In the Spring of 2017, Justin Barbour embarked on a 700 km snowshoe, Alpacka raft and backpacking expedition across the harsh yet magical Newfoundland interior wilderness. Barbour wrote the following.
I was solo as a human but far from alone. By my side from start to finish was my loyal Cape Shore Water Dog, Saku. We went through thick and thin together in order to travel across some of the least explored wilderness regions of our province.
We encountered frequent wildlife while battling desolate barrens, thick bush, mountain ranges, storms, sub-zero temperatures, raging whitewater, massive lakes, the Atlantic Ocean and monster trout. Often we were days of man-power travel away from civilization. It was a major challenge and an unforgettable blessing.
Newfoundland is the island portion of the province “Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada”. It has a population of just over 500,000 people in a very large land area of 108,860 square kilometers.
More than 50 per cent of the population lives on the Avalon Peninsula of eastern Newfoundland, which is the site of the capital and largest city, St. John’s. Overall, the province has a much lower population density of 1.4 people per square kilometer – compared to that of Canada as a whole of 3.9 people per square kilometer.
We have a lot of unoccupied land and endless outdoor opportunities. The interior of the island is largely uninhabited. What exists is primarily remote wilderness. That is where our trip took place.
From the western side of the island we traversed for the most part trackless woods and waters to reach the eastern end of the province. I documented the entire journey by camera and that is what I will share with you here on my channel.