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Gros Morne National Park

Hiking in Gros Morne National Park
Table Lands, Gros Morne National Park

It took Mother Nature 485,000,000 years to mold Gros Morne National Park into the geological and visual wonder we know today. The second largest National Park in eastern Canada, Gros Morne National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site stretching across 1,805 square kilometres of western Newfoundland as part of the towering Long Range Mountains.

Encircled by tiny seaside communities, and encompassing forests, freshwater fjords, bogs, barren lowlands, moose, and striking cliffs and shorelines, this area is also world-renowned for its complex geology. It was here that geologists proved the theory of plate tectonics. The Tablelands, a mountain of flat-topped rock of a kind usually found only deep in the earth’s mantle, is a truly awe-inspiring sight.

Things to Do

Tablelands

Hiking: Gros Morne National Park's spectacular beauty provides the perfect backdrop for all kinds of outdoor adventures, particularly hiking. Discover both marked and unmarked trails winding throughout the landscape.

Explore the park's dense forests for rare plant, animal and bird species or run your hands over ancient sea floor and preserved ocean avalanches, exposed to the land by the collision of the earth's tectonic plates nearly 500,000,000 years ago.

Boat tours: Take a stroll along the trail to Western Brook Pond, over marshland draped in butterworts, great sundew, orchids, dragon's mouth, and pitcher plants. At the end of your walk, hop aboard a boat tour with BonTours taking you through the fjord. You'll also get to sail close enough to feel the spray on your face from some of the highest waterfalls in eastern North America.

If you have your own canoe or kayak, you can use it on Trout River Pond and Bonne Bay; launch areas are located at Trout River Pond, Mill Brook, and Lomond day-use areas. Alternatively, if you don't have your own craft, you can take a guided sea kayak excursion with one of the various tourism operators located in the park, such as Gros Morne Adventures.

Theatre and music: Areas of unusual and inspirational beauty often lure artists and writers, and Gros Morne National Park is no exception. Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador has its own summer-long theatre festival, which puts off professional, culturally-rich performances at Cow Head and various other communities throughout the area. The town of Woody Point is an especially beautiful artistic hub within Gros Morne National Park and its historic Heritage Theatre hosts many performances, from rock bands to plays and author readings. The eclectic annual Writers at Woody Point festival is particularly popular and sells out every year, as people flock to listen to and meet writers and musicians from around the world. Trails, Tales & Tunes is another hugely popular event, which takes place annually in Norris Point. The festival incorporates daytime walks around stunning scenery, afternoon workshops and a wide range of entertainment.

Coastline and Beaches: There are several excellent sandy beaches in the park. The sandy beach of Shallow Bay near Cow Head stretches for kilometres. There is also a beach at the mouth of the fjord at Western Brook Pond, and a warm, sandy beach located right next to an excellent seafood restaurant in the town of Trout River.

Camping: Enjoy warm, summer days by pitching your tent in campgrounds along the shores of the ocean, ponds, lakes or rivers in the area.

There are five campgrounds in the park, and three of them – Berry Hill, Shallow Bay and Trout River Pond – can be reserved online at Parks Canada's Campground Reservation Service or by calling toll-free at (877) 737-3783. Lomond campground is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is self-registration at the Green Point campground. For TTY service, please dial (866) 787-6221. If you are calling from outside Canada, the international number is (450) 505-8302.

Group camping is available at Berry Head. Primitive campsites are also available along various trails. For information on these please call (709) 458-2417 / 2066 or email grosmorne.info@pc.gc.ca.

For further Gros Morne camping information visit the "Where to Stay" section of the Parks Canada Gros Morne National Park website.

Skiing: During the winter, try your hand at Nordic skiing and snowshoeing throughout the park. Visit the communities in and around Gros Morne and enjoy the hospitality at restaurants, shops, festivals and events year round. The impressive, downhill slopes of Marble Mountain in Corner Brook are also just a 1½-hour drive away.

Where do I begin?

Gros Morne National Park is a big place. To get your bearings, you might want to consider starting your visit by stopping at the Visitor Information Centre in Rocky Harbour or the Discovery Centre in Woody Point. Accommodations ranging from hotels and inns to B&Bs can be found throughout the park.

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Gros Morne National Park Video Tour

Starting at $1995 Per Person
Gros Morne National Park is rugged and beautiful. Hike to the Arctic alpine of Gros Morne Mountain, trek the volcanic rock coastline of Green Gardens and explore the world renowned Tablelands mountain of mantle. Rounding out the week is a sea kayaking adventure on beautiful Bonne Bay and a boat cruise on the deep fjord lake of Western Brook Pond. Our naturalist guides not only lead you to these grand vistas but immerse you in local cultural and seek out the region’s finest seaside cuisine.
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Gros Morne Adventures

Starting at $229 Per Couple
Explore winter in spectacular Gros Morne National Park. Bring along snow shoes or cross country skis to discover rugged coastal trails with sweeping ocean views. For snowmobilers, we have access to some of the most pristine trail and backcountry riding in the region. After a day of exploring, relax in the cozy Neddies Pub while enjoying a locally brewed beverage and discover your talent at Karaoke. Retire to your comfortable guestroom in our ocean side Inn.
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Shallow Bay Motel

Starting at $119.99 Per Person
Our most popular food tour featuring 4 of Gros Morne's top rated restaurants. Enjoy the freshest local seafood, smell the garden grown herbs, and savour the sweetness of handpicked berries during this 4 course meal. We have also paired the perfect wines to accompany each course and enhance your dining experience. We include all the ingredients for a great evening; local food, first class service and fun guides...we’ll even pick you up!*
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Taste of Gros Morne

Starting at $87.00 Per Person
Our evening food tour showcases the historic seaside community of Woody Point and features a uniquely Newfoundland menu from the top food destinations. The 3 course progressive meal focuses on fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. Three stops complemented with plenty of local stories and insight can make for the perfect end to a unforgettable day or the start of a memorable night!
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Taste of Gros Morne

Starting at $3300 Per Person
Multi-region
Visit three dramaric UNESCO sites at Gros Morne, Red Bay and L'Anse aux Meadows. Take a week to savour the spectacles and stories of southern Labrador and northern Newfoundland. Meet the locals and see the sites. Look for whales and icebergs - leader Mark Tsang captured this photo on tour - no Photoshop! Enjoy delicious local seafood and wild subarctic berries. North America’s most diverse archaeological adventure features comfortable hotels, welcoming hosts, and some walking on the wild side.
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Wildland Tours

Starting at $2190 Per Person
Multi-region
An escorted vacation of Newfoundland and Labrador conducted by a local guide. Visit the coast of Labrador, the Viking Villages in L’Anse aux Meadows, Gros Morne National Park and Red Bay – all UNESCO World Heritage sites. View icebergs & whales, walk the spectacular coastlines and meet the people of the quaint fishing villages along our north and western coasts. Your local host will regale you with our vibrant history, ecology, culture, language and songs from this unique corner of the planet.
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McCarthy's Party Tours

Starting at $150 Per Night
Located on the Viking Trail just 20 minutes from the Deer Lake Airport and close to Gros Morne National Park, the Jackladder provides direct access to groomed snowmobile trails of Western Newfoundland. Our friendly staff assists in arranging guides, snowmobile rentals, packed lunches and accommodations. Travel to The Gorge at Western Brook or the Sinkhole - both fantastic sites. Full service restaurant, gas stop and lounge providing all services needed for a fabulous snowmobiling trip.
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Jackladder Cottages

Starting at $150.00 Per Person
See Gros Morne Mountian from another view! Join us for an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) tour in the back country of Rocky Harbour. Enjoy beautiful views of raw wilderness, flowers, wildlife, Eastern Arm Pond, and much more! Stop and enjoy a traditional Mug up, including beans, bologna and more. A few stories and laughs along the way!

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Oceanside Excursions

Starting at $150.00 Per Person
Join fisherman, Jody Caines, for a hands-on, interactive, Newfoundland cultural experience like no other. Cruise along the beautiful coast of Bonne Bay, Gros Morne National Park, as we share with you the story of the local fishery and the people. See a lobster fishing demonstration and if you like, try for a fish. Then relax on the beach and enjoy a lobster dinner (when in season, other seafood options available) with all the trimmings!
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