BONNE BAY LOOP
Steeped in rich coast history and its share of pristine riding, Newfoundland is a wonder to behold for cyclists. The most majestic of these routes is, arguably, the Bonne Bay Loop, located in and around Gros Morne National Park on the island’s West Coast. Within 75 kilometres, there are challenging vertical climbs interspersed with rolling hills, relaxing flats and breathtaking descents through some of the most gorgeous natural beauty on earth. One can park a vehicle on the Norris Point end, then take the BonTours boat across Bonne Bay.
One will land in Woody Point, a small fishing village that has fast become an integral artistic hub of the province. Leaving Woody Point, one rolls up, down and around bay-side highways, turning inland where it is not uncommon to see moose, foxes or any other native wildlife. After a simple series of left turns, one will be right back in Norris Point again.
At the end of the loop, one can also add another 15 kilometres and swing by the picturesque Lobster Cove Head lighthouse overlooking the community of Rocky Harbour. Once that adventure has ended, one can kick back at The Cat Stop pub to enjoy local brews and traditional music.
If one is feeling particularly patriotic this year, heading in either direction and then turning around to ride back from where one came from dials in at a perfect 150 kilometres! The riding season in Gros Morne starts with ideal conditions in May, and then continues through until the snow falls (depending on one’s threshold for cold).
The official 75-kilometre Bonne Bay Loop run takes place every May 24 long weekend, coinciding perfectly with the revelries at the annual Trails, Tales, Tunes music festival.
Gros Morne is a tiny microcosm of Newfoundland culture, with a wide variety of authentic experiences packed into just a few tiny adjacent communities. For a well-rounded cycling adventure, the Bonne Bay Loop is one to throw onto the bucket list.
The Bonne Bay Loop is a majestic scenic route in Gros Morne National Park on Newfoundland’s West Coast.