While the Newfoundland T'Railway Council is making every effort to provide an enjoyable and memorable experience for all trail users, we must point out that not all of our trail has been developed. Further development is being carried out as funding permits. Trail sections can be rough, you may encounter washouts, flooding or other damage and come into contact with wildlife, the largest being bears, moose and caribou, as well as smaller animals such as beaver, fox, mink and lynx to name a few.
Trail infrastructure is also being developed as funding permits. In 2010, we completed upgrading of most of the province's 132 railway trestles. This involved decking and railing as well as upgrading the approaches. Five have been replaced with modular bridges. Several others still need to be replaced and that work will be completed as funding permits.
As with many other multi-use trails spread out over very long distances, enforcement of regulations can be a challenge. We are working closely with the provincial government, which owns the T'Railway, to ensure that unauthorized use of the trail is kept to a minimum. Such unauthorized uses can range from illegal logging activities to the use of private vehicles such as cars and trucks. As with all trail use, caution is warranted and one must be ever mindful of other users.
If you encounter what you believe to be unauthorized or inappropriate use of the trail, please notify our office. If possible, we would like to have license numbers, vehicle descriptions and the location. Do not confront people. Illegal uses of the trail will be reported to the appropriate authorities. Please note that the use of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) has been sanctioned by the trail owners - the provincial government. We are working with ATV groups to ensure proper etiquette is followed and that ATV operators are informed and educated about proper trail use. However, there are always those who behave inappropriately and we are doing our best to minimize these occurrences since we want your trail experience to be a positive one. Please contact our office if you would like to discuss these or any other matters related to the Newfoundland T'Railway/Trans Canada Trail.