Western Newfoundland

I attended university for two years in Corner Brook, a fantastic tiny city with a vibrant arts community and lots of great restaurants and bars. Back then though I was too wrapped up in my student life to look much beyond the city, to the gorgeous surrounding wilderness. Marble Mountain in Humber Valley offers the best skiing on the east coast, for example. Plus there’s a famous zip line, and countless other winter activities like dog sledding, caving, snowshoeing, etc.

But Gros Morne National Park is the island’s real jewel, and is a place where I fully intend to settle down one day for good. Despite being a Canadian National Park, it’s much less touristy than the other I’ve visited across Canada. Getting around the park is best done by rental car, as there are no public buses. Despite being able to see The Tablelands across Bonne Bay from Norris Point, you’ll still have to drive an hour around the bay to get there. It’s a big park!

Must-dos: Western Brook Pond Fjord, Trout River Pond Fjord, The Tablelands, Gros Morne Mountain hike, Green Gardens hike, and so much more.

You should start with my in-depth guide to the Gros Morne area is here. Kayaking around Bonne Bay is always a great idea.

Here’s more specifically about the Tablelands, and Trout River Brook Pond.  And for inspiration, Western Brook Pond Fjord — the best thing in the park.

I also recently wrote a looong blog post about the Great Northern Peninsula beyond Gros Morne National Park.

Stay tuned for a more in-depth guide on my shop page!