Kejimkujik is the only national heritage location in Canada with a dual designation of National Park and National Historic Site, acknowledging the area’s rich Aboriginal heritage and natural wilderness beauty. Whats more, the Park rests within and provides entry to the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve.
Kejimkujik, known to the locals as Keji, is poised as one of Canada’s premier camping and paddling destinations. The Park has a main ‘front-country’ camping area called Jeremy’s Bay Campground, which has three distinct loops of campsites. The three loops are Meadows Loop, Slapfoot Loop and Jim Charles Loop (not to be confused with the Jim Charles group sites located in another area– known as Jim Charles Point…). Many of the front country sites are equipped to accommodate power and water hook-ups.
Kejimkujik Lake has dark water which has been stained from the tannins leeching from nearby marshes and bogs. This is totally natural and creates remarkably warm swimming conditions through better absorption of the sun’s heat. There are four beaches where you can enjoy swimming. Kedge Beach, at Jim Charles Point, is monitored by a lifeguard during the busy summer months. Meadow Beach boasts a Yurt based library and boat racks for your canoes and kayaks. Slapfood Beach is home to some of the best sand and is more secluded than the other beaches. Merrymakedge Beach is the largest, and is dog friendly!
If you’re travelling in an RV or a camper, there is a sewage station just prior to the Jeremy’s Bay Campground where you can relieve your sewage tank.Visitor Information
Keji’s backcountry, in our opinion, is where the magic begins. There are over 40 backcountry sites in the Park which are accessible only by paddling or hiking. Each backcountry site has tent pads, a picnic table, a firepit, a stack of dry firewood and a pit-privy (aka outhouse). Each site also has a ‘bear-hang’ where you can easily attach your food-bag or barrel and raise it up to a cable via a pulley system to keep it out of reach from bears, raccoons, rodents and most other wildlife.
Many of the backcountry sites are buried deep in the Kejimkujik backcountry without a direct route. These sites can be accessed by using the Park’s many portage routes and waterways. The portage trails are well maintained and are suitable for the use of portage carts if you don’t wish to lug your canoe upon your shoulders. Spaced at just about the distance when you feel a strong desire to biff your boat off your back onto the ground you’ll find convenient ‘canoe-rests’ where you can lean your canoe and relieve your back. All portage trails access and egress points are clearly marked with a large Parks Canada sign displaying the letter which represents that specific trail. The Kejimkujik Backcountry Guide is a waterproof and tear-proof map which includes all the backcountry sites and portage trails.Backcountry Reservations
Kejimkujik Lake has a variety of campsites, some of which are located on islands adding to the magic and solitude of a wilderness canoe trip. Convenient access to the lake is right here at Jake’s Landing. We have a huge parking lot where you can leave your vehicle more as many nights as you need for free. There are two other parking lots within the park which provide different access points– Big Dam and Eel Weir; each with free, large parking lots.
The Big Dam – Frozen Ocean loop is a quintessentially classic Keji canoe trip. There are many beautiful campsites along this route. Many folks leave their vehicle at Jake’s Landing and use our shuttle service to take themselves and their kit up to the Big Dam access point where they’ll begin their canoe trip back to Jake’s Landing via the loop. We recommend a minimum of two loops so you have some time to take in as much enjoyment as possible.
Not confident in your backcountry tripping skills? We offer this classic canoe trip as a guided experience!
Many paddlers with destinations in the Park’s southern lakes use the Eel Weir as their access point. This is a good strategy if departure from Jake’s Landing means bucking a headwind across the lake. The distance to Minards Bay from either Jake’s Landing or Eel Weir is roughly the same, with the Eel Weir route coming in only marginally shorter.
Please Note: Campers in the southern lake campsites will need to pick up firewood at centralized wood piles. This strategy is in an effort to preserve firewood, a precious resource, and in light of rising costs of firewood and firewood delivery, Parks Canada is committed to maintaining a level of service that will not increase camping fees. Please view the map below to identify which firewood drop will be closest to your campsite. A downloadable PDF version of the map can be attained by clicking on the map picture.