGBTQIA+) communities. The Progress Pride Flag also incorporates the light blue, pink, and white of the Transgender Pride Flag, plus brown and black to represent marginalized 2SLGBTQIA+ communities of colour, community members living with HIV/AIDS, and those lost to the disease.
Technical features are obstacles or design elements that add challenge and improve trail flow for mountain bikers. Some features along the Ukme’k trail require additional skill to negotiate. Watch for signs indicating you are approaching a trail feature and ride to your ability.
Rock crossings (rock gardens) are bumpy parts of trail where rocks have been incorporated into the trail bed. This allows drainage to occur in an environmentally sustainable manner. Although the greatest concentration of rock crossings is at the Beech Grove end of Ukme’k, these features occur sporadically along the section of trail between Beech Grove and Flowing Waters.
Berms are banked corners where the trail has been built up on the outside of the curve. You may encounter a single berm or a series of up to five berms along the trail.
Rollers are series of relatively short ups and downs in close proximity.
Natural features are used to create optional obstacles or jumps in several places. An easy route is always clearly indicated for those who prefer to bypass these features.
Access the Ukme’k Trail from multiple trailheads including:
The Ukme'k trail connects the Beech Grove Trail, Mill Falls Trail, and Mersey River Trail.
Trail users can travel in either direction on the trail.
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!