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Coastal and Mountain Hiking in Gros Morne National Park

Program Number: 15232RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/24/2014 - 8/30/2014; 9/7/2014 - 9/13/2014; 8/16/2015 - 8/22/2015; 9/6/2015 - 9/12/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Cow Head, Newfoundland & Labrador
Price starting at: $1,695.00 - 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    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

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

8-24-2014, 9-7-2014, 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, free wireless high speed 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 free wireless high speed internet.
  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:
Arrivals to Cow Head, NL. Check-in is 3:00 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 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.
  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.
Equipment Requirements: Above ankle hiking boots required, must carry rain gear, water, lunch and extra clothing in a day pack.
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: Arrival and Check In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
(Sunday, September 7)
   
 Arrive To: Check in to the Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins after 3:00 p.m. Time to settle in before dinner. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at 6:30 p.m. in licensed motel dining room overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
 Evening: 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, September 8)

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: 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: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: 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, September 9)

Note: Option 1: Hike to the base of Gros Morne Mountain. 9 kms return (3-4 hrs hiking). Moderate rating (rocky terrain in places); elevation gain 300m/984 ft. Option 2: Hike to the Summit of Gros Morne Mountain. 16kms return (8-10 hrs hiking). Extremely challenging, rocky & steep terrain; elevation gain 806m/2644 ft.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at motel.
 Morning: Gros Morne Mountain dominates the skyline and stands apart from the Long Range Mountains. Hikers are rewarded with spectacular views of Bonne Bay and the Long Range Mountains. Listen for songbirds and look for moose along the trail.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Continuation of Gros Morne hiking trip. Above ankle hiking boots required, must carry rain gear, water, lunch and extra clothing in a day pack.
 Dinner: Dinner at the motel.
   
Accommodations: Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hiking Bonne Bay - Exploring Coastal and Marine Waters/ Theatre Performance
(Wednesday, September 10)

Note: Baker’s Brook Trail: 10kms return (3 hrs hiking). Easy rating (mostly flat with a few gentle inclines). AFTERNOON OPTIONS Option 1: Hike Burnt Hill Trail & Tour Bonne Bay Marine Station Aquarium. 3 kms return (1˝ hrs hiking). Easy to moderate rating (stairs with elevation gain of 100m/328 ft) Option 2: Sea Kayaking. Additional fees apply for sea kayaking: $55 per person. 3-4 kms return (2 hrs paddling) Easy to moderate rating; no previous sea kayaking experience required.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: 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: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: After lunch, choose from either a hike on the Burnt Hill Trail and an interpretive aquarium tour at the Bonne Bay Marine Station to discover some of the sea creatures inhabiting the bay; or embark on a marine learning exploration of Bonne Bay by kayak with a naturalist guide (additional cost for kayaking option).
 Dinner: Dinner at the motel.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening performance of professional theatre at Gros Morne Theatre Festival and experience Newfoundland culture/history.
   
Accommodations: Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hiking the Tablelands/Woody Point - A Geological Exploration
(Thursday, September 11)

Note: Option 1: Hike the Tablelands & the Lookout Trail. Hike up to the Look Out for a great panoramic view of Bonne Bay. Tablelands Hike - 3 km return; Lookout Trail Hike 5 km return (3-4 hrs hiking).Easy to moderate rating (stairs & switchbacks); elevation gain 300 m/984 ft. Option 2: Hike to the BIG Lookout. 12 kms return (7-8 hrs hiking). Rated extremely challenging (off-trail hiking, rocky & wet terrain); elevation gain 700 m-2296 ft. Short water taxi ride from Norris Point to Woody Point.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in motel dining room.
 Morning: Explore the earth’s mantle and unravel Gros Morne’s geological story. Visit the historic and very scenic community of Woody Point and meet some of its artisans. Visit the Discovery Centre, the main information centre for Gros Morne National Park. Choose from two hiking options: Option 1: Explore along the base of the Tablelands mountain of mantle rock and unravel its geological mysteries; then hike up to the Look Out for a great panoramic view of Bonne Bay. Option 2: Enjoy one of the best views in the park! Overlook the Tablelands, Bonne Bay and the Long Range Mountains from the high summit ridge of the Big Lookout.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Hiking continues at the Tablelands with great panoramic views of Bonne Bay from the Lookout Trails. Above ankle hiking boots required, must carry rain gear, water, lunch and extra clothing in a day pack.
 Dinner: Dinner at the motel.
   
Accommodations: Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hiking Philips Garden Trail - Discover Ancient Cultures
(Friday, September 12)

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



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: 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; a site which for centuries was the most very important to Dorset and Paleoeskimo habitation. Explore the limestone barrens, rich in unique rock formations, fossils, and rare plants.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Hiking continues to Philips Garden.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner and activities.
   
Accommodations: Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Program Concludes/Departures
(Saturday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Final breakfast and goodbyes.
 Morning: Departures from Cow Head after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out is 11:00 a.m. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
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.
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