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Backcountry Hiking & Biking at Kejimkujik

by Jim Cyr, on Wed, 19 Jun 2013 | No Comments

We spent two days deep in the backcountry of Kejimkujik National Park. The proposed route this year was 48 kms of hiking and/or biking across both the northern & southern portions of the park. Park users can travel one of three ways: hiking, biking & paddling. Our route focused on hiking & biking.

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Day 1

This was our hiking day, we wanted to visit three locations in the northern part of the park where bikes are not allowed on the trails. The first big hike was a 10 km out & back along Big Dam Lake. We first hiked along Hardwoods & Hemlocks trail, which is a nicely groomed trail. Once we reached the end of that trail, it turned into a footpath and continued alongside of Big Dam Lake. This section of trail was the most scenic in terms of forest transitions.

The next trail was a short 1 km walk along the Mersey River along the Flowing Waters trail. A popular fishing location. The third trail was another quick hike around 1 km in Rogers Brook; a wetland habitat.

At this point, our GPS said we approached 13 kms of hiking, now it was time to get to our overnight destination to spend the night. We decided to book the backcountry Yurt which was along the biking route. Starting at Eel Weir, we biked in 4 kms to the Yurt. I was using a mountain bike & BOB Yak cargo trailer to haul my gear. Once we arrived at the Yurt, we prepared our supper and enjoyed the evening relaxing inside the structure, not worrying about getting wet.

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Day 2

The next morning came by pretty fast and we were up and on our bikes, heading down the road towards Poison Ivy Falls. A kilometre later, we approached the new WiBoWill cabin being built. This will be a rental accommodation managed by Friends of Keji association. It looked like it was as big as Mason Cabin, so for groups, this would be a great option.

We continued to Poison Ivy Falls, doing this section with mountain bikes is certainly recommended as you cover a lot of ground. After all the return distance back to our car would be 35 kms. This was a remote section of the park as you traveled between the lakes and the old logging roads. At the end of the day, we spent 15 hours on the trail and logged a little more than 48 kms.

Special thanks to Cyclesmith for providing the mountain bike & cargo trailer which made this adventure possible. 

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