2017 PICTURES & VIDEOS

I haven't had a chance to edit videos of our 2017 trip yet,  but they're coming! I posted videos from last years trip if you didn't see them yet.  If you want to be notified when this years videos are done subscribe to my YouTube channel. There are dozens of videos from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Gaspe Quebec you might want to check out too!




The pictures below are shown in order day by day.  We traveled East to West this year from Argentia to Port Aux Basques over seven days of riding and 1200 kms (750 miles).

Our 2017 trip went like this:
Argentia to Clarenville & Shoal Harbor Pond (6 stayed in Clarenville, 6  tented at the Pond)
Clarenville to Gander
Gander to Badger
Badger to Howley & Deer Lake (6 stayed in Deer Lake, 6 tented in Howley)
Deer Lake to Corner Brook
Corner Brook to Robinsons
Robinsons to Port Aux Basques

I hope you enjoy the photos.

NOTE: I have many more pictures from other trip we've done in NL trip on my original blog.

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Day 1 - Road trip to the Marine Atlantic Ferry Terminal 

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  7. A picture of four guys on the deck of the Atlantic Vision Ferry to Newfoundland at night
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  9. A picture of ATVs and side by sides waiting to get on the Newfoundland Ferry
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Day 2 - Argentia to Clarenville.

Our first day on the trail was foggy, sunny,  foggy, and sunny. It was an easy run and we met several other people doing the same trip. When we got to our destination half of us stayed at St. Jude's Hotel and the other half camped at Shoal Harbour Pond, about 20km past St. Jude's.

Total time including stops 8 hours 54 minutes
Distance 142 km to St. Jude's & 175 km to shoal harbour pond.
Average speed 36 km/h, top speed 78 km/h

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This is our latest trip in 2017. It shows our road trip to the Ferry and Day 1 of ATVing.
This is part I of 2016's trip. It shows some photos of our trip to the ferry and day 1 of driving the trails.

Day 3 - Clarenville to Gander

It was an early morning for the campers. We didn't bother to cook breakfast and opted to pick something up along the trail later. It was only around 140 km to Gander and we made several stops to talk, drink water, bathroom breaks etc.

We got stuck behind a group of much slower vehicles for about half an hour, it was almost painful. They were going as slow at 15 km/h in some places. We were glad when they finally pulled over to go to a warming hut so  we could scoot by them. We stopped at the Trailway Lounge later in the afternoon in Gambo to take a break. 

When we arrived in Gander we stayed at the Comfort Inn. I think the first thing everyone did was to take a shower and wash off the trail dust. We had supper at the Jungle Jim's Restaurant that's attached to the motel, the food was good. Quadapalooza started that night and it's a weekend event in Gander. Some of us took in some of the events and some of us were beat and went to bed early. 

Total time including stops 8 hrs 21 minutes
Total distance 140 km
Average speed 38 km/h
Top speed 80 km/h

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This is our latest trip in 2017. It shows our trip from Clarenville to Gander about 140 km
This is from our 2016 trip across Newfoundland. This includes a huge detour we had to take compared to other years - FUN!

Day 4 - Gander to Badger

We left Gander around 8 ish and headed toward the Sabena plane crash site. It's quite something to see the old plane from 1946 in the middle of the woods like that and the shell is still in quite good shape. We stopped at a river crossing and had a drink and a snack before getting to the Plane. 

We spent about an hour at the plane site and then continued on towards Grand Falls to get gas. Most of the roads from the plane crash site to GrandFalls are in fantastic shape as they are mostly new roads for power lines. We were travelling at a fast pace through that section and covered a lot of distance in a short time. We probably averaged 60+km/h and more in a few places through those roads. It was good that we could travel faster through there because we had a long way to go that day.

We had to ride a few kms on paved roads when we got to Grand Falls until we got to the gas station. When driving on the paved roads we went about 40 km/h and stayed together. The trail starts up right next to the gas station.

If you follow the rail bed from Gander to Badger it's about 145 km. Since we made an excursion to the plane that added about another 55 km for us. Some of us spent the night and Trailblazers and some of us spent the night at Badger Motel.

Total time including stops 10 hrs 34 minutes
Total Distance 200.45 km
Average speed 41 km/h
Top Speed 105 km/h


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A short preview video of what's to come - this part is of the Gaff Topsail

Day 5 - Badger to Deer Lake

We made breakfast for ourselves at Trailblazers, well except Paul, he ate at Robin's Donuts. We stopped to patch a few flat tires, slammed on the brakes to avoid a few rabbits and birds that decided to walk on the trail instead of flying over it, we visited the granite quarry and had lunch at the Gaff Topsail. I never get tired from the view up there. This year was the calmest I ever saw it there. There was absolutely no wind at all - I couldn't believe it. 

Then we continued on to Howley, where half of us stopped and camped on the beach for the night. It was a short day and we got in early so we had time to BBQ supper for everyone before the other half of the guys drove to the Driftwood Inn in Deer Lake. I think some of the guys wished they camped with us. I don't think they realized how fun it would be.

We were able to take in the sunset before Duane broke out the fire works.  
Another completely fantastic day!

Total time including stops 6 hrs 53 minutes
Total Distance 105 km (about 130 for the guys that went to Deer Lake)
Average Speed 41 km/h
Top Speed 65 km/h
Max elevation 546 m

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Day 6 - Deer Lake to Corner Brook

Those of us that were camping left the beach a bit early and met up with the rest of the crew in Deer Lake. We stopped at an Irving Big Stop for a huge breakfast then traveled together north to the Lomond Sinkhole. The sinkhole is an amazing site to behold. Photos just don't do it justice at all. You can never capture the size of it in a photo. Many of us went down into the hole and you have to use ropes to get down and even then it's quite slippery. 

After that we went south to Cloudy Pond to cook up some food, then to Old Man's Pond for a few more photos, then Cox's Cove for gas and pictures, and finally we stopped at Marblewood Village for the night in Corner Brook. We splurged and rented luxury condos where we each had our own rooms - no one was kept up by the snorers that night.

Another great day with lots of great scenery and great company! This was a long day.

Total Time including stops 11hrs 49 minutes
Total Distance 214 km (about 190 for the guys that started in Deer Lake)
Average Speed 36 km/h
Top Speed 80 km/h
Max elevation 472 m

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Day 7- Corner Brook to Robinsons

There is a  section of T'Railway missing around Corner Brook. If you're riding the rail bed from Deer Lake to Corner Brook you have to be trailered. We took a different route and went north of Deer Lake and took mountain roads to Corner Brook.

Instead of getting trucked to the other side of town to pick up the railbed we took a snowmobile trail as a by-pass route. It worked fine. It was a little muddy in a few spots due to heavy rain a few days before but we all made it through okay. It made for some interesting video though watching the guys sling the mud. 

Full rain gear needed as it rained all day. After a few hours on the trail we stopped at a pub in Gallants for break from the rain. Then we stopped and got gas in Stephenville Crossing and soon after that came upon a steep sandy embankment that some of us rode up, and attempted to ride up. 

Half of us stayed at Pirate's Haven and half of us stayed at Cliffside Cottages. They are both close to each other. We had a good supper at the Pirate's Haven Restaurant and a good breakfast too. You gotta love their cottages - they have everything you need - even a washer and dryer and a hot tub. The owners, Paul and Ruth, are the kind of people that go the extra mile and they are great ambassadors for ATVing.

Total Time including stops 9 hours 4 minutes
Total Distance 145.2 km
Average Speed 32 km/h
Max Speed 92 km/h
Max elevation 349 m

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Day 8 - Robinsons to Port Aux Basques - The last day.

This is usually our shortest day so we didn't hit the trail until about 10:45. We didn't end up getting to PAB until about 8:30. It's pitch black at that time in September.

Generally if you follow the rail bed directly from Robinson to PAB it's only 110 km. BUT this year I found two new places for us to check out and we ended up doing another 50 km and a added a few hours to our day. It was totally worth it. In hind sight we should have left about two hours earlier. 

The extra places were both up in the mountains and they were quite a trek up but it was completely worth it. We BBQ'd food and took a lot of photos at the top of the first mountain, took more photos at the second mountain and stopped at Sugar Loaf Mountain like we usually do. Then we stopped at JT Cheeseman Park just after sunset, but still had some daylight, and pulled into PAB after dark.

It would have been nice to hit Cheeseman Park about an hour earlier to catch the sunset over the sand dunes and the ocean.  Check out 2016 pictures from my blog if you'd like to see that beach at sunset. It's a very nice view. Scroll to the bottom of the blog page to see those particular pictures.

We stopped at Mary Brown's in PAB around 8:30 as everyone was hungry. The ferry is only a few minutes drive from there. We checked in, boarded the bed and went to bed. 

This was another fantastic day with unbelievable scenery & we  finished the trip on a high note! 

Total time approx 11 hrs
Total Distance 152 km
Average speed 29 km/h
Max speed 78 km/h
Max elevation 473 m

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Day 9 - Road trip home 

The nice thing about taking the overnight ferry from Port Aux Basques to Nova Scotia is that you get in nice and early, about 7 a.m. You get up after having a good sleep on the boat and are ready to hit the road. I only have about a four hour drive to get home from there. I met some guys from Ontario last year that had about an 18 hour drive ahead of them. 

We ate on the boat, offloaded our ATV's and drove to A&L parking which is across the street from the ferry terminal. It's handy that's it's so nice and close. We loaded up, headed home and started planning next year's trip!
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