If you’re in western Newfoundland, then the one must-do trip is a boat ride on Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park.
John and I had to do the boat ride out of necessity – as the boat dropped us off at the start of our four day Long Range Traverse – a backpacking trip. But this is one boat ride you’re going to want to do for pleasure.
Getting to Western Brook Pond
To even get to the start of the boat ride, you must walk in three kilometres along a flat, easy path that is part dirt, part boardwalk. Allow about 45 minutes to an hour to do this. When you arrive at Western Brook Pond, there’s a sheltered waiting area where you can purchase gifts and food. There are also scattered chairs and picnic tables so even if you aren’t doing the boat tour, the hike in and out is extremely worthwhile.
You need to make a reservation with Bon Tours – either online or by calling 1-888-458-2016 0r 1-709-458-2016. The actual tour is two hours in length. It takes you to the far end of Western Brook Pond and back – with stops along the way to learn about the area – and to take photos. Cliffs tower above you for much of the ride – reaching over 700 meters above the lake. They are an awe-inspiring sight in themselves.
Here’s a look at what you’ll see on the Western Brook Pond boat tour.
Western Brook Pond has some interesting features.
- Western Brook Pond is 16 kilometres long and 165 metres deep.
- The only outlet of the lake is Western Brook – so it takes about 15 years for the water to completely change over.
- Western Brook Pond is home to some of the world’s purest water.
- More than 20 streams empty into Western Brook Pond; many of them are seasonal.
- The pH of Western Brook Pond is close to neutral – mainly because the largest feeder stream is buffered by limestone.
- It’s considered to be one of the last wild, oligotrophic lakes in the world. I had to look that up and what it means is
Although most tours are two hours in length, we took just 25 minutes to whip down the lake as we were more shuttle than tour.
Boat tours run from July until September 2nd. They are weather dependent and require 15 people to run. Its $56/adult, $26/youth and $20 for children. Should you be doing the Long Range Traverse, it’s $23.50 one way and/or a minimum of $195. It’s a different high-speed boat than is used for regular tourists.
Thank you to Go Western Newfoundland for covering my one way trip. All thoughts are mine – and this is truly an exceptional boat ride, especially on a blue sky day.
Other Newfoundland posts you might enjoy:
- Kayaking in Iceberg Alley, Twillingate, Newfoundland
- What to do on a Trip to Fogo Island, Newfoundland
- The Rugged Beauty Boat Tour out of Trinity Bay, Newfoundland