With Easter here I think it is safe to say that winter is over. We may still have a bit (or a lot) of snow, but the temperatures are warming up, and the sun is shining!
This was our first full winter right here in Newfoundland, and what a winter it has been! We have enjoyed many great adventures exploring this wild wilderness that is Newfoundland’s West Coast.
As we can’t share every little moment of fun with you, we thought we’d showcase our top activities from our winter in Newfoundland to inspire you to get out here next year to share in some of the fun!
Gros Morne in Winter
Last month we wrote a blog on our snowshoeing adventure in Gros Morne, and that is definitely one of our top activities for winter in Newfoundland! Not only is the park stunningly beautiful, but the thick snow cover provides access to new and wonderful walks.
We’ve had the pleasure of heading out on a few of the shorter walks this winter, and would highly recommend all of them to anyone wanting to go get off the beaten track!
International Appalachian Trail Newfoundland and Labrador
Some of you may know that the Appalachian trail continues into our mountains along the west coast of Newfoundland. Over the past few years, The International Appalachian Trail network have been working hard to develop the most spectacular collection of trails to showcase the stunning backcountry along this coast. Many of these trails are designed for those looking to get into the backcountry, go camping, and spend a good 3-5 days in the wilderness.
Others, however, are easily accessible day hikes or half day hikes, and perfect for an afternoon snowshoe.
If you’re in the Corner Brook area, we can recommend the Ballam Bridge trail. A beautiful afternoon walk up to the Old Man in the Mountain. This hike is the starting point for the much longer Humber Valley Trail. But if you’re not keen on 25kms, this short 5km hike is a great way to get your body moving on a cold winter’s day.
For detailed maps of all of their trails, and to find out more information on their upcoming projects, check out their website here.
Blow Me Down Trails
So you’re keen on the idea of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, but you’ve never given it a go? Or perhaps you have a young family that aren’t that easy to coerce onto long trails on the weekend? The Blow Me Down Trail right in the centre of Corner Brook is a fabulous park with 42 kms of groomed trails that offers skiers and walkers the opportunity to get out and explore, without the need for compass and navigation skills.
The lovely people at BMD also offer lessons to those giving it a go for the first time.
For more information on what BMD has on offer, check out their website here.
Walking in Corner Brook
Looking for a winter walk without the snowshoes? There is an amazing network of trails right in the downtown core of the city, that we still haven’t exhausted in our time here.
One of our personal favourites is an afternoon walk through Bowater Park. These walks are well signposted, very well used, and great for dogs too! For more information on these trails, check out the website here.
Without a doubt the highlight of our winter has been Marble Mountain. Who knew that Newfoundland was hiding this gem?!
The snow was amazing every single day, with a dusting of fresh powder to start every morning.
Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, or haven’t decided yet, Marble Mountain has amazing terrain for all people and all levels. For more information of the services available at Marble check out there website here.