|Newfoundland beginning in Gros Morne
Gros Morne National Park is a world heritage site located on the west coast of Newfoundland. At 697 square miles, it is the second largest
national park in Atlantic Canada. Gros Morne is part of the Long Range Mountains, an outlying range of the Appalachian Mountains,
stretching the length of the island's west coast. It is the eroded remnants of a mountain range formed 1.2 billion years ago.
We began our exploration of Gros Morne in the Table Lands part of the park. The Table Lands looks more like a barren desert than
traditional Newfoundland. This is due to the ultramafic rock – peridotite – which makes up the Tablelands. It is thought to originate in the
Earth's mantle and was forced up from the depths during a plate collision several hundred million years ago.
Newfoundland gets lots of rain and it falls year round including the summer. The Table Lands is spooky because with all the rain, not much
can grow there.
The Western Brook Pond is a Canadian fjord or lake located in Gros Morne National Park on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland. It is
in the Long Range Mountains, the most northern section of the Appalachian Mountains. Access to Western Brook Pond is by a two mile long
trail and then by boat ride. It is a very spectacular boat ride. In the picture below you can see one of the two boats that is capable of carrying
In Gros Morne, and then the rest of Newfoundland, the Dandelions were spectacular.
We would see lots of historic lighthouses on this trip such as this one built in the 1830's.
Jackie regularly ate lobster on this trip. One time she talked with a vendor who was selling
lobster and he told her the price was $6 Canadian a pound (or $4.50 US)
Gros Morne National Park is on the west side of Newfoundland. Our next three destinations were on the north side of the island. There we
encountered icebergs and the most pack ice that locals could remember in recent history.
In every fishing village, one will see fish cleaning sheds at the dock. These sheds go back to the 16th century.
|Many many "root cellars" in this part of Newfoundland.
|Lots of old churches in Newfoundland--mostly Anglican, Catholic, and United (Methodist).
|To our surprise, this Great Black-Backed gull was eating worm like creatures out of the pack ice.
|I have never seen so many graveyards. All of them associated with a particular religions denomination.