Following the month of design work in Corner Brook, dialogue was initiated between various interested parties in western Newfoundland. The focus of much of these discussions was on expanding the trail offerings outside of the City and highlighting other terrain in the area.

For those who are familiar with Gros Morne National Park, it is one of the post card parks within Canada due to its dramatic landscapes complete with ocean shorelines, mountains and classic Newfoundland bog.

The culmination of these discussion led to me heading back out to Newfoundland for another three weeks to work in and around the National Park. The workload was split between redesigning the Baker Brook Falls trail, assessing the current mountain bike offerings within the Park, and developing a masterplan for the communities of Rocky Harbour and Norris Point.

While the community masterplan development is still ongoing, the redesign went of without a hitch and the assessment proved highly interesting. Baker Brook Falls will be rebuilt in 2012 as a twin lollipop trail which will offer users both a short or long option for reduced repetition and will be optimized for multiple user types. The assessment showed the immense potential that is locked within the terrain of Gros Morne. It is the hope of both various Park staff, and I that the opportunity to expand on some of the current trail offerings will present itself in the near future.

We’ll let you know when we know!