Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1569

Cape St. Francis to Bauline Hiking Trail

Proponent: East Coast Trail Association

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

Project Description:

The proponent proposes to develop an 18-kilometre coastal hiking trail from Cape St. Francis to Bauline. The project is a continuation of the trail development work that was undertaken from St. John’s to Cape St. Francis. The proposed route runs south from Cape St. Francis and west to Cripple Cove on the eastern shore of Conception Bay. From there, the route is generally south along the shoreline to the boundary of the Marine Drive Park. Minor deviations will be taken to access exceptional view points or avoid areas that may be vulnerable to environmental damage from hiking traffic. Approximately 6.6 kilometres of the trail will pass through the eastern side of the Marine Drive Provincial Park reserve, including 1.5 kilometres that is located within the privately operated Marine Drive Park. The southern end of the trail will terminate in the Town of Bauline. The trail is located on Crown land, municipal lanes and right-of-ways. The tentative start date for construction is September 1, 2011 for completion by November 30, 2012.

  • March 23, 2011 - The undertaking was registered.
  • April 28, 2011 - Public comments are due.
  • May 7, 2011 - The Minister's decision is due.
  • June 2, 2011 - The Minister announced that the project is released.

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