Starting from the Southwest Arm Brook Day Use Area (along TransCanada Highway), wander along the banks of the brook through a mature forest. Listen to the rushing brook as you wind your way through the moss carpeted forest. Cross the suspension bridge and snake through the forest towards the tranquil waters of Southwest Arm. There is a lot of beaver activity on this trail, you may see the stumps of trees that have been cut down by a beaver and you should see beaver dam once you reach the water. If you are lucky you might catch sight of a beaver at work. This trail is exceptional in the fall when the trees start to change color. 

Or you different experience start from the Southwest Arm Day Use Area and do this trail in reverse! Backcountry camp in Southwest Arm and watch the sun rise over Malady Head.

Trail details

Level of Difficulty

Easy

 

Length/Distance

4 km return

 

Time

1 - 1.5 hours

Location

Southwest Arm Trail has two entry point, the first is Southwest Arm Brook Day Use Area on the side of the Route 1 (TransCanada Highway) and the second is down in the Southwest Arm Day Use Area. Southwest Arm Day Use Area is located less than 0.5km off Route 1 (TransCanada Highway).

 

Habitat

Mature balsam fir and black spruce forest, brook, estuary, beaver habitat, mosses,

 

Trailhead/Access

There are two trailheads for the Southwest Arm Trail. The first is on the side of the Route 1 (TransCanada Highway) and the second is down in the Southwest Arm Day Use Area. Southwest Arm Day Use Area is located less than 0.5km off Route 1 (TransCanada Highway). The trailhead along Route 1 (TransCanada Highway) is approximately 3 km from the Visitor Centre and the trailhead in Southwest Arm Day Use Area is approximately 4 km from the Visitor Centre.

 

GPS Coordinates

48 36 36.16999 N
-53 58 31.67998 W

 

Backcountry camping

YES. Backcountry camp in Southwest Arm and watch the sun rise over Malady Head. Reservable through the Parks Canada Reservation Service. Find out more.