Big Lookout-Fire Watch Guided Hike
$150/person, minimum 2 people
8 hours, Free Water Taxi Included
Explore the views from one of the highest points of land in Gros Morne National Park. Walk the route that locals travelled each day as they went to work on the Fire Watch. The history of fire patrol in Newfoundland dates back to June 15, 1904 when Newfoundland passed the Forest Fire Act which was passed on the same day that the Pulp & Paper Act was passed. Fire Watch at Big Lookout was started about 20 years after that. Each day during the fire season people would walk to the site and watch over the surrounding areas to spot forest fires at distance locations. They would then use radios to relay messages back to the Newfoundland Fire Patrol.
Meet us at our waterfront location at 41 Water Street in Woody Point for this tour. We are located directly across from the Woody Point dock as you arrive on the water taxi from Norris Point. Our hike starts from there just after the water taxi arrives (around 9:45 am).
Upon leaving the waterfront we walk across Woody Point directly up the unmarked trail that leads up over the hill. The same trail that the Woody Point Fire Watch crew used many years ago. On our return trip we will come down the Parks Canada Lookout Trail and end up at the Discovery Centre. At the end of our adventure we will go back down to the waterfront and either catch the 5:30 water taxi back to Norris Point or if we have taken too long to get back we will jump on the Blackawton Boat Tour water taxi to go back to Norris Point.
Our guides are very familiar with navigating these mountains and have a good knowledge of the history and geology of the area. To complete this trip you need to be physically fit, you need to wear appropriate gear and you need to bring adequate snacks and water for the day.
Tablelands Traverse Guided Hike
$250/person, minimum 2 people
8 hours, Trout River Pond boat shuttle included
Take a guided hike along the top of an ancient seabed at Gros Morne National Park, where a 1.2-billion-year-old ocean floor came to the surface when the continents collided during their drift. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to a section of the ancient Appalachians which stretches the entire length of Newfoundland's west coast.
You can drive to our rendezvous point in Trout River Gulch next to the signs for the Parks Canada Interpretive Walk or meet us at our waterfront location in Woody Point or we can pick you up at the Woody Point dock after you arrive on the water taxi from Norris Point at 9:30 am. We start our hike in the Trout River Gulch and, throughout the day, we hike over the Tablelands. At the top we have great views of Bonne Bay and as we go further along the top we look down into Trout River Pond and see the boat tour making its afternoon run. We make our way down over the mountains and to the end of Trout River Pond for our 5:00 pm rendezvous with the shuttle boat. We board the vessel and learn about the geological formation of the fjiord and the mountains that surround it.
At 6:00 pm we arrive at the dock in Trout River Pond and jump in the vehicle with our guide to take the 20 minute drive back to Woody Point. At Woody Point we can then drive back to our accommodations or jump on the Blackawton Boat Tour water taxi to go back to Norris Point.
Our guides are very familiar with navigating these mountains and have a good knowledge of the geology of the area. To complete this trip you need to be physically fit, you need to wear appropriate gear and you need to bring adequate snacks and water for the day.