A Picnic with a View
“Take-out” takes on a whole new meaning!
Everything tastes better when you eat it outside.
Landscapes that were millions of years in the making, lighthouses, waves lapping the shore, sunsets over the ocean – a picnic doesn’t get much better than this! Choose your spot from our “insider’s list” and enjoy a picnic with a view.
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
- Grab your blanket, some binoculars and your camera … and don’t forget your reusable fork, knife and spoon!
- Pack a lunch or place an order at a local restaurant
- Choose your spot from our “insider’s list” of the best picnic locations at Gros Morne National Park, and bon appétit!
Shallow Bay – a beach picnic
Kilometres of white sand stretch along the coast giving you lots of space to find the perfect spot. Spread out your picnic, and enjoy the view of bay and dunes. Don’t forget swimsuits and towels, buckets and shovels. This picnic spot is perfect for building sandcastles, wading and swimming, or just relaxing on the beach.
How to get there: From Route 430 turn into the town of Cow Head. Follow signs north towards Shallow Bay picnic area where you will find parking, washrooms, and changerooms. Follow the path down to the sandy beach.
Coordinates 49’56’2”N 57’46’30”W
Coastal Trail – picnic day or night
You can enjoy this view of the coast any time of day, but remember, in NL not all lunches are eaten at midday. Come back after dark and dine under the stars. This picnic spot, opening to the southern horizon, just happens to be one of the best stargazing locations in the Park. When you grab your picnic basket and a thermos of hot tea, don’t forget to set your headlamp to red light!
How to get there: Follow route 430 14 km north of Rocky Harbour. Access the Coastal Trail from the parking lot at Bakers Brook. Follow the trail until you find your favourite spot along the coast. Headlamps or flashlights are a must after dark.
Coordinates 49’65’63” N -57’95’57”W
Tablelands – a picnic of discoveries big and small
A contrast of boreal forest ending abruptly in a seemingly barren moonscape of rusty coloured rock. Take in the striking landscape of this mammoth geological oddity - a piece of the Earth’s inside. Wander a little off trail. Find a spot all your own. Settle in. Then, shift your focus from the macro to the micro, because this place is a picnic of tiny, unexpected wonders. Warning: risk of heightened wonder; you are picnicking on the Earth’s mantle, uplifted when continents collided half a billion years ago.
How to get there: Tablelands trail is on Route 431, 4kms west of the Discovery Centre.
Coordinates 49’47’84” N -57’97’43”W