Fisheries and Land Resources
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

November 1, 2019

Minister Byrne Announces Snowmobile Trail Extension to Improve Access

The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, today announced an extension to the Western Sno-Riders Trail Network that will enable snowmobile operators to access trails in the western region without having to bypass the City of Corner Brook.

An amendment to the club’s Crown Lands Licence to Occupy (LTO) for its trail network will enable construction of a four-kilometre trail section from Lundrigan Drive to Watson’s Pond Road, marking the first time the club has been able to access a LTO within city boundaries. The amendment was made possible due to a recent change in City of Corner Brook bylaws that permit all-terrain vehicle use within designated areas of the city.

The new trail will allow snowmobilers to bypass boggy and rocky sections of the existing trail. Improved ability to groom the new section of trail is expected to extend the snowmobiling season by three to four weeks. The new trail will also offer multi-purpose use for all-terrain vehicles, mountain bikes, and hikers in the off-season. Construction of the new trail section is expected to be completed before the upcoming snowmobile season. A map of the trail extension is below.

Quotes
“This new trail extension will open access to a key area of the city that will ensure safe snowmobiling and tap new tourism and economic potential. I am pleased to collaborate with the City of Corner Brook and the Newfoundland and Labrador Snowmobile Federation and Western Sno-Riders, and I applaud the efforts of a proactive and engaged business community that has been working tirelessly to build a vibrant snowmobile tourism sector in western Newfoundland.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Fisheries and Land Resources

“Snowmobiling is a key activity for the province's winter season as residents and visitors alike come out to enjoy the trails. This is a great addition to the Western Sno-Riders Trail Network not only for winter activities, but for biking, walking and hiking enthusiasts in the spring and summer seasons as well. Season extension is an important area of focus for our government, in partnership with the tourism industry. This approach helps tourism business operators, services and attractions stay open beyond the province’s peak tourism season.”
Honourable Bernard Davis
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“The new multi-purpose trail will be a great benefit to the local business community and recreational users, and will allow Western Sno-Riders and other users to safely access the City of Corner Brook and bring new economic activity into the city. We’re proud of the work our members and partners have done with the City of Corner Brook and the Provincial Government to achieve this milestone.”
Keith Goodyear
Vice-president, Western Sno-Riders

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A map of the trail extension.

Media contacts
Linda Skinner
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2284, 632-8167
lindaskinner@gov.nl.ca

Eric Humber
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
709-729-4819, 725-9655
erichumber@gov.nl.ca

Keith Goodyear
Western Sno-Riders
709-632-1652
keith.goodyear@aon.ca

2019 11 01                                                    1:00 p.m.