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The North Rim Traverse can be done on its own, starting at the boat dock at the eastern end of Western Brook Pond and ending at Snug Harbour. Hikers can also plan their trip to continue on with the Long Range Traverse, extending their trip by several days. The Snug Harbour trail is an offshoot of the Western Brook Pond trail. (Plan, prepare, & equipment)
Reservations for hiking the Long Range and Northern traverse for the 2016 season will be accepted starting Monday February 1, 2016. Beginning on this date, reservations can be made Monday through Friday (except holidays) between 8:00am and 4:30pm (NST) by calling: 709-458-2417.
Note: In order to keep your reservation you must report to the Visitor Centre by 2:30pm on the day before your scheduled departure date and attend the orientation session scheduled at that time.
Quota: To maintain a high quality hiking experience and to minimize the impact of hikers on the environment, the park uses a quota system. Only 3 groups (with a maximum of 4 people per group) per day are permitted to depart on these routes. Hikers are encouraged to book early as the peak season of mid-July to the end of August is often fully booked. Reservations are required to guarantee your departure date.
Fees: There is a non-refundable reservation fee payable when you book. The Wilderness Hiking Fee is payable after you attend the mandatory orientation session and pick up your permit at the park Visitor Centre on the day prior to your departure.
Season: Reservations will be accepted only for departures between June 15 and September 30. Outside these dates seasonal conditions and the availability of the boat on Western Brook Pond may limit access to these hiking routes.