Cabox Is

Cabox is the name of the highest peak on the island of Newfoundland and an Aspiring Global Geopark spanning the Bay of Islands Ophiolites, Transported Continental Margin and Ancient Continental Slope of the lower Humber Valley. It rises to 814 meters (2670ft) and is located on the Lewis Hills, the most southerly of the four BOI Ophiolites, which also include the Blow Me Down Mountains, North Arms Hills and Tablelands, formed between the Upper Cambrian to Lower Ordovician geologic periods during the closing of the Iapetus Ocean and formation of the Appalachian-Caledonian Mountains. The region is the core of the Humber Arm Allochthon and is often referred to as the Galapagos of Plate Tectonics for the role it played in confirming the theory of plate tectonics in the 1960s and 70s.


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  • Cabox Information Center Launches at New Saltbox Restaurant in Benoit’s Cove

    Cabox Information Center Launches at New Saltbox Restaurant in Benoit’s Cove

    On October 26, Cabox Geopark and the soon to be Saltbox Restaurant in Benoit’s Cove launched the first Cabox Geopark Information Center.  Located approximately halfway along Route 450 on the south side of the Bay of Islands, the center will provide natural heritage and outdoor adventure information to both residents and tourists.   Opening day included storyboards on renowned surveyor James Cook, who surveyed Newfoundland’s west coast in 1767, and ... Read More»
  • In Search of Stage One of the UltramaTrex

    In Search of Stage One of the UltramaTrex

    On the morning of June 23, IATNL members Ulrica Murley Pye, Sharon MacDonald Lahey, Delano Pittman and Paul Wylezol set off up Winterhouse Gulch on the northeast side of the Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park on a mission to identify and gps track the route for Stage One of the 4-stage UltramaTrex, a 7-9 day trek across the ultramafic sections of the four Bay of Islands Ophiolite Massifs. The ... Read More»
  • Geopark Reps Attend Drifting Apart Meeting

    Geopark Reps Attend Drifting Apart Meeting

    On February 25, representatives of the IATNL and Outer Bay of Islands Enhancement Committee (OBIEC) traveled to Iceland to attend the final meeting of the 3-year EU Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme funded Drifting Apart project.  They were representing Cabox Aspiring Geopark.  The two-day event began the evening of February 26 with a reception at Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark Visitor Center, with special guest Ms Eliza Reid, First Lady of Iceland.»
  • IATNL Commemorates James Cook Survey

    IATNL Commemorates James Cook Survey

    During summer 2017, the International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador in conjunction with Cabox Aspiring Geopark is commemorating the 250th Anniversary of British navigator, surveyor, cartographer and explorer James Cook’s survey of Western Newfoundland, his fifth and final year of Newfoundland surveys and tenth and final year in Eastern Canada.  Commemorations include three new indoor exhibits and the re-designation of two trails on the south side of the Bay of Islands and ... Read More»
  • 4th General Meeting of Cabox Aspiring Geopark Held at MUN’s Grenfell Campus

    4th General Meeting of Cabox Aspiring Geopark Held at MUN’s Grenfell Campus

    On November 28, 2016, the 4th general meeting of Cabox Aspiring Geopark was held at the Atrium of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland in Corner Brook. In addition to updates on the past year’s developments and a preview of next year’s Canada 150/Cook 250 celebration, Grenfell History Professor Olaf Janzen gave a presentation on James Cook in Newfoundland. The meeting began with a presentation on the geology of Eastern ... Read More»
  • Work Continues on Base Camp at Back Cove, North Arm, Bay of Islands

    Work Continues on Base Camp at Back Cove, North Arm, Bay of Islands

    During the spring, summer and fall of 2016, work continued on the IATNL hiking base camp at Back Cove on the north shore of North Arm, Bay of Islands.  The two storey camp is well positioned to serve as the start or finish for a 2-3 day trek across the North Arm Hills to or from Trout River Pond in Gros Morne National Park and will serve as an intersecting point ... Read More»
  • 7th International UNESCO Geoparks Conference

    7th International UNESCO Geoparks Conference

    On September 27-30, IATNL / Cabox Aspiring Geopark Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the 7th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks at Torquay, England, where he learned more about the UNESCO Global Geopark programme and gave a presentation on next year’s 250th Anniversary of James Cook completing his surveys of Western Newfoundland and Eastern Canada.  The conference began with an icebreaker reception at Torre Abbey’s Spanish Barn, which held 397 prisoners from Spanish ... Read More»
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