Day 47-49 Rocky Harbor, Newfoundland   Leave a comment

Gros Morne National Park is a world heritage site. The landscape tells the story of the earth’s transformation. It provides some of the world’s best illustrations of plate tectonics. Geologists are able to show that 420 to 570 million years ago, the rocks in Gros Morne were part of an ancient ocean. Later these were thrust up to become part of the Appalachian Mountains as two continents collided. Glaciers have carved this area into the spectacular landscape we see today.

We drove over to the Tablelands one of the few places in the world where the Earth’s mantle is exposed. It was so strange to see the green hills and then all of a sudden brown hills.

Snow can still be seen in a few areas.

We stopped by the visitor’s center and watched a short film and then played around.

This is about as close as Bill is going to get to a moose.

Some of our group went to the show “Anchors Aweigh” so we prepared a hobo soup/stew before their departure. Since we cannot take root vegetables back over to Nova Scotia, everyone contributed what they had, some meats were donated and voila!


The ultraoligotrophic Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park is a fjord lake which, after the retreat of the ice and the rebound of the land, became separated from the sea. The only way to get there is to walk the trail, about 2 1/2 miles each way. We walked over bogs and marsh.

Once we reached the lake, we saw the boat that we understand was brought in by helicopter. The scenic grandeur of Western Brook Pond is overwhelming. It is certainly among the most grandiose lakes in Canada’s National Parks.

Below left shows Western Brook Pond area at the height of the last glaciations (15,000 years ago). Glaciers streamed through the park from two ice caps: one on the Long Range plateau, the other in the interior of Newfoundland. Peaks split the Long Range Ice Cap into several glaciers. Once filled this valley.

Above right shows Western Brook Pond area with forest and bog stripped away to reveal major glacial features (today).

Newfoundland was glacier-free by about 9,000 years ago. Moving ice created much of the scenery of Gros Morne, and left traces scattered across the countryside.

We visited the Rocky Harbor Lighthouse.

After our driver’s meeting, we had our margarita and appetizer party.

At which time, Ed and Shirley RELUCTANTLY gave up hot lips and passed her on to Roger and Carol.


Posted August 10, 2015 by carolnbill in Travel

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