Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Newfoundland & Labrador, is marking its 50th anniversary in 2023 with a series of ‘celebration plans’.
Exact details are still in the planning process, but attractions on offer in the 1,805 square kilometres park nestled in the Long Range Mountains are many.
Numerous walking trails (both marked and unmarked) wind through wild uninhabited mountains, including the red landscape of the exposed earth’s mantle, thrust up by the collision of tectonic plates millions of years ago, in the Tablelands. This is the place where the theory of plate tectonics was confirmed and you can walk over ancient sea floor and preserved ocean avalanches.
The trail at Green Gardens begins on the barrens of the Tablelands and descends through boreal forest to a fertile volcanic seacoast, where you will see an array of sea stacks, coves, and beaches.
The sandy beach of Shallow Bay near Cow Head stretches for kilometres. There is also a beach at the mouth of the fjord at Western Brook Pond, and another right next to an excellent seafood restaurant in the town of Trout River.
Activities available in the park include zodiac boat tours through Western Brook Pond Fjord surrounded by towering cliffs, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, backcountry tours, fishing, culture and culinary adventures.