Kejimkujik National Park: Kejimkujik Lake to Lower Silver Lake Loop (2 days / 35 km)

Kejimkujik National Park is Nova Scotia’s paddling paradise, with a great system of lakes and the province’s only Dark Sky Reserve, only a 2-hour drive from Halifax. Well-maintained portages and campsites allow paddlers to retrace routes used by Mi’kmaw peoples for thousands of years. Keji offers copious flat water routes, challenging the more advanced trippers with some lengthy portages while also offering no-portage routes around Keji lake for beginners.

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Jake’s Landing in Kejimkujik National Park

Ending Point: Jake’s Landing in Kejimkujik National Park

Total Distance: 35 km

Duration: 2 days / 1 night (though it would be best to do it in 3 days / 2 nights)

Difficulty: Intermediate (due to long portages)

Trip Completed: September 2015


Located in Kejimkujik National Park, via the main campground entrance. A 2-hour drive from Halifax, in Southwestern Nova Scotia. Caledonia (18 km away) is the closest town to the park where you can find basic amenities.

Traditional Territory: This route in the Kawartha Highlands is located on the traditional territory of the Mi'kma'ki and Wabanaki Confederacy (source).

Maps & Resources

Map: Topographic map by Government of Canada. The map can be viewed and downloaded / printed as a PDF here.

Campsite Reservations: Campsites can be booked via the Parks Canada Portal. You will need to book the specific campsite you want, the sites are currently $25.04 per night.

Permits: Permits can be booked on the Parks Canada Reservation Portal by choosing Backcountry Camping, then Kejimkujik. You must pick up your permit at the Visitor’s Center and return it at the end of your trip. If you need to pick up/drop off your permit outside Visitor Center hours just give them a call before your trip to arrange for permit pick up/drop off (902-682-2772).

Outfitters & Shuttles

The Keji Outfitters is located at Jake’s Landing, the starting point! Yo...

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