Ten Reasons Why You Should Visit Gros Morne National Park this summer

Just in case we haven’t given you enough reasons to visit Gros Morne National Park (or if you need a few reasons to get your friends and family to visit), here are ten reasons to visit Gros Morne this summer:

1. This place is brimming of magic

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The northern lights embodying the magic of Gros Morne over Bonne Bay in 2015. Photo: Tom Cochrane

It’s really hard to put the feeling of being in Gros Morne in to words, other than to simply describe it as magical. When you get this particular special combination of mindblowing landscapes in the natural world, paired with warm and welcoming communities that are all brimming with artistic talent, you get pure magic. You feel it in your skin, in your heart, and in your soul. And it keeps you coming back for more.

2. Those mountains though

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Gros Morne Mountain. Photo: Tom Cochrane

Whether you’re observing them from below or looking down at the world from the very top, the mountain-scape in Gros Morne is breathtaking. From Gros Morne Mountain and it’s rolling curves and incredible views of Ten Mile Pond from the top, to the sharp edges of Western Brook Gorge, to the eerie, Mars-like landscape of the Tablelands — go see it all!

3. Sunsets in Rocky Harbour

Sunset in Rocky Harbour. Photo: Julia Endicott

There are so many places to see amazing sunsets in Gros Morne (and every one is different) but there’s something incredibly special about sunsets in Rocky Harbour. Watching the sun fall below the horizon in the middle of the harbour is awe-inspiring. For an even more incredible experience, check out a sunset at Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse!

And speaking of lighthouses…

4. So many amazing lighthouses!

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Lighthouse “out on the head” in Cow Head. Photo: Tom Cochrane

Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse at sunset. Photo: Tom Cochrane

I’m a huge fan of lighthouses, and they dot the coastline of Gros Morne. From big ones like at Lobster Cove Head, tiny cute ones like the one tucked in to the woods near Cow Head (go find it!), to the totally lovely lighthouse in Woody Point. <3 <3

5. Hitting those trails

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The Coastal Trail. Photo: Tom Cochrane

There are well over 100 kms of hiking trails in Gros Morne, both official Parks Canada trails and trails that weave in and around the communities in the park. They range in difficulty from easy stroll to overnight trek, so get outside and find your favourite trail!

6. The Hunt for the Red Chairs

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Lookout in to Bonne Bay. Photo: Tom Cochrane

Scattered throughout Gros Morne National Park are 18 pairs of bright red adirondack chairs, all positioned in prime places for your to sit back, relax, and take in a really incredible view. But here’s the thing: some of the chairs are really easy to find, but some of them will require some hunting! One couple found all 18 sets of chairs last summer — can you?

And after all day outdoors…

7. There’s fun at all hours

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Session at the Royal Canadian Legion in Woody Point. Photo: Tom Cochrane

There’s lots of talk about how George Street in St. John’s is the place to be for nightlife in Newfoundland and Labrador, but almost every night of the summer you’ll find something incredible going on in the Gros Morne area in to the early hours of the next day, like…

8. Music around every corner

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Daniel Payne and Aaron Collis perform at the Cat Stop in Norris Point during Trails, Tales, and Tunes. Photo: Tom Cochrane

The communities in Gros Morne are full of musical talent, from people who live here all year and people who are passing through and performing with festivals like Trails, Tales, Tunes, Gros Morne Summer Music, or Writers at Woody Point. From traditional kitchen parties to large, epic classical music performances and everything in between, you’re sure to find something to get your toe tapping and get you dancing.

And…

9. Catch world-class theatre

Promotional image from 2015 Gros Morne Theatre Festival production Mary’s Wedding. Photo: via Gros Morne Theatre Festival

Head to the northern edge of Gros Morne to get to Cow Head and check out the Gros Morne Theatre Festival — world class theatre in a cozy little town. This summer they’ve got a big lineup of performances, with something happening every night, including dinner theatre, a musical show featuring some of Newfoundland and Labrador’s greatest hits, and much more.

10. The amazing communities and people

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Colourful Trout River. Photo: Keith Nicol via link

Acabella performing on the Burnt Hill trail hike.

A crowd gathered on Burnt Hill in Norris Point to hear Acabella perform. Photo: Tom Cochrane

Each community in the Gros Morne area has a unique sense of place. From Trout River to Cow Head, don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself in a place that feels like home.

And the people who live in the Gros Morne area are incredible. They keep the area bright and vibrant, and really make the place what it is. You can leave with dozens of new friends who you’ll want to come back and visit again and again.

What’s your top reason to visit Gros Morne? Did we miss one? Let us know below!

Tom Cochrane

Tom Cochrane is a digital storyteller and the creative director of Old Crow Magazine. Tom's photography and videography work can be found at tomcochranephoto.com. Tom is based in Newfoundland, Canada.