Trek the T’Railway.
The T’Railway is a non-motorized trail that traces the old Newfoundland Railway railbed. It passes through beautiful forested areas and over the stunning Manuels River valley before making its way to the shoreline. The coastal portions of the T’Railway provide exceptional access to scenic Conception Bay, where icebergs, whales, and sea birds are often seen. Approximately 14 km has been completed, from Spruce Hill Road in the east to Doyles Road in the west, where it will eventually continue an additional 4 km to Indian Pond at the Town’s western boundary. The developed portion of the T’Railway is maintained year-round, so there is always an opportunity for adventure on the trail. No matter the season, you can get out and enjoy the T’Railway! The T’Railway is completely accessible for users of all ages and mobility levels, boasting the same width and grade of the original railbed, which makes it ideal for all levels of fitness. The T’Railway allows hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, and many other activities for a healthy lifestyle. It’s a great way to spend time outdoors any time of the year.
People may access the trail from designated parking areas, and also from any number of informal access points along the route. T’Railway sourtesies signage along the trail highlight parking areas, garbage receptacles, as well as general rules and considerations for trail users. To locate the access points, please visit here. For more information about the T’Railway, please contact the Economic Development and Tourism Department at 709-834-6500 ext. 701 or email email@example.com.
Visit Topsail Beach.
Topsail Beach features an extensive picnic area, playground, gazebo, and an amphitheatre. Stop by for a campfire, take a quick dip (unsupervised public swimming), or just enjoy the amazing view of our spectacular sunsets. This is a popular spot for whale watching, as well for those looking for a panoramic view of Conception Bay and its three largest islands (Bell Island, Little Bell Island, and Kelly’s Island). Topsail Beach is accessed via Topsail Beach Road, off Topsail Road.
Experience Manuels River.
Looking to explore? Manuels River is an internationally recognized site known for 500-million-year-old trilobite fossils found along the riverbanks. There are 5 km of walking trails that follow the river, as well as picnic areas, and special programming is available in the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre. For more information, please visit www.manuelsriver.com. The Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre is located at 7 Conception Bay Highway.
The Chamberlains Park Action Committee is a registered charity that was formed in 2008 to preserve and enhance a sixteen-acre plot of land known as Chamberlains Park located in (and owned by) the Town of Conception Bay South. Their vision is to develop, maintain, and preserve the site and provide a unique, natural educational area that is universally accessible.
Through the creation of accessible walking trails, CPAC has made Chamberlains Park a safe gathering and outdoor activity area for people of all ages and abilities, especially families, seniors, and the mobility challenged. It is a place that accommodates many different interest groups and provide a place for schools and local daycares to take nature walks, and for local youth groups to work on outdoor badges. Chamberlains Park is a place for all seasons, where a variety of activities can be enjoyed that will assist in the health and wellness of all who visit.
Chamberlains Park may be accessed directly off Topsail Road, or via Chaytors Road, which is also located off Topsail Road.
KELLIGREWS ECOLOGICAL ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (KEEP) OUTDOOR CLASSROOM AND TRAIL.
Since its formation in 1999, KEEP has worked to promote sound environmental values through community participation. KEEP’s mission is to conserve, preserve, reclaim, and enhance the surrounding waters, environment, and flora and fauna of Farrell’s Grove, the Kelligrews River and Pond, and the Gully River and Pond, as well as the wetlands, forests and beaches.
KEEP hopes to create and maintain a healthy and ecologically sound natural and biodiverse habitat within a populated area for recreational and educational purposes; to increase citizens’ awareness of the importance of a safe, healthy and sustainable environment; to increase citizens’ participation in the long range plans for the area.
An outdoor classroom and short trail are located on Pond Road, located off Route 60.