Difficulty: Difficult (Distance).
Setting: Old logging road leading to the fire observation tower.
Facilities: Camping cabin, parking.
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 Trails.ca so I can continue updating and adding more free guides like this.