COVID-19 and your visit to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site and Kejimkujik National Park Seaside
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Important information about your visit to Kejimkujik Inland and Kejimkujik Seaside
What’s open (updated October 19, 2020)
- 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 (open until October 21, 2020).
- Pit privies located in front country day use areas: Big Dam, Jake's Landing, Mersey River Trail, P1, and P4.
- Mill Falls picnic shelter. Firewood for the wood stove will be sold at the shelter for $7.50/bundle (please bring exact change and lighting materials).
- Please note outdoor surfaces are not sanitized.
- Playgrounds at Merrymakedge P1 and Merrymakedge Beach.
- Backcountry camping for existing reservations (open until October 31, 2020). Please check in at the entry gate between 9 am and 5 pm.
- Road network including the Main Parkway, Eel Weir Road, and Big Dam Road
- Hiking on the following 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)
- The following multi-use trails and their parking lots (map and trail descriptions):
- Flowing Waters (loop)
- Peter Point (linear)
- Mersey River to the Slapfoot/Jakes Landing connector (linear)
- Jakes Landing to Merrymakedge (linear)
- Ukme’k (linear)
- Front country waterways for canoeing and kayaking
- Equipment rentals at Whynot Adventure (Jake’s Landing). Make a reservation online before arriving.
- St. Catherines Beach.
- Harbour Rocks trail (map and trail descriptions).
What’s closed (updated October 19, 2020)
- Merrymakedge P1 picnic shelter, 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.
- Port Joli Head Trail remains closed from post-tropical storm Dorian damage.
Camping during COVID-19
Things to know:
- Please bring your own hand sanitizer for your backcountry camping trip.
- Be prepared for a fire ban at any time. Please plan ahead and bring a camp stove.
- Visitors must complete any provincial requirements for self-isolation before arriving to camp at Kejimkujik. It is not possible to self-isolate at Parks Canada campgrounds.
- Roofed accommodations are closed.
- Jeremy's Bay Campground and Jim Charles Point Group Campground are closed for the entire 2020 season as part of a major project to replace all washrooms and utilities. Learn more about these campground improvements.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.