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ATV/Multiuse Trails - Greater Clarenville

ATV/Multiuse Trails - Greater

Clarenville/Multiuse Trails -

Greater Clarenville

Featured Trail - Clarenville to Terra Nova to Kepenkeck Lake

In this video, we travel the approximately 110 km route from Clarenville to Terra Nova village and then up through the Terra Nova River valley to Kepenkeck lake. Here we see evidence of the area's rich logging history. The Terra Nova River valley stretches some 140 km from the river mouth in Glovertown to its headwaters in the heart of the Middle Ridge Wildlife Reserve. It includes some big, uniquely named lakes like Nanedock Lake, Dog Pond, Kepenkeck Lake, Lake St. John, Mollyguajeck Lake, and Terra Nova Lake.

This waterway provided a natural highway for early central Newfoundland logging and pulp milling operations. The Town of Terra Nova was the most easterly Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company logging division and the logging division farthest from Grand Falls.

Terra Nova started life as a sawmilling community. A sawmill was first established there in 1894. It was only later that wood was harvested for paper making. Wood was cut and boomed on Mollyguajeck Lake, Lake Kippenkek, John’s Pond, and Lake St. John. =

By 1960 the A.N.D Company also had a sawmill set up at Lake St. John and that mill went on to become the first operational plant for what is now Sexton’s Lumber Company.

In the mid-1960s Pulpwood operations had ceased and the area was focused solely on sawmilling - much of which ended in the 1970s.

You can still clearly see the traces of the past in Terra Nova Town and up through the Valley. Today’s trip will explore some of that.


Terra Nova River

Terra Nova Lake

Pinsent’s Pond

Mollyguajeck Lake

Lake St. John

Kepenkeck Lake

Featured Trail - Clarenville to Trinity

For motorized or non-motorized trail riders, Clarenville has the unique advantage of offering trail routes in three directions: South East towards the Avalon, North West towards Terra Nova, and East towards Trinity/Bonavista.

In this episode of Making Tracks: Multiuse trails in the Clarenville region, we'll take a route that brings us to the historic and picturesque town of Trinity. This 180 km return trip takes us along the Bonavista branch of the T'railway to Lethbridge, then along forestry roads to Trinity. Come along for the ride!

Featured Trail - Clarenville to Sabena Crash Site

On September 17, 1946, a Sabena Airlines Douglas DC-4 took off from Shannon Ireland en route to New Your via Gander, Newfoundland. The plane was carrying 44 people.

In the early morning hours of September 18th, the plane's approach to Gander was hampered by fog and drizzle. Disoriented, the plane's crew flew low, hitting the forest and crashing 35 km south of Gander.

27 people were killed in the crash while 16 passengers and one crew member survived. It took several days to find the crash site and several more days to rescue the survivors. The dead were buried at the site - now known as St. Martin's in the Woods.

Come along for a ride from Clarenville to the Sabena Crash site - 135km from Clarenville.

Crash Information

CBC Archival Report

Incident Report:

Featured Trail: Clarenville Perimeter Tour

Take a tour around the perimeter of Clarenville. This 46km tour brings from Clarenville westward on the T'railway to Trynor's Pit, around the White Hills Forestry Road, along the LIL power line and back to Clarenville along the Trailway. This is a great tour for biking or ATVs - or in winter, ski or snowmobile.

Featured Trail: The Cormack Trail

The 78 km Cormack Trail loop takes you along the Bonavista branch of the former NL railway from Clarenville, along the shores of Smith Sound through Georges Brook/Milton, through rich farmland to Lethbridge. From there, the trail heads inland along Sexton's Road to intersect with the TransCanada Highway and the T'railway at Thorburn Lake, where you can head east back to Clarenville, or west towards Port Blandford.

Check out the interactive route:

Featured Trail: Clarenville - Thorburn Lake - Port Blandford - to Village of Terra Nova on the T'railway

The 55 km t'railway corridor between Clarenville and the Village of Terra Nova is a popular off-road route for ATVers and bikers. The route extends northwest through the scenic Shoal Harbour valley though the Thorburn lake cottage area, on to Port Blandford and the popular Terra Nova Golf resort, across the Southwest river and inland to the picturesque Terra Nova village.

Check out the interactive route:


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