A new hiking trail, passing over American and Canadian soil, is in the beginning stages of development. It will resemble the famous pilgrimage route in Spain – Camino de Santiago. Inspired by a long, 400-mile trek that was embarked on by a radio-collared moose, this trail will be vital in preserving one of the last great migration routes that expands from the vast wilderness of Algonquin Park in Ontario to the Adirondack Mountains in New York.
New York wildlife workers at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry fitted the moose with the collar in 1998, initially releasing it in the town of Newcomb located in the middle of the Adirondack Mountains. As researchers tracked the moose’s activities for two years, the animal ventured across various landscapes and infrastructures, including the St. Lawrence River and Highway 401 in Canada.
An Ontario-based nonprofit conservation group-the A2A Collaborative-is the brains behind the development of the trail. Based on a tentative plan, a total of 423 miles of existing trails and roads will be combined, expanded, and altered to create the general route the moose took. It is highly likely that the trailhead will be located at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb. The trail will give hikers the chance to experience hardwood forests, evergreen forests, streams, lakes, and much more. Additionally, similar to Spain’s 375-mile long Camino de Santiago, the new trail has the potential to boost the economies of small towns in northern New York and eastern Ontario.
Even though this 400-mile trail is still in the infant stages of development, members of the A2A Collaborative are confident that the full route will be completed within five years.