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The Great Coastal Trail: A New Adventure in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Central Development Association has proposed an exciting new project called The Great Coast Trail that will enhance the outdoor hiking experience in Newfoundland and Labrador. The project, known as the Great Coastal Trail, is set to begin in Parson’s Pond and end in Daniel’s Harbour, spanning a distance of 28 kilometres.

The Great Coastal Trail Project

The Great Coastal Trail project is the first stage of a larger development plan. The trail will be multi-use, catering to both walkers and bikers, and will follow a route between the coast and Route 430.

The construction of the trail will involve tree cutting, pruning, vegetation clearing, and the installation of bridges.

In addition to the trail, a trailhead gateway is also proposed. This gateway will include bike parking, information kiosks, and outdoor seating, providing a welcoming start to the trail experience.

The Central Development Association, the proponent of the project, is known for turning ideas into reality and driving community growth. 

This project is no exception, as it aims to enhance the outdoor experience in the region and promote active lifestyles.

The Importance of Multi-Use Trails

Multi-use trails are more than just paths for biking, walking, or running. They are spaces that cater to all ages, abilities, and purposes. 

They provide a safe and enjoyable environment for outdoor activities, promoting health and well-being. The Great Coastal Trail, as a multi-use trail, will offer these benefits to locals and tourists alike.

The Impact of the Great Coastal Trail

The Great Coastal Trail is expected to have a significant impact on the region. It will provide increased access to outdoor recreation opportunities, promoting health, well-being, and quality of life.

Moreover, the trail’s development is expected to stimulate new business, strengthen existing businesses, and create new employment opportunities. This will support population growth by attracting and retaining residents.

The trail will also enhance the region’s tourism appeal. It will be anchored by two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Gros Morne National Park and L’Anse aux Meadows – and offer stunning views of mountains, icebergs, and whales.

Next Steps for the Great Coast Trail

The undertaking for the Great Coastal Trail project was registered on January 4, 2024. The deadline for public comments is February 8, 2024, and the Minister’s decision is due by February 18, 2024.

As we await the decision, it’s clear that the Great Coastal Trail represents a significant step forward in promoting outdoor recreation and economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador. Whether you’re a local resident or a tourist, a walker or a biker, the trail promises to offer a unique and enjoyable outdoor experience.

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