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Coastal and Mountain Hiking in Gros Morne National Park

Program Number: 15232RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/18/2013 - 8/24/2013; 8/16/2015 - 8/22/2015; 9/6/2015 - 9/12/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Cow Head, Newfoundland & Labrador
Price starting at: $1,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking; National Parks Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    

Hike back to — and through — the creation of our planet and the 5 millennia of human inhabitation and struggle for survival in the timeless, rugged and battered coasts of Gros Morne National Park and northern Newfoundland. See how glaciation events and continental drift shaped the land we see today. From alpine vistas, rocky coasts, and deep fjords, capture the spirit of the land and people amid stunning views and the lullaby of the seas.




Highlights

• Hike among the earth’s oldest rock formations and one of the few places where the earth’s mantle is exposed.
• Explore the precontact Port au Choix National Historic Site. Gain insight at the archeological sites and learn how the Maritime Archaic, Palaeo-eskimo, and the ancestors of the Beothuk cultures survived.
• Learn about the rich marine ecosystems that sustained both ancient and modern Newfoundlanders at the Bonne Bay Marine Station in Norris Point.



Activity Particulars

Hiking 2-5 miles daily over varied terrain. Advanced hikers have option of hikes of 7-8 hours at higher elevations.




Date Specific Information

8-18-2013, 8-16-2015, 9-6-2015

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Cow Head

A small fishing village on the shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Cow Head is situated within Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site representing a sample of Newfoundland's mountains, fjord valleys, deep glacial lakes, coastal bogs and wave-carved cliffs.



Accommodations
Oceanside motel, home to the Gros Morne Theatre Festival.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Sue Rendell

Since 1990, Sue Rendell and her partner Bob have owned and operated Gros Morne Adventures, a local company specializing in hiking and sea kayaking excursions in the Gros Morne National Park area. Her previous work and volunteer experience includes teaching outdoor education and serving as a board member of the Gros Morne Cooperating Association and Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador. Sue grew up in Goose Bay, Labrador and returned to Newfoundland to complete a physical education degree at Memorial University in St. John’s. Since 1982, she has resided in western Newfoundland and has made Norris Point, Gros Morne National Park her year-round home. Sue’s interests include hiking, sea kayaking, skiing and learning about the natural and cultural history of Newfoundland and Labrador.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins
  Cow Head, NL 6 nights
 Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins
Type: Motel
  Description: Shallow Bay Motel and Cabins are located in the town of Cow Head, a small fishing village on the shore of the gulf of St. Lawrence, 115 kms (71miles) from Deer Lake airport. We are located in Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park represents a 1,805 km sample of Newfoundland western highlands and coastal lowlands - a landscape of mountains, fjords valleys, deep glacial lakes, coastal bogs, and wave-carved cliffs. Our accommodations consist of 51 motel units with private bath, 18 cabins that have two bedrooms, private bathroom and fireplace in each, and 8 B&B rooms. Facilities include a licensed dining room, lounge, sauna, laundromat, 18 hole mini golf course and on site meeting room.
  Contact info: Main Street
Cow Head
Cow Head, NL A0K 2A0 Canada
phone: 709-243-2471
web: www.shallowbaymotel.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron, ironing board, wireless internet.
  Facility amenities: Guest laundromat, ice machine, restaurant, vending machines, wake-up service, lounge, safe, 24-hour security. In room coffee pots, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards, color cable TV/ telephone. Sauna, Outdoor hot tub and heated outdoor pool, gift shop, ATM and internet access available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $95.00 To make reservations for additional nights you can call 1-800-563-1946.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $95.00 To make reservations for additional nights you can call 1-800-563-1946.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program starts in Cow Head, NL. Check-in is 3:00 p.m. You will be staying at Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends in Cow Head, NL after breakfast on final day. You will be staying at Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A valid passport is required from all passengers at US border crossings (land, sea & air). Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date info.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on-site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Cow Head, NL
  Nearest city or town:  St. Pauls, NL
  Nearest highway: Route 430
  Nearest airport:  Deer Lake Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Cow Head, NL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Deer Lake

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Local Taxi Company
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50 - $70 (depending on # of passengers)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 - 2 hours 

   

Ask the front desk staff at the motel in Cow Head to arrange for taxis.

 

Deer Lake

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Local Taxi Company
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50 - $70 (depending on # of passengers)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 - 2 hours 

   

Taxi service is available from Deer Lake to motel in Cow Head. This can be shared with others. Let provider know your flight information and they will help make the arrangements. No one will pay full price for a taxi - for one person, the cost would be approximately $50 to cover costs to pick them up in Deer Lake.

 
Driving Directions
  Deer Lake From Deer Lake, turn off on the Trans Canada Highway and take route 430 heading north on the Viking Trail - travel through scenic Gros Morne National Park to the town of Cow Head.
  Port aux Basques (Ferry) To reach us via car, travel from the ferry terminal in Port aux Basques, to Deer Lake along the Trans Canada Highway. There, you may exit onto The Viking Trail - Route 430, travel north on the Viking Trail which will take you through scenic Gros Morne National Park to the town of Cow Head.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check In/Dinner & Orientation
(Sunday, August 18)
   
 Arrive To: CHECK-IN: Check in to the Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins after 3:00 p.m. Time to settle in before dinner.
 Dinner: WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner at 6:30 p.m. in licensed motel dining room overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: Program orientation and introductions after dinner. You are embarking on an adventure in one of Canada's most celebrated National Parks - Gros Morne National Park. Cow Head, a small fishing village on the shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is our base and is located right in the park, giving us easy access to many of the attractions, historically and culturally, that this World Heritage Site has to offer.
   
Accommodations: Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hiking to Western Brook Pond - Explore Deep Fjords/Western Brook Pond Boat Excursion/Hiking Cow Head - Coastal Newfoundland
(Monday, August 19)

Note: Western Brook Pond hike 6 kms/3.75 miles; Cow Head Hike 6 kms/3.75 miles. Rated easy, flat with gentle hills. 3 - 4 hours hiking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at motel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Western Brook Pond. Hike across the coastal lowland toward the dramatic backdrop of the Long Range Mountains and the landlocked glacially formed freshwater fjord of Western Brook Pond. We board a boat for a spectacular ride that winds through nine miles of 2,000 foot vertical granite walls and numerous waterfalls that tumble form the alpine plateau.
 Lunch: Lunch included.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Cow Head. Hike the limestone coastline of Cow Head. Enjoy spectacular coastal views, look for fossils buried in this ancient rock and learn of a journey from hundreds of metres below the ocean to its present day location.
 Dinner: Dinner at motel
   
Accommodations: Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hiking Gros Morne - Nature and Wildlife
(Tuesday, August 20)

Note: Gros Morne Mountain hike to base & return 10 kms/6.3 miles. Rated moderate, groomed trail with elevation gains of 300 meters/984 feet. 3 - 4 hours hiking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at motel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Gros Morne Mountain. Gros Morne Mountain dominates the skyline and stands apart from the Long Range Mountains. A hike to the base of Gros Morne Mountain rewards hikers with spectacular views of Bonne Bay and the Long Range Mountains. Look for songbirds and moose as you hike through the boreal forest.
 Lunch: Lunch included.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Continuation of Gros Morne hiking trip.
 Dinner: Dinner included.
 Evening: Free evening.
   
Accommodations: Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hiking Bonne Bay - Exploring Coastal and Marine Waters/ Theatre show
(Wednesday, August 21)

Note: Bonne Bay hike 10 - 12 kms/6 - 7.5 miles. Rated easy, groomed trail, elevation gain 50 meters/164 feet. 3 - 4 hours hiking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Baker's Brook. Hike across the coastal lowlands to an impressive waterfall at Baker's Brook. This trail meanders through boreal forest rich in summer wildflowers and offering great views of the Long Range Mountains.
 Lunch: Lunch included.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Bonne Bay. After lunch explore Bonne Bay at the Marine Biology Station in Norris Point where we discover a truly unique ecosystem and are introduced to a range of species from cold water snow crabs to warm water cunners. Optional Sea Kayaking: If you prefer to discover Bonne Bay by sea kayak, our naturalist guide will lead you on a great marine learning adventure.
 Dinner: Dinner included.
 Evening: ENTERTAINMENT: Gros Morne Theatre Festival - Enjoy a evening performance of professional theatre - and experience Newfoundland culture/history.
   
Accommodations: Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hiking Philips Garden Trail - Discover Ancient Cultures
(Thursday, August 22)

Note: Philips Garden Hike 7 kms/4.5 miles. Rated easy, flat terrain, gentle hills. 2 - 3 hours hiking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Port au Choix and Philips Garden. North of Gros Morne National Park is the fishing community of Port aux Choix. For centuries the rich fishing grounds of this area were known to aboriginal cultures and Europeans. We learn of this ancient history and explore the coastal trail from Point Riche Lighthouse to Philips Garden. Along the way, we cross unusual limestone barrens rich in unique rock formations, fossils, and rare plants. Our hike ends at Philip's Garden, a site which for centuries was the most important Dorset and Paleoeskimo habitation site on the coast. Archaeological work continues today piecing together this fascinating story of human survival.
 Lunch: Lunch included.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Philips Garden hiking continues.
 Dinner: Dinner at Motel
   
Accommodations: Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hiking the Tablelands and Green Gardens Trail - A Geological Exploration
(Friday, August 23)

Note: Green Gardens hike 9 - 12 kms/5 - 7.5 miles. Rated moderate, rocky in sections, elevation gain 984 feet. 3 - 4 hours hiking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in motel dining room.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: The Tablelands and Green Gardens. Today we explore the Tablelands and hike the volcanic coastline of Green Gardens. Gros Morne National Park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the geological legacy of the area and the blending of coastal lowland and alpine plateau. Our hike traverses an ancient sea floor and descends through a lush boreal forest to a coastline of cliffs, towering sea stacks and lush green meadows.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We continue our exploration of the Tablelands and Green Gardens.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner and activities
 Evening: Evening Activities.
   
Accommodations: Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Farewell/Independent Departures
(Saturday, August 24)
   
 Breakfast: Final breakfast and goodbyes.
 Morning: INDEPENDENT DEPARTURES: Program ends after breakfast on final day. Independent departures from Cow Head. Check-out is 11:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Cow Head, NL Port au Choix
Prehistoric burial and habitation site on the west coast of Newfoundland. A Canadian National Historic Site.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Outport: The Soul of Newfoundland


Author: Candace Cochrane


Description: "A collection of beautiful photography that captures our land and our people at their most comfortable and natural state."
The Newfoundland Herald

Since joining confederation with Canada in 1949, Newfoundland has experienced huge industrial and economic progress. At the same time, development of the province’s natural resources has put increasing pressure on traditional outport culture. To exacerbate matters, the last decade has witnessed a dying fishery, the lure of economic prosperity in the west, and the attraction of larger urban centres. As a result, outport communities are feeling the brunt of vast outmigration. Much of the distinct heritage that has characterized Newfoundland for so many years has changed drastically. However, the uniqueness of outports, nurtured by centuries of isolation, will always remain. Outport is a snapshot in time between the years 1969–1985, vividly capturing the life of one of these communities. Through dramatic photographs and personal stories told by the people themselves, this book takes a look back at a lifestyle that has changed forever. Candace Cochrane first came to Newfoundland in 1967 to work in a children’s summer recreation program run by the Quebec-Labrador Foundation (QLF) on the Northern Peninsula. She has divides her time between working as a photojournalist, a teacher of photography, and a cultural heritage program director for QLF. Her photographs have appeared in numerous magazines and books in Canada and the US. Some of the photographs from this book are collected in the National Archives of Canada. For part of each year, Cochrane lives and works out of her house on the Northern Peninsula, where she first fell in love with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Available directly from Flanker Press





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