The Great Canadian Road Trip: Part 6: – Day 2 In Gros Morne

Today’s plan was to go up to Gros Morne National Park and hike up to the top of Gros Morne Mountain which round trip should have covered 16 km and take six to eight hours to complete. Great plan, but we didn’t exactly do our homework beforehand as you will see.

The first 4 km is uphill which means that you need to be in shape to do it. But it is worth it as you get to see this sort of scenery as evidenced by these pictures taken with the Nikon COOLPIX W300 camera:

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Eventually, you’ll clear the trees and see the mountain where you will get to see some stunning views:

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But you also get to see this (click to enlarge): DSCN0274.jpg

And if you don’t the hint that this isn’t a place for the ill prepared, there’s this (click to enlarge):


In our case, we brought everything that we needed to do this. Except ample supplies of water. We had each brought a 500 ml bottle of water and drank through about 75% of it just getting to this point. Thus if we come back, we’ll make sure to pack enough water to do the 16 KM trail. As it was, we managed to get this close to the mountain before turning back (click to enlarge):


You can see the people who continued on and what they have to deal with to complete the 16 KM trail. In our case, we managed to do 6 KM before turning back. I recored the entire hike using Runtastic Pro on my Series 2 Apple Watch. Here’s a look at what was captured (click to enlarge):

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For the record, 380 meters is 1247 feet. That’s a lot of climbing.

We then decided to do some less strenuous activities for the rest of the day. Starting with a self guided tour of the lighthouse at Lobster Cove Head:

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We then went to see the remains of the S.S. Ethie which ran aground in 1911.

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It was time for some food for my wife, so on our way back to Corner Brook, we stopped in a town that was inside the park called Sally’s Cove where there was a place called the Snack Shack. Here’s what my wife had to say about that place:

I snacked at Snak Shack at the Gros Morne park where I had the cod cake with onion rings but made a note to try the local Moosemeat gravy the next time I pass by it.

The next time we would pass by it would be in a couple of days as that was going to be the starting point of our second bike ride in the park. We then headed back into Corner Brook to our hotel. After a quick shower we had dinner at the Crown & Moose which is inside the hotel. I took the opportunity to sample a local beer called Black Horse:


I will let my wife describe the taste:

Hubby tried the local Black Horse Ale that is only available in Newfoundland. For all you beer folks it is light in color and tastes like Samuel Adams.

I’d have it again is it wasn’t bad.

Tomorrow is another day of hiking and more. Stay tuned for that!





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