Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Information

Many services listed in our Community Recreation Database ( / NS Trails Guide have reduced hours or are currently closed to the public. We advise that you call ahead to confirm services / trails are open and available before attending in person.

Follow Public Health guidelines for the county you are in.  Always wear a mask in public, including outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Please refer to for more details.

Canoe Annapolis County

Route 23 – Mersey River

Public Bulletin This route is NOT recommended for NOVICE and INTERMEDIATE paddlers. 
Additional access points are available as provided in adjoining route listings (Sandy Bottom, Milford Lakes and Kejimkujik National Park).
Located In Annapolis County
Where To Find Us
Access: Boot Lake from Milford House
Route 8
Milford (Anna Co.)
Other Site Locations Access: Four Mile Run (Mersey River)
Off Route 8
North of Maitland Bridge
View Google Map

Access: Three Mile Run (Mersey River)
Off Route 8
Maitland Bridge
View Google Map

Access: Harry Lake at Mersey River Chalets (Mersey River)
322 Mersey River Chalets Rd, (Off Route 8)
Maitland Bridge
View Google Map

Access: Bridge over the Mersey River (Maitland Bridge)
Route 8
Maitland Bridge
View Google Map

Access: Jakes Landing (Kejimkujik National Park)
1507 Kejimkujik Main Pkwy
Maitland Bridge
View Google Map

Access: Eel Weir Bridge (Kejimkujik National Park)
Eel Weir Rd, (Off Kejimkujik Main Pkwy)
Maitland Bridge
View Google Map

Access: Lows Landing (Lake Rossignol)
Off Devonshire Rd, (Take Harmony Rd ,or Hibernia Rd to W. Caledonia Rd, off Route 8 to Devonshire Rd)
View Google Map
Areas Served Annapolis County
Phone 902-665-5010
Contact Debra Ryan, Recreation Manager
Description & Services
Information This route is NOT recommended for NOVICE and INTERMEDIATE paddlers. 
Portions of Route 23 are also catalogued in this guide as Route 3, Sandy Bottom Lake; Route 4, Milford Lakes; and Route 6, Kejimkujik National Park. 
The Mersey River is a long river stretching nearly the entire width of the Province from north to south. 
The river begins at Sandy Bottom Lake in the Milford Lakes system, and flows south through Kejimkujik National Park, ending on the South Shore at Liverpool. The Mersey River is a traditional route used for generations by the Mi'kmaq when traveling from the Bay of Fundy to the South Shore. 
The Mersey River offers the wilderness traveler the charm and variety of quiet stillwaters, moving water runs, and some large lakes.  
In close proximity to roads for the most part, the route gives the paddler a sense of remoteness, with shorelines hosting majestic stands of second growth, mature hemlock and pine.  
Most of the river is deep enough to navigate most of the year, with some portages. It is advisable, however, to avoid the section between Kempton Lake and Kejimkujik Lake during periods of low water, as this portion can present long stretches of "boney" (exposed rock) riverbed.  
Helmets are recommended if you intend to run rapids. Longer rope is recommended for lining through rougher sections on this river. 
If you plan to paddle through and tent overnight in Kejimkujik National Park, please note that the numbered sites within the park must be reserved. 
Click HERE for launch location(s), map and route details.
Trail or Water Route Map
Special Information
Tags Active Transportation ; Annapolis Valley Connect ; Canoe/Kayak ; Maps ; NS Trail Guide ; Outdoor Recreation ; Recreation Categories ; South Shore Connect ; Summer Programs
Categories - General Canoeing ; Kayaking ; Maps ; National Parks ; Recreational Rivers