In the heart of Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, lies an otherworldly landscape that defies expectations and reveals a glimpse into the Earth’s ancient past. The Tablelands, a geological wonder only seen a few places on the planet, showcases a rare phenomenon where a portion of the Earth’s mantle has been thrust up through the crust. This extraordinary natural site, forged over half a billion years, stands as a testament to the remarkable forces of geology and offers visitors a unique opportunity to witness the Earth’s inner soul exposed like never before.
There are a number of ways to enjoy the Tablelands, regardless of the season
Parks Canada Guided Interpretive Walk
Tablelands Trail (2h) June 1 – 30, 10:00 am Sun. Tues, Thurs, Sat. July 1 – Sept 3, everyday.
As you step onto the Tablelands, you find yourself immersed in a landscape that appears more akin to Mars than Newfoundland. Parks Canada guides will help you explore this bizarre and beautiful landscape, the glacially carved valleys and the unique plants and vegetation that call the Tablelands their home! This two-hour guided hike will prepare you to better understand the world significant geology of Gros Morne as you explore the park.
Parks Canada Guided Tour App
Looking to do the Tablelands walk at your own pace, on your schedule? Parks Canada has created a free app, or pick up a device at the Discovery Centre – included in your park pass – and hit the trails!
Download the app through App Store or Google Play.
Self- Guided Day Hikes
You can enjoy both marked and off-trail experiences in the Tablelands, whether your looking for a quick stroll or full day adventure. Map of the Tablelands $3 map or $5 waterproof map. Available at the Discovery Centre and the Visitor Centre.
Tablelands Hiking Trail – 4km return easy
Walk the old roadbed as it skirts the base of the Tablelands; You will see unusual plants and rocks as you enjoy broad panoramic views. The trail ends in the glacially carved Winter House Brook Canyon.
Trout River Pond Trail – 14km return, moderate.
Hike the path less traveled along the shore of Trout River Pond fjord, and into the heart of the Tablelands taking in Elephant Head and its contrasting granite cliffs.
Lookout Trail – 5km return – moderate
Enjoy the steady climb to one of the best panoramic vistas in the park. From the platform atop Partridgeberry Hill, enjoy the spectacular view of Bonne Bay, Gros Morne Mountain, and the Tablelands.
Drive Scenic Route 431
The road between Woody Point and Trout River is truly one of the most spectacular you’ll see. What strikes you most is the contrast of colour between the mountains that tower above you. One side is lush green; the other, a brilliant, amber colour – all divided, it would seem, by the yellow line of the highway.
Scenic Boat Tour
Wild Gros Morne’s zodiac boat tour provides unsurpassed views deep into the glacier carved Trout River Pond of both the towering Tablelands, and sheer granite North Arm Mountains.
Gros Morne: An Earth Odyssey Evening Program: Visitor Centre (1h) July 1 – Sept 3., Sun., Wed. 7:00pm.
Join a zany traveller sent from another galaxy who accepts a mission to learn more about planet Earth by uncovering the reasons for the UNESCO World Heritage designation at Gros Morne National Park. Discover Gros Morne’s unique geology in an out-of-this-world multimedia show!
Visiting the Tablelands is not only an opportunity for personal discovery but also a chance to cultivate a deeper understanding of the Earth’s intricate geological processes. As you explore this ancient landscape, take a moment to reflect on the immense power and beauty that lies within our planet’s core. The Tablelands serve as a reminder of the vastness and complexity of the natural world and the importance of protecting these unique environments for future generations.
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