5 Days to Explore Gros Morne
Photo Dru Kenney Photography
Getting to Newfoundland is always the first step in getting to Gros Morne:
- Deer Lake Regional Airport (YDF) – Direct Flights from Halifax and Toronto
- Marine Atlantic – North Sydney (Nova Scotia) to Port Aux Basque
Proper Clothing and Equipment
To really enjoy this active itinerary make sure you come prepared with proper clothing, and a pair of cross-country skis, and or snowshoes.
Tuckamore Ski and Snowshoe Club offer snowshoe rentals out of town of Norris Point
Gros Morne Mountain
Gros Morne Mountain is the highest peak in the park, and the second on Newfoundland. Found just south of the towns of Rocky Harbour and Norris Point, it is a must-do. A trip to the base of the mountain (9km return) may be more than enough for the adventurous, or even to the bridge (pictured above) at 5km might be just right.
After a scenic drive, you arrive at the foot of the Tablelands, one of the premier attractions in Gros Morne, near the town of Woody Point. You can enjoy a short snowshoe or classic ski into the wonderous Winter House Gorge (5km return) and immerself yourself in the Martian-like landscape.
Need a Guide?
Both companies below offer winter experiences in and around the south side of the park, from snowmobiling to snowshoe tours.
Located just behind the community of Woody Point, the Lookout Trail takes you to the top of the lookout hills (5km return, 300 meter climb) providing amazing views of Southern Arm, and Gros Morne Mountain in the distance.
If your looking for a larger adventure, Green Gardens (9km return, 350-meter descent/climb), just down the road provides coastal views of sea stacks and rolling mountains. Save the beach excursion for the summer months
Cross Country Skiing
Gros Morne National Park offers both groomed (10km) and lit (2km) ski trails at the VRC located near Rocky Harbour & Norris Point (under construction for 2 years, however parking lot and ski trails are still open) where you can enjoy a classic or skate ski day or night.
There are a few trails, packed periodically for classic or snowshoeing, throughout Gros Morne National Park which includes; Wigwam Pond, Shallow Bay, Trout River Pond, and Bakers Brook.
See below for maps or check-out Gros Morne Parks Canada Website for more information.
Western Brook Pond
After a scenic 30 minutes north of the town of Rocky Harbour along the coast, you reach the start of your journey into the world-famous Western Brook Pond. Get bundle up and put your snowshoes or cross-country skis on and enjoy the 3km journey (6km return) into the head of the pond, and be prepared for the jaw-dropping views.
If you’re still ready for another adventure, why not take in the sunset from Parks Canada Lobster Cove Head facility. While closed in the winter, a series of short trails through the tuckamore forest is punctuated with amazing views of the North Atlantic.