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Newfoundland – Day 3: Western Brook Pond Tour + north(ish)

Newfoundland - Gros Morne Day 3 map

September 28, 2019: 8.5km walked/hiked

Another day packed to the brim. We both feel shockingly good after yesterday’s hike (was that only yesterday?!)… nervous tomorrow may be painful instead, but hoping for the best!

We got ready for the boat tour and picked up our tickets by 10am. We knew the competition for a good spot on board was fierce so I went into “on a mission” mode. Tidied the Airbnb, packed the car, and once we had coffee and muffin tops from a place in town that will be closed for the year as of tomorrow… we were off to jockey for position on the one hour hike to the boat dock. Side note: muffin tops were delicious. Blueberry, partridge berry and chocolate chip were the best.

The hike to the dock was super easy and on a flat road. We passed a bunch of people but ended up chatting with a couple near the front. We got there with plenty of time (they let you board about 15 mins before the 12:30 tour). I basically found any reason to hang out near the line up area for an hour. G had strict instructions to get us a spot in line if he saw others lining up while I went to the loo before the two hour tour. Luckily I was back in time and being in line early/first wasn’t a problem lol.

Another couple started the line up frenzy, with another couple just behind them, so we were in third place, but we strategized the best seat would be top deck, back row. That way there was no one behind us and we’d have a good 180 degrees behind of view. It was VERY smart. The couple that started the line actually ended up moving in front of us because they liked the strategy and we chatted with them a lot, they were really nice – as was everyone we met. I took likely several thousand pictures. It was stunning. Some cliffs are 400 feet higher than the CN tower!!

After the tour information the last part was traditional music with the spoons and tambourine made of wood and beer bottle caps. It was really fun! Freezing and windy but great fun.

We drove up to Cow Head and checked out some beaches along the way, as well as stopping at the Arches Provincial Park. Saw a number of Grey jays and a bald eagle too!

All day we’ve been running into people from the boat tour. They had two boats running, about 70 people on each boat, but between chatting on the hike, waiting in line, and hiking back, we met enough people that we ran into them as we went north towards Port Au Choix.

We got a cheap motel room in Port au Choix and met a few tour people at dinner too. Most were from Ontario (Leamington, North Bay), others from Edmonton but a couple grew up in Etobicoke.

The sun was going to set soon so we did a quick beach hunt before dinner (beach was right behind the motel!), and enjoyed pretty colours as we waited for dinner. I opted for chicken ceasar salad and G opted for cod again lol. Day three. Haha

Tomorrow we’re off to the Viking settlement, then likely coming back south either stopping here (very few places open now including restaurants!) or continuing back to Rocky Harbour depending on how we feel/how long we’re at the Viking settlement. Supposed to rain all day, unfortunately.

Since there are so many photos from the boat tour, I’ve put them into a slideshow below, with a few of my favourites under it:

nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour – some cliffs taller than the CN tower
nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour – tin man’s face in the middle of the cliff
nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour – old man’s profile in the top of the cliff
nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour
nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour – that tiny speck of white in the middle on the water was the other boat! Shows the scale of the landscape…
nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour – one of many waterfalls!
nl gros morne western brook pond boat tour | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Western Brook Pond boat tour – again, the tiny white speck of the boat behind us against the landscape… it was stunning.
nl gros morne arches provincial park | kbarlowdesign.com blog
The Arches Provincial Park
nl gros morne arches provincial park | kbarlowdesign.com blog
The Arches Provincial Park – G for scale… trying to scale the side
nl gros morne arches provincial park | kbarlowdesign.com blog
The Arches Provincial Park
nl gros morne cow head beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Cow Head
nl gros morne cow head | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Cow Head
nl gros morne port au choix beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Port Au Choix
nl gros morne port au choix beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Port au Choix – beautiful aqua piece!
nl gros morne port au choix beach combing | kbarlowdesign.com blog
Beach combing in Port au Choix – bonfire green
nl gros morne best hiking boots | kbarlowdesign.com blog
These boots have been awesome. Waterproof, comfortable… we did 70km total during the whole trip, with zero issues!
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