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Gros Morne National Park of Canada

Northern Traverse

The North Rim Traverse

The North Rim Traverse can be done on its own, starting at the boat dock at the eastern end of Western Brook Pond and ending at Snug Harbour. Hikers can also plan their trip to continue on with the Long Range Traverse, extending their trip by several days. The Snug Harbour trail is an offshoot of the Western Brook Pond trail. (Plan, prepare, & equipment)

The North Rim & Long Range Traverses

All UTM coordinates use NAD 83. They are accurate to approximately 40 metres.

Campsite 1: Snug Harbour

Coordinates: 21U 442356m E / 5513796m N 

A well-used site, Snug Harbour has grassy areas for tents, a pole for food hanging, and an outdoor toilet. It has a wonderful pebble beach with views of the cliffs of Western Brook Pond.

Route: Snug Harbour to Triangle Pond

To get to the North Rim from Snug Harbour, keep walking along the beach until you see a sign marking the start of the trail up the hill. 21U 442721m E / 5513806m N. The trail climbs steadily to the top of the north rim of Western Brook Pond. A side trip to the edge of the cliffs will reward you with spectacular views. Continue on to the campsite at Triangle Pond.

Campsite 2: North side of Triangle Pond

Coordinates: 21U 449777m E / 5512197m N 

Campsite 3: Gilley Pond

Coordinates: 21U 454729 5507890

A small pond approximately six hours from Western Brook Pond. There are no facilities. Practice low impact camping. Store your food away from your site. From here continue on to Campsite 2 of the Long Range Traverse.

The North Rim Traverse

Campsite 1: Western Brook Pond

Coordinates: 21U 452380m E / 5507076m N 

This site is located just in from the dock where hikers are dropped off by the Western Brook Pond boat tour. It is very sheltered but is often “buggy.” There are picnic tables and an outhouse, but no tent platforms.

Route: Western Brook Pond to Gilley Pond

As you travel up the gorge, stay close to the brook. Depending on the water level, you will cross the brook several times. There is never any need to go very far from the brook. Eventually you will arrive at a waterfall. 21U 454863m E / 5506009m N. From this point on, stay to the right, or south, side of the brook, and climb the steep section to get above the falls. There is a trail here that brings you onto the big rock slab that leads to the top. 21U 455059m E / 5506046m N. You will be rewarded with a great view before heading north to Gilley Pond. 

Campsite 2: Gilley Pond

Coordinates: 21U 454723m E / 5507890m N 

A small pond approximately six hours from Western Brook Pond. There are no facilities. Practice low impact camping. Store your food away from your site.

Campsite 3: North side of Triangle Pond

Coordinates: 21U 449777m E / 5512197m N 

Campsite 4: Snug Harbour

Coordinates: 21U 442356m E / 5513796m N 

A well-used site, Snug Harbour has grassy areas for tents, a pole for food hanging, and an outdoor toilet. It has a wonderful pebble beach with views of the cliffs of Western Brook Pond..