Review: Walking Trails in Labrador
Brief description of some of the walking trails in Labrador
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We spent 4 days in Labrador. We spent a day visiting Red Bay but the rest of the time was spent pottering. There are several easy but very good walking trails we did. One of the grate things about Labrador is there are few trees so all the trails had good views. The trails were all well maintained with boardwalks over wet areas and steps up steep bits.
MONT PARENT TRAIL is just outside Blanc Sablon, in Quebec (from the ferry, turn left at the main road and it is a short drive). There is a small car park just off the main road. It was a steep climb from the car park followed by an easy walk across the tops to a cross and views of Blanc Sablon. There were several interpretive boards covering the geology, history and botany of the area. The vegetation was very lush with rocky outcrops which are the only place in the world where Fernald’s Milk Vetch grows.
The JERSEY ROOMS TRAIL is a short drive from the Gateway to Labrador Centre (a beautifully restored old church in L’Anse au Claire, with has an interesting exhibition).
This is a well made path with stone edges and chippings across the storm beach and round the bay to the remains of an 18thC fishing village settled by people from Jersey in the Channel Islands. There are information panels along the walk. We saw the ‘rock house’ a small hide on the edge of the beach used to shoot seabirds. We could see the stone foundations of one of the houses from the early settlers, the remains of the original paths round the settlement and cobble pits used to render seal oil.
It was a lovely walk in the sunshine and we saw Minke whales in the bay. We enjoyed it.
The RALEIGH TRAIL at L’Anse Amour follows the old access road from L’Anse Amour to the lighthouse and was used to bring stone for building the lighthouse. It is very easy walking along a wide and well graded track. We could see the scant remains of HMS Raleigh which sank in 1923 in thick fog “trying to avoid an iceberg” and ran aground. That is the official version. There are rumours it was going too fast and the crew were not paying attention. It was blown up in 1926 to stop sightseers taking photographs of the wreck and sending them to the papers to be published.
At WEST ST MODESTE we parked behind the Town Offices to do the newly constructed boardwalk and stairs to the top of Boquets Hill behind West St Modeste. This climbed about 400 feet (mainly steps with seats at along the way) with superb views across to Pinware, along the coast, West St Modeste and inland over the mountainous interior. It was tundra type vegetation with white lichen which was dry and crunchy underfoot, bilberry, crowberry, cranberry, bakeapples and even a few fungi. We sat at the observation station to enjoy the views. It is possible to walk along the ridge for long distances. This was an excellent and very well worthwhile walk.
There are two recommended walks in Red Bay; the Tracey Hill and the Boney Shore trails which start from the same car park.
The TRACEY HILL is signed off the road at the edge of Red Bay and the car park is a short drive down an unpaved road. From the car park it is a steep climb up the hillside with boardwalk and 689 steps. (I didn’t count them – that is what the board at the start of the walk said.) There were several information boards on the way up which were a good excuse to stop and get our breath and enjoy the views over Red Bay, Saddle Island, the coast and inland. It is a walk which gets the heart and lungs working and is rewarded by fantastic views.
The BONEY SHORE TRAIL branches off the Tracey Hill Trail. This goes through forest and then out onto the lush vegetation above the shore line where bones from the whale carcasses were washed ashore. There were not as many whale bones as we’d expected as most of them are now overgrown by vegetation. We wouldn’t bother with this walk again.
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