Hiking the Beautiful West

Prepare for a five-day hiking adventure in Gros Morne National Park that features some of the area’s best walks, attractions and stunning scenery, plus some sea kayaking and nighttime entertainment. This is an itinerary intended for fit hikers.

Day 1 – A day of scenic contrasts

Arrive at Deer Lake Airport in the morning and drive to Park Headquarters in Rocky Harbour on Route 430 for trail maps and other information. Check in to accommodations. Your first hike is Green Gardens Trail, which is 9-15 km long (depending on the route chosen). This trail will take you across some of the stunning, contrasting landscapes of the park, beginning on the open serpentine barrens of the Tablelands and descending through boreal forest to a fertile volcanic seacoast. Along the shore you’ll discover wonderful arrays of sea stacks, coves, and beaches topped off with green clifftop meadows. This hike is moderate to difficult.

Day 2 – Up the mountain

A big walk today – 16 km to the top of Gros Morne Mountain and back on the James Callaghan Trail – so named after the late British prime minister. This trail is rated difficult, but it’s well worth the effort, just for the view alone. Keep an eye out for glimpses of local wildlife.

Day 3 – Time for entertainment

A relatively easy day today. Begin in Norris Point in the southern part of the park for a tour of the Bonne Bay Marine Station operated by Memorial University. Then it’s a drive north of Sally’s Cove for a walk to Western Brook Pond over a mainly boardwalked trail for a boat tour of this remarkable fjord. Then it’s on to the northern part of the park for a visit to Cow Head Lighthouse and a night’s entertainment at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Overnight in Cow Head.

Day 4 – Water world

In the morning, take the gentle 2 km Old Mail Road Trail behind the sand dunes at Cow Head. In the afternoon, return to Rocky Harbour and go sea kayaking on Bonne Bay, followed by a soak in a huge hot tub at the park’s indoor swimming pool.

Day 5 – That’s a wrap

The last hike of the tour is a challenging 15-km guided hike to Lookout Hills, which provides the best views of the park. Survey your beautiful surroundings and savour the experience of visiting one of Canada’s most incredible national parks. Return to Deer Lake Airport and depart.