Western Brook Pond – touring this beautiful fjord

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Yes, we did a tour on a pond. But pond’s are not big you say? Well, in Newfoundland, Canada’s easternmost province, a pond is their word for lake and one particular pond we came across was the Western Brook pond, located on the western edge of the Gros Morne National park.

BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
The boats used by BonTours on Western Brook Pond

To be honest, it’s actually a fjord. However this is one fjord which has been on our ‘bucket list’ for a while and when in Newfoundland, it just had to be ticked off. We booked our tickets with BonTours in advance as during the ‘tourist season’ (which runs from July to August due to the weather around these parts) it can be extremely busy, and collected them from their ticket booth located in Ocean View Hotel. It is easier to book or collect tickets from here, as we were told that the credit card machine might not work at Western Brook pond due to its location and connecting the machine to a server.

BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
We the tour starts and finishes and what a view to start with!

Starting early from our hotel in Rocky Harbor, we drove twenty minutes north on route 430 until we saw a signpost on the right hand sign saying ‘Western Brook Pond’. If visitors are running late and have to drive to this location, don’t speed. There are moose and bears lurking in the trees but we didn’t see any that morning. It was a splendid drive with the Gulf of Saint Lawrence to our left and the mountains appearing above the forests to the right. After parking up we can tell you know that the toilet block here came in very handy. After this point, it will take forty-five minutes to an hour to walk to Western Brook Pond.

BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
The hiking path to the pond

It’s a strange pond (or lake) or even fjord. If we are talking about fjords, we are thinking this is the only fjord we have come across in the world which isn’t connected to the sea. We were walking past mini ponds and land between the sea and the fjord. Don’t get me wrong, the walk is very pleasant on the gravel track, with no sounds apart from birds in the trees nearby, but still, the fjord isn’t connected to the sea. Our minds were going into overdrive.

BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
The fjords are in sight! Each step took us nearer to it.

We arrived at the pond to see a huge crowd of people had got here even earlier than us to get the best seats on the boat. The boats were small, with two storeys and everyone wanted the top deck (as there was limited seating). I can’t be bothered to play that game anymore and just made sure we had a nice cup of tea from the cafe here (and an emergency toilet stop just in case the water got rough during the boat tour). It was first thing in the morning, a hike was done, nature was cooling and we had cups of tea. What more could make us happy….

Well, this….the view of the opening of the fjord. What a sight! I for sure had trouble to think of ways of describing this scene but simply stunning!

BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
Western Brook Pond

On the boat we met our two tour guides. A fantastic guy in his forties (I am guessing) who put so much energy when it came to describing stuff along the route and providing information. He would make a great soccer stadium announcer. The young lady did all the French (Quebec-dialect) language to which I understood and was trying to translate some words from their dialect to the French spoken back in France. It was all a learning curve. Still the two tour guides made the announcements very enjoyable to listen to.

BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
Western Brook Pond
BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
Western Brook Pond

The views were simply amazing as we rode into the heart of the fjord. This has to be one boat tour we won’t forget in a hurry, the dramatic settings made sure of that. We rode all sixteen kilometers of the lake to the eastern end (which has a depth of 165 meters) and not for one second did we take our eyes of the views. We saw waterfalls cascading down from 2000 feet, one of which is named Pissing Mare Falls (which we couldn’t stop giggling about). We tried to spot the fish here ranging from Atlantic Salmon, Arctic Char and Brook Trout. Did we see the colony of cliff nesting gulls? Sadly we did not.

BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
Western Brook Pond
BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
Western Brook Pond
BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
Western Brook Pond
BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
Western Brook Pond
BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
Pissing Mare Falls

We reached the eastern end of the fjord where the boat dropped off a few hikers who were going to hike for a few days to reach the summit of the mountain called Gros Morne (to which the national park is named after). Good luck to them, they had to fend for themselves. No toilets, no shops, no nothing. Just forest where the bears and moose like to play.

BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
The eastern end of Western Brook Pond
BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
Eastern end of Western Brook Pond
BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
Eastern end of Western Brook Pond

Arriving back after our two hour tour we decided to have some food before the hike back to the car. They do a good barbecue outside the cafe and had some of the finest hot dogs I have ever had.

BonTours, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, Western Brook Pond
Western Brook Pond

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Western Brook Pond, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada

A personal note from us – the tour with BonTours was paid for by ourselves and was not sponsored in anyway by the company. The opinions in this post are our own and is totally honest. We would like to thank the staff for making the tour an enjoyable one, one we will never forget and we totally recommend anyone to do this when in Newfoundland.

27 Responses

  1. Great post and awesome pictures! Looked like a beautiful spot to visit. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Exploring Newfoundland is a new place on my Bucket List. I was somewhat hesitating to add it, but this post persuaded me! The scenery is so majestic! Beautiful photos. I don’t know if you got a seat on the top or bottom of the boat; nonetheless, you got the best photos!

  3. Wow what a gorgeous place! You choose a very good weather day to visit. I love the photos of the questionably named Pissing Mare Falls! I would love to visit this Fjord one day!

  4. Your photography is beautiful. There is such majesty in fjords, they show the power of nature, solid rock chiselled by water and wind. Awe-inspiring.

    Thanks for sharing. Keep travel blogging. Adventure is better shared with friends!

  5. The landscapes here look beautiful! Your images are certainly inspiring and will make many people want to visit. Well done on the photography skills.

  6. Gosh you had the perfect day for your lake/fjord trip. Glacial geography is so amazing isn’t it? I love your photos. I’ve only ever thought of Fjords in Scandinavia so this surprised me!

  7. We have never been to Newfoundland but have always dreamed of seeing the North American fjords. I always imagine it’s like a little slice of Norway, but much closer to home. Your pictures are stunning and make me think that I have to go sooner than later. It looks so beautiful and full of nature.

  8. Yes, it does sound weird to take a tour of a pond but that is no ordinary pond. And those fjords are just beautiful. I wouldn’t have expected it to be Canada.

  9. Fjords are so beautiful. I didn’t know there were fjords so close to me! I’ve only been to some in Norway so knowing that there are some in Canada means that I definitely have to make a trip up there again soon

  10. You have shared beautiful pictures of the best-visiting place in Canada and I’m crazy Now I’m planning to Our Trip to Canada.

  11. I have never actually seen a bigger pond than this one, Danik! Fjords are so mesmerizing and definitely worth exploring!

  12. I am loving your discoveries in Newfoundland. Even as a Canadian I have not seen this much. I did not know there were fjords in Canada. I too would not have thought a fjord was in a “pond”. But you are right, that first view of the opening looks stunning! I can certainly see why you could not take your eyes off the view. I definitely would not want to be dropped off at the end to hike the wilderness. Thanks for sharing this great Canadian site! Some day I will make it to Newfoundland!

  13. Wow this Fjord in Newfoundland just looks amazing! There is always something new to discover and this will be definitely one place I want to discover now. Reminds me a little on Norway 🙂

  14. Oh my gosh those photos are stunning! I didn’t even realize that fjords were anywhere but Norway, but of course they would be in Canada when I think of the shape on the map. That boat road sounds like an incredible tour and an amazing way to experience the beauty of the western brook pond.

  15. After visiting Iceland Ibecame obsessed with visiting Newfoundand for the glaciers and stunning scenery. It still blows my mind that something this gorgeous exists on the Atlantic coast!

  16. The pictures are fabulous and the idea of touring in a pond is also fascinating! Top is with the fact that is it next to Gros Morne National park ! What a perfect combination. Have added Newfoundland on the list for when we visit Canada. Had not heard about this place up until now!

  17. Thanks for opening me up to this Fjord. It looks beautiful I love your photos. Very cool waterfall. I think it would be an awesome to hike to the summit, glad to read that some people were hiking it.

  18. I never think of Canada as a destinations for fjords, but I was wrong! This looks unreal and so beautiful! Pissing Mare Falls looks stunning, even with the less-than-flattering name. Haha

  19. I never equate a fjord with Newfoundland and definitely not one that is a part of a lake. But WOW it’s stunning! That last picture is so gorgeous. I’ll have to make it across the country to visit this place. It looks so surreal.

  20. I haven’t heard of Western Brook Pond. The opening of the fjord really is gorgeous, but that waterfall grabbed my heart! What a pretty spot.

  21. Your photos are gorgeous! I didn’t’ realize there were fjords in Canada. I saw my first fjord when I went to Norway and haven’t seen any since.

  22. I have not heard of Western Brook Pond, but it looks really beautiful and just the kind of place that I love to visit. I had no idea that there were fjords in Canada either. Great photos capturing a gorgeous place!

  23. Those entrances to the fjords – WOW! Stunning indeed. Love those rock formations and the lush green coverage atop many of them.

  24. I loved Newfoundland but I didn’t get to explore the Western Brook pond. It looks beautiful and I would’ve loved to have seen moose and bears and the towering mountains! Your photos are very majestic and dramatic!

  25. Renata Green

    The sceneries look just amazing – so wild and untouched. I assume this is just the perfect place to let go, lean back, and just take a deeep breath.

  26. Long been on my list to get to Newfoundland and to Labrador. I would absolutely be one of those getting off the boat to continue the adventure with a pack fending for myself — sounds absolutely magical.

  27. This is amazing, I will make sure the day I will visit Canada I will put it in my bucket list. Thanks

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