The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. In June and July, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of outdoor areas, some camping services, and some indoor areas at national historic sites.

We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places and areas that are closed.

Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

We continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, and avalanche control, among others.

Update for July 30, 2020 - Non-medical masks and face coverings

We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at any Parks Canada place. When you visit a Parks Canada place, you may see signs reminding you that this is what we recommend.

An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.

If a Parks Canada place is within a jurisdiction where wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory, visitors will be asked to follow this requirement.

As of June 1, Kejimkujik began a gradual reopening of some outdoor areas, facilities and services. Please check our website regularly for the current status of this location and others.

Important information about your visit to Kejimkujik Inland and Kejimkujik Seaside

What’s open (updated August 5, 2020)

Kejimkujik Inland

  • Day use areas including Mill Falls, Jake's Landing, Merrymakedge, and Eel Weir.
  • Washrooms at Mill Falls, Jake’s Landing, and Merrymakedge (P1 and Merrymakedge Beach) including the change room at Merrymakedge Beach. 
  • Pit privies located in front country day use areas: Big Dam, Mersey River Trail, and P4.
  • Mill Falls picnic shelter and the Merrymakedge P1 picnic shelter. Please note outdoor surfaces are not sanitized.
  • Playgrounds at Merrymakedge P1 and Merrymakedge Beach.  Please note outdoor surfaces are not sanitized.
  • Backcountry camping for existing reservations (as of June 26, 2020). Please check in at the entry gate between 9 am and 5 pm.
  • Parks Canada Reservation Service is not accepting new reservations for Kejimkujik until June 28, 2020, 8 am AST.
  • Road network including the Main Parkway, Eel Weir Road, and Big Dam Road
  • Limited hiking front country trails and their parking lots (map and trail descriptions):
    • Mill Falls (linear)
    • Beech Grove (loop)
    • Hemlocks and Hardwoods (loop)
    • Farmlands (loop)
    • Rogers Brook (loop)
    • Grafton Woods (loop)
    • Snake Lake (loop)
  • Limited multi-use trails and their parking lots (map and trail descriptions):
    • Peter Point (linear)
    • Mersey River to the Slapfoot/Jakes Landing connector (linear)
    • Jakes Landing to Merrymakedge (linear)
  • Front country waterways for canoeing and kayaking
  • Recreational fishing with a national park permit (purchased in advance at participating third party locations only). Motor boats are permitted in front country water; regular restrictions apply. Permits are not for sale in the park, but are available for sale at these locations:
    • Lequille Country Store (Lequille)
    • MacPherson's Tackle Shop (Liverpool)
    • Woods Wise Outfitters (Bridgewater)
    • Mary Lake Home Hardware (Caledonia).
  • Equipment rentals at Whynot Adventure (Jake’s Landing). Make a reservation online before arriving.

Kejimkujik Seaside

What’s closed (updated August 5, 2020)

Kejimkujik Inland

  • Jeremy’s Bay Campground and Jim Charles Point are closed for the entire 2020 season as part of a major project to replace all washrooms and utilities.
  • Front country diversified roofed accommodations.
  • Backcountry diversified roofed accommodations (yurt and rustic cabins).
  • Group activities and public events are suspended.
  • Merrymakedge canteen remains closed.
  • Visitor Centre is closed.
  • Recreational fishing permits are not for sale in the park. Permits for sale by these third party operators only:
    • Lequille Country Store (Lequille)
    • MacPherson's Tackle Shop (Liverpool)
    • Woods Wise Outfitters (Bridgewater)
    • Mary Lake Home Hardware (Caledonia).

Kejimkujik Seaside

  • St. Catherines Beach is closed for piping plover nesting.
  • Port Joli Head Trail remains closed from post-tropical storm Dorian damage.
Camping during COVID-19

Things to know:

Existing backcountry reservations:

  • Backcountry camping is open for existing reservations as of June 26, 2020. Please check in at entry gate between 9 am and 5 pm as the Visitor Centre is closed.
  • Reservations for camping prior to June 26 are being cancelled and refunded.
  • Reservations for camping that straddle the cancellation period (ie, a reservation for June 25 to 28) are being cancelled and refunded.
  • The yurt and the three backcountry rustic cabins remain closed. Reservations for the yurt and W3 (Rogers Cabin) are being cancelled and refunded. Holders of reservations for W1 and W2 will be contacted by Parks Canada for alternate trip planning (where possible).
  • Please allow some time for cancellations to be processed. If you have questions about your reservation, please contact a park attendant by phoning 902-682-2772.

New backcountry reservations:

  • New reservations for backcountry camping will be accepted as of June 28, 2020, 8 am AST by the Parks Canada Reservation Service.
  • The yurt and the three backcountry rustic cabins remain closed.
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.

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