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The Top 10 Outdoor Adventures in Newfoundland

Newfoundland is a phenomenal province to visit for outdoor adventures. Not only is the scenery exceptional, especially along the coast and in Gros Morne National Park, but the people are so friendly and welcoming that they are reason enough to go. Over a couple of summers, I have spent almost a month in Newfoundland. Here are what I think are the top 10 outdoor adventures - not including fishing, whale watching or diving. #1 Hike…

A Boat Ride you Won’t Forget: Western Brook Pond, Newfoundland

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…

Day 4: Hiking the Long Range Traverse in Gros Morne National Park

The last day of our four day hikimg trip on the Long Range Traverse in Gros Morne National Park was the second best for scenery, and that's saying something considering this hike over-delivers in the beautiful landscape department from start to finish. Our day began with a river crossing at our campsite near Green Island Pond. But before we even got going, we enjoyed the sight of a moose checking us out from just across the river. It…

A Hike to the Summit of Gros Morne Mountain in Newfoundland

A hike to the summit of Gros Morne Mountain, the second highest peak in Newfoundland, can be done via the rewarding and challenging 16 kilometre Gros Morne Mountain Trail. From just below the summit of the 806 metre mountain, you can enjoy phenomenal views of Ten Mile Brook Pond and the Long Range Mountains, providing of course that the fog hasn't rolled in to obscure everything. John and I did the hike to the summit on the last day of our Long…

Hiking the Long Range Traverse in Gros Morne National Park

I left you some time ago now at a buggy campsite beside a beautiful lake on the Long Range Traverse. Fortunately that day was as bad as the bugs ever got. The third day of our hiking trip offered a stunning landscape from start to finish. It also produced some navigational challenges though fortunately we never got lost. Two other groups we met in the evening both got off course for a bit. The seven…

Backpacking the Long Range Traverse in Gros Morne National Park: Day 2

I left you at the top of the gorge after my first day of hiking the Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park. Today I'm back on the "trail" and continuing the journey under slightly cloudy skies with a few rain showers - thankfully the only rain we see at all in four days. The scenery on day one definitely packed more of a punch than day two, but cloudy skies always skew…

Backpacking the Long Range Traverse in Gros Morne NP: Day 1

Before you even get a whiff of the Long Range Traverse, the premier backpacking trail on Canada's east coast, you must pass a serious navigation test and get a full orientation by staff at the Gros Morne National Park Visitor Center. The navigation test is nothing to sneeze at. You must understand declination and know how to take a compass bearing from the map. Although you can take along a GPS, and it might help in…

A Biking Adventure: Deer Lake to St Anthony, Newfoundland

A biking adventure on the Viking Trail from Deer Lake to St Anthony, Newfoundland is for those of you who have an adventurous spirit and don't mind some hard, even challenging cycling. The 600 km trip up Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula is a fantastic bike ride. The route primarily follows the rocky, barren coast through a series of sparsely populated but picturesque fishing villages with names like Sally’s Cove, Cow Head and Brig Bay. The Bike…

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