Acclaimed for its unearthly landscape, Woody Point is probably as close to Mars as you will ever get in this lifetime. Situated on the west coast of the island, the Tablelands behind Woody Point in the Gros Morne National Park are composed of peridotite — like much of the surface of Mars — and NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, plus others are studying this unique land form searching for insights into possible bacterial life on the red planet. View more
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Explore the rocky feature known as the Tablelands which gave Gros Morne National Park its UNESCO World Heritage status, on this 3-hour excursion via school bus. It is here that Poets and Geologists say the earth shows her bones and we are able to wander the earth's interior. This is as close as you will ever get to the mantle of the earth…or the surface of Mars!
Depart the pier for the short approximate 10 minute drive to the Discovery Centre which highlights the Tablelands together with the other geological and biological highlights of the park. You will be introduced to the people, history, landforms and geology of this internationally famous Canadian park. The centre includes exhibits, a theatre with ongoing presentations, a small gift shop and it features a view of Bonne Bay and a view of Gros Morne, the mountain the park was named after.
Next, depart for the Tablelands, located a short distance between the towns of Trout River and Woody Point in southwest Gros Morne National Park via route 431. It is thought the Tablelands' originated in the Earth's mantle and was forced up from the depths during a plate collision several hundred million years ago and consists of the ultramafic rock periodite which lacks the usual nutrients required to sustain most plant life, hence its barren appearance.
At the conclusion of the tour, re-board the school bus for the short 30-minute drive back to the ship.
Please Note: This tour required a moderate amount of activity for approximately 1.5 kilometres (.93 miles) with gentle slopes and uneven terrain at the Tablelands and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The tour operates on school buses, not coaches, therefore they are not wheelchair accessible and they do not have AC systems. We recommend guests wear weather appropriate clothing including layers and comfortable walking shoes. The small gift shop at the Discovery Centre accepts cash in CAD & USD and credit cards.
Explore the north side of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this half day scenic sightseeing excursion.
Gros Morne National Park lies on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland, in eastern Canada. Gros Morne, a peak in the Long Range Mountains, has a trail overlooking the Ten Mile Pond gorge. Western Brook Pond, a fjord formed by glaciers, is lined with cliffs and waterfalls, including Pissing Mare Falls. The desert-like Tablelands area has unusual rock formations created by the earth's tectonic plates colliding
Depart the pier for the approximate 20 minute drive to visit Lobster Cove Lighthouse which introduces us to the social history of the area and the history of the local communities. A photo stop is made at Western Brook Pond where we look inland at the distant raised inland fjord that was carved by the sea and filled by the ocean a mere 15,000 year ago.
Enjoy dramatic scenery including Gros Morne Mountain, and learn about the history and geology of our planet with the fishing culture of Newfoundland and Labrador at Broom Point. Visit Bonne Bay Marine Science Centre which provides a wonderful up-close look at life in the ocean off Gros Morne.
At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the vehicle for the approximate 30 minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1 kilometre (.62 miles) with approximately 25 steps in the Marine Station and some inclines throughout. Optional paths and trails during photo stops can be slippery and guests must use caution. The tour operates on school buses, not coaches, therefore they are not wheelchair accessible and they do not have AC systems. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 8 years old. We recommend guests wear warm, weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.