Trailway Provincial Park; Cape Ray

Channel-Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador

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You will be riding between Channel-Port-aux-Basques and Cape Ray, on the southern tip of the west side of Newfoundland. This ride to Cape Ray follows the right-of-way of the old Canadian National Railway line. The abandoned railroad bed is being developed by the Newfoundland Trailway Council as part of the Trans-Canada Trail. Known as the Trailway Provincial Park, the trail will one day stretch 548 miles, from Channel-Port-aux-Basques to St. John's. This ride begins a section of the route named the Wreckhouse Trail. On a sunny afternoon in August, when the sand dunes and picturesque beaches near Cape Ray make you wonder whether you've been transported down to the Caribbean, it is difficult to imagine the conditions that led to this name. However, winds can blow across this southwestern corner of Newfoundland with gusts of up to 100 miles per hour. When the trains were still running, derailments were common along this section of the railroad.

Trailway Provincial Park; Cape Ray Professional Review and Guide

"You will be riding between Channel-Port-aux-Basques and Cape Ray, on the southern tip of the west side of Newfoundland. This ride to Cape Ray follows the right-of-way of the old Canadian National Railway line. The abandoned railroad bed is being developed by the Newfoundland Trailway Council as part of the Trans-Canada Trail. Known as the Trailway Provincial Park, the trail will one day stretch 548 miles, from Channel-Port-aux-Basques to St. John's.

This ride begins a section of the route named the Wreckhouse Trail. On a sunny afternoon in August, when the sand dunes and picturesque beaches near Cape Ray make you wonder whether you've been transported down to the Caribbean, it is difficult to imagine the conditions that led to this name. However, winds can blow across this southwestern corner of Newfoundland with gusts of up to 100 miles per hour. When the trains were still running, derailments were common along this section of the railroad."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Channel-Port-aux-Basques
Distance: 24
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: Best in July and August.
Local Contacts: Newfoundland Trailway Council, 709-256-8833.
Local Maps: Newfoundland Maps (map 35, sections L-5, K-5, and J-5). Highway map for Newfoundland.
Driving Directions: Directions to Trailway Provincial Park; Cape Ray

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