Gros Morne Na­tional Park

Canadian Running - - EXOTIC DESTINATION -

Western New­found­land

A unesco World Her­itage site, Gros Morne is an­other na­tional parks des­ti­na­tion whose ter­rain, de­scribed by the parks ser­vice as “soar­ing fjords and moody moun­tains tower above a di­verse panorama of beaches and bogs, forests and bar­ren cliffs,” is a love note from Mother Earth ask­ing you to please never go back to the city. Ex­cept it’s a love note brought about by tec­tonic may­hem and some of the land­scape is “lu­nar.” There are over 100 kilo­me­tres of front coun­try hik­ing trails that trace this an­cient and strange ter­rain, and, yes, you can run on them, too. The Gros Morne hike and the Table­lands are high­lights.

Ideal des­ti­na­tion for:

See­ing a fjord in real life and out­ra­geous ge­o­log­i­cal for­ma­tions. Jay Smith can be found hit­ting the trails in her home­town of Ed­mon­ton.

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