23-Mar-2005 -- This is my first recorded confluence visit. Actually, it is my second visit to this site. On March 18/05, I found the site but because of photograph problems, I decided to return to re-photograph the area. This time I took a buddy, Ed Tarbett, with me.
This confluence is only 4.4 kilometres (as the crow flies) from my front door where I live in the City of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The actual drive and snowshoe hike to get to the area is over 30 kilometres, due to the fact that the Humber River lies between my front door and the confluence.
Ed and I started the trek by following the Humber River to the east end of Corner Brook in order to cross the river at Ballam Bridge to Route 440. We followed Route 440 to Summerside for 13.5 kilometres and turned north onto a small road and parked at the Lions Centre parking lot.
The road is apparently an old logging road that's used as a snowmobile trail during the winter months and is evident on the topographical maps for this area. It's mostly uphill but not difficult. We hiked northward on foot on this road for about 3 kms. We left the road at this point and crossed a large open space (bog in the summer) heading in a westerly direction. From there we trekked in a southwesterly direction for about a kilometre on snowshoes through thick spruce and fir forest to the confluence.
We captured the area with photographs and I apologize for the poor quality of the GPS close-ups. (Cheap camera or poor photographer or both) I left a small red ribbon on a tree as a marker. The trek provided great views of the City of Corner Brook, Blomidon Mountains and Marble Mountain Ski Resort enroute to this confluence.
We took a different route back trying to avoid the thick woods and we were happy to find the groomed snowmobile trail only minutes from this confluence. I'm not sure what this trail would be like in the summer but I suspect wet and muddy. I marked the trail with the GPS at N49 00.068 and W058 00.077. If we had gone to this location in the beginning and then onto the confluence we would have avoided the worst part of the trek. But all in all it was well worth the hike.