Caribou Trail

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Caribou Trail

  • Start: Barachois Pond Provincial Park
  • Length: About 150 km. Optional ferry crossings from 75 minutes to 3 hours.
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Take a hike on Erin Mountain Trail, which begins with a boardwalk that eventually leads to a lookout over Barachois Pond.

Begin on Route 1 at Barachois Pond Provincial Park. The largest park in the provincial system, it has excellent outdoor recreation facilities and a large campground. Take a hike on Erin Mountain Trail, which begins with a boardwalk that eventually leads to a lookout over Barachois Pond. The upper part of the trail climbs 340 metres with views over Bay St. George, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the Long Range Mountains.

For a complete change of scenery, you can leave the coast and drive through the interior along Route 480. The Caribou Trail snakes first through thick forests and then heads south across boulder-strewn barrens to Burgeo and stunning Sandbanks Provincial Park. There are four beautiful sandy beaches in the park, all connected to form a stunning coastal walk. The Endangered Piping Plover nests here, so please exercise caution and pay attention to signage.

Visit the Sandbanks Provincial Park and enjoy the four beautiful sandy beaches.

From Burgeo, you can take the small ferry to nearby Ramea, and day-trip to communities further east like Grey River. For this leg of the journey, the ferry takes passengers and a limited number of vehicles. From Grey River, you can leave the car behind and venture to other secluded communities via coastal boat, like Francois, where roads are replaced with boardwalks.

Be sure to check schedules for ferries and coastal boats before starting out, as some run only a couple of times a week.

Road Trip Tips:

Please check exact directions and road conditions before you start each road trip. Visit for current road conditions.

This road trip includes a community(s) accessible by ferry. Please visit for routes and rates. Some ferries do permit vehicles, with a set limit for vehicle capacity; other ferries are passengers only (no vehicles accepted) so plan accordingly.

Distances are estimates and for guidance only. Routes can be taken as is, or in reverse order.

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