Deer Lake Things to Do

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    The Arches

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 1, 2004

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    Sea Caves now on the Surface

    Once we had hit the high points of Gros Morne, we continued our trip northward along the peninsula, heading for Vikings and Whales at its northern tip (see my St. Anthony page!). However, only a few kilometers north of the National Park we chanced upon The Arches Provincial Park - a fine little picnic stop right beside the highway. Again, we really enjoyed the unique formations of these former underwater caves that later surfaced when the Ice Age retreated and the level of the land rebounded above the sea. It was very windy but the temperature was good as we explored among the formations. No charge to visit the site.

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    An 'Inland Fjord'

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 1, 2004

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    A Half-Hour Trek to the 'Pond'

    The Long Range Mountains comprising this peninsula of Newfoundland were formed hundreds of millions of years ago during the geological changes associated with the formation of the Earth's continents as they are presently formed. During the Ice Ages, huge glaciers carved these 'fjords' in the resulting mountain ranges. Later, as the climate warmed, the glaciers melted away and the surface of the earth gradually rebounded as the great weight was removed. As a result, these fjords were cut off from the ocean itself, forming trapped bodies of water, called 'Ponds' in Newfoundland. Here, we have arrived at the entrance to Westen Brook Pond and have left the car park to walk a short distance inland to the interpretive centre. From here, there is a very interesting 30-40 minute (3 km) trail walk across the now intervening lowlands before you actually reach the edge of the trapped fjord seen in the distance. The lowlands actually comprises a coastal bog and three small wooded limestone ridges - with various interpretive signs located at strategic intervals. If you are lucky, you may even come across a Moose feeding in the bogs!

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    'Westbrook II' Boat Tour

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Craft Awaits

    When we arrived in the little nearby town of Rocky Harbour the previous afternoon, we quickly went to the Park Headquarters to see if there were any seats still available for a boat trip on Western Brook Pond. In the peak tourist season of July and August, we were lucky to be able to book ourselves on the last cruise of the afternoon (summer departures for the 2-hour cruise are 10 AM, 1 PM and 4 PM) at a cost of US$27/adult (2004 prices). It was a beautiful sunny afternoon so we did not want to take a chance on the weather being cloudy or wet the next day. Run by Bon Tours, their two tour vessels Westbrook II and III can together seat 165 people in a combination open rear deck and enclosed mid-cabin arrangement. The photo shows the crowd waiting to board the last voyage of the day. We were fortunate enough to be near the front of the throng and managed to get seats where we could stand up and look out over the enclosed cabin to observe the landscape as we approached it. It can be breezy and cool out on the water, so it is best to come prepared with some long sleeved and legged clothing, even if it seems warm when you are dock-side!

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    Cruise in the Fjord

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 1, 2004

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    The End of the Pond

    The boat tour cruises up the 16-km lake with a running commentary on the various waterfalls, cliff features and wildlife that is encountered. Here, we are approaching the far end of the lake where a hiking trail connects to the 707-metre (2300 foot) Gros Morne Mountain in another section of the park. Herds of caribou still use the uplands of Gros Morne as their breeding ranges. Arrangements can be made to hike into or out of this spot and then use the boat tour as a one-way passage on the lake. The cold 165-m (500 ft) deep waters of the lake are home to Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon and Brook Trout.

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    Rock Slides

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 7, 2005

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    Looking Back Toward the Entrance

    As the tour passes close inshore to the various huge cliffs, you will have the chance to see many amazing rock formations formed over the years by erosion. In addition, there are frequent rock falls (geologically speaking) and the evidence can be seen on huge portions of the walls where the surface has been swept clean of all plant life. The boat operators mentioned that one tour about 10 years earlier had actually witnessed a section of the cliffs giving way and crashing down into the Pond. I wish I had been there for that one! The photo shows our accompanying tour boat as we make our way back toward the entrance to the pond. The floating dock nearby is where transfers to land are made for those who chose to hike into or out of here via the trail system in the Park. Because of its relative isolation from industrial pollution, the highlands-fed water of Western Brook Pond has been tested as some of the purest in the world.

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    The Tablelands

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Aug 15, 2004

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    The Tan-coloured Tablelands

    On the southern edge of Gros Morne, is an amazing geological wonder called the Tablelands. This, in fact, was one of the reasons that the park was made a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Tablelands is a 260-million year old chunk of lava from the earth's crust that broke off and was thrust to the surface during collisions between the constanting moving tectonic plates in this part of the world. There are a few other places in the world that also boast similar formations, in Oman, Cyprus, Tibet and southern Chile. The rocks are composed of peridotite but, when thrust to the surface they change to the mineral serpentine. Due to weathering effects, serpentine turns to a tan colour, giving this huge formation its distinctive look. The chemical composition of the rocks is also not very condusive to plant life, consequently it appears to be a barren moon-like surface in comparison to the surrounding spruce forests.

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    Newfoundland Insectarium

    by brazwhazz Written Feb 11, 2007

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    Opened in 1998, the unpretentious Newfoundland Insectarium is probably Deer Lake's best-known tourist attraction. It is just off the Trans-Canada Highway and probably worth the detour if you are making a stop in Deer Lake (which is VERY likely if you are travelling across Newfoundland), especially if you like butterflies or have kids.

    Despite the many critters on display, the highlight of the place is definitely the Butterfly Pavilion. There is also a beehive, where kids of all ages are invited to spot the queen bee. A short walking trail behind the Insectarium brings you to a surprisingly photogenic marsh.

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    Irving Big Stop

    by victorwkf Written Jan 14, 2006

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    Irving Big Stop is located along the Trans-Canada Highway (next to Deer Lake Motel) a few minutes drive out of town and it is a very important coach and bus pick-up point for the DRL Coach Service which are the only public coaches running from Port Aux Basque to St John's (and the other way). It is also a bus pick-up point for buses going from Corner Brook to Gros Morne National Park and beyond (e.g. along the Viking Trail all the way to St Anthony's). More information about public transportation in Newfoundland will be available in my VT Newfoundland page soon.

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    The lake next to the town

    by victorwkf Written Jan 14, 2006

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    Deer Lake, Newfoundland

    There is a lake next to the town by the same name (Deer Lake) which has a beach area which is very popular among the locals during the summer season. Next to the beach is a small park called Friendship Park. More photos of the lake are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

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    Local architecture

    by victorwkf Written Jan 14, 2006

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    Houses at Deer Lake, Newfoundland

    As in other parts of Newfoundland, the houses and buildings of Deer Lake are rather simple and made from wood which are plenty around this area. The locals would paint their houses and buildings with various colours to make them more attractive. More photos are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

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    Visitor's Centre

    by victorwkf Written Jan 14, 2006

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    Visitor's Centre at Deer Lake, Newfoundland

    There is a visitor's centre located along the Trans-Canada Highway (next to Irving Big Stop) near to Deer Lake which is worth to drop by if you need any information. However, this visitor's centre is closed from mid-autumn throughout the winter season.

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    Memorial

    by victorwkf Written Jan 14, 2006

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    Memorial at Deer Lake, Newfoundland

    When you enter the town of Deer Lake from the Trans-Canada Highway, there is a memorial statue with a deer on top and a Canada flag next to it (see photo). This is worth a look, I think it is some sort of war memorial.

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    Gros Morne

    by Suzanne123 Written Oct 11, 2009

    1. Contact Bonn Tours for a boat trip.
    2. Buy a shirt from the treasure box store in Rocky Harbour. See the gallery upstairs.
    3. Eat some cod
    4. Don't do the tablelands trail. Huge disappointment
    5. Visit Norris Point
    6. See the local library if you need internet access. (non-wii fii)
    7. See the viking settlement in Lanse aux Meadows
    8. See if Woody Point has a hostel to stay in
    9. Watch for moose when on a walking trail.
    10. Drive slow. You will hit a moose before you will see one.
    11. Pick berries
    12. Walk the Western Brook Pond Trail and tour the fjord by boat
    13. Whales
    14. Icebergs

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    Friendship Park

    by victorwkf Written Jan 14, 2006

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    There is a park called Friendship Park just next to the lake and it is very popular among the local people during summer time. The beach of the lake is just in front of the park.

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    Pumping Station

    by victorwkf Updated Sep 12, 2009

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    Pumping Station at Deer Lake, Newfoundland

    Next to the lake along the Trans-Canada Highway is a huge Hydro Plant (135 megawatts ) It supplies the Paper Mill in the town of Corner Brook, approximately 50 Kilometres away.

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