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Western Brook Day & Overnight Hike

Travel off the beaten path

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.

Quoted from our lead guide: Colin Shears – info@outeastadventures.com

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.

If you would like more information regarding the hike itself, feel free to contact our lead guide, Colin Shears at info@outeastadventures.com

 

Brief itinerary:

Meet at Western Brook Pond (WBP) parking lot at 9am on Day 1, review gear and hike in to pond.

Take shuttle boat across WBP, and begin hiking.

Arrive at campsite between 2-3pm & Set up camp. Optional hike to top of valley & other vantage points.

Breakfast at 8am Day 2. Pack up camp and begin descent

Arrive at Parking lot between 1 – 2pm.

 

For this hike an orientation session with the guide is required at least one day before the hike. Included in this tour are 3 meals, supper on day 1, and a big breakfast and light lunch on day 2 as well as as many snacks as you can eat along the way. Lunch on the first day is not included. In addition to anything you wish to bring yourself, everyone is assigned a portion of the camping gear. Typically this consists of your sleeping bag and a small package of food, or a tent. Altogether, this is no more than about 10lbs (5kg) of equipment. Most of the equipment needed for the night is located in a cache near the campsite and does not need to be carried up.

 

Detailed Itinerary:

We begin the first day by meeting at the Western Brook Pond parking lot at 9am. Before setting off your guide does a final equipment and supply check with everyone, as well as providing a brief overview of the expected weather for the day. This is also a chance to cover anything that may have been missed during the orientation on the day before.

Once our gear check is finished, we then walk an easy 3 kilometers on a well maintained and most flat trail. 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, with time for a couple of stories along the way. When we arrive at a small dock at the end of the pond, it’s clear we’ve entered another world. From here, 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 is approximately 6 kilometers with an elevation gain of 450 meters. However, these numbers are deceptive, since this is a back-country hike inside the national park and minimal trail maintenance is done. The day is very strenuous, and is best described in four 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 steeper as we continue to wind our way through the forest. We rest beneath a waterfall for a good break before we continue.

The third 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. 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 fourth and last stage is only available for our overnight option, or for backpackers completing the Long Range Traverse. This next portion is a short but steep walk up a rocky bank. When we come upon our camp site, we set up our tents and tarp shelters as our home for the night. From here we have the option of continuing the hike even further by exploring the top of the valley, accessing several vantage points to take in the stunning valley below us, as well as the rolling hills of the Long Range mountains all around.

Making ourselves at home, we enjoy a delicious dinner in front of the view of the winding fjord, with its steep cliffs in the distance.

The next morning begins with the scent of hot coffee mixing with those of breakfast being cooked. We take an easy morning, enjoying the morning light shining off the surrounding cliffs before packing up camp. After one last look at the fjord, we descend back down into the trees.

We aim to return to the parking lot around 1-2 PM. However, the actual time can vary as it is dependent on the speed of the group and the conditions for that day.

Late June to September

For DAY HIKES- ( Meet at Western Brook Pond Parking Lot)-  8 am -

For OVERNIGHT HIKES- ( Meet at Western Brook Pond Parking Lot)-  9 am -

DAY HIKES- $250 per person ( includes taxes)

OVERNIGHT HIKES – $400 per person( includes taxes)

NOTE: Minimum of 4 Adults required

  • Via Telephone: Toll Free @ 1-888-458-2016 0r 1-709-458-2016
  • Via Email info@bontours.ca
  • A valid Credit Card number is required in order to reserve.

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.

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