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Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park

See the Earth Naked: The Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park

Half a billion years in the making – the result of a brilliant coming together of two ancient continents -- the Earth's inner soul: the mantle - exposed to you the way few have seen it.  


Hike to the Top of the Bottom of the Earth

Hikers climbing the Tablelands Hikers climbing the Tablelands
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The Tablelands dared you and you took the challenge. After all it's not every day that you get a chance to walk upon the Earth's mantle. Escape the trails and you can be one of the few who will have seen the view from the top.  Pick up a map, plan your route and let your legs carry you to the top.

Need some direction? Let us guide you to the top for an amazing day in which you can enjoy the luxury of having a naturalist by your side.


People taking in the view of the Tablelands and Trout River Pond from our red chairs. Take in the view from one of our red chairs at the end of the Trout River Pond Trail.
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Take the Path Less Travelled – Trout River Pond Trail

Hike along the shore of Trout River Pond and into the heart of the middle of the Earth.  Accessible only by two feet and a heartbeat, this trail can best be described as pristine.  Along the way, you can enjoy one of the best views of the Tablelands from your own private beach. (15km return, moderate)

Visitor holding a piece of serpentine rock. Serpentine-one of the many interesting discoveries you will have at the Tablelands.
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Walk Upon the Earth's Mantle

You arrive at the Tablelands and from the minute you and your family step from the parking lot, your curiosity is piqued – the snake-like skin on the rocks, the peculiar plants...  Luckily, you came just in time for the daily-in-the-summertime exploration with a park guide – harbinger of all things tectonic – so you don't have to wonder for too long.

Visitor using Explora app on the Tablelands. Visitor using Explora app on the Tablelands.
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Your mom called – she said to get the Explora app.

Like having a tiny park naturalist in your hand.  You're on holidays and you don't want to be on a schedule; Explora is a handy app that allows you to get all of the information you need but at your own time and pace.  Download the free app (available May, 2014) and hit the trails!

The Tablelands and Bonne Bay as viewed from Norris Point. The Tablelands and Bonne Bay as viewed from Norris Point.
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Pull back the lens to see the beauty of the Tablelands in striking contrast to the surrounding green hills and blue saltwater.  The Lookout Trail and the communities of Norris Point and Woody Point offer beautiful and different vistas of the Tablelands – check it out!

Road passing through the valley between the barren slopes of the Tablelands and lush forest on the other side. Scenic Route 431 connects the communities of Trout River and Woody Point.
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The road between Woody Point and Trout River is truly one of the most spectacular you'll see.  What strikes you most is the contrast of colour between the mountains that tower above you. On one side is lush green; the other, a brilliant, amber colour - divided, it would seem, by the yellow line of the highway.

oTENTik in Gros Morne National Park. oTENTik in Gros Morne National Park.
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Camp in the shadow of the Tablelands...

You were hoping to camp but lugging the family and all of that gear... Never fear, oTENTiks are here!  Whether you choose to bring your own or rent an oTENTik - just be sure to get back to camp in time to see the Tablelands in a whole new light of the setting sun.