Kejimkujik front country opens following Hurricane Dorian

September 18, 2019 – Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site has opened a section of its front country to the public.


Kejimkujik Front Country

Parks Canada has opened an area of the park that includes the Visitor Centre, Jeremy’s Bay Campground, Jakes Landing, Merrymakedge and front country hiking and multi-purpose trails with the exception of the following trails: Flowing waters, Hemlocks and Hardwoods, Farmlands, Peter Point, Snake Lake and Gold Mines.

These areas have been reviewed by a certified hazardous tree assessor and are free from trees or branches that may pose a risk to visitors. Big Dam Road and Eel Weir Road and all hiking trails accessible from those roads will remain closed to visitors until further notice.

Power was fully restored to the park late Tuesday. The power was critical in reopening the park as it is required for potable water, wastewater and sewer utilities to function.


Kejimkujik Backcountry

Kejimkujik’s backcountry remains closed due to the extensive damage from Hurricane Dorian. Trees that are snapped or hanging remain on many backcountry campsites and portages, and several boardwalks have been damaged. Crews will focus on opening up the backcountry as soon as possible. Access to remote areas, combined with the lack of ability to use heavy equipment in the backcountry, means that progress will take some time.

Guests with pre-existing camping reservations will be contacted and will be refunded their accommodation fee.


Kejimkujik Seaside

Kejimkujik Seaside opened Monday, September 16. The main trail to Harbour Rocks Beach and up to St. Catherine’s Beach is open. The Port Joli Head trail will remain closed for the remainder of the season due to extensive damage sustained by this coastal trail during Hurricane Dorian.


Visitor safety is of the utmost importance for Parks Canada. Parks Canada asks visitors to please respect area closures as there may still be hazardous trees, washed out trails, or damaged boardwalks. If a visitor sees a hanging or dangerous tree, they are asked to report it to park’s staff. Parks Canada reminds visitors that wherever they are in the park, to please be alert to potential risks from storm damage.

Parks Canada will be updating its website and Facebook page. For more information, please call 902-682-2772 or 1-888-773-8888 (Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-866-787-6221). For campground reservations, please visit www.pccamping.ca or call 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783).

 

2019 camping reservations open January 21, 2019 at 8:00 am AST.
Reserve online via the Parks Canada Reservation Service or call 1-877-737-3783.

Kejimkujik National Park is open for you to enjoy with most facilities open from mid-May to October 31 every year.  Full services are available in July and August. Limited services are available in May and June and again in September and October. Select services are available from November to April.

Visitors are responsible for their own safety.  Visitors should be aware of changeable weather conditions and winter hazards, and have adequate information and equipment to ensure a safe visit. 

Visitor Centre hours of operation 2019:

May 17 - June 12
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8:30 am - 4:30pm

June 13 - September 4 
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8:30 am – 7:00pm

September 5 to October 31
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am- 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 am -  4:30pm

Closed from November 1, 2019 - May 16, 2020.

Fishing season

April 1 - August 31, 2019

Camping season 

Frontcountry: May 17 - October 14

Diversified accommodations (rustic cabins, oTENTiks, yurts): May 17 - October 14

Backcountry: May 17 - October 14

Group camping: May 17 - October 14
Please note: group camping reservations (not available online) begin May 7th.
For group camping reservations only, or general Park information, call the Kejimkujik Visitor Centre at 902-682-2772.

Other facilities

Details

Merrymakedge Eatery
June 29 – September 3: 6 days/week,11 am - 6 pm - closed Mondays, excepting holiday Mondays (open August 5 and September 2)

Tent Dwellers Library & Tuck Shoppe 
Ice Cream, Slushies & FREE Wifi. Located beside shower building.
June 29 – September 3: 1 pm - 8 pm

By the Mersey Gift Shop
May 18 – June 28: 10 am - 3 pm
June 29 – September 3: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
September 4 – October 8: 10 am - 4 pm

Equipment rentals - Whynot Adventure - The Keji Outfitters
Summer: 8 am - 8 pm
Spring and fall: see www.whynotadventure.ca 

 

Visit: Fall, Winter and Spring

Details

Kejimkujik is a great destination any time of year for a hike, picnic, photography, bird-watching, or just to explore.  From November through April the park is open for day-use activities.  

To help you plan your off-season visit, please consider the following:

  • Firewood will be for sale at the picnic shelter at Mill Falls, and the shelter will be available for day use.
  • Porta-potties will be available at the Big Dam Road turnoff and the outhouse at Mill Falls parking lot is also available.
  • The gates on the Eel Weir Road (at Grafton Lake) and on Big Dam Road are closed until the roads have dried in the spring. Vehicle traffic on gravel and dirt roads is limited due to freeze thaw conditions through fall, winter and spring.

Learn more: Winter activities

Trails

Once the snow starts to fall, Kejimkujik is a prime location for snowshoeing and skiing; generally along the main park road, Big Dam road, Jeremy’s Bay Campground road, and 3 outer loops of Jeremy’s Bay Campground. The park road will be plowed to the Big Dam road.

Other Facilities

Shelters and trails will remain open. 
Visitor Centre: Closed from November 1 to mid-May
Other facilities are closed for the winter, including Jeremy’s Bay campground, Merrymakedge Eatery and Keji Outfitters.