In the main park we hired 5 bicycles for an hour or so. The hire centre is at Jakes landing. The bikes were great and had been well cared for.
We found an easy route that took us through forest and down by the lakes. We also skirted around the large campsite set amongst the trees.
It was a good way to see more of the park and yet be close to the action. Unfortunately we didn't see the beavers ( but then we'd have been amazingly lucky to have done so ).
The website below gives you more detail about cycling in the park.
We were in the visitor centre area of the main Kejimkujik Park where we hired bikes for an hour or so. After our cycle ride we stopped by and started chatting to the friendly young female ranger. We were being very enthusiastic about the place and in particular about the animals we'd seen. There were several that we still hadnt spotted during our stay in Nova Scotia and one of them was a porcupine. ( These are different from the ones I'd seen previously in Africa).
The ranger took us to one side and in hushed tones told us where she thought we might find some. We followed her instructions carefully and literally within a few minutes of stepping outside our car we had spotted two - a mother that was nursing her almost fully grown youngster.
They were quite tame and we could get quite close to them before they finally shuffled and snuffled off.
We even had excellent sightings of two Pileated Woodpeckers at the same spot.
We were really grateful to that young warden. Her advice was brilliant. It's a pity we didn't see her again but there is a lesson to learn ..... if you're really interested it pays to ask the locals and they'll know where the animals hang out.
Happy wildlife watching!
According to a brochure that is handed out to visitors at the entrance to Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct NP, the area is "Black Bear Country". While the danger of an encounter with an angry bear is very small, you still should use caution. Hiking in a group will scare the bears so that they won't approach you, staying in the open is useful too as well as not leaving the established trails (which, btw, should be logical in a NP anyway!). If you do see a bear, give it space and back away slowly and defensively. Usually, it will stay away then as you don't mean a direct threat for it. If it attacks... well, you better protect everything that you think is necessary for your own survival. But this is probably a chance as little as winning the lottery.
Well, bears are one part of wildlife in Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct NP, others are seals on the shore, moose in the forest parts and many many birds literally everywhere. So grab your binoculars and enjoy your vistas!
The park can get very heavy rains during the fall. Rivers and streams that are calm can turn into torrents in a short time. Before setting out on a trip please check the local weather report or check in with the park service office.