The French term ‘Gros’ when translated to English literally means ‘big’. However, this term is an understatement when it is used to describe the Gros Morne National Park. Even words such as ‘momentous’ and ‘immense’ are not enough to describe the majestic beauty of this national park. The second largest national park in Canada, the Gros Morne National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on the west coast of Newfoundland. When you visit this National Park, you will realise that it is a gigantic panorama of natural beauty and wonder with its fresh water fjord, towering cliffs, sea caves, sandy beaches, and a waterfall, which is the highest in eastern North America.
If you are interested in geology, you will find that this park provides evidence for plate tectonic theories and is more like a blueprint for the planet, especially the Tablelands that is made of rocks from the mantle of the Earth. The Gros Morne National Park is also known as ‘Galapagos of Geology’ because of these characteristics. You can do so many things when you are camping in Gros Morne National Park that you will need a couple of days to experience everything in the park. Engage in activities like kayaking, camping, wild-life viewing, and hiking when you are here, and make the most of your trip.
When to Visit this Park?
When you visit the Gros Morne National Park in summer, you may experience a bit of fog and rain. When you are on a hiking trail and reach the summit, this combination of rain and fog can create an otherworld-like atmosphere. During winters, the rain and the drizzle give way to heavy snowfall. If you love skiing and snowmobile rides, this is the perfect time to visit the Gros Morne National park.
The temperatures and wind speed tend to fluctuate throughout the national park because of the differences in the elevation levels. You can decide to go camping in the Gros Morne National Park all around the year as long as you come prepared with water resistant coats and multiple layers. Do remember to check with the park officials before coming here because the park trails are closed in spring during animal breeding. Most of the trails in the Gros Morne National Park are also closed during winter when snow covers these trails for hiker safety.
How to Get to the Gros Morne National Park?
Newfoundland has four commercial airports, out of which the one at Deer Lake is the smallest and the closest to the Gros Morne National Park and is just 20 miles away. If you are planning to drive all the way to this park, you will have to catch a ferry to reach this park. When you take the ferry from North Sydney in Nova Scotia, it will drop you in Port aux Basques that is 186 miles away from the entrance of the park. A word of advice: Reservations are a must when you are travelling in this ferry and there are regular mechanical and weather delays. So, do take it into account while thinking of your ETA.
The Best Campsites at the Gros Morne National Park
The ideal way to truly appreciate all the things that this park has to offer is to decide to go camping in Gros Morne National Park. Now the next question is which are the best campsites here? Since it is a national park, there are various campsites that you can choose from. Here is the list of campgrounds.
The main feature that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world to this park are its huge freshwater ponds as well as the Tablelands area that is one of the few places in the world where the mantle of the Earth is exposed. When you are camping in Gros Morne National Park, the Trout River Campground offers you the perfect spot to appreciate both these features. This campground is located near the shore of the Trout River Pond, which is a 15 kilometer long narrow lake. What’s more, you can see the otherworldly Tablelands rising over the water when you choose this campsite while camping in Gros Morne National Park. Another perk of this campsite is the Seaside Restaurant that serves delicious seafood, which is located very close to the Trout River village.
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