Your best bet would be to obtain a copy of the travel guide by outdoor adventure writer Sue Lebrecht. The title is The Trans Canada Trail: Newfoundland and is published by the Canadian Geographic Society in conjunction with the Trans Canada Trail Foundation.You can also go to the Trans Canada Trail Locator which will provide you with maps and a wealth of related information on trails, routes, GPS locations, way points, etc.Click here
Topographical maps in various formats and scales (1:50,00; 1:20,000 etc.) are available through the provincial government but cost is a consideration. The mapping division is located in the Howley Building in St. John's and you can reach them at (709) 729-3304.
You could but you may live to regret it. While the water in many of our rivers and ponds is perfectly fine to drink, in recent years there has been a marked increase in the incidence of giardiasis (aka beaver - not Beiber - fever), a diarrheal illness caused by a one-celled, microscopic parasite sometimes found in beaver droppings. Rather than risk a whole assortment of nasty symptoms which we won't go into here, you should avoid untreated water whenever possible.You might also want to check out various water purification tablets and/or some of the portable water filters designed for hikers.
You certainly can sponsor a section of the T'Railway in Newfoundland and we'd be delighted if you did. The "Build a Metre of Trail" campaign is administered by the Trans Canada Trail Foundation, with which we are affiliated , and you can request that your donation be spent in the province of your choice. You can check out the details on the Trans Canada Trail website at www.tctrail.ca or by calling 1-800-465-3636.
For the most part, no. However, non-residents in possession of a valid big game hunting license who are accompanied by a licensed guide can carry firearms during open hunting seasons. Because it is a provincial park, however, the use of firearms within the T'Railway boundaries is not permitted.
The T'Railway is owned by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and comes under the jurisdiction of the Parks and Natural Areas Division of the Department of Environment and Conservation. Consequently, they are ultimately responsible for maintaining the T'Railway, either directly themselves or through the appointed agencies such as the Newfoundland T'Railway Council (that's us). Since the mid-90's the T'Railway Council has upgraded many hundreds of kilometres of rail bed and has refurbished virtually all of the 133 trestles and bridges located along the trail. However, the work we do is dependent on the availability of funding from the federal and provincial governments, the private sector and other sources.
It is certainly a good idea to carry one but coverage varies considerably from one area to another so you would be wise not to rely on it for emergencies.
There are some sections of the T'Railway that would probably be more or less suitable for horseback riding, particularly in the central and southwest portions of the island. However, you're going to encounter some major problems in areas that have not been upgraded. Certain trestles may tend to spook the animals while the original gravel or heavy ballast used to stabilize the track would make for very loose footing.
Helmets are required, as is insurance for machines crossing any road or highway. There are also restrictions as to the type of terrain over which ATVs are permitted to travel. For detailed information pertaining to ATVs and snowmobiles you should go to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador website.
There are three such pavilions in Newfoundland at the moment. One is located in St. John's immediately adjacent to the Railway Coastal Museum in the west end of Water Street. A second pavilion is situated in Gander close to where the T'Railway crosses Airport Boulevard, while the third can be found on the outskirts of Corner Brook at the Man in the Mountain viewing area at the intersection of Riverside Drive and the TCH.
The weather varies quite a bit on the island of Newfoundland, sometimes from one minute to the next. Generally, our summers are fairly pleasant, at least they have been for the last few years, but frost and sometimes even snowstorms can occur well into June and early September. The prevailing winds in the summer are westerly so in that sense there may be a marginal advantage in traveling from west to east.