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The world can’t weigh you down when you’re standing on top of it. Considering it took 485,000,000 years to create, it’s hardly surprising what you can find in this place. Not the least of which is perspective.
Gros Morne National Park is the second largest National Park in Eastern Canada. Stretching across 1,805 square kilometres of western Newfoundland, this UNESCO World Heritage site is part of the towering Long Range Mountains. Encompassing tiny seaside communities, forests, bogs, barren lowlands, and striking shorelines, the park also comes with ample breathing room and some pretty amazing views.
The area is also world renowned for its complex geology. It was here that geologists proved the theory of plate tectonics. The Tablelands, a mountain of flat-topped rock of a kind usually found only deep in the earth’s mantle, is an awe-inspiring sight. And though the chemical composition of the rocks on this eerie moon-like landscape may be too harsh for most plants, it’s great for hiking.
In fact, Gros Morne’s spectacular beauty provides the perfect backdrop for all kinds of outdoor adventures, on or off the beaten path.
Explore the park’s dense forests for rare plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. Or run your hands over ancient seafloor and preserved ocean avalanches, exposed to the land by the collision of the Earth’s tectonic plates nearly 500,000,000 years ago.
Take a stroll along the boardwalk to Western Brook Pond, over marshland draped in butterwarts, great sundew, orchids, dragon’s mouth, and pitcher plants. At the end of your walk, hop aboard a boat tour and sail close enough to towering waterfalls to feel the spray on your face.
Discover both marked and unmarked hiking trails that wind themselves throughout the landscape. Step into perfect circles of rocks that lie on the ground, positioned by natural factors. Stop for a snack on the Arctic Tundra and count how many of the 239 bird species that inhabit this area you’ve seen along the way.
Relax at the sandy beach of Shallow Bay that stretches out for kilometres. Enjoy the warm summer days by camping along the shores of the ocean, ponds, lakes, or rivers in the area.
During the winter, try your hand at Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and ice climbing throughout the park. Visit the communities in and around Gros Morne and enjoy the hospitality at restaurants, shops, festivals and events year round.
You’ll find Gros Morne National Park on The Viking Trail, only a 30-minute drive from Deer Lake Airport in Western Newfoundland.