Fire Tower Trail

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Kejimkujik Info

Difficulty: Difficult (Distance).

Setting: Old logging road leading to the fire observation tower.

Facilities: Camping cabin, parking.

Signage: Adequate.

  • Basic 2 person cabin with stove, kitchen and bunk beds.

  • Fire tower is in the heart of the park on a high point.

  • A 20km trail from Eel Weir Bridge.

Kejimkujik National Park, (1of 2 in the province) is a well-known camping destination.  Its well preserved, the expansive land is an oasis for un-tampered nature in the south of the province.  Its old-growth forest and bio-diversity are a huge draw. 

Camping at Keji is very popular.  There are many different campsites throughout the park, including backcountry sites.  Canoe and bike rentals are a must to reach some of the more remote areas of the park.  In winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing is the best way to see the park.

The fire tower trail is a 19km trail, leading to the fire observation tower for the park.  The trail can be shortened to about 10km in the on-season, as you can drive in eel weir rd. and park in a lot.  In the off-season (when we went) the gate is locked and you must walk (or ski)  the full 19km.  The trail follows a well-maintained road the entire distance and is a fairly steady incline most of the way in.  The scenery isn’t the most spectacular in the park, but you can still get a good idea of the diverse nature and the extensive lake and waterway system that runs throughout the park.

The fire tower cabin (book with the visitor centre) is a cheap and simple cabin, which is a great place to stay if you want something more than a tent.  It comes equipped with running water in the on-season, a wood stove, bunk beds, wood, and an outhouse.  Very basic, but you don’t come here to stay in a chalet. The cabin sits next to the fire tower (do not climb) and is also a couple of km from a portage area off of the main lake.

Make sure you set aside a minimum of 2 days for this trip, and use the cabin as a home base to set out and explore other areas of the park.  Support Halifax so I can continue updating and adding more free guides like this.

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