Kejimkujik National Park: Big Dam / Frozen Ocean Loop (3 days / 22 km)

Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site (or Keji) is a 404km^2 area of idyllic untouched wilderness. It is largely accessible by ancient Mi’kmaq canoe routes on flat water, allowing for a variety of trips for all skill levels. The Big Dam Frozen Ocean loop starts in the northern part of the park and ends at the main launch point accessible from Keji Lake (the focal point of the backcountry). This loop includes small lakes, quiet still waters and short, well-maintained portage tracks. 

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Big Dam Lake

Ending Point: Jake’s Landing

Total Distance: 22 km (could make it 34 km depending on campsites chosen)

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Difficulty: Easy

Location

Keji is located in Maitland Bridge, in South Western Nova Scotia. It is a two-hour drive from Halifax, and its closest towns for supply purchase are on either side of the park on highway 8. Caledonia is on the way from Halifax and is 18km away. It has a small supermarket, NSLC, and a cafe. Warning, there is no gas station in Caledonia, make sure you fill up before you get here. Coming from the other direction, there is Annapolis Royal, located about 35km away. There are more options for stores and restaurants here, and there is a gas station in Lequille just down the road toward the park. EJ’s grill is located just outside of the park on highway 8. You can find a hot meal, cold drink, and limited groceries/supplies here. Their hours are subject to seasonal change. 

Keji is the site of an ancient Mi’kmaq encampment and is considered an extremely important part of the Mi’kmaq people's history. Be sure to read online, visit the Visitor Centre, and speak to a Keji Interpreter to learn more about Keji’s cultural significance. 

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: N/A

Map: Backcountry map provided by Parks Canada. You can purchase a physical map at the Visitor Centre.

Camping Permits: Campsites must be booked in advance on the Parks C...

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