ATV operators should always be aware that conditions on the trail can change dramatically in the space of a few hours. A sudden rainstorm, for example, can create washouts which may not be reported immediately and in early spring and fall there is always the danger of unexpected snow storms, particularly in areas of higher elevation such as the Gaff Topsails.
Some ATV tour operators begin their trans-island trip in Argentia, arriving there on board the Marine Atlantic ferry from North Sydney. You can contact the Placentia Area Development Association, telephone number (709) 227-2072, for detailed information on the local area. Sometimes they may have to make arrangements with the RCMP to escort ATVs through town in convoys. If you decide to begin you trans-island trip in Port aux Basques, you can contact Cathy Lomond at Hotel Port aux Basques (709) 695-2171 for more information on the ATV route in that area.
The run from Argentia to Port aux Basques takes around five nights and six days. That's allowing for six to eight hours travel time per day at an average speed of 30 to 40 kph.
Should you desire, you can contact Conway's Towing Service in Corner Brook, (709) 634-2338; Cecil Anderson, Pasadena, (709) 686-5534 or Tow Fast Inc., Corner Brook (709 638-0113 to book a truck to take your machine from Pasadena to Curling. This stretch of the T'Railway was taken up several years ago to allow for highway expansion and an alternate route for ATVs has yet to be determined.
Not all of the T'Railway has been upgraded since the rails were removed in 1989 and you'll encounter some sections which are rough and narrow. You shouldn't have too much trouble on a quad however. Don't be afraid to stop and talk to anyone you meet. The people here are quite friendly and are always willing to lend a helping hand.
For a complete summary of current ATV regulations Click here.
Rick Noseworthy, Avalon T'Railway Corporation,
Tel: (709) 834-1856 (Re ATVs)
Terry Morrison, Executive Director, Newfoundland T'Railway Council,
Tel: (709) 256-8833