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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 Events Calendar

Gros Morne National Park Video Tour

Starting at $114 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 $459 Per Couple
Enjoy the beauty of summer in Gros Morne National Park with our 2-night Cultural Escape package. Experience the rugged beauty of the National Park with a boat cruise through billion year old Western Brook Fjord. Visit Dr. Henry N. Payne Museum, St Mary's Botanical Garden, War Memorial, Broom Point Heritage site & the Arches. In the evening, take in a live performance with Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Relax in your comfortable guest room, with breakfast daily in our cozy Wateredge restaurant.
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Shallow Bay Motel

Starting at $135 Per Couple
If its relaxation you desire and an authentic cultural experience you crave, let BonTours and Anchors show you how it's done! Breathe in the fresh ocean air of Beautiful Bonne Bay and unwind while listening to some toe tapping local 'live" entertainment. After your pleasant ride, head back to our seaside Pub for a glass of our local ale and a basket of wings. Finally end your day with Anchors Aweigh for some side-splitting entertainment!

Authentic cultural relaxation at its finest!

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BonTours
  • Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park
  • 1-888-458-2016
  • (709) 458 2016

Starting at $1709 Per Person
Multi-region
Explore 9000 years of human history!

The rich and diverse human history of Newfoundland and Labrador is unlike anywhere else in the world. This self-drive tour will guide you to a series of Historic Sites and UNESCO World Heritage Sites representing all the cultures who have lived here – from the oldest known burial mound in North America to some of the earliest European settlements and industries in North America.

Observe archaeologists uncovering the past before your very eyes!

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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $58 Per Person
Located in Gros Morne National Park, there is no better way to explore this scenic delight than by taking the Western Brook Pond Boat Tour. Your experience begins with a 3km walk along a picturesque trail that winds across bogs and through scruffy tuckamore forest. On board the tour boat, behold the spectacular glacier-carved land-locked fjord, waterfalls cascading from 2000 ft that turn to mist before reaching the pond's pristine waters, billion year-old cliffs, and frequent wildlife sightings.
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BonTours

Starting at $129 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 live lobster fishing demonstrations and if you like, try for a fish. Then relax on the beach and enjoy a lobster dinner with all the trimmings!
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Oceanside Excursions

Starting at $2090 Per Person
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 $49 Per Person
There’s nothing quite like a visit to the scenic fishing village of Trout River, join us on Tuesdays for this full day package of storytelling, music & culture galore! Begin with the Wave Over Wave guided walk, highlighting the town’s history and strong link to the sea. Fill your belly at one of Gros Morne’s coolest restaurants, Seaside Restaurant, offering the best in traditional seafood dishes, where Cod is King. Finish the day with local musicians & storytellers at Passing the Time show.

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Seaside Restaurant

Starting at $23 Per Person
Living life on the coast was hard, but rewarding. Get a taste of what daily life was like for the women and men who relied on the inshore fishery to survive. Tending gardens, drying fish, hanging laundry to dry – these are some of the “yaffle” of chores you can try firsthand at the Broom Point Fishing Premises. You may just learn some of Newfoundland’s unique vocabulary, and have a lot of fun, while you’re at it!
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Gros Morne National Park

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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