This is a 2 hour boat tour with live interpretation is considered a Canadian Signiture Experience. Float between massive billion-year-old cliffs featuring waterfalls that cascade into the park’s largest lake from ponds atop the plateau. A moderate 3 km trail (approx. 45 min walk) leads from the parking lot to the dock. The two boats have canopied decks and on-board washrooms.

A sheltered waiting area, indoor washroom facilities, canteen services, gift shop, and several beautiful picnic areas can be found at dock site.

Pets are not permitted on the boats. Departures depend on wind and weather conditions.


Parks Canada wishes to advise the public that work to revitalize the infrastructure at Western Brook Pond commenced on November 7th, 2017, until spring of 2018. This work includes:

  • Expansion of the solar powered washroom facilities, as well as the parking lot adjacent to Route 430;
  • Re-construction of the trail, including a realignment, lowering of grades, and a hardening of trail surfaces to allow for a longer life in our harsh environment;
  • Widening of the trail to allow for emergency vehicle access;
  • Replacing the wharf on Western Brook Pond;
  • Repairing the boathouse and replacing the building exterior to protect it from extreme winds; and,
  • Dredging of the pond near the boat house to allow for boat storage in early fall when water levels are naturally low.
  • The Western Brook Pond Trail is located inside the Gros Morne National Park Moose Management Area. The trail will be closed to hikers and hunters while construction is occurring. There will be a one-kilometre buffer zone around the trail construction zone – no hunting is permitted inside this zone. Signage is in place to mark areas where hunting is taking place. Parks Canada will update the public when the work is completed for the season and the hunting buffer zone has been lifted. Visitor safety is a priority for Parks Canada. Hunters and visitors are asked to respect all signage and temporary closures.

    This project is part of the unprecedented $3 billion Parks Canada is investing over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These investments represent the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada.

    Individuals planning to visit the national park this winter and spring are encouraged to review maps and safety information on our Forest Health pages. For up-to-date information on work locations and traffic flow, follow @ParksCanadaNL, (#GrosMorne, #NLtraffic), visit, or contact Parks Canada at 709-458-2417 or

    2018 Western Brook Pond Tour Schedule

    Reservations are recommended. Phone 709-458-2016 or 1-888-458-2016. Visit or drop by the ticket office at the Ocean View Hotel in Rocky Harbour.

    Date Time  Note 
    May 15 to May 31 12:30 p.m. Subject to seasonal conditions
    June 1 to June 30 12:30 p.m.  
    July 1 to August 31 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.  
    Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 12:30 p.m.  
    October 1 to October 15 12:30 p.m. Subject to seasonal conditions


    Hike to the top of Western Brook Pond Gorge

    Meet a professional guide at the dockside, take the shuttle to the end of the pond and then hike to the top of the gorge. Once on top you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the pond. For reservations contact Bontours. Take the shuttle to Snug Harbour and spend the day or overnight. Be adventurous and climb to the top of the North Rim for that once in a lifetime view!