Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1194

Port aux Basques to Belle Isle (Appalachian) Hiking Trail

Proponent: International Appalachian Trail NL Chapter Inc.

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

  • Project Description:
    The proponent plans to develop a hiking trail along the Long Range Mountains of Western Newfoundland from Channel-Port aux Basques in the south to Belle Isle in the north. The proposed trail will be an extension of the US Appalachian Trail and International trail from New Brunswick to the Gaspe� Peninsula in Quebec. The Western Newfoundland section will be comprised of 550 kilometres of new non-contiguous walking/hiking trail connected to existing trails and roads to cover the route. The trail will be approximately one metre wide over original soil with no bridges or boardwalks. The trail is planned to be developed over a five year period beginning in early summer.
  • May 11, 2005 - The undertaking was registered.
  • June 16, 2005 - Public comments are due.
  • June 25, 2005 - The Minister's decision is due.
  • August 26, 2005 - The Minister announced the undertaking has been released from further environmental assessment review subject to conditions.

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