The most beautiful view of the Gros Morne National Park
Actually, before our Newfoundland trip, I had dreamed of seeing the Gros Morne National Park from above, a photo of a view down into the valley haunts all the glossy brochures that advertise Newfoundland as a travel destination. This is probably the most beautiful view Newfoundland National Park has to offer. However, we only find out on site that this viewpoint can only be reached after a long hike through the wilderness. There are no roads or well-maintained hiking trails to this cliff above Western Brook Pond. If you want to go there, you have to be prepared for an expedition through the wilderness and several strenuous day's hikes over hill and dale. There are no human facilities on the way. On this tour you are completely dependent on yourself and your abilities.
Well, I probably wouldn't have done that even in my most athletic times, although I was always up for adventure. But the effort would have been too great for me. However, there are two convenient alternatives: either fly over the Western Brook Pond in a small airplane or cross it by boat. Since we've already planned the boat trip, we're sticking with it. Maybe we'll come back again and see the whole thing from the air?
Boat trip through the Western Brook Pond
The boat dock at Western Brook Pond is also within walking distance, but this trail leads across flat terrain with only a few small slopes. And he makes curious about the lake, which has made itself wide in this valley, which was mined by the glaciers of the last ice age from the rock, it always offers new and better and better views of the gorge, which we will cross by boat , It takes a good hour from the parking on the Viking Highway to the jetty. Since there is a lot to discover along the route, we take two hours.
Walk to the jetty
Here we cross the terminal moraine in the Gros Morne National Park, which the former glacier deposited at this point. This turns the Western Brook Pond into a lake and not a fjord, because if you take it seriously, a fjord is directly connected to the sea. Here, however, the glacier debris separates the lake from direct access to the ocean. This gives us the chance to look at numerous marsh plants that bloom along the hiking trail in July. And we see tracks of moose in the mud that reaches up to the boardwalks. Obviously, the animals feel comfortable here, because the many kicks indicate that they often stay here. But you probably have to be here early in the morning or in the evening to see them. We have to be content with their traces.
You need that for a hike to the jetty on Western Brook Pond
- Pack your backpack with ours Packing list hiking. Then you are guaranteed to have everything you need on the go.
- Comfortable Walking shoes for wide feetwhere you can walk well even on rough paths
- A backpack is definitely practical for everything you need on the go.
- At the jetty you will find places for one picknick along the way with a view of the National Park.
- The region offers beautiful photo opportunities. Therefore you should have yours Camera .
- Make sure to take one sun hat with. You shouldn't underestimate the sun here.
In brilliant sunshine we board one of the two boats offering tours in English and English / French and cruise across the broad part of the lake to the beginning of the gorge, for which the Gros Morne National Park is world famous.
The boat takes us past the steep rock faces, over which smaller and larger waterfalls plunge down into the valley. In between we see densely overgrown slopes, which - as our boat driver explains to us - were partly created as huge landslides. Today the caribou use one of these slopes (in the picture on the left) every spring for their spring hike up the mountain heights. Then the lake is frozen over and they can reach their pastures on the upper regions of the plateau via a pass-like opening in the rock walls. And we see the Tin Man (see arrow in the left photo), a striking rock figure that is reminiscent of the film hero from Hollywood.
Gros Morne National Park is also beautiful from a boat
As it turns out, Newfoundland's most beautiful view can also be seen from the water. Steep and high rise the rock walls that frame the end of the lake. If Newfoundland's most famous photo was taken from the mountain heights in the background, then the view from the valley does not have to hide either, or what do you think?
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Source Gros Morne National Park: On-site research with support from the Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism Newfoundland, and Western Brook Tours
Text Gros Morne National Park: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos Gros Morne National Park: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Video Gros Morne National Park: © Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline