Boots on the Trail: Crabbes River (NL)
NCC conservation biologist Megan Lafferty inspects lands along Crabbes River, near St. Fintan's in western Newfoundland and Labrador (Photo by NCC)
Located off the T’Railway in St. Fintan’s, approximately an hour and a half drive southwest from Corner Brook on the Trans-Canada Highway (NL-1). An old logging road transects the property. The road allows opportunities for hiking and bird-watching.
The property can be accessed through the former logging road or by walking along the shoreline from the T’Railway bridge.
SPECIES TO SPOT
Crabbes River is known for its wildlife, rare plants and trees. Some native species, including yellow birch, and rare plants, including long-styled rush and mad-dog skullcap, have been found here.
Birds that have been spotted here include tree swallow, olive-sided flycatcher, northern waterthrush and American bittern.
Length: 1.7 km
Surface: Compacted soil
Region: Atlantic Canada
Nearest town: St. Fintan’s
Character: The trail is an old logging road through forest. It also passes through lush wetland areas teeming with life (where you can spot yellow lady’s-slippers). The trail opens to a panoramic view of the property.
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Boots on the Trail was featured in the Spring 2016 issue of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Magazine. You can start receiving this publication by making a $25 donation to conservation in Canada. Make a donation now »