Saddle Island Boardwalk Renewal

The proposed project looks to build a new wooden boardwalk over top of the existing Saddle Island gravel trail. Old stairs and bridges will also be replaced. This new infrastructure will provide an overall better visitor experience by enhancing the level of comprehension of the site's rich cultural history while raising the level of public awareness around the quality and uniqueness for which it was inscribe as a World Heritage Site. The installation of a boardwalk will help to keep people on the trail reducing impacts of off trail access and some small re-routes will help to better protect cultural resources and avoid some areas prone to erosion. Activities for this work will include building and cutting on site, some excavation for posts, and the installation of rock anchors in some areas. Given the extent of the proposed work (i.e. existing trail upgrades), the extent of re-routes, and the location of the work (i.e. in a culturally sensitive area), it was determined that a basic impact assessment is the appropriate pathway for this project.

Latest update

April 8, 2023 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from March 9 to April 8, 2023 - March 9, 2023


Red Bay National Historic Site
P.O. Box 103
Red Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador A0K 4K0
Telephone: 709-920-2142

  • Location

    • Red Bay National Historic Site of Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Recreation and Tourism
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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