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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • Day walking
  • Scenic Boat Tour
  • Food Tour
Accommodation
  • 7 nights double share
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 7 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

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Trip Code: CGL

Overview

Trip highlights


  • Designated Travel Partner of Canadian Geographic Adventure
  • Escorted by (insert name), fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
  • Be led by our expert guides on our favourite hikes in Gros Morne National Park
  • Cruise the waters of dramatic Western Brook Pond Fjord
  • Enjoy the best views of the Iceberg Alley
  • Sample incredible local cuisine, including full course/food tour dinners
  • Keep an eye out for whales, moose, bald eagles, and much more

This Can Geo Adventure features Gros Morne National Park's natural wonders, a visit to the Norse Viking settlement at l'Anse aux Meadows and a stay at a historic lighthouse along the Iceberg Alley. This unique adventure in western Newfoundland is filled with walking, cultural immersion, breathtaking scenery, wildlife, fine dining experiences and evenings to remember. We've selected the top day hikes in Gros Morne National Park and combined them with delicious Newfoundland cuisine, comfortable lodging, and cultural experiences. Next, we take the road to L'Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only Viking site in North America. We then make our way to the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, where we will stay at the base of a still-operating lighthouse. Quirpon Island boasts the most extended iceberg viewing season in Newfoundland and an impressive number of whales off its shores.

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Itinerary

You will be met at the Deer Lake Airport today and transferred to your accommodation on the north side of the park via the stunning 'Viking Trail' highway which provides your first glimpse of Gros Morne's dramatic coastal landscapes. After about an hour, we arrive at the pretty seaside village of either Rocky Harbour or Norris Point and settle into your simple but comfortable accommodations, which will be home for the next four nights. The group will meet around 6:30pm for an evening orientation and dinner (exact time and location will be indicated on your final documents).

Meals:  L,D

Your day begins with a water shuttle ride from the Norris Point waterfront across picturesque Bonne Bay to Woody Point and a short drive to the looming Tablelands. This barren Mars-like landscape of mantle rock that once lay beneath the earth’s crust is one of the main reasons Gros Morne National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our hike takes us by numerous waterfalls as we reach the summit of the mountain at 700m. The reward is the panoramic views of Winterhouse Brook Canyon, Bonne Bay, and the Long Range Mountains. We end this memorable day with an evening food tour showcasing authentic Newfoundland cuisine with fresh and local ingredients.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we take it easy with a boat tour, leisurely walks, and some sightseeing. En route to the fjord, we will stop at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse to learn about the area's local history. Next, we walk through time at the Green Point geological site, discovering fossils at our feet. We then take the easy walk across coastal lowlands and boardwalk-covered bogs and barrens to the wharf at Western Brook Pond fjord. Lunch is served overlooking 2000ft cliffs of granite before our boat tour takes us 16km into the heart of this scene, where we watch spectacular waterfalls tumble from the alpine plateau. After the boat tour, we head over to Broom Point to learn about the fishing history in coastal NL from a local fisherman. This evening, we have reserved tickets for you to attend a live musical performance.

Meals:  B,L,D

We start the day with another water shuttle ride across Bonne Bay to Woody Point, then onto the Green Gardens trailhead. This trail is one of the most diverse and magical hikes in the park. The route descends from the earth's mantle of the Tablelands, traverses Arctic alpine rock gardens, and continues down into the boreal forest valley featuring some of the oldest and largest trees in the park. At the coast, we explore the grassy meadows, rock pillars, ancient volcanic sea-stacks and rugged cliffs left behind from an ancient volcanic island. We say hi to the resident sheep who seem to defy gravity on the hillsides, and head to the shoreline to find hidden waterfalls and sea caves. Tonight, we enjoy a cultural immersion in local cuisine with an exquisite three-course dinner from Gros Morne's top-rated restaurants.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we are heading north to L'Anse aux Meadows. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the only Viking site in North America. Meet a Viking (perhaps self-titled but questionably named 'Bjorn the Beautiful') in this 1000 year old village that has been brought to life. L'Anse aux Meadows shows where European Vikings first set foot in North America, 500 years before Columbus. At 4pm, we meet the ferry at the dock for our transfer through 'Iceberg Alley' to Quirpon Island. Choose to either walk the great 5.5km trail (1.5-2.5hrs) along the cliffs to the Lighthouse Inn, or take the boat transfer. You will be drawn into the life of an isolated lightkeeper as we enjoy a delicious dinner and spend the night at the northern tip of Newfoundland.

Meals:  B,L,D

Wake up early to discover the island and visit its unique sites and delicate biology. Don't forget to ask about Tuckamore and the story of the mass murder that took place on the island. Take a walk along the cliff-top trails or explore the island following only your whims. Kittiwake colonies and eider ducks nesting in tiny coves where there used to be a fishing village are favourite spots. Watch for humpback, minke and orca whales and try to get a photo of a tail in front of a passing iceberg or a breaching whale with the lighthouse as a backdrop. Some of the best viewing and photos are from the land surrounding the inn, but this afternoon you have the chance to explore by zodiac. The water-based adventure takes you searching for wildlife, within a safe distance of icebergs and through tiny coves along the coast. While the humpbacks treat the zodiac as if it doesn't exist, feeding and swimming nearby, the orcas and dolphins will often make a point of visiting and potentially even touch the boat!

Meals:  B,L,D

Leaving the island around 10am today, we return through Iceberg Alley to the mainland. By now, you may be able to take your attention away from whales to watch for seals and otters. On the mainland, we visit the town of St. Anthony and learn the story of the British medical missionary, Sir Wilfred Grenfell. His remarkable perseverance and enthusiasm saved countless lives at the turn of the century, and his legacy still lives on. During your visit, you can enjoy the works of local artists, including whalebone carvings, paintings and clothing that evoke cultures that have survived for centuries. A visit to the Jordi Bonet murals in the rotunda of the hospital recounts Bonet's childhood in Spain, marked by civil war before migrating and creating works of art famous around the world, including the Titanic Memorial. Return to Rocky Harbour or Norris Point. Share your highlights of this unforgettable experience in Newfoundland with your fellow travellers at the farewell dinner.

Meals:  B,L,D

Transfer to Deer Lake airport for your return flight. End of tour.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 nights double share accommodation with private facilities
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners including two gourmet food tours
  • Services of a licensed, local wilderness guide
  • Private transportation
  • Return airport transfers
  • Westernbrook Fjord Boat Tour
  • Park fees

  • Airfare or travel to/from Deer Lake
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Applicable taxes

About Your Leader

Your professional guide is familiar with the area, history and most important the changing weather. All of our guides are trained in wilderness first aid and are lots of fun to keep the days interactive and informative. Many of our Gros Morne guides have teaching backgrounds and offer great experiences for those with a healthy interest in learning.


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