Gros Morne’s Western Book Pond scenery is hard to describe
The upper deck offers the best view for visitors to Western Brook Pond, Newfoundland.
Nights in the 50’s is fairly common in Newfoundland, particularly along the coast where we are camping at Rocky Harbor, a small town along the western shore that borders on the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Mountains surround the landlocked Western Brook Pond which is located in Gros Morne Provincial Park, Newfoundland.
Since we sleep with the RV windows open, it’s frequently so cold in the morning that I turn on the gas heater, close the windows and crawl back into bed, giving the RV a half hour or so for the place to warm-up. Kind of strange for July where back home in Florida summer heat of 90 degrees is almost a daily aggravation.
Today’s agenda includes a hike and boat tour of nearby Western Brook Pond in Newfoundland’s Gros Morne Provincial Park. Long considered the crown jewel of provincial parks in Newfoundland, Gros Morne records more visitors than any other park.
Part of the 45 minute trail leading to the pond crosses a wetlands area where park officials have constructed a boardwalk.
They call large bodies of water “ponds” here, rather than lakes which is a little confusing. We were expecting a pond, maybe small enough to walk around or small enough to swim across and were surprised to learn the “pond” is more than nine miles long.
Getting to Western Brook Pond, a landlocked fjord, requires about a 1 ¾ mile easy hike along a well-maintained and mostly flat trail that ends at a visitor’s center for check-in and a boat dock. There’s also a snack bar offering some hot foods, including soup, hot dogs and hamburgers along with beverages and a gift shop.
The only water access to Western Brook Pond is by tour boats which take visitors on a two hour ride with guides providing information in both French and English.
There’s no way I can adequately describe the scenery. The boat travels the entire length of the fjord at a slow pace, allowing plenty of time to soak in the huge mountain cliffs, waterfalls and occasional wildlife. Guides on board the two-deck tour boat, which carried about 85 guests, were speaking both French and English.
Western Brook Pond is a UNESCO World Heritage site. No boating, fishing or swimming is allowed. There is no public access, however, there are about 65 miles of trails within Gros Morne Provincial Park, some that are primitive and require skilled hikers. The waters of the pond are among the purist in the world.
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