Name:            Luxton Lake Trail 
     County:          Kejimkujik National Park
     Ownership:       Dept. of Canadian Heritage 
     Trail Length:    8 km
     Season:          Year round


     Emergency:       911
     Special:         The nearest phone is at the Visitor Centre.


Kejimkujik National Park off of route 8. Trail begins from the Liberty Lake 
Trail at 35 km from Peskowesk parking lot; 9 km from eel weir.


     Walking:             N        Hiking:         Y
     Mountain Biking:     Y        XCountry Ski:   Y
     ATV:                 N        Horse:          N
     Snowmobile:          N        Coastal:        N
     Loop:                N        Wheelchair:     N
     Wheelchair Assisted: N  


This is a 4 km trail which takes 2 hours to complete both ways, however there is 
a substantial hike before reaching the trail head. Remember your sun screen as 
there is little protection from the sun in the early afternoon. 

During the spring season, the section of the trail near Ben Lake sometimes 
floods the boardwalk area and creates muddy conditions on either side of the 
boardwalk.  There are also lots of bugs in the springtime.  For cross-country 
skiing, the first section of the trail is difficult until campsite #38 due to 
large rocks.  The rest of the trail is fine.

Cyclists are permitted on this trail but only as far as Poison Ivy Falls. The 
first section of the trail follows an old logging road that is about 3 metres 
wide and has very little vegetation, making hiking easy. The area known as Poison 
Ivy Falls is home to a large amount of Poison Ivy (along the brook). Portage "N" 
which runs parallel with the brook, is a nice, short walk that offers a view of 
both Peskawa and Peskowesk Lakes.  One can find a 100 ton erratic on this portage 
which was likely carried by the last glacier.  

Campsite #38 is located  at the brook. The trail follows a gradual incline for 
the next hour.  It levels off when Ben Lake is reached. Boardwalk sections cover 
wet areas that are encountered around the Ben Lake area.  From this point to 
campsite #39, the trail remains level and encounters several areas which show 
evidence of old sawmills. 

Near Luxton Lake the trail splits in two directions.  The left trail goes to 
campsite #39 that is situated about 20 feet from the lake.  This site offers a 
nice view of Luxton Lake but offers little protection from the wind or sun. The 
other branch of the trail goes to an old sawmill.  There is a large sawdust 
pile, a lumber pile, and the remains of an old mill and cookhouse.  Luxton Lake 
passes through mixed forest with pine predominating.

Kejimkujik is a National Park.  Phone the park Visitor Centre at (902) 682-2772 
for back-country maps, reservations (for regular and back-country sites), 
information on park regulations, and any additional information.  

Those intending to camp at a back-country site must first register at the park 
Visitor Centre.


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Page last updated 2010-02-11