How did I decide on Gros Morne National Park of all places?
Well it started with meeting a fellow traveller back in Jasper a few months ago. He has been travelling the world for 47 years and he shared some of his wisdom with me…
“There’s three gems in Canada. Those are Tofino, Jasper and the west coast of Newfoundland.”
I’d been to Tofino and Jasper and love both places so I was keen to make the hat-trick.
I watched a documentary about Gros Morne and saw a few pictures on the net and I was pretty much sold. It’s the only place in Canada where you can find breathtaking Scandinavian-like fjords and glacier carved valleys.
I spent four full days here and got a solid dose of what the locals call “caplin weather” which is just like you see in the pictures below – cold, foggy, low clouds and some rain.
It’s interesting though. Caplin are a fish and every year in June the caplin come into Bonne Bay by the thousands to spawn. A week or so before they arrive the weather changes so it’s like a signal for everyone in town.
I did some muddy miles through some awesome trails in the few days I had. The Green Gardens showcased just why Newfoundland’s west coast is so eye catching. I had fun chasing some random sheep along this trail and also finding a big sea cave. Sounds like the setting for a “Famous Five” novel doesn’t it? It’s also the day I walked 40km!
Being here without a car I also had my first experiences hitch hiking. All my experiences were positive. It’s funny the day I hitched my way to western brook pond I took rides on a ferry, bus then a hummer.
The longer I was there the better the weather got and my last couple of days were actually pretty nice. Was great to feel the sun again, but regardless of the weather – rain, hail or shine this place is a sight to behold.