For the adventurous types or just larger groups that wish to experience the beauty of the area together, we have you covered.
For those who wish to truly experience Gros Morne National Park and, specifically, the area of Western Brook Pond, we are pleased to offer guided day hikes.
What to Expect
Quoted from our lead guide:
In Short, for a person of average fitness, our hike would be considered a demanding but rewarding day.
To give you a better idea I’ll give you a run down of a typical day trip: 8 AM – we meet at the Western Brook Pond parking lot. After a quick orientation, we then walk in to the pond which is an easy 3 kilometers walk over mostly flat terrain. Once we get to the water, we take a high speed shuttle boat to the back of the pond. The journey takes about 30 minutes, and we’ll tell a couple of stories about the area on the way. When we arrive at a small dock at the end of the pond, it’s clear we’ve entered another world. Under the leadership of an experienced woods guide, we’ll wander through some of the most pristine wilderness in the world, many times it might not seem like we’re on a trail at all as we walk along river beds, through forest and meadows and rest under towering rocks and near beautiful waterfalls.
The distance from the boat drop off to the summit and back is approximately 12 kilometers with an elevation gain of 450 meters. These numbers are deceptive however, since this is a back-country hike inside the national park there is minimal trail maintenance done. The day is very strenuous, and is best described in three stages.
The first is a gentle hike, passing through a giant meadow, and up through the forest as we slowly gain elevation.
The second begins with crossing river beds which, depending on the recent rainfall levels, may have running water. Prepare to get your feet wet. From here the terrain gets steadily more and more steep as we continue to wind our way through the forest. We rest beneath a waterfall for a good break before we continue.
The last stage is a steep climb and while it is relatively short, it is often the hardest part of the day. As hands and feet scramble to find a hold, we make our way up the rock face. Finally we emerge on to a rocky clearing and are immediately rewarded with one of the most stunning views you can find on the east coast of North America.
The valley of Western Brook Pond opens up below you. The winding fjord and it’s steep cliffs provide the backdrop as life seems to stand still for a moment. You catch your breath and settle in for lunch. It’s all downhill from here.
We aim to return to the parking lot around 5 – 6 PM, however the actual time can vary as it is dependent on the speed of the group and the conditions for that day. Please keep this in mind, especially if making dinner reservations for after the hike.
Late June to September
( Meet at Western Brook Pond Parking Lot)- Daily at 8 am – as numbers warranted
$250 per person (price includes taxes, park pass, and shuttle transport)
A minimum of 4 adults or $1000 is required.
Reservations are required
- Via Telephone: Toll Free @ 1-888-458-2016 0r 1-709-458-2016
- Via Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- A valid Credit Card number is required in order to reserve.
Where to purchase
Please drop by the ticket kiosk located at The Ocean View Hotel the DAY BEFORE your trip. Your credit card will be charged at that time and a refund will be granted ONLY if BONTOURS cancels the hike.
- we accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit and Cash