Week Long Land & Sea
This is a week long, fully guided tour that includes, hiking, art, music, theatre, visits to historic properties and UNESCO World Heritage sites, boat tours, food tours, custom-made daily lunches, suppers at the best local restaurants and airport transfers. This is the very best way to immerse yourself into Gros Morne National Park and experience everything that the park has to offer. Please be advised that we recommend guests stay on the North side of the park (Norris Point, Rocky Harbour) to fully enjoy this tour.
Airport transfer to and from the airport is included with this tour. On the evening of the arrival day the guests will meet with one of their guides for the week to have supper and to go over the schedule for the coming week. It is for this reason that we recommend afternoon arrival flights for the guests.
Please note that the itinerary can change without notice based on weather. The weather in Newfoundland changes rapidly and we will alter the schedule in order to insure the guests has the most enjoyable experience.
We focus on local first! This means that your professional guide is familiar with the area, history, culture, flora, fauna and most important the changing weather. All our guides are trained in wilderness first aid and are lots of fun to keep the days interactive and informative. Many of our guides have teaching backgrounds and offer great experiences for families with active learning interests.
Where you stay...
We believe in active days and soft nights... meaning that your on vacation and we want you to enjoy your evenings and sleep in comfortable accommodations. All packages start with cabin or B & B, we will work with you to meet your accommodation wants. Price may vary depending on the wants for you or your group.
What about food...
Breakfasts vary depending on the choice of accommodations. Hotel, Inn and B & B have breakfast provided. In a cabin we provide a breakfast basket. Lunch is an assortment of fruit, sandwiches, vegetable snacks, and sweets. Evening meals are enjoyed at one of the many great restaurants in the park that all use fresh, local ingredients.
Day 1 - Sunday Arrival & Orientation.
Tour Gros Morne offers a shuttle from Deer Lake Airport to your accommodations. We will then meet 6:30pm for an evening orientation and dinner.
Day 2 Bonne Bay Marine Station, Burnt Hill & Glass Art Making
Pick up at accommodations for 9:00 am
Marine Station ~ Once in Norris Point there will be a guided tour of Bonne Bay Marine Station where guests will get an up close and personal look of the marine life in the area.
Burnt Hill ~ A 1.5km moderate hike with 80 meters of elevation that offers some of the best views in the park. The guide will talk about the history of the area and why the locals refer to it as "the gym"
Lunch ~ After working up an appetite guests will be taking to The Old Store Cafe for lunch where they can enjoy fresh, local in house prepared foods and delicious coffees.
Glass Art ~ The guests will be taken to The Glass Gallery and will be creating a piece of kiln-fired glass art with award-winning glass artist Urve Manuel.
Drop off at accommodations for a rest before being picked back up for some traditional Following the art workshop, the guests will be dropped off at their accommodations for some down time before being picked up for the Finer Things Food Tour, a progressive three course dinner that showcases how talented chefs create delicious dishes using all locally grown and caught ingredients. Guests also have the option of attending a traditional Newfoundland kitchen party tonight, where musical instruments are handing out and guests are encouraged to join in.
Drop off at accommodations after supper for 9:00 pm
Day 3 Lighthouse, Green Point & Western Brook Pond Boat
Pick up from accommodations 9:00-9: 30 am
Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse ~ Guide lead walking tour of the trails around the lighthouse that offer beautiful views of Bonne Bay and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Informative tour of the still active lighthouse with a look into the history of the family who ran it for so many years.
Green Point Geological Site ~ One of the reasons that Gros Morne has UNESCO World Heritage designation. A visual, geological timeline of the Earth's evolution dating back 500 million years ago. The guide will walk the guests through this amazing site, explaining to them how this marvel came to be.
Western Brook Pond ~ A 3km walk takes the guests to where they will board their boat. A two hour guided boat tour through the glacial carved, landlocked fjord is one of the highlights of most visitors trips to Gros Morne.
After disembarking from the boat the guide will have a custom made to order pack lunch featuring local produce from organic Gros Morne Farms.
The guest will then be dropped off at their accommodations for a quick 1-hour break before being picked back up and taken to dinner at the Ocean View hotel, which showcases some of the best seafood dishes in the park. After supper, the guest will be brought downstairs to Anchor Pub for Anchors Aweigh, a musical performance listed as one of the top ten things to do in all of Newfoundland. After the show, the guests will be dropped back off at their accommodations for 11:00 pm
Day 4 Look Out Trail, Woody Point & Seaside Food Tour
Pick up at accommodations for 8:30 am
Water taxi across beautiful Bonne Bay to Woody Point for 9:00 am
Lookout Trail ~ A 5km trail with a 300-meter climb through forest and bog, the guide will point out and speak about the Pitcher Plant, Newfoundland's provincial flower as well as the many other wildflowers growing along the trail. The trail offers gorgeous views of the Tablelands and the south arm of Bonne Bay. The top of the climb offers the iconic Park's Canada red chairs where the guests will have a front-row seat of one of the best panoramic views of the park.
Discovery Centre ~ We will then explore the newly renovated Discovery Centre where guests can explore the interactive exhibits explaining the diversity and wonder of the park. After watching a short film on Gros Morne National Park, guests will enjoy a custom-made packed lunch on the deck overlooking beautiful Bonne Bay.
Woody Point ~ A picturesque historic community where the guests will be lead on an artists studio tour. They will visit a collection of local artist's studios, meet the artist and hear the unusual and unique story of how each of their studios come to be.
Following the artist tour guests will have the opportunity to change clothes before joining the food tour for the evening.
Seaside Food Tour ~ A three-course progressive food tour that visits three local restaurants in Woody Point, featuring fresh local seafood.
Guests will have a charter boat ride back to Norris Point before being dropped at their accommodations for 9:00 pm
Day 5 Tablelands & Trout River
Pick up at accommodations for 8:30 am
Water taxi across beautiful Bonne Bay to Woody Point for 9:00 am
Tablelands ~ The guests will be driven to the Tablelands. Millions of years ago tectonic plates collided thrusting the Earth's mantle up to the surface. Usually far below the Earth’s crust Gros Morne is one of the few places on the planet that you can witness this geological wonder and is by far the most accessible. Guests will be given an informative guided walk with the option (depending on ability) to go off trail and explore the Tablelands further.
After the hike it is a short drive to Trout River, affectionately referred to as the "place where time stands still" Trout River offers an almost magical feel to the guest. Still an active fishing community, a guided beachfront boardwalk includes information about the fishing industry, the marine protected waters, the blue whale that washed ashore and the history of the community.
Seaside Restaurant Lunch ~ Showcasing delicious local seafood dishes.
East Point Trail ~ A short climb that offers a bird's eye view of the town of Trout River and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. A guided hike will point out local wildflowers and inform guests on the history of the area.
After exploring Trout River we head back to Woody Point to grab an ice cream and explore the main street before catching the water taxi back to Norris Point.
Drop off at accommodations for some down time before being picked up for supper at the Black Spruce Restaurant.
Pick up at the restaurant and dropped off at accommodations for 9:00 pm
Day 6 Cow Head
Pick up from accommodations at 9:30.
Broom Point Fishing Exhibit ~ A preserved fishing house and hut the guest will learn about the struggles, hard work and sacrifices of what it was like to be a fisherman in this area. The guest will then be guided down Steve's trail, an easy 1km trail that leads to a beautiful view of the fjords and beaches below.
Cow Head ~ A guided drive to the most northern part of Gros Morne. Where we will enjoy lunch at a local cafe.
Lighthouse Trail ~ An informative 4km easy guided walk of the lighthouse trail with beautiful views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and history dating back 4,500 years.
The Arches ~ Naturally made arches caused by sea erosion beautiful granite stone beach, absolutely amazing photo opportunities.
Beach Walk ~ The guests will be brought to Shallow Bay beach, a beautiful white sandy beach that one does not accept to see in Newfoundland. Beachcombing for shells, sea glass and ocean treats is an amazing way to explore this gorgeous beach.
Seafood Dinner ~ The guests will then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch while overlooking Shallow Bay.
Theatre Newfoundland ~ This is a small but incredibly talented theatre group that will entertain the guests with the stories of Newfoundlands adverse history and deep rooted culture.
After the theatre, the guests will be dropped off at their accommodations for 9:00 pm
Day 7 - Departure
This morning offers an opportunity to sea kayak or explore on your own before the shuttle to Deer Lake for your flight home or onto another journey in Newfoundland.
Guests will need to bring:
**REQUIRED AT BOOKING**
Please advise of:
Clients Flight Details
Number of clients
Any dietary restrictions or allergies
Mobility concerns or requests
Accommodations for pickup (complimentary)
Ugly stick workshop ~ Guests learn how to make a traditional Newfoundland instrument; the ugly stick. A local musician leads the group in the workshop. After the guests have created their instruments the guide will play traditional Newfoundland songs on the guitar for them to play their newly created ugly sticks along to.