Gold Mines is an interesting trail that tells the story of people mining for gold here long before it became a national park. The trail also has artifacts so you can see what equipment they used. The above photo is the sign you see at the start of the trail. The story of Jim McGuire finding gold is very interesting. He was a person that got into debt, and had to hide out because the sheriff was after him. One day in 1884, he drank from a stream and noticed a shiny pebble of gold.
Following the trail I saw the first sign indicating which direction to go. It is wise to follow the recommended path of the trail so the history of the trail makes sense. As you progress along the trail, you will see many animated figures such as the photograph below.
The best part of the trail is near the end when you see all the artifacts. The trail has many signs explaining what each artifact is. The below photo shows an ore bucket.
There are many more exciting pictures and a video showing more artifacts and other details of the trail. To view the remaining content, click on view photos & video button below.
Review the details below to see where I walked, the distance, and download my GPS tracks to relive my experience.
Max elevation: 115 m
Min elevation: 98 m
Total Time: 01:31:53
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.
Gold Mines Trail
Distance: 3 km return
The signs and exhibits on this trail tell the story of gold mining long before there was a park here. Relics demonstrate where and how the gold was mined, and local miners’ stories bring it all to life. The promise of gold is in the air!
Download Kejimkujik National Park Map and refer to trail #11
Trail info courtesy of Parks Canada