Highlights: Hike along the earth's mantle. Spontaneous moose encounters by the roadside. West coast sunsets over dinner. Live singing, dinner theatre, and entertainment. Caribou, seafood, berries, jams, and Purity Kisses!
Meet at the Deer Lake Airport for one-hour drive to Gros Morne National Park where you will become acquainted with your group mates and trip leaders over a hearty home-style dinner. D. Gros Morne Cabins; or Oceanview Hotel, Rocky Harbour
Hike up to 14 km/9 miles, 814 m/2671 ft elevation; drive up to 1 hour. Hike the Tablelands – an eerie, alien landscape remnant of rock that once lay beneath the ancient Iapetus Ocean, and is now a visible part of the earth’s mantle. A four-hour hike along the shores of Trout River Pond Fjord explores this rocky terrain so geologically and naturally unique that it is a key component to Gros Morne National Park’s UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. Mostly treeless because of the toxicity of the soil and the exposed landscape, trees that do survive are stunted and very old. The hiking trail passes through meadows, shrubby forest and then strikes out across the barren Tablelands for an expansive view of Trout River Pond Fjord. BL. Gros Morne Cabins; or Oceanview Hotel, Rocky Harbour.
Day 3: 8-hour hike; 806 m/2600 ft elevation
Hike to the top of Gros Morne Mountain, where caribou are sometimes seen in the arctic alpine landscape atop the Long Range Mountains. Rock ptarmigan and arctic hares are also frequently seen. This is a difficult eight-hour hike, rewarded (weather permitting) by phenomenal views over Ten-Mile Pond, the Long Range Mountains, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Return to your inn to freshen up before exploring independent dinner options in Rocky Harbour – a pretty community with gorgeous sunsets! Once on the summit, we watch for arctic hare, rock ptarmigan and woodland caribou. If you would like a less strenuous challenge, there is an option to turn around at the base of the mountain, above the tree line. Gros Morne Cabins; or Oceanview Hotel, Rocky Harbour.
Day 4: Kayak up to 5 km/3 miles, walk up to 6 km/4 miles, boat tour; drive up to 1 hour
Extending over 20 km inland from the Gulf of St. Lawrence is thesheltered fjord of Bonne Bay. Explore this rich marine environment by sea kayak. Minke whales, eagles, terns, mink, mergansers and kingfishers are common sightings on the bay throughout summer, and there are spectacular views of Gros Morne Mountain and the Tablelands. After lunch, take the coastal lowland walk across bogs and limestone ridges to Western Brook Pond fjord, a spectacular freshwater lake hemmed in by 650m high rock walls. This fascinating boat tour explores its 16km length where you will see the spectacular waterfalls that tumble from the alpine plateau. BL. Gros Morne Cabins; or Oceanview Hotel, Rocky Harbour.
Day 5: Hike 9 km/5 miles or 15 km/9 miles; drive 1 hour
Today’s hike takes in the volcanic coastline of Green Gardens, a spectacular walk, partly along the ocean’s edge, where temperate, boreal, and arctic species co-exist. Brook trout and Arctic char find a home together, as do rhododendrons and Lapland Rosebay. The hike traverses an ancient sea floor and descends into a lush arboreal forest to a coastline of sea-stacks, cliffs and grassy meadows. BL. Gros Morne Cabins; or Oceanview Hotel, Rocky Harbour.
Day 6: Hike up to 15km/9 miles; drive up to 1 hour
The Lookout Hills hike offers the best panoramic view of Gros Morne National Park. You can see the Tablelands, the coastal lowland, the Long Range Mountains, and Bonne Bay’s picturesque villages of Norris Point and Woody Point. This is an off trail hike through forest, across alpine fens, and up rock ridges. Seeing other hikers on this route is a rarity, but moose, caribou, and ptarmigan are often seen. Return to Rocky Harbour for a final dinner together. BLD. Gros Morne Cabins; or Oceanview Hotel, Rocky Harbour.
Day 7: Farewell
Following your breakfast you’ll be transferred to Deer Lake Airport arriving by 10:00 am. B.
“This was a spectacular, challenging trip – I loved every minute!” - Anne Cramer. “…very professional at all times and knew what to do to make each and every one of us feel safe and at ease…” - Barbara Troutman.
-Start: Deer Lake airport, 17:00 day one.
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