Take a road trip from St. John’s to Gros Morne National Park and discover so much of Newfoundland in between. This 7-10 day road trip is perfect for those looking to see as much of Newfoundland as they can. This road trip will offer you great ocean views, rolling hills, likely lots of moose and the majestic mountains of Grose Morne.
Take a visit to St. John’s, Newfoundland’s capital city and most populated city on the island. With is colourful jellybean row houses wedged together lining the sides of steep hills and hidden alleyways, the Narrows that is often filled with fishing boats and the historical downtown there is so much to see. Make sure to pay a visit to the village of Quidi Vidi, Signal Hill National Historic Site, George Street and Cape Spear National Historic site to name a few of the popular must-see destinations before heading out on your trip north.
Terra Nova National Park
Pay a visit to Canada’s most Easterly national park. Filled with islands, headlands, ponds, thick forests and so much more this national park is sits on the northeast coast of the island. Easily accessible by the Trans-Canada highway, it is a place where you can see an abundance of wildlife including black bears, lynx, moose and possibly the rare indigenous Newfoundland marten.
In Terra Nova there is two campgrounds where you can choose to spend the night or longer. There are sites available with 15 and 30 amp service.
As you continue up the Trans-Canada Highway you will drive right through the town of Gander. Gander is the perfect place to call home base for a day or a few while you explore the surrounding area. The town has a wide variety of amenities from everything to groceries, restaurants, and so much more. Make sure to spend some time visiting the Aviation Museum as well as the Silent Witnesses Memorial.
The closest campground to Gander is Jonathan’s Pond Campground which offers 194 sites with many serviced sites. Pull-through and back in sites are available.
A visit to Newfoundland would not be complete without a trip to Fogo Island. Fogo Island is the largest of the offshore islands of Newfound and Labrador. Home to the famous Fogo Island Inn the island is a perfect place to spend a day. A beautiful ferry ride over to the island where you can spend a day walking or driving around the island. Make sure to visit the local shops, drive along the coastlines and take in the fishing villages which will give you those quintessential Newfoundland views.
If you would love to spend a few days on the island Brimstone Head Park is the perfect place to camp.
Corner Brook is the second largest city in Newfoundland behind St. John’s and is the perfect place to visit especially in the winter where you can ski, snowboard, snowshoe and snowmobile all throughout the area and in the mountains. Nestled into the base of the mountains and at the mouth of the Humber River. Home to Marble Mountain Ski Resort and some of the best skiing east of the Rocky Mountains. If you are up for an adventure make to to book a tour to see the Corner Brook Caves or enjoy a stroll down the Corner Brook Steam Trail.
One of the options for camping in the area is Appalachian Chalets and RV Park. With only 37 RV sites, all which are fully serviced you need to book well in advance to ensure you get a spot.
Gros Morne National Park
The beautiful and dramatic Gros Morne National Park in western Newfoundland is the second largest National Park in Atlantic Canada (surpassed by Torngat Mountains National Park). Visiting Gros Morne is unlike an experience you will ever had with two very distinctly different landscapes – the towering cliffs belonging to the Long Range Mountains, and the coastal lowlands that border the Gulf of the St. Lawrence where you can see one of the largest exposed parts of the Earth’s mantle in the world.
With so much to do in Gros Morne you could truly spend over a week in the national park. Make sure to spend some time in the tablelands hiking through the earth’s mantle and taking in this desert-like landscape that is almost completely void of vegetation. Then head into the majestic mountains and book a tour through Western Brook Pond. Here you will experience one of the most iconic and well-known views in the park. This 3km hike towards the landlocked freshwater fjords of Western Brook Pond. During the summer month you can take a guided boat tour as well. Visit the wreckage of the S.S. Ethie, Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse among so many other things to do. There are multiple hikes of various difficulty you can further explore more of the backcountry of the park.
Camping is available throughout Gros Morne at one of the four campgrounds – Trout River, Berry Hill, Green Point and Shallow Bay. Some of the sites offer water and electricity hookups and can be reserved ahead of time.