One of the biggest tourist attractions in Newfoundland during the summer is Gros Morne National Park. Reaching the summit of the highest point in Gros Morne, Gros Morne Mountain, is often one of the top things to do in Gros Morne for many outdoor enthusiasts. What are some other exciting things to do in Gros Morne for those outdoor enthusiasts who have other interests?
Tourist attractions in Newfoundland, including Gros Morne National Park, vary from magnificent landscapes, cultural heritage, natural history, breathtaking scenery, and its colourful, friendly people. How does one explore one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Newfoundland? Try boat touring, another of the popular things to do in Gros Morne, as an easy way to learn about the history and geology of the park and to witness absolute beauty!
Boat touring is easy, no special equipment is needed and colourful, witty guides inform you. Take your camera to capture the ancient geological wonder surrounding you. The easy 40 minute walk over fragile coastal plain to Western Brook Pond dock can be the beginning of your first tour. Enjoy a 2 hour cruise around Western Brook Pond which is really an inland fjord surrounded by billion year old towering glacial carved cliffs about 2000 feet high. The ‘pond’ is about 16 km long and about 165 m deep. Keep your eyes feasted on the cliffs as you may see a colony of cliff nesting gulls. The silent and pristine environment surrounding you is often only marred by waterfalls cascading over the cliffs. Depending on the weather, those tours begin mid-May and conclude early October and are probably the most breathtakingly beautiful things to do in Gros Morne.
Another of the popular tourist attractions in Newfoundland can be found in Trout River, a community in the southern part of Gros Morne Park. En route to Trout River you will experience one of the things to do in Gros Morne that draw many tourists, The Tablelands, one of the few places in the world where the Earth’s mantle is visible on the Earth’s surface. Drive to the easily accessible Trout River Pond, another of Gros Morne’s inland freshwater fjords. Take the two hour zodiac style boat tour and explore this 15 km long fjord where you will be surrounded by 600 m high cliffs. You will get an interpretation of how plate tectonics shaped the geology and topography of the ‘pond’ and surrounding landscape. You might even see another of the tourist attractions in Newfoundland, its wildlife, especially black bears, caribou and the majestic moose!
You want more amazing things to do in Gros Morne? Explore another of the park’s fjords in Bonne Bay, specifically the two connected fjords of Bonne Bay, East Arm and Southeast Arm! The catamaran boat tour leaves from Norris Point and offers spectacular scenery, interpretation of the awesome geological wonder before you and a chance of doing some whale watching. For a more intimate tour of Bonne Bay, choose to do a guided sea kayaking tour from Norris Point where you truly can be up close and personal with nature in all its forms.