Route: Pioneer Footpath (NL, Canada)

Submitted by JDahn on Fri, 09/11/2020 - 10:40am
Newfoundland and Labrador, CA
57.7 km
Vertical Gain
972 m

Traveling between the coastal communities of the Labrador Straits, the Pioneer Footpath currently stretches 60km from L'Anse au Clair to Pinware. Before the construction of the highway in the 1950s that now links all the communities of the area, this footpath played a vital role in travel and communication between residents when sea travel was not possible. These old footpaths have been preserved over time, and have been transformed into a hiking trail for residents and visitors. The trail is marked diligently with sign posts bearing a footprint making it relatively easy to follow. The trail sticks mostly to the shore providing magnificent views of the sea as you weave in and out of coves and communities along the way. The trail itself is diverse, with sandy beaches, soft moss, windblown meadows and rocky shorelines and cliffs. It's not uncommon to spot whales, icebergs, and seals in the ocean alongside the trail. Travelling through the communities you hike along their local roads for several kilometres. Historic sites, shipwrecks, and natural wonders are all highlighted along the trail on interpretive panels.

Recently the Pioneer Footpath has been adopted into Canada's The Great Trail.

GPS Track