GANDER, N.L. — A local group is hoping to add a little adventure to the Gander experience.
The Adventure Trails Group is currently working on a concept that would see a hiking-only – no motorized vehicles or bicycles – trail from Silent Witness Memorial, east of Gander, to Appleton – approximately 30 kilometres.
Over time, the trail could be extended to encompass Gander Bay and the eastern end of Gander Lake.
Getting the concept off the ground is where the group’s efforts are currently concentrated says chair Glenn Blandford, who noted the first section – from Silent Witness to Little Harbour, west of Gander, has been mapped and plotted in partnership with the Gander Heritage Committee.
Furthermore, there’s already an established five-kilometre hiking trail – Edgar Baird Trail – to kick off the adventure.
“It’s rough, but it’s certainly the type of trail we are looking at,” he said. “We’re not making a paved highway out of this, it’s an adventure trail, containing beautiful scenery that really highlights the lake.”
From there the plan is to extend the trail to Gander and continue to move west.
But no cutting or trail work has taken place yet, as there’s still a fair amount bureaucracy to contend with.
According to treasurer Gerry Parrott, permission to establish the trail needs to be obtained from land owners and Crown Lands.
The group, currently in the process of being incorporated, also needs to obtain liability insurance along the trail should injuries occur.
“We can’t do anything without an insurance policy,” said Parrott. “So, we need to get some cash in place to make this happen before we can start moving forward.”
The two are hoping this can happen, and is open to business partnerships to establish funding, because the scenery it highlights is a section of Gander that is seldom seen.