4 Newfoundland and Labrador Hiking Trails that Will Make You Love the Outdoors
In Newfoundland, it’s easy to enjoy getting out into our beautiful world and experiencing the wild beauty of our province. We are lucky to have so many possibilities for exploring nature in our own backyards. Whether you are a tested hiker or someone who enjoys a leisurely stroll, there are nearly endless possibilities! Here are four ideas to get you started:
East Coast Trail
Running the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, the East Coast Trail connects 24 villages and towns from Cape St. Francis to Cappahayden. The trail boasts 265 km of developed, hardened trails as well as 275 km of undeveloped trails for the more rugged, skilled hiker. The trails are marked with difficulty ratings and materials are available to help you navigate.
The Labrador Pioneer Footpath
Imagine a time before the telephone, automobiles, and the Labrador Straits Highway– when local communities were almost completely isolated. Only trails linked the communities to each other and were especially vital when sea travel wasn’t possible. The Labrador Pioneer Footpath preserves the historic trails that villagers walked (or sometimes sledded) between communities so that you can enjoy them. Planned to extend to Red Bay, the route currently runs between L’Anse Au Clair and Pinware. As the path stays to the coastline, take time to look out over the shore and ocean to spot the occasional whale or iceberg.
The International Appalachian Trail
Beginning at Port aux Basques, the Newfoundland section of the International Appalachian Trail extends across the Western portion of the province using logging roads from the Trans Canada Trail and paths specially developed by the IAT organization. From craggy mountains to lush meadows to crystal blue bays, the trails wind you through some of the most gorgeous natural scenery on the planet.
Named a UNESCO World Heritage site, Gros Morne National Park of Canada contains over 100 kilometres of hiking trails rated easy, moderate, and strenuous. Choose the length of your outing– from walks that take a half-hour to difficult whole-day hikes to wilderness backpacking. Depending on the trail, you may see sea stacks, volcanic rocks, a sea cave, coves, beautiful waterfalls, boreal forests, plateaus, a ghost town, rivers, and ponds.
Regardless of your hiking ability, these trails offer a variety of choices! Whether you’re interested in walking in the footsteps of pioneers or through-hiking across the province, there is a trail for you. Enjoy the journey!