Jeremy’s Bay Campground is closed for improvements in 2020. All day-use area facilities as well as backcountry activities and facilities will remain open during the closure of the Jeremy’s Bay Campground. See a full list of what's open and what's not in 2020.
Parks Canada is investing $3 billion to rehabilitate infrastructure assets within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This historic five-year investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.
Jeremy's Bay Campground
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site is undergoing a major project to replace the washrooms and utilities in Jeremy’s Bay Campground. To undertake a project of this magnitude efficiently and safely means that Jeremy’s Bay Campground will be closed for the entire 2020 season. Improvements will include:
- new, washroom/shower buildings that are accessible, family-friendly, and gender-neutral at Lower Meadow, Upper Meadow, Slapfoot, and Kedge Beach
- new wastewater management and water treatment facilities to bring these systems up to required standards
Parks Canada sees this as a key investment that will have lasting benefits for the local community and economy. Investments in visitor infrastructure such as Jeremy’s Bay Campground ensures the quality and reliability of visitor facilities and continues to allow Canadians to connect with nature.
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March: The first two washroom buildings at Lower Meadow and Kedge Beach are closed in, insulated, and heated. The concrete floors are poured and the interior walls are built and ready for electrical, plumbing, and mechanical services to be installed.
February: Things are really starting to take shape here at Jeremy's Bay Campground: the first two washroom buildings have walls!
January: Shovels are in the ground and work has begun on the new washrooms at Jeremy’s Bay Campground!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a timeline for the work? When will the campground be closed?
This work will continue through the 2020 season and be complete before the start of the 2021 camping season. The Jeremy’s Bay Campground will be closed for the entire 2020 camping season.
2. What’s wrong with the current washrooms and shower facilities?
The current washrooms and showers were built in the 1960s and have reached the end of their lifespan. This investment will improve visitor experience and prepare Kejimkujik to provide excellent visitor services for many years to come.
3. How will the washrooms be improved?
This project involves demolishing the existing aging washroom buildings and replacing them with new combined washroom/shower buildings. Using the existing footprint of the current washrooms, the new and improved washroom facilities will be accessible, family-friendly, and gender-neutral. They will be modern and bright while blending in beautifully with the outdoors. The work also includes refitting the campground’s wastewater management facilities, and building a new water treatment facility to bring these systems up to required standards.
4. What does an accessible, family-friendly, and gender-neutral design look like?
The washrooms will be safe buildings that are well lit and open, with several exits. The current design has a common hallway space for all users with five individual rooms, each with toilet, sink, and grooming area behind a lockable door as well as three shower rooms with lockable doors. This will ensure more personal privacy than the current washrooms, as well as respect for the needs of people with accessibility limitations and families with small children.
The design for these washrooms exhibits environmental leadership with high efficiency, long lifespan, and easy to clean facilities. A long lifespan building includes the physical building materials as well as progressive social design such as accessibility and gender neutrality that fits with changing social and demographic needs. The buildings will also be fully Dark-Sky compliant.
5. Why does the campground need to be closed?
Parks Canada began looking at several options for construction phases and timelines, and eventually settled on five possible construction schedules that included options like phased construction, construction during the offseason, and construction in some areas while campers were present.
After consulting with other national parks and the construction industry to inform the decision-making, each option was carefully analyzed. We weighed the potential impacts to the visitor experience, visitor safety, construction feasibility, project cost, revenue, and impacts to local tourism and economic stakeholders. All options had impacts.
Parks Canada does not take this decision lightly and recognizes the impact of closing the campground. The option of closing the Jeremy’s Bay Campground for the 2020 season is the only one that ensures the safety of staff and visitors; it doesn’t expose campers to excessive noise, dust and disruption and it allows the project to be delivered on time and on budget.
6. Why not do the work in phases to keep sections of the campground open?
We strongly considered replacing the washrooms one or two at a time or doing one loop at a time, but this would have taken at least two seasons to complete and it would have created other potential impacts.
As with any construction project, the presence of large trucks and equipment greatly increases risks related to visitor safety. Given the fact that the Jeremy’s Bay Campground has one access road and the infrastructure that will be under construction is in close proximity to campsites, roads, and trails, there would be no way to ensure the safety of visitors around the construction sites and the large equipment.
The movement of equipment and material would have significantly limited Parks Canada’s ability to maintain normal seasonal operations, especially with there being only one entrance to the Jeremy’s Bay Campground. Also, other parks that have done phased work in their campgrounds have noted and received feedback that the ongoing construction over multiple camping seasons negatively impacts the experience visitors seek when camping in our national parks, including excessive noise, dust and disruption.
7. Couldn’t this work have been done during the winter and/or shoulder season?
Parks Canada fully assessed several options for construction phases and timelines, including doing the work in the winter and shoulder season.
Limiting the work to the winter and shoulder seasons would have extended the project construction over multiple years leading to prolonged negative camping experiences for visitors. Plus, working in the winter can inflate the cost of the project, with the higher likelihood of inclement weather further delaying the work and further increasing costs and time required to complete the work.
8. Will the park still be open? Will this effect programming?
All day-use and backcountry activities and facilities will remain open during the closure of the Jeremy’s Bay Campground.
9. Where else in the area can I camp or stay overnight?
10. Will this project increase the size of the Jeremy’s Bay Campground?
This project will not impact the size of the Jeremy’s Bay Campground, nor will it increase the size of the washroom footprint itself because the new washrooms will be built on the existing washroom footprint.
Replacement of the Eel Weir bridge
The replacement of the Eel Weir bridge was completed in 2017. The Eel Weir Bridge facilitates (pedestrian) backcountry access for hikers, paddlers and campers, and expedites staff travel in the provision of services to these visitors. The Eel Weir Bridge supports access to Kejimkujik’s backcountry, which is critical to the ongoing resource conservation monitoring programs conducted by staff and researchers. Parks Canada’s investments in the Eel Weir Bridge further enables important work toward the important goals of ecological integrity and quality visitor experiences.
Archaeological work was a critical preliminary first step in the construction process. Archeologists from Parks Canada and the Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative worked together to do some preliminary archeology at the site before construction of the new bridge began. Over many weeks, they uncovered over 5,000 artifacts. These artifacts were catalogued, analyzed, and are being stored at Parks Canada’s archeology lab in Dartmouth.
Visitor Centre / Administration building
In the winter and spring of 2018 season, the park’s Visitor Centre and main administration building received some updates. Contractors replaced the outdated oil fire boiler with a new heat pump and solar hot water system; the roof was replaced; and a new septic system was installed.
Related Archeological Work
As the only national park, which is also a national historic site recognizing the Mi’kmaw cultural landscape here, archaeological work is a critical preliminary first step in the construction process. Before construction work begins, archeologists investigate the area using a series of test pits to search for the presence of cultural resources and historical artifacts. If discovered, they are recovered and preserved.
What we learn from archaeology is not only important for conservation, but also for protection and presentation. Artifacts help us to better understand these sites, their history and the people that lived and worked there, which in turn informs the interpretation of the site for visitors.