The Port Joli Head Trail has re-opened to visitors!

Issued: June 24, 2022

The Port Joli Head Trail has re-opened to visitors! This 4.4 km section of wilderness trail features a variety of surface materials, natural features, and trail clearances. Visitors are asked to travel with caution, particularly as new sections get established. We thank you for your patience during construction.

Kejimkujik Seaside trail rehabilitation

Climate change impacts to Parks Canada-administered places are complex, and the Agency is committed to integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation actions into its work.

Damage to both the Harbour Rocks Trail and the Port Joli Head Trail from Hurricane Dorian (2019) included coastal erosion and trail undercutting, washouts, strewn boulders, and loss of headland surface.

Repairing and realigning Kejimkujik’s Seaside trail network will ensure better resilience against washout and erosion events through its design, with sustainable trails routed away from areas that are vulnerable to coastal erosion.

What changes will visitors see at Kejimkujik Seaside?

Like many infrastructure projects, there are some changes that visitors will see, and many that they won’t necessarily see.

Visitors will be treated to new vistas that they haven’t experienced before, particularly overlooking Port Joli Bay from Boyd’s Cove, and looking down over the string of white sandy beaches of St. Catherines River Bay on the approach to Harbour Rocks Beach.

At a design level, the trail rehabilitation improves climate adaptability, as well as increased visitor and animal safety by considering:

  • alignment that avoids areas along coastal edges that are susceptible to erosion 
  • alignment that avoids steep or wet areas
  • building features like rock crossings, rolling grade dips, proper bench cuts, and raised tread, to encourage optimal drainage and re-route water away from trail surface
  • alignment that avoids black bear feeding habitat
  • alignment that avoids lengthy stretches of cobble stone beach

Safety

Visitors are reminded that safety is a shared responsibility and that visiting wild places like Kejimkujik Seaside requires some preparation, supplies and consideration. 

Remember these points to ensure that you have a safe visit and to protect the wildlife at the Seaside:

  • The trails are not for bicycles. Please leave your bicycles in the rack at the trail entrance.
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. They can kill or harass wildlife and they may frighten other visitors. Keep your scoop handy. Cleaning up after your dog is required.
  • Stay on the designated trails to avoid ticks – and also to avoid trampling the vegetation.
  • In the open, coastal environment, protection from the sun is important, so a hat and sunscreen are recommended.
  • Swimmers are cautioned that the water is cold; dangerous currents and strong undertows may occur.
  • Hikers should use caution on rocky headlands. Unusually large waves can sweep people off rocks.
  • It is dangerous to approach seals or black bears. Please respect all wild animals by viewing them only from a distance.

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