Tourism Argentia - The Argentia Backland Trail
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,
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
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
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
- 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.
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 Argentia Backland Trail Brochure