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Winter at Riverfront Chalets

Winter at Riverfront Chalets

Central Newfoundland boasts some of the best sledding on the island!

We offer two guided tours, the Hodges Hill and the Gaff Topsails tour. If you prefer a self-guided adventure, we are situated right on the Trans Canada Trail and have access to an endless network of backcountry roads and groomed trails.

The Long Range Mountains, Gaff Topsails, Hodges Hill and Mount Peyton are all accessible right from your chalet door.

To get the most of your winter adventure, we also rent snowmobiles and showshoes.

Hodges Hill Guided Tour

The Hodges Hill Tour, our most popular, is enjoyed by all. We head North of the chalets to the top of Hodges, the highest peak in Central where one can see both the coast and the inland Gaff Topsails. The trail to the top is heavily forested and narrow which makes for a pleasurable ride. The last part of the climb is quite steep and requires skill, but it is optional.

After the breathtaking view from the top we head back down around the steep face of Hodges and onward to our back country chalet. Here we serve a hot homemade meal before heading out around the other side of Hodges to the chalets.

If experience and snow conditions permit, we sometimes climb to Hodges Pass and head down the other side to pick up the trail of my favorite parts of the trip. Then it’s off to the chalets for an evening of relaxation in the outdoor hot tub!

This trip is so popular in part because of the variety of terrain covered. You will experience groomed trail, backcountry roads, narrow trails and open country.

There are lots of hill climbing opportunities for those inclined as well.

Price: $75/person or $50/person if you book a chalet

Gaff Topsails Guided Tour

The Gaff Topsails Tour is a bit more challenging than the Hodges tour.

The “Gaff” is named after the 4 high peaks that are aligned across the highland plateau. They are the Fore Topsail, Main Topsail, Gaff Topsail and the Mizzen Topsail which resemble the sails of a schooner.

We do a round trip with a crossing of the "Gaff" visiting at least one of the topsails. We often see caribou, ptarmigan and moose on these trips.

This is a riders paradise with lots of powder and huge drifts everywhere. It is also often very cold and ground storms can move in very quickly. For this reason plans are often altered because of weather. A full crossing from Sandy Pond to the Quarry are hit and miss. But we always have a back-up plan.

One thing we can count on is dress warm and take extra gear! Having your own GPS is a good idea as well!

Price: $90/person or $70/person if you book a chalet

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