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Labrador Pioneer Footpath
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About the Trail
The Labrador Pioneer Footpath takes you on a hiking adventure following traditional walking routes along the shores of the Labrador Straits. These footpaths, once the only link by land to each community, take you to historic sites and some natural wonders of the area.

Prior to the construction of the Labrador Straits Highway in the 1950s, local communities were linked by a series of walking paths. These paths were a vital part of the lifestyle of the region and, when sea travel wasn't possible, were the only means of contact for residents before the arrival of telephones and automobiles. The Labrador Straits coastline has retained these old footpaths historically used by residents traveling on foot, or by dog sled, and are now used as a base for this walking trail system. The Labrador Pioneer Footpath now travels between the communities of L'Anse Au Clair and Pinware and will eventually extend approximately 110 km to Red Bay.
The Footpath, which is located near the shore, provides magnificent scenic views and lookouts for whales and icebergs. Trailheads are located at scenic locations near communities. Interpretive panels at the trailheads highlight the natural and cultural history of the region.
 
Trail Map and Tracks
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The Footpath is currently marked on the ground with trail markers between the communities of L'Anse Au Clair and Forteau, Fox Cove and L'Anse Au Loup, L'Anse Au Loup and Battery Trailhead, Battery Trailhead and Pinware.

These are downloadable GPS tracks for sections of trail as listed above:

L'Anse Au Clair to Forteau
Fox Cove to L'Anse Au Loup
L'Anse Au Loup and Battery Trailhead
Battery Trailhead and Pinware
 
Contact Information
For more information and to download gps tracks, visit the Gateway to Labrador Visitor Centre located on Route 510 at L' Anse Au Clair.

Or connect with us by:
E-Mail: LSHDC@labradorstraits.net
Phone: 709 931 2013
 
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Jersey Rooms(trailpeak.com) (larger version)
Labrador Pioneer Footpath on TrailPeak.com
Follow the adventure of Kurt Turchan and fellow hiker, Jodie as they hiked the Labrador Pioneer Footpath.
Labrador Pioneer Footpath at L'Anse Au Clair
On their first day in Labrador, Kurt and Jodie hiked to the Jersey Room near L'Anse au Clair. You can read about their adventures here. More information about this section of trail, including photos and downloadable GPS information can also be found on the Jersey Rooms page at TrailPeak.com.
 
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L'Anse au Clair to Forteau(courtesy trailpeak.com) (larger version)
L'Anse Au Clair to Pinware
On the second day of their visit to Labrador, Kurt and Jodie trekked from L'Anse au Clair to Forteau along the Labrador Pioneer Footpath. On the third day they trekked to Point Amour. The next day they hiked to the Battery, to Capstan Island and on to Pinware. Notes of their hike are detailed in this blog entry.
 

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