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 Ophiolite Complex, Little Port Island Arc Complex, 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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  • Students at Templeton Academy Experience Cabox Aspiring Geopark Through Virtual Reality

    Students at Templeton Academy Experience Cabox Aspiring Geopark Through Virtual Reality

    On Friday, March 8, Cabox Aspiring Geopark's Paul Wylezol and Rob Thomas visited Templeton Academy in Meadows on the North Shore of the Humber Arm to introduce students to the region's natural and cultural heritage using maps and virtual reality (VR) goggles. The visit to the Grade 3 class of teachers Brandy Thomas and Natasha Caines - which recently learned about maps - began with an introduction to James Cook and the work he did in the Bay of Islands 250 years ago (1767-68).   Cook drew the outline of Newfoundland and was followed by 19th and 20th century geologists who, in the tradition of England's William Smith (1769-1839), "colored" it in......Read More
  • Cabox Completes Year Two of Signage Plan

    Cabox Completes Year Two of Signage Plan

    With the recent installation of Hank Williams’ Tectonic Lithofacies Map of the Appalachian Orogen at the Saltbox Restaurant and Geopark Information Center in Benoit’s Cove, Cabox Geopark has completed Year Two of its 5-year signage strategy. A wide variety of indoor and outdoor signs and interpretive panels have been installed at key locations around the Aspiring Geopark that were created at the IATNL print shop in the Goodhouse Building in Corner Brook, and cost shared by the IATNL and EU Interreg funded Drifting Apart project......Read More
  • Cabox Commemorates Tectonic Lithofacies Map of the Appalachian Orogen

    Cabox Commemorates Tectonic Lithofacies Map of the Appalachian Orogen

    On Saturday, December 15, Cabox Geopark commemorated the 40th Anniversary of the Tectonic Lithofacies Map of the Appalachian Orogen.  The map was compiled by renowned Newfoundland Geologist Harold "Hank" Williams, with assistance from his graduate student Jim Hibbard who continued to update and digitize the map at North Carolina State University where he was Professor Emeritus until his recent retirement......Read More
  • Cabox Geopark Commemorates Cook Chart

    Cabox Geopark Commemorates Cook Chart

    On October 26, 2018, Cabox Geopark in Western Newfoundland commemorated the 250th Anniversary of James Cook’s ‘Chart of the West Coast of Newfoundland’.  A large version of the map was installed at the Geopark’s new Saltbox Information Center in Benoit’s Cove on the south side of the Bay of Islands.  Other copies of the Chart were (and will be) installed at key locations around the bay, including along the newly designated James Cook Heritage Trail in Blow Me Down Provincial Park in Lark Harbour......Read More
  • 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 the region's diverse geology as mapped by a long list of geologists including Newfoundlander Harold "Hank" Williams who colored in Cook's maps......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 first half-hour of the trek was on a well-trodden park trail that begins at the parking lot just off Route 431 above the town of Woody Point......Read More
  • Canadian Geoparks Workshop in Ottawa

    Canadian Geoparks Workshop in Ottawa

    On June 4-5, the first national workshop of the Canadian Geoparks Network took place in Ottawa.  The event was held at the Canadian Council for the Arts and included representatives from UNESCO Global Geoparks and Aspiring Geoparks across Canada, including Cabox.  Special guest was Patrick McKeever, UNESCO Chief of Section at the Global Earth Observation division and Secretary of the International Geoscience Programme, including UNESCO Global Geoparks......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......Read More
  • 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 began on June 21 with an official launch at the Corner Brook Museum and Archives, which has a permanent exhibit dedicated to Cook.  Memorial University of Newfoundland (Grenfell Campus) History Professor Olaf Janzen discussed Cook's time in Newfoundland, including surveys of the Strait of Belle Isle (1763-64), South Coast (1765-66) and West Coast (1767)......Read More
  • 4th General Meeting of Cabox Aspiring Geopark Held at Grenfell Campus

    4th General Meeting of Cabox Aspiring Geopark Held at 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 Canada and Western Newfoundland by Alana Hinchey, Senior Geologist with the Newfoundland and Labrador Geological Survey, partner in the EU Interreg funded Drifting Apart project......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 for the north and south halves of the planned Cabox Geopark. Restoration began June 4-6, when the IATNL's Paul Wylezol, Arne Helgeland, Kevin Noseworthy and Caroline Swan were joined by Go Western's Executive Director Mark Lamswood......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 Armada ships wrecked off the coast of southern England in 1588......Read More
  • Cabox Geopark Chairperson Presents at UK’s Captain Cook Museums

    Cabox Geopark Chairperson Presents at UK’s Captain Cook Museums

    On September 16 & 17, IAT and Cabox Geopark Chairperson Paul Wylezol was in England visiting the Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby and Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Marton. While there he gave a presentation on the 250th Anniversary of James Cook completing his surveys in Eastern Canada, most noteably in Newfoundland. In the coming years, James Cook 250 will be a unique opportunity for the IAT and partner UK National Trails to promote their natural and cultural heritage across the North Atlantic and South Pacific......Read More
  • UK Earth Heritage Magazine Features Cabox Aspiring Geopark in 2016 Issue

    UK Earth Heritage Magazine Features Cabox Aspiring Geopark in 2016 Issue

    The Spring 2016 Issue of Earth Heritage Magazine features their first story on the IAT and Cabox Aspiring Geopark.  The magazine, which is produced by Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural Resources Wales and the Geologists' Association, is published twice yearly to stimulate interest in geodiversity and a broad range of geological and landscape conservation issues within the UK and elsewhere.  Check out Cabox Aspiring Geopark in the 45th issue......Read More
  • Third General Meeting of Aspiring Geopark

    Third General Meeting of Aspiring Geopark

    The 3rd general meeting of Cabox Aspiring Geopark was held March 4, 2016 at Memorial University's Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, with approximately 40 people in attendance.   In addition to updates on the past year's developments and a review of the upcoming application process, MUN Geologist Andy Kerr gave a special presentation entitled 'Newfoundland, the Bay of Islands, and the Geological Revolution'.  IAT / Cabox Aspiring Geopark Chairperson Paul Wylezol outlined the GeoSite categories, beginning with five geological groupings: Ancient Continental Slope, Transported Continental Margin, Bay of Islands Ophiolite Complex, Little Port Island Arc Complex, and Carboniferous Cover Rocks of the Deer Lake Basin......Read More
  • In Search of an Elephant Trail

    In Search of an Elephant Trail

    On June 15, 2015, IAT long distance hiker Diane Arnold from Connecticut, USA joined IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IATNL Finance Director Kevin Noseworthy on an exploratory hike to the top of the Elephant at the southwest corner of Trout River Inner Pond, above the narrows. The goal was to find a new trail route on/off the mountains as part of the third stage of the IAT UltramaTrex across the Bay of Islands Ophiolites, from Lewis Hills to Tablelands......Read More
  • A Spring Tour of IAT Spain and Geoparque Villuercas Ibores Jara

    A Spring Tour of IAT Spain and Geoparque Villuercas Ibores Jara

    On March 29, the day after participating in the official launch of IAT Portugal at Naturtejo Geopark, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IAT Spain President Ruth Hernandez crossed the Ebro River into Extremadura to take a three day tour of IAT Spain.  From there they traveled a short distance to Alcántara, where the world's largest Roman bridge at 194m long and 71m high, crosses the Tagus River at the eastern end of the 25,088 hectare Tagus International Nature Park.  Alcántara is derived from the Arabic word al-QanTarah, meaning "the bridge". .....Read More
  • 1000 People Attend IAT Portugal Launch in Naturtejo Geopark

    1000 People Attend IAT Portugal Launch in Naturtejo Geopark

    On a sunny and warm Saturday, March 28, approximately one thousand people gathered in Naturtejo Geopark, Portugal to officially launch GR38 - Grande Roto Do Muradal-Pangeia as the newest section of the Trilho Internacional dos Apalaches.  Joining the crowd were Geopark President Armindo Jacinto, Oleiros Municipal President Fernando Marques Jorge, Turismo Centro Portugal President Pedro Machado, Naturtejo Geopark Geologist and IAT Portugal President Carlos Carvalho, Canadian Counsellor and Consul David Marion, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IAT Spain President Ruth Hernandez.  .....Read More
  • Second Cabox Global Geopark Public Meeting

    Second Cabox Global Geopark Public Meeting

    On February 10, 2015, the Cabox Global Geopark initiative spanning the Bay of Islands Ophiolites from Lewis Hills to Tablelands held its second public meeting at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University in Corner Brook. Special guest speakers included Alana Hinchey, Senior Geologist with the Newfoundland & Labrador Geological Survey and Mike Jones, President of Beyond Ktaadn and co-author of the recently published Eastern Alpine Guide......Read More
  • IATNL Trek Listed #1 by Explore Magazine

    IATNL Trek Listed #1 by Explore Magazine

    The newest route of the International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador (IATNL) has recently been listed #1 of 4 Amazing Adventure Travel Trips by Explore Magazine. The route extends from Trout River in Gros Morne National Park to James Cook's Stone Brook in the beautiful Bay of Islands, and is included in the planned Cabox Global Geopark. .....Read More
  • North Arm Traverse Makes Top 16 for 2015

    North Arm Traverse Makes Top 16 for 2015

    Explore Magazine's Fall 2014 edition recently named the IATNL's 2015 North Arm Traverse from Trout River in Gros Morne National Park to Back Cove in North Arm, Bay of Islands as one of its Top 16 Amazing Trips for 2015. The 3-day/2-night guided trek will cross some of the most scenic and pristine landscapes in Newfoundland, and will be one of "the most interesting and exciting expeditions in Canada and beyond."  The goal is to find the last leg of a backcountry mountain hiking route connecting Gros Morne National Park to North Arm Ophiolite, with spectacular views (e.g. the Tablelands)and alpine wilderness (including moose and caribou) along every stretch of the way. .....Read More
  • Cabox Joins EU Interreg VB Northern Periphery ‘Drifting Apart’ Project

    Cabox Joins EU Interreg VB Northern Periphery ‘Drifting Apart’ Project

    In October 2014, Cabox Aspiring Geopark joined the European Union's Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme's Drifting Apart project. The goal is to "unearth and strengthen the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the fascinating and interconnected geological heritage of the Northern Periphery and Arctic region, and its many links to natural, built and cultural heritage. It will support the development of new and Aspiring Global Geoparks, promote innovative products and services for economic prosperity ... and continue to build a strong network of Northern Periphery Global Geoparks.".....Read More
  • Restoration Begins on Back Cove Base Camp

    Restoration Begins on Back Cove Base Camp

    Early on October 22, 2014, the IATNL's Arne Helgeland, Kevin Noseworthy and Paul Wylezol set off in boat from Cox's Cove in Middle Arm, Bay of Islands for Back Cove in North Arm.  With them were new windows, assorted lumber and miscellaneous building supplies needed to start restoration of a 50+ year old fishing house now hiking camp at the base of the North Arm Hills, a location central to the planned Cabox Global Geopark spanning the four Bay of Islands Ophiolites from Lewis Hills to Tablelands. .....Read More
  • 6th International Global Geopark Conference

    6th International Global Geopark Conference

    On September 19-22, IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the 6th International UNESCO Conference on Global Geoparks hosted by Stonehammer Geopark in Saint John, New Brunswick. He was there learning about the Global Geopark network, promoting the proposed Cabox Global Geopark in Western Newfoundland, and meeting representatives from Geoparks along the IAT route. The International Appalachian Trail crosses 10 Geoparks in 6 countries in Western Europe and will likely soon cross a number of Geoparks in Eastern Canada......Read More
  • IAT Attends Conjugate Margins Conference

    IAT Attends Conjugate Margins Conference

    From August 20-22, 2014, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the 4th Conjugate Margins Conference in St. John's, NL and presented a trio of posters on the IAT, IAT Geoparks and the planned Cabox Geopark in Western Newfoundland.  The Conference started in 2008 to bring industry and academia together to discuss the similarities of basis evolution in conjugate margins. It originally focused on the margins of the North Atlantic but has grown into a major international conference with presentations and posters with key industry players and academic researchers. .....Read More
  • In Search of a Walking Route to Stowbridges

    In Search of a Walking Route to Stowbridges

    On June 23, 2014, IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IATNL executive member Delano Pittman took advantage of a beautiful early summer day to head into North Arm of the Bay of Islands to look for an overland route to the IAT hiking camp at Stowbridges, within the boundary of the proposed Cabox Global Geopark spanning the four Bay of Islands Ophiolites.  After an hour's hike down a valley off Goose Arm logging road where they discovered an ATV trail leading to a remote cabin at the bottom (i.e., inside end) of North Arm, they walked the gravel beach until they reached North Arm Brook.  .....Read More
  • Simms Gulch Trek with BGS’s Hugh Barron

    Simms Gulch Trek with BGS’s Hugh Barron

    On June 12, 2014, IATNL executive members Paul Wylezol, Arne Helgeland and Kevin Noseworthy took Hugh Barron, Marketing Sector Manager with the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, Scotland, on a day-hike into Simms Gulch on the north side of Serpentine Valley. The 24 km (15 mile) trek was under ideal conditions, including clear blue skies, good visibility, mid-teens temperatures, and few black flies and mosquitos! .....Read More
  • Cabox Geopark Meeting Held at Grenfell

    Cabox Geopark Meeting Held at Grenfell

    On June 10, the Cabox Global Geopark initiative spanning the Bay of Islands Ophiolites from Lewis Hills to Tablelands held its first public meeting at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University in Corner Brook. International Appalachian Trail and Cabox Geopark Chairperson Paul Wylezol gave presentations on the IAT, renowned Newfoundland Geologist Harold "Hank" Williams and the proposed Cabox Geopark while special guest speaker Hugh Barron, Marketing Sector Manager with the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, Scotland, gave a presentation on UNESCO sponsored Global Geoparks and his experience helping to develop them in Scotland. .....Read More
  • Planning Under Way For Global Geopark

    Planning Under Way For Global Geopark

    The International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland & Labrador has taken a page from the IAT Europe playbook with plans to establish a Global Geopark, spanning the Bay of Islands Ophiolites from Lewis Hills to Gros Morne National Park. Other stakeholders include Western Newfoundland Destination Management Organization (Go Western), Corner Brook Pulp & Paper Ltd, and all towns in the Bay of Islands and western side of Gros Morne National Park......Read More
  • McIver’s View, Bay of Islands

    McIver’s View, Bay of Islands

    On a beautiful Saturday, November 16, 2013, McIver's Mayor Warren Blanchard guided IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol and IATNL Finance Director Kevin Noseworthy on a 3.7 km (2.2 mile) round trip hike of the new community trail to the top of Bound Head overlooking the scenic outer Bay of Islands.  Paul and Kevin were in the north shore of Humber Arm town to discuss the Cabox Global Geopark initiative with Mayor Blanchard and to take in one of the best vantage points of the Bay of Islands and surrounding mountains, from Cape Blow Me Down to North Arm Hills......Read More
  • 8th Northeast Alpine Stewardship Gathering

    8th Northeast Alpine Stewardship Gathering

    On November 1-3, 2013, IAT/IATNL Chairperson Paul Wylezol attended the 8th Northeast Alpine Stewardship Gathering at the Sargent Center in Hancock, New Hampshire. There he learned of the latest developments in northeast North America alpine ecology and conservation and gave a presentation on the International Appalachian Trail and Global Geoparks.  The event was hosted by the MERE Project of the Environmental Studies Department, Antioch University New England, with the support of the Waterman Fund......Read More