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Avalon Wilderness Reserve

The Avalon Wilderness Reserve is ove 400 square miles or forests, barrens, rivers, ponds and bogs. It is a prime habitat for the southern-most caribou herd in Canada. Here, you can enjoy a variety of activities in a true wilderness area. Hiking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, camping, and wildlife watching are some of the many activities you can experience in the Avalon Wilderness Reserve.

General Information

Avalon Wilderness Reserve is a true wilderness area. It has no facilities or amenities of any kind. Trail markers are also nonexistent. A few dirt roads do run through the reserve, but they can be rough, and, at times, impossible to navigate.

In general, the reserve features cool summers and mild winters. However, the area does have high humidity, along with frequent rainfall and heavy fog.

An entry permit is required to enter Avalon Wilderness Reserve. You'll need to keep this with you at all times during your stay. Dogs and horses are allowed.

The Avalon Wilderness Reserve can be accessed from two unpaved roads. (Both roads are rather rough, and require four-wheel drive vehicles with a lot of clearance.) Cape Pond Road enters via Route 10. Note that, in early spring, high water can make this route impassable. Horse Chops Road also enters off of Route 10, and like Cape Pond Road, can be impassable in early spring. 

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Popular Activities

One of the most popular activities Avalon Wilderness Reserve is hiking. The reserve has three very popular hiking routes. Riverhead Trail is approximately three miles in length, and runs through caribou grazing areas. D'Iberville Trail is a 34-mile hike that winds through extremely remote parts of the reserve, and takes days to complete. Biscay Bay Trail is popular with fishermen looking for Atlantic Salmon. This 13-mile hike leads to remote settings, but rewards you with excellent fishing opportunities.

Camping is also popular in the Avalon Wilderness Reserve. Remember that the reserve is a wilderness, all potential campsites are wilderness campsites. No facilities of any kind are available. You will need to get an entry permit to camp in the area, and you'll need to limit you stay in any one camping location to no more than 10 days. Also, open fires are not always allowed. Check with the local office of the Department of Natural Resources for current restrictions.


Wildlife at it's best!! Make sure you wear proper footwear with a good grip and ideally waterproof. From bird's to foxes, a family of moose. Pack a snack or a picnic there are lot's of great eating area with breathtaking views.
John Cronk, Google Reviews
Visited for some hiking and photography. Well worth it. Beautiful scenery!
Tom Loader, Google Reviews