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Gros Morne NP

CANADA | Monday, 17 August 2009 | Views [602]

Bakers Brook, Gros Morne NP

Bakers Brook, Gros Morne NP

The Vikings discovered Newfoundland five centuries before Columbus crossed the ocean blue.  It would have taken them a lot longer if they had to use the Atlantic Marine Ferry like we did; three hours late on a five hour crossing. The Viking occupation didn’t last and it was French fishermen who settled here.  Actually they were Basques, hence the name Port aux Basques where our ferry eventually docked. But the weather was good and the seas were wonderfully placid.

Gros Morne is another UNESCO World Heritage Site noted for its unique geology. The name comes from the French; “Gros” means large and “Morne” is Creole for a small isolated mountain or it can mean gloomy or dismal.  Either translation is valid.  Gros Morne was created about 500 million years ago when the African plate force the undersea North American plate upward raising a fossil filled seabed into the sky.

We have been wandering around, stopping here and there for photos and enjoying the beauty.  Fishing villages and lighthouses dot the windswept coast.  Fjords and forested hills make for many Kodak moments.  When the weather is good it’s idyllic but as the storms roll in you see how rugged this land is.

 

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