Newfoundland hiking tours launched


Gros Morne National Park. Image by Felix Dilly from Pixabay

A spectacular walking tour of western Newfoundland has been launched by North America specialist operator Frontier Canada. A local guide will lead customers on day hikes to Gros Morne Mountain and the Viking settlement that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. From Halifax they will fly to Deer Lake and a drive to Gros Morne National Park – another UNESCO site, awarded the status because it "provides a rare example of the process of continental drift, where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth's mantle lie exposed". The park is home to an outlying range of the Appalachian mountain chain. The itinerary takes in a Green Garden Trail, which leads to and along the coast, with sea stacks. pillow lava a sea cave and semi-wild sheep. Day 3 take you to Quirpon Island and the site where Vikings settled, long before Columbus. A walk to the Quirpon Lighthouse Inn leads along cliff tops, with the opportunity to spot marine lift such as orcas, humpback whales and dolphins. Next day its whale watching and icebergs in the national park, with the option of getting closer by Zodiac, and Day 5 offers waling one the Iceberg Trail, fishing villages and a chance to chat to locals. En route from the park next day you may see black bears, moose and caribou wandering below as you picnic on 2500 feet high cliffs. Day 7 brings a section of the International Appalachian Trail, with views of the Bay of Islands, named by Captain James Cook, who later gave the same name to the famous New Zealand Bay. The flight back to Deer Lake follows a visit to Cape Anguille, on the southwest corner of Newfoundland, with its huge variety of birds.