Winter Travel ’09: Newfoundland and Labrador

The Rock’s underground scene

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CAVING/CORNER BROOK
The region’s cave system is a hidden geological gem, and one of Newfoundland’s most interesting hiking destinations. The caves were carved over the millennia by the flow of the Corner Brook Stream and several local businesses offer guided tours of this underworld attraction. After a scenic hike down Corner Brook gorge, tours can last up to three hours, during which adventure-seekers follow the string of large rooms and tiny crevices about a kilometre underground. Crawl through the beautiful limestone scenery, or simply enjoy a break from the cold winter weather as the temperature in the caves varies little between the seasons.

WILDLIFE TRACKING-GORGE ICE WALKS/STEADY BROOK
It’s easy for nature enthusiasts to lose track of time trekking past snow-capped mountains, while learning the secrets of animal tracking from an experienced guide. Hike through Gros Morne National Park or the snowy Blow-Me-Down mountains before sitting down to a winter picnic. For those looking for a more physical test, ice walks through frozen waterfalls and a steep icy gorge are an exhilarating way to celebrate the natural beauty of winter.

GROS MORNE WINTER EXCURSION/GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK (February to March)
Crisp air, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing under the northern lights sound like a call to action for all restless Canadian winter wanderers. This five-day getaway, which is sure to recharge any city-dweller’s battery, begins with a four-hour ski session, departing from Deer Lake and heading through snowy forests before ending up at a backcountry lodge. On the last day on the trails, guests head to Western Brook Pond, a lake surrounded by steep rock walls ascending 600 m, leading to one of the most stunning views in Canada.

VAKKAR VIKING JOURNEY/MAIN BROOK (January to April)
On day one at the Tuckamore Lodge, Viking warriors in full armour serve you your feast before treating you to an unforgettable “yell in” ceremony. The five-day trek includes snowmobiling to L’Anse aux Meadows, North America’s only authentic Norse settlement. And don’t forget your camera, since there’s plenty of moose, caribou and Arctic foxes in the wilderness near the fishing communities of Lock’s Cove and Ireland Bight.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.newfoundlandandlabrador.com




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