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Newfoundland: A Hiking Tour of Gros Morne National Park, Canada

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Newfoundland  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3495 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3495 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Gros Morne National Park, where the incomparable landscape and unique natural history have earned it a place on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. You will hike to the top of Gros Morne Mountain and take a boat into a fjord akin to those of Norway. While you enjoy the landscape, the wildlife, the people, and the history, your comfortable support van will link the best walks of the region. We look forward to showing you around!

Itinerary:
Day 1.
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. Lodging: Bonne Bay Inn, Woody Point (L)(D)

Day 2: 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. Lodging: Ocean View Hotel, or Wildflowers Country Inn, Rocky Harbour. (B)(L)(D)

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. Same lodging. (B)(L)

Day 4: Western Brook Pond - 6km hike and 2 h boat tour; Interpretive walk at Broom Point
A transfer north to a coastal lowland walk, across bogs and limestone ridges, takes you to Western Brook Pond fjord, a spectacular freshwater lake hemmed in by 650m high rock walls, where a boat awaits. This fascinating boat tour explores the fjord's 16km length from which you will see spectacular waterfalls that tumble from the alpine plateau. Afterwards, an interpretive walk at Broom Point will provide the opportunity to learn about the Newfoundland fishing industry of the past, the present, and discuss the fishery of the future. Lodging: Entente Cordiale, Portland Creek or Sea Breeze B&B, Cow Head. (B)(L)(D)

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. Lodging: Grenfell Heritage Hotel & Suites, Saint Anthony . (B)(L)(D)

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. Lodging: Quirpon Island Lighthouse, Quirpon. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7: Farewell.
Spend the morning exploring more of Quirpon Island before a five hour van transfer back to Deer Lake arriving by 18:00. There are late afternoon flights from St. Anthony airport to St. John’s, as a preferred alternative to taking the van back to Deer Lake. (B)

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Testimonials:
“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.

Extend your stay: Fly to St. John's to visit the sights and sounds of this vibrant city or be the first person in North America to watch the sun rise at Cape Spear, or join our St. John's & Trinity Bike or Hike adventures.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Guided Cost: $3035 per person
Price Includes:
- 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
- one fjord boat trip
- entrance fees to Gros Morne National Park
- van and guide support
- luggage handling

Single Occupancy: $620. All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 15% sales tax applies, but a 50% refund will be applied for non-Canadians.