The Best Things to See and Do In Gros Morne National Park
Why You Need to Visit This Amazing Newfoundland Park Now
Travel to Newfoundland peaks in the summer when its cool cities and spectacular parks beckon visitors. For a taste of the province’s incredible scenery, here’s why you should visit the rugged mountains, dramatic fjords, great hiking trails and panoramic views of Gros Morne National Park.
Hike up Gros Morne Mountain
Those seeking an epic—and challenging—day hike will want to tackle Gros Morne Mountain. Trekking up Newfoundland’s second-highest peak requires steady footwork and stamina, but adventurers are rewarded with spectacular views. Keep an eye out for wildlife, such as moose, Arctic hares and ptarmigan, the official game bird of Newfoundland and Labrador. While it could prove too difficult for some, there is a turn-back point before braving the ascent.
Walk upon the earth’s mantle
Described as half a billion years in the making, the Tablelands is a worth a visit and is a relatively easy way to start exploring the park. Follow a guide and learn about the unique landscape or buy a map and go on your own. Whichever you choose, you get to walk on the earth’s mantle, usually located far below the earth’s crust. Look to the ground for pitcher plants, the province’s floral emblem.
Ease aching muscles
After working up a sweat on the trails, cool off with an indoor swim at the recreation complex in Rocky Harbour. This modern oasis in the woods also features a giant whirlpool. If you’re closer to Shallow Bay, ditch the shoes and stroll the long sandy beach, then go for a dip in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Float through a fjord
Experience Western Brook Pond, home to a land-locked fjord carved from glaciers, cascading waterfalls and billion-year-old cliffs. You can see it from various hiking vantage points, but a boat tour provides a whole other breathtaking angle.
There is no shortage of traditional campsites available at five campgrounds, but if you’re not a seasoned camper or just want homier comforts you may prefer a rustic cabin or an oTENTik, a cabin-meets-tent set on a raised floor and outfitted with beds. Light a campfire and reminisce about the day’s adventures over s’mores.
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