What to look out for when hiking in Gros Morne National Park

Hiking by the sea in Gros Morne National Park

What you should consider when hiking Gros Morne National Park

You can find out where you can hike in Gros Morne National Park here. The national park in Newfoundland extends over a large area and offers a whole range of hiking trails. We wanted to at least partially hike some of them during our stay. There are short ones Walking, those that run along the sea or run inland through flat terrain. However, there are also hiking trails that go into the wilderness. For this you should prepare yourself well and bring experience with stays in the wilderness. Physical fitness is essential for such hikes. the Gros Morne National Park offers adventurers hikes as well as those who are looking for more leisurely hikes or walks.

 

Petar hiking in Gros Morne National Park
Petar hiking in Gros Morne National Park at Lobster Cove Head

Explore the mesmerizing beauty and wildlife of Gros Morne National Park by hiking as you embark on a journey of discovery through its network of trails. Get ready for breathtaking views, discover unique habitats and learn more about the biodiversity of the park!

 

 

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Choose the right way.

A popular place for outdoor recreation, Gros Morne National Park offers several options when choosing a hiking trail. Be sure to choose a trail within your fitness level and make sure you know the terrain, length and approximate time. Taking these factors into account will help make your experience enjoyable!

As leisure hikers, we usually look for hiking trails that are easy, offer beautiful views and that we can cover in one to two hours. This suits our fitness level and does not degenerate into extreme exertion. For hiking in Gros Morne National Park, we had selected several hiking trails that fit our program well.

 

Hiking at Lobster Cove Head in Gros Morne National Park
Hiking at Lobster Cove Head in Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park trail maps

We did these hiking trails with maps during our stay:

 

Monika hiking the Western Brook Pond Trail
Monika hiking the Western Brook Pond Trail

Dress appropriately and be prepared for changing conditions.

Make sure to dress appropriately for the season and be prepared for sudden weather changes. Temperatures can vary wildly from day to night, so layered clothing is best. It is also advisable to bring a waterproof jacket and pants, closed shoes, a hat, gloves and sunscreen. If you dress appropriately, you can make the most of your Gros Morne experience!

Although the sun shone the entire time during our Gros Morne National Park hike on Western Brook Pond, it was a good idea to bring a jacket. This protected against sunburn, but Petar only realized how strong the sun can be in these latitudes on the hike back to the car. He had gotten a bad sunburn during the hike and the subsequent boat trip. So our first purchase at our motel that night was a cap, which he still wears to this day. With its imprint, it always reminds us of our stay at the Shallow Bay Motel.

 

Rain at Woody Point
Pouring rain at Woody Point spoiled our hiking in Gros Morne National Park

A tip: pay attention to the weather forecast if you want to hike in Gros Morne National Park

We were lucky that we had nice weather for many days during our trip. So we were able to hike well in Gros Morne National Park. But that's not always like this. We saw that too on our trip. We first spent a few days in the Rocky Harbor region and took the opportunity to do several hikes. Then we drove on L'Anse aux Meadowsover the Viking Trail. On the way back we finally wanted to hike on the tablelands in the southern part of the national park. However, the weather threw a spanner in the works there. It poured with rain all day long. So our hike there literally fell through. You should be prepared for that too. So we selected   suitable accommodation, from which we could not only go hiking, but also had other alternatives. 

 

Moose hiking in Gros Morne National Park
You can encounter moose while hiking in Gros Morne National Park

Be aware of the wildlife in the national park and prepare yourself on how to handle it safely.

Although the animals in Gros Morne are wild, you can still see them up close in their natural habitat - just remember to keep a safe distance and respect the wildlife! Keep in mind that it is illegal to feed or touch wildlife in the park, so keep at least 30 feet away from any animals or birds you encounter.

We didn't encounter any animals on our hikes in Gros Morne National Park. Instead, we kept seeing moose on our trips through the country. Our hike to Western Brook Pond showed that they also stay along the hiking trails. We saw dozens of moose tracks in the soft patches of mud that ran down to the boardwalks. It is therefore clear that they can also appear when hiking. One of our Newfoundland guides even said that the island's moose population is among the densest in Canada.

But it doesn't have to be a moose that you meet on the way. In the great wilderness of Gros Morne National Park you can also meet other animals. Reindeer, foxes and birds are also found here.

 

Gros Morne National Park Hiking the Western Brook Pond Trail
Gros Morne National Park Hiking the Western Brook Pond Trail

When hiking in Gros Morne National Park, stick to marked trails and allow plenty of time for your hike.

We recommend starting your hikes in Gros Morne National Park early in the morning or late in the day, as this is when you are most likely to spot wildlife and birds. Watch your speed and always stay on marked paths. By allowing yourself enough time to complete your trek, you can ensure you have time to spot and photograph any wildlife that might cross your path.

 

Blossoms while hiking the Western Brook Pond Trail
Blossoms while hiking the Western Brook Pond Trail

But not only animals can extend your hike. We didn't see any animals on our hikes. Instead, we discovered flowers in abundance. Our photos of the flowering plants along the Western Brook Pond Trail alone would fill a photo album.

 

On the coast below Lobster Cove Head
On the coast below Lobster Cove Head

Plus, the views kept making us stop to take a picture. Especially on hikes along the coast there are always great views. It's fun to take a break and just enjoy nature.

 

Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse
Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse

Protect the environment by complying with all rules, regulations and permits.

When exploring the wonders of Gros Morne National Park, it is important to comply with all rules, regulations and permits imposed by the authorities. Camping within the park requires a permit but is limited to designated campgrounds. It is recommended that you do not disturb any plants or animals during your hike. Make sure you follow the Leave No Trace principles and take all necessary precautions to protect the natural environment.

For example, you can have a picnic on the picnic table in front of the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse. However, you should remember to take all rubbish with you afterwards. Anything you leave behind attracts wild animals and shows them that they can easily find food around people. This should be avoided, however, so that the animals do not adjust their behavior accordingly. They will survive better if they have to find their own food.

 

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Travel Arrangements:

Parking at the airport

Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.

Getting to Gros Morne National Park:

For example, book your journey here by flight, bus or train*. Air Canada flies to St. John on Newfoundland. Book a flight to first TorontoMontreal or Halifax. You can then book a domestic flight to St. John's. The nearest airport is in Deer Lake (YDF) and is about 30 minutes away by car on the Viking Trail. Arriving by ferry from Nova Scotia, the journey takes about three and a half hours via Route 1 and Route 430.

Car Rentals:

Cheap car hire - book quickly and easily!

Camper Rentals:

You can book a mobile home here.

Hotels:

The best way to spend a night in Gros Morne National Park is to stay in Rocky Harbor and surroundings *, You can book hotels and motels online by clicking on the link.

 


 

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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. Our opinions definitely remain our own.

Text Gros Morne National Park: © Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Video Gros Morne National Park : © Petar Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline

What to look out for when hiking in Gros Morne National Park

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.