This trail branches from the Harbour Rocks Trail, and crosses an extensive bog to a viewing platform overlooking Boyds Cove. The trail skirts clumps of coastal forest, which provide shelter for white-tailed deer and forest birds, and then follows the coast to Port Joli Head. Here is the full force of the ocean. Crashing surf announces the energy of the waves, the wind whips salty spray into the air, cobbles clatter as the waves recede, cries of gulls and eiders drift ashore, and the smell of seaweed is heavy in the air. Large boulders left behind by the glaciers sit perched on the rocky headlands, now encrusted with orange coastal lichens. When you explore these headlands be careful to keep your distance from the water’s edge, since rogue waves can wash across them. From Port Joli Head, the trail loops along the shoreline to Harbour Rocks.
Trailhead: Departs from Kejimkujik Seaside parking lot Significant Feature: Hike the headlands of Kejimkujik Seaside. Watch the swells roll in from the North Atlantic Ocean and waves crash against the cobble beach. Experience forests which are stunted by the rugged weather of the Atlantic seacoast. Length: 8.7 kilometres (5.4 miles) return to the parking lot Hiking Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
The trails at Kejimkujik (Maitland Bridge, NS) and at Kejimkujik Seaside (Port Joli, NS) showcase an incredible variety of habitats, scenery and places of cultural and historical significance. Visitor services at Kejimkujik are available from mid-May until mid-October. Please visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/keji for maps and information on entry passes, visitor safety and visitor services.
For your comfort and safety:
• Ensure that dogs are kept leashed and do not approach, disturb or feed wild animals
• Take along appropriate clothing - rapid weather changes often occur, especially at Kejimkujik Seaside
• Carry water with you, especially for longer trails, climbs or open barrens
• Bring insect repellent as black flies and mosquitoes are common all summer
• Mountain bikes are permitted only where indicated, for public safety and protection of the environment
• Stay on boardwalks to protect fragile vegetation
Core Experience: Outdoor Adventure
Government Level: National
Trail Type: Day Use