7 Things to Do on a Day Trip to Kejimkujik National Park

Only 40 minutes from Annapolis Royal and the Bailey House Inn, Kejimkujik National Park is nestled in the heart of Nova Scotia, offers a rich tapestry of experiences for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Spanning over 400 square kilometres, the park is renowned for its stunning landscapes, abundant wildlife, and deep cultural heritage, making it a must-visit destination that combines natural beauty with historical significance. Here are 7 ideas for a day out in this stunning natural landscape.

Canoeing & Kayaking

1. Canoeing & Kayaking

How about a paddle on Kejimkujik Lake, which covers 22 square kilometers. The serene waters are perfect for canoeing and kayaking, providing a unique vantage point to admire the park’s lush forests and abundant wildlife. The lake’s calmness makes it ideal for beginners, while experienced paddlers can explore the more challenging Mersey River. The river offers gentle rapids and quiet stretches, suitable for all skill levels, and is a great way to experience the park’s diverse aquatic habitats, including more than 30 freshwater lakes and countless streams.

2. Hiking

Hiking trails abound, catering to every type of hiker. The popular Kejimkujik Seaside offers coastal trails with breathtaking ocean views, pristine white sand beaches, and the chance to spot seals and shorebirds. The seaside portion of the park covers an additional 22 square kilometers along the Atlantic coast. Inland, the Hemlocks and Hardwoods Trail takes you through ancient forests, showcasing some of the oldest and largest trees in Nova Scotia, some over 300 years old. The trail is particularly beautiful in the fall when the foliage transforms into a vibrant tapestry of colors.

3. History

History buffs will appreciate the Mi’kmaq petroglyphs, ancient rock carvings that tell the story of the region’s indigenous people. These petroglyphs, dating back over 4,000 years, are best viewed with a guided tour to fully appreciate their significance and the stories they tell. The park is also home to several interpretive programs that delve into the rich cultural heritage of the Mi’kmaq people, including traditional craft demonstrations and storytelling sessions.

4. Stargazing

For stargazers, Kejimkujik is a designated Dark Sky Preserve. This designation means the park has minimal light pollution, making it one of the best places in Nova Scotia to observe the night sky. Bring a telescope or simply lie back and marvel at the Milky Way, planets, and countless stars. The park often hosts stargazing events and workshops, providing an educational and awe-inspiring experience. The park’s skies are so clear that on a good night, you can see the Andromeda Galaxy with the naked eye.

5. Wildlife

Wildlife enthusiasts will be thrilled by the variety of animals that call the park home. Kejimkujik is a haven for wildlife, with over 200 bird species, 60 species of butterflies, and numerous mammals like white-tailed deer, beavers, and river otters. The park’s wetlands are particularly good spots for birdwatching, with species like the majestic bald eagle frequently spotted. The park is also part of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, highlighting its global ecological importance.

6. Fishing

For those interested in water activities, the park also offers excellent fishing opportunities. The lakes and rivers are home to brook trout, smallmouth bass, and other fish species. Whether you prefer fly fishing or casting from a canoe, the tranquil waters of Kejimkujik provide an idyllic setting. The park’s fishing season typically runs from mid-April to mid-September, offering ample opportunities to catch a variety of fish.

7. Biking

 

Kejimkujik National Park also offers fantastic opportunities for biking enthusiasts. The park features a network of well-maintained biking trails that cater to various skill levels, making it an ideal destination for both leisurely riders and more experienced cyclists. One of the most popular routes is the 6.3-kilometer Mersey River Trail, which provides a scenic ride along the river with chances to spot wildlife and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. For a more challenging experience, cyclists can tackle the 18-kilometer Ukme’k Trail, a single-track trail that winds through forests, along ridges, and over streams, offering a thrilling ride with plenty of natural beauty. Biking is a fantastic way to explore the park’s diverse ecosystems, from dense woodlands to open meadows, and to access some of its more remote areas. Whether you’re pedalling through the heart of the park or along the coastal paths at Kejimkujik Seaside, the biking trails provide a unique and exhilarating way to experience the stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity of Kejimkujik National Park.

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Whether you’re looking to connect with nature, delve into history, or simply relax, Kejimkujik National Park offers a diverse array of activities that cater to all interests. Its blend of natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and cultural significance ensures that every visitor leaves with lasting memories. From the calm waters of its lakes and rivers to the ancient stories etched in stone, Kejimkujik is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. With its rich biodiversity, historical significance, and breathtaking landscapes, Kejimkujik National Park is a gem of Nova Scotia that promises an unforgettable adventure for every visitor.

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