6 Rainy Day Activities in Gros Morne

Rainy Day Hits

The sun can’t shine every day! If exploring Gros Morne National Park’s natural wonders in the rain isn’t your thing, here are some ideas for rainy day activities the whole family will love.

1) Bonne Bay Aquarium & Research Station
Head to the Norris Point waterfront for a chance to see (and get hands on!) with some of Gros Morne National Park’s sea critters.

The Public Aquarium is part of Grenfell Campus of Memorial University and is home to a wide range of the marine animals and plants that can be found in Bonne Bay. Join a guided tour with one of their knowledgeable interpreters, and get up-close with some of the creatures in the touch tank.

Check their website for hours of operation and admission prices.

2) Discovery Centre
Perched on a hill overlooking Bonne Bay, the Gros Morne Discovery Centre in Woody Point is a must-do to round out your time in the Park, rain or shine! Interactive exhibits and knowledgeable staff help bring the park to life. Learn about the unique geology of the area, plants, marine life, arctic life, and people of the past and present. Take a guided walk or join an activity, watch the park film, or pick up a souvenir from the Tuckamore Shoppe.

Open seasonally. Check their website for hours of operation.

3) Swimming at the Rocky Harbour Recreation Complex
The Recreation Complex in Rocky Harbour includes a 25 metre indoor pool with a shallow bay, a leisure harbour, a whirlpool, and a variety of scheduled supervised activities including open swim and adult swim times. Kids under age 6 must be accompanied in the water by an adult during open swim.

Check out the pool’s website for the current schedule and fees.

4) Henry N. Payne Museum & Craft Shop

  • Learn about local history with a stop at the Dr. Henry N. Payne Museum in Cow Head. The longest-running museum on the West Coast of Newfoundland, the exhibitions include an intriguing col­lection of artifacts including the axe used in the local double axe murder of 1809 and stories including the lives outport women.

Locally handcrafted items are also for sale!

5) Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse

Located in Rocky Harbour, this century old lighthouse once served as a beacon to safely guide fishermen and sailing vessels into Bonne Bay. Now it’s home to interpretive exhibits about the heritage of the area. Learn about what life used to be like through historical photos, audio recordings of local folk songs and lightkeepers logbooks. Take a seat at the kitchen table and chat with one of the park guides to learn about the lightkeepers’ families and more!

Open seasonally. Check their website for hours of operation.

6) Gros Morne Wildlife Museum
Get up close to Newfoundland’s wildlife! Gros Morne Wildlife Museum houses over 100 full-size Newfoundland animals in realistic scenes. See animals like moose, puffins and a polar bear up close in a safe setting.

There’s even a scavenger hunt-style challenge that will help you look more closely at the exhibits – you might see things that you never would have noticed otherwise. And you might win a $500 gift certificate for their gift shop!

Located in Rocky Harbour. Check out their website for hours of operation and admission prices.

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