Caribou Crossing on Viking Trail

The Great Northern Peninsula has many natural wonders from fjords to forests, rivers to seascapes and wondrous wildlife. For the nature lover, it is a place to explore.

This past Monday (November 12) when driving the Viking Trail (Route 430) en route to Englee I had to make an unexpected stop for the mighty caribou.

A total of four caribou had crossed the highway and not a hunter in sight. I had taken my professional camera and quickly grabbed it, only to find it was missing its memory card. Despite loss of time, I did manage a few photos with the camera on a Blackberry Torch. It was a wonderful sight! I drive the Viking Trail and Route 432 on a regular basis and on occasion get the pleasure of spotting these animals.

It is evident there has been a population decline of the caribou. As a child one would quickly regularly spot herds of caribou in the St. Paul‘s region or around the St. Anthony airport. A significant decline in population has local impacts on other animal populations,  local food supplies, outfitting, eco-tourism and other economic and cultural opportunities.

When visiting the Great Northern Peninsula, you too may catch a glimpse of the mighty caribou, moose, array of birds or other wildlife on your journey. Keep your eyes peeled and safe travels!

Live Rural NL

Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA
The Straits-White Bay North

About Live Rural NL

I am a youth living in rural Newfoundland & Labrador that will share stories of culture, tradition, heritage, business, travel, geography and other posts relating to any rural. I completed a Bachelor of Commerce Hons. (Coop) degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador. I currently live and work on the Great Northern Peninsula, where I was born and raised. However, I have lived and worked internationally and travelled to more than 30 countries around the globe. On October 11, 2011 I was elected the youngest Member to Represent the people of the Straits -White Bay North in the Provincial Legislature of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Posted on November 15, 2012, in Landscapes/Geography and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This was wonderful, yes, we have large herds of caribou again, I can’t believe it. It is great to see them everywhere.

  2. Thanks for your update. have a safe travel and back home too Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:27:53 +0000 To: xmasflower34@hotmail.com

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