The beautiful Gros Morne National Park in western Newfoundland is the second largest National Park in Atlantic Canada (surpassed by Torngat Mountains National Park). Visiting in Gros Morne National Park is unlike any other experience you will have had. You are instantly transported back 475 million years to when the park formed, leaving the vast mountain range, freshwater fjords, and the exposed earth’s mantle that we see today. Your experience and the wide variety of winter activities in Gros Morne National Park will be an experience you will never forget.
Gros Morne is dominated by two distinctly different landscapes: the towering cliffs belonging to the Long Range Mountains, and the coastal lowlands that border the Gulf of St. Lawrence. You could spend days in the National Park and not see everything it has to offer, so here is our list of top winter must-do activities.
Snowshoeing & Cross-Country Skiing in Winter in Gros Morne National Park
Gros Morne National Park offers more than 50km of groomed trails for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and is one of the best ways to see the park in the winter. Once the snow falls, both activities allow you to see some of the popular and hidden gems of the park.
One of the best ways to see the backcountry of the park is by snowmobile. Climb to the top of the glacier-carved fjords and the snow-covered mountains to take in some of the most stunning views Gros Morne has to offer.
Visit Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse
e historic Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse has been welcoming seamen into the entrance of Bonne Bay since 1897. The short 2km loop trail will take you around the perimeter of the lighthouse and give you a variety of viewpoints along the cliffs’ edge that give breathtaking views of both Bonne Bay and Rocky Harbour. This hike can be done by foot or in snowshoe, depending on the amount of snow the area has received. This dramatic white and red lighthouse is not to be missed on your trip through Gros Morne.
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Explore the Wreckage of the S.S. Ethie
If you blink you may miss the historic, 98 year old wreckage of the S.S. Ethie whose final resting place is along the shoreline in Gros Morne. Follow a set of wooden stairs down to the water and you will find the rusty remnants left in the waters to tell its tale. Even though there is not much left of the wreck, it is still a must see while on your visit to the National Park.
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Find the Red Chairs
In Gros Morne there are 18 pairs of red Parks Canada Adirondack chairs. Think you can find them all? Only one couple has successfully found all 18 in the past three years. To get you started, a few of the locations of the chairs are: Lobster Cove Head, Green Point Trail, Steve’s Trail, Gull Rocks, Green Gardens, Lomond, Western Brook Pond, Trout River, Lookout Trail, and The Tablelands.
Hike into Western Brook Pond
Western Brook Pond offers one of the most iconic and well known views of Gros Morne. This hike in during the wintertime can be a bit more challenging than during summer months, but it is well worth it. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and hike 3km towards the landlocked fjord of Western Brook Pond. The entire hike will leave you wanting more, as each bend in the path offers another incredible view of Gros Morne.
Once you reach the pond you will be greeted the dramatic views of the fjord you have been hiking towards. Make sure to take a walk down the dock to take in the entire view.
Take in the Wonder of the Tablelands in Winter in Gros Morne National Park
Finding the Tablelands in Gros Morne is a startling experience. As you cruise down the highway and come over a certain hill, you are suddenly face-to-face with the stark white of a desert-like landscape that appears almost completely void of vegetation. In fact, you are staring at one of the largest exposed parts of the Earth’s mantle in the world.