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- The Argentia Backland Trail

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The Backland Trail was developed and started by the Argentia Management Authority Inc. in July, 1996. This land was previously under the control of the U.S. Navy and was returned to the Government of Canada when the Americans closed their facility at Argentia in October, 1994.

Today, the Backland Trail includes 16 kilometres of prepared walking trails that provide breathtaking views of Placentia Bay, the woodland, wildlife and plants, kayaking and hiking.

On your walk among the woods and marshes, watch for wildlife such as: eagles, osprey, moose, fox, ptarmigan, and grouse. In addition, you will find some excellent samples of plant life such as Bog Myrtle, Leatherleaf, Northern Rose, Northern Will Raisin, and Creeping Snowberry.

                                                              Climate to expect

Our summer climate is very pleasant, averaging in the range of 20° Celsius. Our evenings are cool with an average of 13° Celsius.

Where We Are
The Backland Trail is located in Argentia, on the southeast portion of Newfoundland.

Safety on the Trail
- Wear appropriate clothes and footwear.
- Never set out on a hike alone
- On any hiking rip, travel with at least one companion and let someone know where you are going and approximately when you plan to return.
Make sure the walk can be completed in daylight hours.
- Be prepared to turn back if the weather worsens.

Protect Your Trail
- Take only pictures, leave only the lightest of footprints, and bring home only memories.
- Leave the place you’re visiting in a natural condition. You can’t improve nature.
- Campfires are not permitted on the Backland Trail. Remember, campfires are responsible for many wildfires.
Bring it in…bring it out. Please check your rest or picnic area for trash or spilled foods. Pack and remove all trash, leftover food and litter.

Trail Rating
Our trails are rated easy to moderate through the trail system
Parking is available at each of the lookout sites.

Please click to download our Press Release - April 27, 2010 Argentia Backland Trail Brochure