International Appalachian Trail
The International Appalachian Trail is a hiking trail which runs from the northern terminus of the
Appalachian Trail at Mount Katahdin, Maine to the northernmost tip of the Appalachian
Mountains at Belle Isle, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The IAT runs northeast from the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Katahdin, Maine to
Mars Hill before following the US-Canada border north to Fort Fairfield, Maine, where it crosses
the International boundary into Perth Andover, New Brunswick. Upon crossing the border into
Canada, the IAT continues up the Tobique River valley to Mount Carleton before crossing the
Miramichi Highlands to the Restigouche River valley and along the Chic-Choc Mountains of the
Gaspé Peninsula, ending at the easternmost point in the peninsula - Cap Gaspé in Forillon
From Cap Gaspé, the IAT skips over the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the island of Newfoundland
where the trail picks up again at Channel-Port aux Basques and follows the west coast of the
island up the Great Northern Peninsula before terminating at the island's northernmost tip -
Cape Bauld. From there the IAT skips over the Strait of Belle Isle to the actual northern terminus
of the Appalachian chain at Belle Isle.
The IAT was proposed in 1994 to traverse the portions of the Appalachian Mountains in Maine,
New Brunswick, and Quebec that the Appalachian Trail did not cover. Following route selection,
construction of the trail took place through the late 1990s. The Newfoundland extension to the
IAT was proposed in 2003 and is still under construction. When complete, the Newfoundland
extension will double the existing Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec portion of the IAT with an
additional 1,200 km of trail. The official opening of the first trail section of the IAT Newfoundland
was September 23, 2006.
Ten Million Steps Nimblewill
Nomads Epic 10-Month Walk
from the Florida Keys to
Quebec (Paperback (Trade
The International Appalachian Trail/Sentier International des Appalaches was proposed on Earth
Day 1994 by Former Maine Governor Joe Brennan. The proposed trail was to begin at Mount
Katahdin and continue north through the Appalachian Mountains into Canada. He proposed that
the trail would connect Canada with the United States and Maine with the neighboring
provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. Since that original proposal the trail has been
lengthened to include the Appalachian Mountains of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador.
The IAT/SIA is now about 1700 miles long and ends at the Northern tip of the Island of
Newfoundland in Saint Anthony.
Many thru-hikers have completed the trail, but the first thru-hiker to complete the hike from
Katahdin to Saint Anthony was the legendary long-distance hiker Eb Eberhart "Nimblewill Nomad.
Dick Anderson will trace the history of the development of the trail, discuss the geological
underpinnings of the project and show the audience pictures of the spectacular landscape
through which the trail passes.
"This web site may contain copyrighted material and may link to copyrighted material. It is presented here under the 'fair use' provisions of the US copyright laws, solely for the purpose of
discussion and critique. No commercial use is intended or permitted. If you are the owner of one of these copyrights and you disagree with the use of this material, please contact us at the
email link posted on this page, and a resolution will be arranged promptly."
Without prejudice and with specific reservation of all rights.
Per U.C.C. 1-207