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It took 485 million years for Mother Nature to create Gros Morne National Park, a place unlike any other on earth. A UNESCO World Heritage Site covering 1,805 square kilometres, the park is a never-ending series of wonders and delights, and a demonstration of the spectacularly raw and enigmatic beauty of the physical world. 

You can hike the amazing landscape along the earth’s mantle, or climb to life-changing summits. Travel along the water through fjords carved by glaciers millennia ago, leaving behind towering cliffs and thunderous waterfalls. Alongside the natural wonders are highlights of a cultural heritage rich in humour and creativity – festivals, music, art – found throughout the park in towns like Cow Head and Woody Point.

Discover Hiking & Walking

Gros Morne National Park is the perfect backdrop for all kinds of outdoor activities, particularly hiking. Discover both marked and unmarked trails winding throughout the landscape, and explore the park's dense forests for rare plant, animal, and bird species.

Hiking the Tablelands is an experience that cannot be forgotten. Here, where the theory of plate tectonics was confirmed, you can walk over ancient sea floor and preserved ocean avalanches. It’s a distinctive red landscape of exposed earth’s mantle, thrust up by the collision of tectonic plates millions of years ago. 

Experienced hikers can challenge themselves with the climb up the mountain overlooking Western Brook Pond Fjord, part of the Long Range Mountains. Summiting after a day’s hike, and experiencing that view, is a bucket-list worthy event.  

The trail at Green Gardens begins on the barrens of the Tablelands and descends through boreal forest to a fertile volcanic seacoast, where you will see a wonderful array of sea stacks, coves, and beaches.

The sandy beach of Shallow Bay near Cow Head stretches for kilometres. There is also a beach at the mouth of the fjord at Western Brook Pond, and a warm, sandy beach located right next to an excellent seafood restaurant in the town of Trout River.

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Gros Morne National Park Walking Tours

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Experience our Boat Tours

Take a 45-minute walk (3km) along the moderate trail to Western Brook Pond, over marshland draped in butterworts, great sundew, orchids, dragon's mouth, and pitcher plants. At the end of your walk, hop aboard a boat tour with BonTours taking you through the fjord. You'll also get to sail close enough to feel the spray on your face from some of the highest waterfalls in eastern North America.

If you have your own canoe or kayak, you can use it on Trout River Pond and Bonne Bay; launch areas are located at Trout River Pond, Mill Brook, and Lomond day-use areas. Or you can take a guided sea kayak excursion with one of the various tourism operators located in the park, such as Gros Morne Adventures, if you don't have your own craft.

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Discover our Theatre & Music

Areas of unusual and inspirational beauty often lure artists and writers, and Gros Morne National Park is no exception. Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador has its own summer-long festival, which puts on professional, culturally rich performances at Cow Head and other communities throughout the area. The town of Woody Point is an especially beautiful artistic hub within the park, and its historic Heritage Theatre offers live music, plays, author readings, and more. The eclectic Writers at Woody Point festival sells out every year, as people flock to meet and hear writers and musicians from around the world. Trails, Tales & Tunes takes place each spring in Norris Point. There are daytime walks around stunning scenery, afternoon workshops, and a wide range of entertainment and great food.

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Experience Camping

Enjoy warm summer days by setting up camp along the shores of ponds, lakes, rivers, or the ocean. The park’s many camping options – both public and private – offer a wide range of experiences. You can tuck away the RV and head out to enjoy the amazing surroundings, or hike your way to more a primitive site along one of the park’s trails.

Parks Canada oversees five campgrounds. Try an oTENTik, a unique blend of welcoming comfort and outdoor adventure, or a Rustic Cabin, providing absolutely none of the amenities of home for those who don't want a tent, but do want to unplug.

Other campgrounds in the area offer traditional cabins and campsites (some serviced), group camping, singalongs, tours, hiking trails, and more. Don’t forget to reserve your spot as early as possible, as they can fill up quickly when the season gets underway.

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Getting to Gros Morne National Park

The nearest airport to Gros Morne National Park is at Deer Lake (YDF), which is a 30-minute drive along The Viking Trail. If you’re coming from the Nova Scotia ferry, it’s a 3½-hour drive along Route 1 to Route 430.

The park is a big place; you might want to start your day by checking in at the Visitor Information Centre in Rocky Harbour, or at the Discovery Centre in Woody Point. Accommodations, ranging from hotels and inns to B&Bs, can be found throughout the park.

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