Kejimkujik National Park Seaside
An authentic Atlantic experience awaits you at Kejimkujik Seaside. You can hike through a labyrinth of dense shrubs on your way to the coast. Gradually, the horizon opens up to an expansive view of the Atlantic shoreline with headlands, islands, and bays. Once you arrive at the observation deck, your eyes will be riveted by the pure white sweep of Saint Catherines River Beach. This shining crescent of sand will enchant you with its turquoise waters.
The real adventures still await you at the Atlantic’s edge – seals basking on off-shore islets, one of the last undisturbed nesting beaches of the endangered piping plover, rafts of eiders and other seabirds, waves crashing on granite headlands, an abundance of orchids, and the traces of the Saint Catherines River sheep farm.
Kejimkujik Seaside will invigorate your every sense.
Kejimkujik Seaside celebrates 30 years
Kejimkujik Seaside beckons with its colourful orchids and wildflowers, expansive shrubs and granite headlands framing beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise waters. It is a wonder to behold and an oasis for many ground and aquatic species alike.
These unique coastal attributes are why thirty years ago, this area was designated as part of Kejimkujik National Park. This addition fulfills another step towards Parks Canada’s goal of creating a national parks system that represents Canada’s 39 distinct natural regions, and ensures that future generations may enjoy the landscape in this pristine state for years to come.
Protecting the ecosystem
Recently, this beautiful estuary has succumbed to the harmful effects of the invasive European Green Crab…
On the bright side
Park researchers and scientists have been working hard to protect the estuary ecosystem by removing the green crab by trapping and collecting. Three years ago, the Gone Crabbin’ citizen science program was created to assist with coastal conservation. All the effort is paying off. Today, the eel grass, essential for many of the native species, is growing again and many fish species, shore birds and even lobster are thriving.
Summer 2018 at Kejimkujik Seaside
The Perfect Picnic
Our twist on "take-out": Everything tastes better when you eat it outside!
So go ahead—let nature design your dining space. Be dazzled by white sand beaches, turquoise water, the big blue sky and thousands of wildflowers—add yourself and bon appétit!
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Place your order with the restaurant
2. Pick up your lunch (with an optional souvenir Parks Canada picnic blanket available at
Lane’s Privateer Inn and Restaurant)
3. Find your perfect picnic place in Kejimkujik Seaside National Park and enjoy!
Transport yourself to the tropics of Nova Scotia. Your eyes will feast as well as your taste buds!
Learn more: The Perfect Picnic at Kejimkujik Seaside
Savour the Seaside on July 21
Did you know the green crab is considered a delicacy in many Asian and European cuisines?
Ever wanted to try it yourself?
Here’s your chance and, fortunately for you, Nova Scotia’s renowned Kilted Chef, Alain Bossé will be there to serve it up in style.
Join us for two mouth-watering culinary events on Saturday, July 21, 2018:
NOTE: Both events will require a 6.4 km return walk/hike from the main parking lot to Harbour Rocks Beach.
Learn more: Savour the Seaside
Gone Crabbin’: Citizen Science Seaside Adventure at Kejimkujik Seaside
Up for a salty adventure in a pristine and protected coastal estuary? Take part in this exclusive maritime experience and help protect native species from the invasive European Green Crab.
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. Out of respect for hikers, 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.
- To approach seals on the beach is dangerous. While black bears are seldom seen, they are often feeding on berries and insects. Please respect all wild animals by viewing them only from a distance.