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Gros Morne National Park

The Tablelands - See the Earth Naked!


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.

How do you want to experience the Tablelands?

Hike it with a Guide


Tablalands Guided Hike Tablelands guided walk 
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Walk Upon the Earth's Mantle Guided Walk: Tablelands Trail (2h)10:00 am daily.
Walk upon the Earth’s mantle - normally found far below the crust. This walk reveals earth shaking ideas that changed how we understand our planet. Parks Canada guides will help you explore this bizarre and beautiful landscape, the glacially carved valleys and the unique plants and vegetation that call the Tablelands their home! This two-hour guided hike will prepare you to better understand the world significant geology of Gros Morne as you explore the park.


Hike the Tablelands Tablelands guided hike 
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Reach for the top…of the Tablelands! Special Program: Tablelands Trail (3h) Reservations required ($22.00) Wednesday/Saturday 2:00 pm.
Want to reach for the top of the Tablelands? Escape the trails and you can be one of the few who have enjoyed the stunning views of mountain and sea from above. Let us guide you off-trail for an amazing half-day hike in which you can enjoy the luxury of having a naturalist by your side. After all it's not every day that you get a chance to walk upon the Earth's mantle. Information and reservations: 709-458-2417.

 

Hike it on Your Own


Explore the Tablelands Hike with the map
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Map of the Tablelands $3 map or $5 waterproof map. Available at the Discovery Centre and the Visitor Centre.
Pick up a map and plan your route to some of the most picturesque landscapes in Gros Morne National Park. Plan a full day hike to the top of the Tablelands or a half-day adventure. Flip the map around and learn about the unique geology and flora on the Tablelands. Makes a great souvenir!


Visitor using Explora app on the Tablelands.  Using the Explora App.
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Explora for the Tablelands Smart Phone App: Tablelands Trail (2h).
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. Like having a tiny park naturalist in your hand to explore all the wonders of the Tablelands. Download the free app or pick up a device at the Discovery Centre – included in your park pass - and hit the trails!


Red Chairs on Trout River Trail Find the Red Chairs on Trout River 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)


Watch it all Unfold


Earth Odyssey   Earth Odyssey 
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Gros Morne: An Earth Odyssey Evening Program: Visitor Centre (1h) Thursday/Sunday 7:00
Join a zany traveller sent from another galaxy who accepts a mission to learn more about planet Earth by uncovering the reasons for the UNESCO World Heritage designation at Gros Morne National Park. Discover Gros Morne’s unique geology in an out-of-this-world multimedia show!


View of Tablelands from Norris Point View of Tablelands from Norris Point
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Take in the views - 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!


Scenic Route 431 connects the communities of Trout River and Woody Point. Scenic Route 431 connects the communities of Trout River and Woody Point.
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Drive the scenic route 431 - 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 Trout River oTENTik in Trout River Campground.
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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 tent 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.