Icebergs and Arts Adventure

About the Experience

This is where you land. Home to whales, caribou, moose, and thousands of seabirds, this meeting of arctic, boreal, and temperate landscapes is as wild as it gets. Soon, it will be home to you as you first lodge in an authentic Newfoundland home nestled in the heart of Gros Morne National Park.

You will take wild rambles through ancient fjords, walk atop the earth’s mantle, and breathe in spectacular views of bays, volcanic rock shores, and coastal lowlands. This Park is a dreamscape, showcasing some of the continent’s highest waterfalls, where rare vegetation clings to a rugged landscape.

But that’s not all. Your path will take you north up the peninsula to the remote, wild, and staggering coast where 10,000-year-old icebergs majestically parade before your eyes. The village of Conche will show you a 200-foot-long tapestry embroidered by local women artisans, depicting the history of the French Shore. Here, you’ll stay in a cozy hunting and fishing lodge on a private lake complete with a wood fired sauna and hot tub, in the heart of the Newfoundland wilderness.

Rocky headlands rise to incredible heights, and tiny outport communities are tucked away in sheltered coves. This isolation has caused time, in many ways, to stand still, preserving cultural traditions and lifestyles for the day that you arrive.

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Icebergs and Arts Adventure

About the Experience

This is where you land. Home to whales, caribou, moose, and thousands of seabirds, this meeting of arctic, boreal, and temperate landscapes is as wild as it gets. Soon, it will be home to you as you first lodge in an authentic Newfoundland home nestled in the heart of Gros Morne National Park.

You will take wild rambles through ancient fjords, walk atop the earth’s mantle, and breathe in spectacular views of bays, volcanic rock shores, and coastal lowlands. This Park is a dreamscape, showcasing some of the continent’s highest waterfalls, where rare vegetation clings to a rugged landscape.

But that’s not all. Your path will take you north up the peninsula to the remote, wild, and staggering coast where 10,000-year-old icebergs majestically parade before your eyes. The village of Conche will show you a 200-foot-long tapestry embroidered by local women artisans, depicting the history of the French Shore. Here, you’ll stay in a cozy hunting and fishing lodge on a private lake complete with a wood fired sauna and hot tub, in the heart of the Newfoundland wilderness.

Rocky headlands rise to incredible heights, and tiny outport communities are tucked away in sheltered coves. This isolation has caused time, in many ways, to stand still, preserving cultural traditions and lifestyles for the day that you arrive.

Norris Point and Gros Morne mountain from the Woody Point Lighthouse.

DAY ONE: WELCOME TO THE ROCK

Meet your Wild Women Guide and fellow group members at Deer Lake Airport before 2pm and travel about 1 hour north into Gros Morne National Park. You’ll enjoy dinner in Woody Point and conclude your day with the trip orientation.

 

Day 2

DAY TWO: HIKING IN SOUTHERN GROS MORNE

You’ll first visit the Discovery Centre to learn more about this special place. Then you spend a full day hiking the wild uninhabited regions of the rugged Long Range Mountains. Rising abruptly from the narrow coastal lowlands, these ancient mountains dominate the park. Throughout the day you will learn about wildflowers, tundra, bogs, and the windblown ‘tuckamore’.

You’ll hike on the Tablelands, one of the unique features of the park that lead to Gros Morne becoming listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Resembling more the deserts of Arizona than wildly green Newfoundland, the Tablelands are one of the only places in the world where the Earth’s mantle is exposed. These barren and imposing mountains are the main feature of the south side of the park.

This evening you’ll head to end of the road – Trout River – for dinner at another favourite local restaurant located on the beach.

 

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DAY THREE: SEA KAYAKING ON BONNE BAY

We will paddle beautiful Bonne Bay by sea kayak today, exploring the rich marine environment in the sheltered fjord of Bonne Bay. Minke whales, eagles, common terns, Arctic terns, Caspian terns, and kingfishers are common sightings on the bay.

Optional activities for the afternoon include, visiting many craft shops in Woody Point, walking the local seaside trail, or relaxing with a coffee over looking the bay.

Day 4

Day Four: Western Brook Pond and Heading North

Start early today as you drive from Woody Point to the northern end of the park to explore the inland fjord on the Western Brook Pond. After a 3km stroll into the boat tour, relax and enjoy the stunning cliffs and waterfalls of this ancient fjord. Then you’ll take a 4-hour scenic coastal drive up the Northern Peninsula to Tuckamore Lodge, a classic Newfoundland hunting and fishing lodge. You will have a free evening to enjoy the hot tub and lakeside sauna!

 

DAY FIVE: THE CONCHE TAPESTRY

Today you will visit the fishing village of Conche where women fibre artists have created a giant tapestry depicting the history of the French Shore. At the gallery, artist and museum curator, Joan Simmonds, will share her experience and knowledge of this project with the group. You will enjoy a traditional Newfoundland “dinner” (a.k.a. lunch) of fresh cod au gratin, salad, and homemade bread. The afternoon can be spent hiking on the Conche Peninsula, walking through the village or relaxing at the museum. Then you will return to Tuckamore Lodge for an evening of relaxing around the fire.

 

Day 6

DAY SIX: ICEBERGS AND VIKINGS

You’ll travel to St. Anthony on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula where you will depart for an iceberg and whale watching boat tour along the coastline. Then you’ll travel further north to L’Anse Aux Meadows, another UNESCO Site, to explore the remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement that is evidence of the first European presence in North America. The excavated remains of wood-framed peat-turf buildings are similar to those found in Norse Greenland and Iceland.

 

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DAY SEVEN: ALONG THE NORTHERN PENINSULA

You depart from the Great Northern Peninsula and make your way south. Along the way, you will visit Port aux Choix National Historic Site, where you can join a guided hike out to Philips Garden to explore the ancient remains of one of the largest Dorset Paleoeskimo settlements in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. Or perhaps spend this time exploring the limestone shoreline for fossils and rare plants such as barrens willow, the Fernald’s braya, as well as the taller Long’s braya. In the afternoon, you will stop to visit the Myra Bennett Heritage House, the home of nurse Myra Bennett. Myra Bennett was known along the 200 miles of coast simply as “the nurse”. This remarkable woman brought life saving skills to what was then an isolated, rugged Great Northern Peninsula. If time and interest allow, you will stop to view the sea arches in Arches Provincial Park and enjoy the amazing rocky beach. Enjoy a farewell dinner and overnight in Rocky Harbour.

 

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DAY EIGHT: DEPARTURE DAY

In the morning, feel free to explore Rocky Harbour. There are many nice craft shops, beaches, and viewpoints throughout town. You’ll return to Deer Lake Airport for afternoon departures.

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