Gros Morne National Park of Canada
Sea Kayaking in Gros Morne
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Gros Morne offers fascinating paddling destinations. However, wind and
weather conditions can change quickly and pose major problems for the
Highly variable in a short time span. Be aware of cloud formations and
their indication of weather fronts.
Strong winds are common, especially from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
(In the shoal waters steep breaking waves occur during high winds and
opposing tides.) Winds can persist for long periods (days) during the
summer season; late August can be particularly bad.
Easterly winds are particularly violent when blowing offshore along open
coast and funnelling from the mountains through the fjords. (This
produces very confused waters.)
Westerlies (SW prevailing summer wind) are the general winds during the
Check the current weather forecast
for Gros Morne National Park.
Places to Kayak and Sea Conditions
Trout River Pond
The most accessible of the fjord lakes within Gros Morne National Park
and is probably the safest place for kayaking in the park.
On the north shore there are great views of the barren and an intriguing
landscape of the Tablelands. To the south are the contrasting steep cliffs
and the forested Gregory Plateau.
The outer pond has frequent landings on both sides, while the inner pond
has frequent landings on the north and east sides.
Trout River to Bonne Bay
A spectacular, volcanic coastline with 350 m cliffs, sea stacks, and caves.
This section of coastline includes the
area with its three
- The coast is exposed to westerly winds.
- The landings are limited and will require careful planning.
Confused seas occur during strong wind conditions along the shoreline; it
is often easier to move out from the cliffs.
Outer Bonne Bay
This is the entrance to the fjord of Bonne Bay and is surrounded by steep
cliffs and high hills, up to 600 m in elevation.
During all strong wind conditions seas are confused and there are
cross-seas with SW wind.
On out-going (ebb) tide with westerly winds there is an overfall seaward
of Norris Point.
- Landings are very limited.
Inner Bonne Bay
The bay consists of two arms, the South and East Arms, both are actually
fjords with high cliffs, communities on the water's edge, and many wooded
coves that provide landing beaches.
The South Arm and East Arm are moderately protected but beware when wind
conditions are funnelling; expect steep seas in shallow areas.
The “tickle” between outer Bonne Bay and East Arm has strong
currents during big tides. Plan accordingly for the crossing.
Rocky Harbour to Cow Head
The shoreline is a coastal lowland with views of the Long Range
Mountains and is dotted with small fish staging areas.
In season this area can have large amounts of fishing gear in the water.
- The westerly winds can be particularly troublesome.
Frequent landings are available but good surf entry and exit skills are a
must in strong winds.
St. Pauls Inlet
The bay extends inland to the base of the Long Range Mountains and is home
to harbour seals and some small colonies of terns.
Outer portions of the bay are shallow and contain several salt marshes.
- These shallow waters are exposed to westerly winds.
- Strong tides occur at the bridge and outer estuary.
- Frequent landings are available throughout the bay.
Camping with Your Kayak
Four of our
(Trout River, Lomond, Green Point, and Shallow Bay) are suitable areas for
launching and landing a kayak.
A number of primitive campsites are also accessible by water. These
include the three sites at
and the one at
in Bonne Bay. Primitive campsites are reserved on a first come, first
serve basis. A permit must be purchased in advance for all primitive
campsites within Gros Morne National Park to ensure that sites are not
overbooked or overused. Permits can be purchased at park facilities.