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Gros Morne SUP & Hike Adventure

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gros morne national park, West Link, Rocky Harbour, NL, Canada 9 DAYS

Hike the Iconic Western Brook Pond Fjord

This adventure is a 30 min boat ride into the back of Western Brook Pond. Learn how this now land-locked lake was once an ancient ocean fjord, what ultraoligotrophic means, and how the caribou navigate the steep hanging valleys. At the top, you enjoy the most famous view of Gros Morne National park! 

We get warmed up with an easy 3 kilometres walk over mostly flat terrain. Once we get to the water, we take a high-speed shuttle boat to the back of the pond. The journey takes about 30 minutes, and we'll tell a couple of stories about the area on the way.

When we arrive at a small dock at the end of the pond, it's clear we've entered another world. Under the leadership of an experienced guides, we'll wander through some of the most pristine wilderness in the world, many times it might not seem like we're on a trail at all as we walk along river beds, through forest and meadows and rest under towering rocks and near beautiful waterfalls.

The distance from the boat drop off to the summit and back is approximately 12 kilometers with an elevation gain of 450 meters. These numbers are deceptive however, since this is a back-country hike inside the national park there is minimal trail maintenance done. We'll rest at the top, enjoy some much deserved rest and snacks before way back down. We take the boat shuttle back and walk out the 3 kilometres back to the parking lot. This is an 18km hiking day!

SUP in 'Off the Beaten Path' Waters

On this adventure, your local guides will take you into the special areas most visitors, or even locals, don't go. We'll explore places like Bonne Bay Fjord, Lomond River estuary (major salmon river), St. Pauls's inlet (seal haven), and either Trout River Pond or Trout River Cove. Each of these areas has something special about its bathymetry, ecology and/or cultural use, you'll likely learn more than you expected. 

Bonne Bay fjord’s warm shallows support many temperate seaweed and animals at their northern biogeographic limit. The cold seawater below the warm water supports many arctic species near their southern limits. As a result of this, Bonne Bay harbours the highest diversity of marine plants and animals in Eastern Canada.

THIS ADVENTURE IS FOR FIT & ADVENTUROUS FOLKS

YOU MUST

  • Feel confident in and on the water
  • Feel comfortable paddling in a variety of conditions like light winds, gentle currents and small chop. 
  • Feel comfortable hiking up 450m and back down on the same day over rough terrain. In short, for a person of average fitness, our hike would be considered a demanding but rewarding day. The distance from the boat drop off to the summit and back is approximately 12 kilometers with an elevation gain of 450 meters. These numbers are deceptive however, since this is a back-country hike inside the national park there is minimal trail maintenance done. 
  • Bring Sturdy Hiking Boots and hiking poles are recommended. 

MEET YOUR SUP LEADER

Hi! I'm Pam!

I am a certified Paddle Canada SUP Basic & Advanced Flatwater Instructor, as well as a Coastal Touring 1 Instructor. My goal is to share a love of the ocean, from the perspective of paddling and ocean literacy in order to foster connections between people and between people and the sea. My teaching style emphasizes safety & technical skills while having fun in a positive, supportive environment.

Having studied Marine Biology at the University of Guelph & Commercial Photography at Sheridan College, I am blending my passions through teaching SUP in BC and ON. My love of the water has led me to many aquatic pursuits - canoeing as a child, competitive sailing, sprint canoe/kayak racing and long-distance Outrigger Canoe racing before discovering the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding.

OCEAN SCENERY

If we get lucky, we may see some wildlife! Newfoundland has excellent opportunities for wildlife such as humpback or minke whales, sea birds, moose, caribou, and more. At the Bonne Bay Marine station, you can get a glimpse of what else is under the sea - urchins, sea stars, lobsters (even blue or orange ones), wolf fish, and snails. 

This is a harbour seal relaxing on a rock in St. Paul's inlet. 

Photo by: Jenna Brake

Optional

Girls On Boards Donation

Price : Bring cash if you would like to make a donation.
As a licensed provider of Girls On Boards events, all of our other trips and programs contribute a donation towards this program. You can learn more here: https://www.girlsonboards.co/ 

What to Bring

For this retreat, we are keepin' it simple! Click here to access and print your packing list. 

Location
gros morne national park, West Link, Rocky Harbour, NL, Canada
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