Gros Morne National Park’s premier Tablelands experience, Tablelands 360°, is a custom combination of two amazing adventures. By land and by water, this one of a kind tour is designed to provide guests with a complete 360° view of the breathtaking geological feature that provided the foundation for Gros Morne’s UNESCO designation.
Tablelands 360° begins with a moderate to challenging 3 hour off trail hike up the North side of the Tablelands. We will climb to the top of the 600m lookout that rises above Bonne Bay like a red giant, dominating the landscape and providing visitors with unobstructed views of Winterhouse Brook Canyon, The Bonne Bay fjords and Gros Morne Mountain. Our experienced interpreters will construct the 500 million year old scene that caused this extremely rare example of the earth’s mantle to be exposed. We’ll explore the isolated pockets of serpentine barrens that give rise to a full community of dwarf arctic alpine plant species, some hundreds of years old and normally found much further north.
After completing our interpretive hike we’ll embark on part 2 of this exciting adventure, The Tablelands Boat Tour. Unbeknownst to many park visitors the backside of the Tablelands is equally, if not more, dramatic then the front. Considered by many to be Gros Morne's best kept secret, this remote area, however, is only accessible by boat. Utilizing swift Zodiac watercraft we'll venture deep into the glacier carved landlocked fjord of Trout River Pond. Its during this surreal experience that guests get their first glimpse of the rarely seen south side of the Tablelands. It’s here where your Tablelands 360° experience comes full circle as guests get up close and personal with this hidden section of mantle. Caribou, moose, bear and arctic hare all call this section of the park home and are often seen during our boat tour.
*Part 2 of our Tablelands 360° experience takes place in an open Zodiac boat, and depending on weather conditions guests may get lightly sprayed with water as we navigate throughout the fjord and should plan accordingly. This is all part of the fun!