Hiking Kejimkujik Little Fairies

Kejimkujik’s name comes from the Mi’kmaw word Kejimkuji’jk meaning little fairies.

Little Faries

Little Fairies

 

Kejimikujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada is in Maitland Bridge a 2.5 hour drive from Halifax, 2.5 from Yarmouth and a 1.5 hour drive from Digby.

 

 

 

Our favourite time to hike Keji is the fall, the landscape evolves into a new view everyday.

Queens County Autumn

 

 

 

Trails vary in length from 0.2 km to 3.5 km, offering something for everyone.

 

 

 

Kejimkujik offers volunteer experiences through the Southwest Nova Volunteer Program.

Keji Frog

 

This is a group of organizations, Parks Canada, Friends of Keji, Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute and Bird Studies Canada and individuals are working  to help species at risk and enhance environmental conservation.

 

 

You can get involved!  volunteer.keji@pc.gc.ca | (902) 298-0486

Keji Mushrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowshoeing

The perfect winter Saturday morning, a crispy bite in the air and warm sunshine. A great day for a hike at Keppock Mountain.

Keppoch Views

Keppoch Views

The parking lot was full, snowshoers lacing up and working their way up the trails ahead of us, the lodge was full of backpacks and snowshoes.

People were collecting firewood, building lean to’s and gathering in groups. This was the weekend for an outdoor survival experience and 20 people are spending the night on the Keppoch to learn the skills needed for outdoor winter survival.

We discovered that we could hike without snowshoes but it wasn’t easy going. We tried a trail but soon turned back.

Before we reached the beautiful, newly renovated lodge we were offered snowshoes to use for a hike! We laced up and headed up the Summit East trail.

Need snowshoes? $5.00 will rent you a pair of snowshoes from the the Town or County of Antigonish.

Keppoch Summit East

Keppoch Summit East

Thanks to the folks who are building the Keppoch community. We enjoyed the fruits of your labour.

Want to join in the fun? February 15 is Keppoch Fun Day.

Keppoch Mountain is  about a 10 minute drive from downtown Antigonish.

Hiking the South Shore of Nova Scotia

Quahogging on Crescent Beach

Quahogging on Crescent Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The South Shore of Nova Scotia offers the best year round hiking. The long stretches of white sandy beaches,easy access and moderate temperature throughout the year make the South Shore a favourite for hikers.

Kejimkujik Seaside

Kejimkujik Seaside

My top ten.

Queensland

Hirtles

Rissers

Cherry Hill

Beach Meadows

White Point

Cherry Hill Beach Nova Scotia

Cherry Hill Beach Nova Scotia

Kejimkujik Seaside

Sandhills Provincial Park

Crescent Beach Lockeport

The Hawk

 

 

 

Be sure to check out our local expert the Scotian Hiker.  For more resources check out these links. Happy hiking!

Nova Scotia’s Backyard

Nova Scotia Tourism

 

Holiday Hike

Keji Rock Reflection Pool

The last few years have been so mild that we have worn sneakers or hiking shoes, of course toques, scarves and mitts are de rigeur in winter, no matter the weather. Hiking off Christmas dinner at Kejimkujik Seaside, has become a Christmas Day Tradition, and this year we were joined by friends old and new.

With good company and an easy, rolling, stroll we arrived beach side in a little better than an hour. A fellow hiker shared her father’s outdoor tea drink (black tea and sugar), along with spicy homemade cookies and chocolate. It was the perfect hiking menu, I felt the warmth of season, spice and friendship.

The shutterbugs among us took advantage of the people shots

Hiking Menu

and the sunsets.

Keji Sunsets

As hikes go this old, familiar, and favoured path with friends, old and new is a tradition that always inspires me to resolve to get out and hike more of Nova Scotia in the New Year.

Kejimkujik Seaside’s Boots & Views of Nova Scotia

Kejimkujik Seaside’s Boots & Views of Nova Scotia

Keji Seaside Trail

Hiking on the South Shore of Nova Scotia over the Christmas Holidays has become a tradition in our family, as we usually have minimal snowfall. This year is no exception.

 Views that stretch in all directions of ocean and sedge grasses frame an hour walk to some of the most dramatic white sand beaches in Canada.

 

The trails today were snow covered for the most part and easy with treads, and manageable with sneakers. The 8.7 km hike is closed due to storm damage. The Harbour Rocks Trail was a perfect 2 hour hike.

 The seals have abandoned the prehistoric rocks they usually bask on, for waters inshore, but the gulls were there to greet us.

 

We packed our lunch and enjoyed hot peppermint tea from a thermos and dried apricots.

Kejimkujik Seaside is about 25 kilometres southwest of Liverpool. A two hour drive from Halifax.