Blogs from Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada, North America


Today we rented kayaks (one double and two singles) and went up the Mersey River in the morning, then on Keji Lake in the afternoon. Keji Lake is fairly large and has a lot of inlets and islands and thank goodness we had a map and there were markers as we managed to get lost anyway, but it could have been worse! We stopped at a beach and the kids played in the water while Rick was going to kayak around two islands, but he realized he wasn’t where he thought, so he returned. The row back to Jake’s Landing was tough. It was the first time we’ve kayaked together and it was a good experience. We kayaked 2 miles each way to the beach plus the river. The Lake water was also brown. Went to ... read more

Drove to Kejimkujik. Keji is also flat. Keji is not on the ocean like our other parks, but has a huge lake. It is also a newer park – about 50 years old – but there wasn’t much built on the land. We stopped for lunch on our drive at a picnic area and were welcomed to Nova Scotia by a colorful woman who was on a driving tour with friends for her birthday week and another man. Very friendly province! Today we hiked to the Mills Falls on the Mersey River. The river is brown. We were able to climb on rocks near the falls and the kids had a lot of fun with the floating bridge over the river. Maggie and Rick made Lu’sknikn – a Mi’kmaw bread – over the campfire. It has ... read more
Rick and Maggie on the Mersey River

Note: have also updated the PEI blog. Nova Scotia has a little of everything. It has beautiful sandy beaches, big lakes and rugged coastline. Our first night we spent at a campsite on the Bay of Fundy (which runs between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick). The tide here moves a great distance as well. We did a small hike along the clifftop to a viewing area which gave a stunning vista along the beach and out to sea. This area is not idea for swimming as the tidal movements are too strong but it is lovely to look at. Our next stop was partway down the western side. Here we visted a winery before heading out to do a good hike to Cape Split. The day was not great and the walk in was misty giving ... read more
Canoeing at Keji National Park
Boardwalk at Rissers Beach
Peggys Cove

G'day Firstly, Merry Christmas to everyone and all the best for 2008. Thank you to all those that have housed, fed and entertained me during 2007 - you guys are awesome Especially to Elisa and her family, who have been kind enough to adopt me this Christmas and to the Ruske family and to Chris and Pam back in Masterton for putting up with me for a couple of months. The past few weeks have been spent at the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute (, just outside Kejimkujik National Park. I have been helping out with the radio tracking of juvenile hatchling Blanding's turtles and a study into the distribution and recruitment of red oaks. Although I think I have spent more time playing and walking in the snow. The Nova Scotian Blanding's turtle has been listed ... read more
Blandings Turtle with locator beacon
Duncan weighing a turtle
Aging the tree

LOCATION: Lunenburg to Kejimkujik National We stayed at Jeremy’s Bay Campground, (no services), but natural campsites with lots of trees and quiet. The Mi’maq were the original inhabitants of this area. Kejimkuji (Keji) is the first national park of Canada designated a national historic site, which is based on the Mi’maq heritage. On our first hike, the Slapstick Trail, we came across a white tailed deer just walking along, I don’t think I have ever seen a deer with a tail. We took this trail out to Jake’s Landing and rented kayaks. This area is best seen from a canoe or kayak. It was a beautiful day and lots of people were out and about after, all the rain we have had. We enjoyed our paddle and the sunshine. Many of the walking trails are also ... read more
A lovely clear day in Keji
A deer, camouflaged in the forest.
A view from the kayak.

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