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On Newfoundland’s west coast, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gros Morne National Park encompasses a glorious mix of fjords, mountains, rivers, trails, and a few small towns. Almost cut in two by Bonne Bay, the park’s south side features the Tableland Mountains and lovely old communities such as Woody Point and Trout River. To the north of Bonne Bay, the Long Range Mountains are an extension of the Appalachian Mountains. There are 18 trails of varying lengths and difficulty throughout the park. One of its most famous (and photographed) features is Western Brook Pond, where a two-and-a-half-hour-long cruise glides through the ...

On Newfoundland’s west coast, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gros Morne National Park encompasses a glorious mix of fjords, mountains, rivers, trails, and a few small towns. Almost cut in two by Bonne Bay, the park’s south side features the Tableland Mountains and lovely old communities such as Woody Point and Trout River. To the north of Bonne Bay, the Long Range Mountains are an extension of the Appalachian Mountains. There are 18 trails of varying lengths and difficulty throughout the park. One of its most famous (and photographed) features is Western Brook Pond, where a two-and-a-half-hour-long cruise glides through the glacier-carved, land-locked fjord bordered by waterfalls tumbling hundreds of feet down billion-year-old cliffs into the pristine waters. The town of Norris Point is worth visiting simply for the unforgettable views of Bonne Bay and the Tablelands. The larger community of Rocky Harbour has plenty of accommodations, restaurants and pubs. To the north, the small town of Cow’s Head is home to the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, deservedly renowned for its excellent productions.

Joanna Ebbutt
About the Expert

Joanna Ebbutt is the author or editor of three Insight Guides to Toronto and Canada, and coauthor of Off the Beaten Track: Western Canada. She has been writing about travel for three decades, including chasing the aurora borealis in Northern Ontario.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Located in eastern Canada on the west coast of Newfoundland. In 1987, the park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its geological history and its exceptional scenery.
  • Language: English and French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Late spring, summer and early fall