Volunteers work at clearing brush from a new trail underway at Pubnico Point.
A community effort took place developing a new trail on Pubnico Point earlier this month.
The trail is a three-stage project spearheaded by Felton d’Entremont, a conservation and protection supervisor with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
D’Entremont says 39 volunteers showed up to clear and haul brush and to pick up garbage.
“We worked almost five hours on the trail with a barbecue break that day,” he said.
“Our committee was very pleased with the turnout. Every day since I have people telling me they wanted to participate but had other plans for Saturday and will try to make it next time. It’s a good sign for future projects and great community buy-in,” he added.
The next step for the project is to lay down rock and gravel for the walking path. Volunteers plan to start that later this month. A trail consulting company has been hired to lead that part of the project along with volunteers from the community.
Section one – the Pubnico Ledge Trail - will be 1,700 metres in length, with seasonally wet areas covered in boardwalks as well as several other sections. Located on the eastern side of the point, this section runs as far as Highway 335 and is on private land. Landowners have granted approval. A parking lot is included.
In section two - Pubnico Point – the proposed length is 1,600 metres. The trail would be located on Crown land at the end of the point.
For section three, the Western Peninsula, the proposed length is 1,600 metres.