Gros Morne National Park, Canada
Are you looking to see somewhere that is still wild? To experience nature in its raw and natural beauty? Canada has just what you are looking for in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland and Labarador. Here cold ponds are lined with sheer cliffs and waterfalls. Go right up to the edge and look out over the rugged beauty of mountains and icebergs, but beware- there are no rails on the edges.
Gros Morne National Park of Canada, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an area of great natural beauty with a rich variety of scenery, widlife, and recreational activities. Visitors can hike through wild, uninhabited mountains and camp by the sea. Boat tours bring visitors under the towering cliffs of a freshwater fjord carved out by glaciers. Waterfalls, marine inlets, sea stacks, sandy beaches, and colourful nearby fishing villages complete the phenomenal natural and cultural surroundings of Gros Morne National Park.
Kayak along the Western Brook Pond, which is really a fjord. Here the rock walls are 600m high in some spots. The views are gorgeous. Visit the lighthouse that still works. A hike over rocky beaches leads the way. Those who are in great shape should hike to the top of Gros Morne’s rocky flat summit. Baker’s Brook Falls are a wonderful place to take pictures. Take a boat ride for the best views of little villages where bright houses line the shore and boats dot the water. Take a pole and fish off of the decks and docks.
When you and your family have worked up an appetite from all of the kayaking and hiking, stop at one of the restaurants within the park for some unique food. Fried ‘cod tongues’, fish and chips with poutine, and bacon wrapped scallops are just some of the specialties awaiting guest. Stop by the Black Spruce in Neddle’s Harbor for some grilled halibut with garlic and herb mashed potatoes. Back Cove’s Café has a wonderful moose burger. Have a stout ‘pick-me-up’ coffee at Java Jack’s in Rocky Harbor.
Families will find all kinds of accommodation within the park. Bay Side Cottages offers cottages with fantastic views of the bay. Beachy Point is a gorgeous guest house with a sunroom and pretty Scandinavian décor. There are cabins with all of the amenities, or very few amenities- whichever you prefer. Sea Breeze B&B is a pretty place with rooms, or RV spots, whatever you want. There are also hotels like the Shallow Bay hotel with spacious, clean rooms. Ocean view rooms offer amazing sunsets. There are sitting areas and buffet breakfast and friendly hosts waiting to accommodate you and your loved ones.
The little village of Woody Point is a nice spot to stop. Here along the water’s edge are quaint places like Merchant’s Restaurant and Aunt Jane’s B&B. Seaside Souvenirs is ready to help you select gifts for loved ones who didn’t get to come along.
Wildlife abounds in the Gros Morne National Park. See silver tip fox and grey jays along the sides of the lanes. Watch for moose and bear on the hiking trails. Artic hare and woodland caribou, along with artic plants, are easily seen in the park. They can survive the conditions because they are prepared for the sudden weather changes and exposed conditions of the park. Visitors to the park can survive by these same strategies. Bring a rain coat, water, good shoes and your camera when visiting Gros Morne National Park.
Best time to visit the park
Gros Morne National Park‘s operating season is from mid-May to mid-October. Peak season in the park are the months of July to September when facilities are open seven days a week. The weather in Gros Morne is unpredictable and you may find significant differences between weather conditions in low-lying areas along the coastal plain and the higher elevations of the Long Range Mountains. The weather during September and October is often pleasant but January, February, and March are good months for cross-country skiing.