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Kejimkujik National Park

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Kejimkujik National Park is located in the southernmost region of the Nova Scotia peninsula.  The park covers an area of 156 square miles (404 sq km).

The park is comprised of two individual land areas. The first is located away from the coast and includes the Kejimkujik National Historic Site.  The second area is located on the east coast facing the Atlantic Ocean.

Most national parks are focused solely on the natural facets of the area.  However, like Mesa Verde in the United States, Kejimkujik incorporates a historical area as well.  The park is comprised of historical features that include habitation sites, burial grounds, hunting and fishing sites, as well as petroglyphs.

The second area is a wilderness that is located along the coast.  The natural facets of the area include beaches, bogs, and intertidal areas.  The area is rich in vegetation with dense forests and other plant life that make it a great haven for wildlife.

The wildlife in Kejimkujik tends to have fewer of the larger mammalian species demonstrating its diversity in other areas.  There are more reptilian and amphibian species in the national park than anywhere else in the Atlantic Canada side of the country.

The white-tailed deer is the largest of the mammalian species with other popular ones including beaver, porcupine, fox, snowshoe hare, and different squirrels.

Highlights

One of the highlights is the diversity of interests in the park including historical facets along with amazing wilderness and diverse wildlife.

Lake Kejimikujik

Lake Kejimikujik is the largest lake in the national park and the second-largest freshwater lake in the province. It covers approximately 10.04 square miles (26 sq km) of the area with a maximum depth of 62.99 feet (19.2 m).

There are 27.96 miles (45 km) of shoreline around the lake which has many small islands scattered across it.  Lake Kejimikujik is where the name of the park comes from.

Kejimkujik National Park Trails:

There are well over a dozen trails ranging from easy to difficult that may be leveraged to explore the area of Kejimkujik National Park.

Kejimkujik Highlights

  • Lake Kejimikujik
  • Wildlife

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