Kejimkujik National Park
Driving time from Halifax
Reserve ahead of time
Keji is home to 46 backcountry sites that are only accessible by paddling or hiking in. If you’re new to backcountry camping, check out sites 12 through 15 on Keji Lake. They’re located on a group of islands just a short boat trip away from Jakes Landing.
In peak summer season, book your campsite and canoe rental ahead of time so you’re guaranteed a weekend away when other people might have the same idea.
Go treasure hunting on your paddle in
Keji is home to the largest sub-population of the Blandings turtle. Spot these freshwater friends by the yellow flecks on their green shells and their very noticeable yellow throats. If you stop at the Visitors’ Centre on your way in, you can volunteer to help search for this at-risk species who like to hang out along the shorelines.
Really like Keji’s nature? The park runs an entire volunteer program dedicated to environmental conservation and at-risk species. Volunteers do everything from count loons on lakes to monitor water quality to survey different species of birds – so if you want to get even closer to the park, this is an awesome chance to get involved.
Setting up camp
The nice part about site 12 through 15 is that once you hit the shore on the islands, you’ve pretty much reached your destination (so no portaging required). This means no worrying about packing as light as you would for a hike-in site. Each site has two tent pads, a firebox, picnic table, a pit privy and bear cables for hoisting food and firewood.
The ultimate nightcap
Keji has the only dark sky preserve designation in Nova Scotia, so there is no artificial lighting visible. Parks Canada does a lot of hard work to educate and promote the reduction of light pollution in the area which means you will feel closer to the constellations than you ever have before.