Arrival At Campsite

Day 1: Camping at Kejimkujik National Park


This is a trip I have been looking forward to for a long time. My first camping trip of 2014 at Kejimkujik National Park. The day before the trip I learned there might be rain on the first day. I decided to buy myself a tarp so I can cook in the rain if needed. I wasn’t allowed to set up my campsite immediately, because I arrived a few hours too early. I decided to explore the Merrymakedge Beach to kill some time. After parking the car I noticed rain clouds starting to form. I got my umbrella so I could record videos of the beach during the rain. While exploring the beach, I was imagining how busy the beach would be during the summer time.

One hour later I left the beach to get my campsite permit. The picture shown above is where I would be camping for the next 4 nights. The convenience of this site is that I’m steps away from a dishwashing sink, bathroom and lake. Every time I go camping the first task I always do is setting up my tent.



After the unpacking was complete, I got ready to prepare my dinner. This night I prepared pork chops with orange, red and yellow peppers, and red onions with white rice. Below are the spices I used to season my meat.


Spices used to season pork chops. Spices from left to right are paprika, parsley, curry, soy sauce, basil, garlic powder and black pepper.

To relive the action, I prepared a video of me cooking, visiting Merrymakedge Beach and setting up my campsite. To view the videos and additional pictures, click on the view photos & video button below.

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Park Info

A world of natural and cultural wonders awaits you at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, the only Parks Canada site which is designated both a National Park and a National Historic Site.

Nature is at its best in Kejimkujik. Camp in a beautiful wooded campsite or remote wilderness site and listen for the call of the loon. Discover historic canoe routes, experience Mi’kmaw petroglyphs, and swim in the warm waters of Kejimkujik Lake. Don’t forget about Kejimkujik Seaside. Turquoise waters, white sand and seals basking on nearby rocks will captivate you.

Park info courtesy of Kejimkujik National Park

Jakes Landing to Merrymakedge Beach

This is a multi-use trail so watch for bikers. The trail begins at the far end of the Jakes Landing parking lot, and climbs steeply through scattered granite boulders. This is a good place to watch for pileated woodpeckers. Enveloped in trees, you will pass by the viewing tower exhibit and continue to Merrymakedge playground. From here the trail follows the lakeshore, flat and easy, to the canteen and the beach at Merrymakedge.

Download Kejimkujik National Park Map and refer to trail #8.

Trail info courtesy of Kejimkujik National Park

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