Gros Morne Multi-Sport Adventure

About the Experience

Wild, remote, staggering. How can we even begin to describe Newfoundland? This is a place of stark ancient beauty, where the ground beneath your feet tells the story of earth’s geological history.

You will visit brightly-painted fishing villages and be treated to the fabulous hospitality of Newfoundlanders. Gros Morne’s visually spectacular scenery, exceptional geological events, Arctic alpine environment, and its towering, landlocked fiords compelled the United Nations to declare it a World Heritage Site in 1987. Gros Morne National Park is as important to Plate Tectonics Theory as Ecuador’s Galapagos Archipelago is to the Theory of Evolution.

So walk on the Earth’s mantle, visit the fossils of Green Point, and climb the second highest mountain in Newfoundland. You won’t regret it one bit.

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Gros Morne Multi-Sport Adventure

About the Experience

Wild, remote, staggering. How can we even begin to describe Newfoundland? This is a place of stark ancient beauty, where the ground beneath your feet tells the story of earth’s geological history.

You will visit brightly-painted fishing villages and be treated to the fabulous hospitality of Newfoundlanders. Gros Morne’s visually spectacular scenery, exceptional geological events, Arctic alpine environment, and its towering, landlocked fiords compelled the United Nations to declare it a World Heritage Site in 1987. Gros Morne National Park is as important to Plate Tectonics Theory as Ecuador’s Galapagos Archipelago is to the Theory of Evolution.

So walk on the Earth’s mantle, visit the fossils of Green Point, and climb the second highest mountain in Newfoundland. You won’t regret it one bit.

Day One: Welcome to “The Rock”!

Meet your Wild Women guides and fellow group members at Deer Lake Airport by 2pm and travel an hour north into Gros Morne National Park. Get settled in your comfy cabins before having a welcome dinner and group orientation session.

  • Total drive time today approx. 1 hour

 

Day Two: Hiking on the Earth’s Mantle

Start your day with a visit to the Discovery Centre to learn all about the park. The afternoon will be spent hiking on the rugged Tablelands, where you will climb up for views of Bonne Bay. A hauntingly beautiful environment that is barren and unable to support vegetation because the rocks forged from the Earth’s mantle lack the nutrients to support plant life. The evening will be focused in the outport community of Trout River where you will have dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy some quiet time on the beach.

  • Hike Details: varies, 4-5km, up to 500m elevation gain/loss
  • Total drive time today approx. 2 hours

 

Day Three: Down to Green Gardens

You’ll hike over the boundary where the peridotite ends and the ancient oceanic crust begins. Hike down through the boreal forest to the rugged coastline where pillow lava and sea stacks dominate the shoreline. Green Gardens (at 9km return) is your warm-up hike for Gros Morne Mountain. After lunch on the beach, you’ll climb the 300m back to the trailhead. This evening will be free to explore the artsy village of Woody Point.

  • Hike Details: 9 km return, 300m elevation loss and gain, rough trail, with wet sections
  • Total drive time today approx. 2 hours

 

Day Four: Kayaking in a Marine Wonderland

You’ll spend the day paddling and exploring the rich marine environment in the sheltered fjord of Bonne Bay. Minke whales, eagles, terns, and kingfishers are common sightings in the bay. Spectacular views of Gros Morne Mountain and the Tablelands can be enjoyed from your kayak. You will have the evening to explore Rocky Harbour and perhaps some fresh cod for dinner.

  • Kayak Duration: 4-5 hours with lunch and rest breaks
  • Total drive time today approx. 30 min

 

Day Five: Summiting Gros Morne Mountain

Today you’ll hike to the highest point in the park, Gros Morne Mountain at 806m. This hike is rigorous and challenging for most. The trail is very rough with steep sections taking 8-10 hours to complete the 16 km loop. The trail leads to the stoney and rugged alpine plateau. Here, rare vegetation clings to this barren landscape and hardy inhabitants like the Woodland Caribou, Rock Ptarmigan, and Arctic Hare are often seen. Enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of the glacier-carved fjords of Bonne Bay, Ten Mile Pond, and the Gulf of the St.Lawrence.

  • Hike Details: 16 km, 800m elevation gain then loss, rough, rocky trail. Usually a 8-10 hour hike.
  • Total drive time today approx. 20 min

 

Day Six: Boat Tour of a Landlocked Fjord

You will take an 1 hour coastal lowland walk across bogs and limestone ridges to Western Brook Pond fjord, a spectacular freshwater lake hemmed in by 650m high rock walls. You’ll join a boat tour to explore the length of the pond to see the spectacular waterfalls that tumble from the alpine plateau! The afternoon will be spent hiking coastal trails or site seeing in the area.

  • Total drive time today approx. 2-3 hours
  • Hike Details: 6 km return, trail is even with gravel and boardwalks

 

Day Seven: Bye Bye, B’ye!

After a leisurely morning with some final craft shopping or beach combing, you will return to the Deer Lake airport for afternoon departures.

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