Gros Morne Cultural Explorer
One Day Cultural Tour
The Cultural Tour is an amazing way to get an insider's perspective of the rich history, deep rooted traditions and artistic inspiration that immerses Gros Morne National Park. On this full day experience we explore a specific community in the park and dig deeper to unravel life in the community. Each day trip features a scenic community trail hike or walk 1-6 km, lunch at a local café or custom packed lunch and an artist studio visit along with a demonstration. We feature tours to three different regions of the park, North (Western Brook and Rocky Harbour), Central (Norris Point and Rocky Harbour) and South (Woody Point and Trout River).
Includes transportation, lunch, snacks, guided walk, artists demonstration or boat tour, walking poles and water taxi if required.
2020 dates May 25th to September 30th
All guests are picked up at their accommodations and must contact us at least 24 hours in advance of the tour to arrange pickup and discuss and weather concerns. Departure is between 8:30 and 9:30 am.
The tour concludes with the guests being dropped off at their accommodation. Depending on the activity they choose drop off ranges from 4:00pm and 5:00pm. They have the option of adding on evening entertainment at an additional cost such as Taste of Gros Morne Food and Wine Tours.
Guests will need to bring:
**REQUIRED AT BOOKING**
Please advise of:
Number of clients
Any dietary restrictions or allergies
Mobility concerns or requests
Accommodations for pickup (complimentary)
South Gros Morne - Woody Point / Trout River
Duration 8:30am - 4:15pm
Walk the Tablelands on the south side of Gros Morne, 4km 85 meters in elevation. An interpreted geological mecca that was half a billion years in the making – the result of a brilliant coming together of two ancient continents -- the Earth's inner soul: the mantle - exposed to you the way few have seen it. Visit the Discovery Centre and discover what makes Gros Morne a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This interpretation centre features interactive exhibits and tells the in-depth geological story of the park. Lunch at the Seaside Restaurant a unique family run restaurant where meals are prepared in true Newfoundland-style with delicious traditional meals and an unforgettable ocean view will leave you wanting more. In the afternoon we take an Artist Studio Tour in Woody Point featuring 3-4 artist studios comprising of folk art, rug hooking, quilting, fiber art and pottery and painting. We chat with the local artists and learn about their craft and hear some local music and stories about the community.
Central Gros Morne - Norris Point / Rocky Harbour
Duration 9:30am - 4:00pm
Walk the Burnt Hill Trail in Norris Point, 3km 170 meters elevation. Located at the waterfront area of town. Burnt hill is surrounded by water on three sides and the town on the other. It provides a picturesque views of Norris Point, the Tablelands and Main Arm of Bonne Bay and is fully interpreted with local stories from your local guide. The walk is followed by a visit to the Bonne Bay Marine Aquarium with an interactive tour of the aquarium and observe some of the marine plants and animals living in Bonne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Get your hands wet among the sea stars, coralline algae, hermit crabs, and other curious creatures living in our ever-popular touch tank. Storyboards, underwater footage, and interactive displays inform visitors about our latest research endeavors and learn how climate change is impacting our rural communities. Lunch at the old store cafe a wonderful little coffee shop located in the center of Gros Morne National Park. Serving house made products, panini sandwiches, soups and salads and sweets. After lunch we visit the Jenniex House, built in 1926, a traditional saltbox house that has been restored and filled with artifacts as well as providing panoramic views of the mountains and Bonne Bay. After being inspired by all the beautiful views you will learn to make your own piece of kiln fired glass with local award winning artist Urve Manual. The glass making workshop takes place at the Glass Gallery in Rocky Harbour which a beautiful shop and overlooks the harbour. Your take home is a window hanging with a design of your choosing to remember your Newfoundland experience.
North Gros Morne - Western Brook Pond and Rocky Harbour
Duration 9:30am - 4:45pm
Walk the Western Brook Pond Trail, 6km 65 meters in elevation to the iconic boat tour on Western Brook Fjord. This 2 hour Boat Tour of a landlocked fjord is a rare sight, especially in our part of the world. Carved by glaciers, and home to plenty of waterfalls and wildlife. Enjoy a picnic lunch with your choice of artisan sandwiches featuring locally grown produce from our local organic greenhouse, Gros Morne Farms, overlooking the Fjord upon your return. In the afternoon visit the Broom Point Fishing exhibit a restored traditional fishing premise that gives you a real glimpse into the vibrant lives of inshore fishing families of coastal Newfoundland. Visit the cabin where the family lived and walk through the fishing sheds to explore the fishing operations of the 1960s. This site provides the opportunity to learn about the fishery of the past, the present and to discuss the fishery of the future and learn how to knit a head on an old lobster trap. On your way back to Rocky Harbour your last stop is the Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse. Step inside our century old lighthouse that once served as a beacon to safely guide fishermen and sailing vessels into Bonne Bay. Today, it is the gateway for discovering the rich cultural heritage that highlights the people and heritage of the area, showcasing historical photos, audio recordings of folk songs and lightkeepers logbooks. Chat with our friendly guides about everything from the lightkeepers families to what life is like along this coast. This is also a great place for coastal photography and spotting whales in the area.