In Photos: Fjord of Gros Morne

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. A twisted and dying tree writhes and turns, and looms as though it has a face in it.Gros Morne National Park is the second largest national park in eastern Canada, one filled with mountains and valleys, winding lonely roads and snaking trails, and sprawling grasslands and marshes. It’s also filled with place names that are long and repetitive it seems.

So, we’re headed to Western Brook Pond Fjord? That is like three different natural forms of water…

Yes, we were headed to Gros Morne National Park’s Western Brook Pond Fjord for a hike. And it was the first fjord I ever saw. Try to say that five times fast. Add in the bogs and marshes that we passed through on the fjord hike to the name and it’s comical.

Shaped over almost 500 million years, the park held a breath-taking and diverse landscape. I was there in 2013 while on a road trip across eastern Canada to the Travel Blogger Expo in Toronto. One of the most beautiful stops was the fjord of Gros Morne, and even on an overcast and moody day, it was an incredible sight.

Here are some photos from the hike through, let me try to get this right, Western Brook Pond Fjord in Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park. Wew.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. Here is the entrance, a wood planked pathway leading into the grasslands and looking out over Gros Morne Mountain.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. A gravel trail leads deeper into the woodland with dark pine trees and stark white ash lining the sides.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. A single tree, white and naked and twisted, claws at the gloomy sky among reads and long golden grass.

After hiking a couple of kilometers along the winding gravel trail, we came out into the grasslands that spread in ever direction and the edge of a jet black lake. In the distance, the first glance of Gros Morne fjord, hugged by dense and moody clouds.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. The skeleton of a bare white tree claws out of the calm black lake that looks out to Grow Morne Fjord.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. Dark golden grasslands stretch out over Marsha nd toward the mountains that make up Gros Morne Fjord.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. Dark golden grasslands stretch out over Marsha nd toward the mountains that make up Gros Morne Fjord.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. A group of hikers walk along a wet dirt trail through golden grasslands and marsh toward the dark mountains of Gros Morne Fjord.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. A dead tree, stark and white stands hollowed among the dark pine trees.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. A close up of a decaying tree, rotten and dried and white, looking through at cracks and patterns.

Through the grasslands and pine tree line paths we came out of the woodland and to the de of the lake. The fjord loomed in the distance, majestic and mysterious. Dark cliffside fell into the obsidian-like water from 500 million years of glacial erosion. To see something carved by that much history and stood silent in the distance, and having seen so much of the shaping of the world, it was incredible.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. Two small boats pulled up on shore out of the black lake the stretches to the Fjord of Gros Morne.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. A boat cleat with an oxo rope tied on a pier overlooking a dark bay and Gros Morne Fjord.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. Pier at Gros Morne Fjord stretching into the distance lined with ferry boats.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. Gros Morne Fjord covered in muddy clouds and mist beyond a dark Black Sea.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. dark choppy waves roll ashore and onto the grassy coastline around Gros Morne Fjord with small houses lining.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. A small white and brown bird sits perched on the branch of a pine tree off of a trail.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada.

After a long day in the wind and cold, it was time to return to the cozy warmth of our cabin. Not a soul was seen as we passed through small fishing villages and cabins every few kilometers lining the way back from that lonely mountain. Gros Morne still stood in the distance dominating the landscape. We arrived back in Rocky Harbor where our cabin was, and we finished the long day with a cup of hot coffee by the window, and with an incredible sunset over the harbor lighthouse.

Photo of rocky bay near Gros Morne National Park in northeast Canada. Overcast day and moody feel to the landscape beyond this cabin. Piles of wood and windswept grass.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. A view outside of a cozy cabin and to rocky bay.

Photo of Gros Morne Nation Park in northeastern Canada. Stunning purple and orange sunset over a lighthouse in Rocky Bay harbor with silhouettes of the landscape.

I was in Newfoundland in 2013 on an incredible road trip. Even though it was a few years before, I will be revisiting these adventures and sharing more photos of these trips. Have you been to eastern Canada? Interested in visiting Gros Morne National Park? Subscribe and follow for more information!

A self-proclaimed corporate escape artist with a severe disdain for the mundane, a hammock addict, an adrenaline junky, and a dreamer. This blog is a collection of my travels and mis-adventures; an odyssey of oddities you if you will, not to find myself but to create myself. To seek out true knowledge first hand by discovering cultures around the world with an open mind and naked eyes.

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