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Gros Morne National Park of Canada

Plan, Prepare, & Equip for Wilderness Hiking


  • A challenging multi-day trip.
  • To navigate with a map and compass. There is no trail. A GPS is helpful, but should not be relied upon exclusively.
  • Mud, rough walking, and steep slopes.
  • River crossings with no bridges.
  • Many black flies and mosquitoes.
  • Variable and often extreme weather. Rain, wind, 0 °C cold, and sun can all occur in the same summer trip!
  • Limited to no cell phone coverage.
  • Residual snow in June and fresh snow in October.
  • Wonderful views, quiet wilderness, and wildlife.


  • Sturdy hiking boots and raingear.
  • Backpacking gear. (Tent, sleeping bag, etc.)
  • A map & compass (and the ability to use them).
  • A personal Locator Beacon, SPOT device, or VHF transmitter.
  • Your fitness, self-sufficiency, determination, patience, and sense of humour!
  • Your garbage out with you. Practice no-trace camping.

Before You Go

  • Acquire maps 12H12 for the Long Range and 12H13 for North Rim traverses. Maps are sold at the Visitor Centre Tuckamore Shop, or can be found on the National Resources Canada website.
  • Make reservations at the Visitor Centre (or contact us).
  • Check with Visitor Centre staff for suggested routes.
  • Buy a backcountry permit. Park entry fees are included.
  • Buy tickets to the Western Brook Pond boat tour. Contact Bontours at
    1-888-458-2016 or (709) 458-2016.
  • Arrange taxi service to the drop-off point, the Western Brook Pond parking lot, if necessary.
  • If you travelled to Gros Morne with your dog, arrange for local dog-sitting. Pets are not permitted in the backcountry.