Hiking Newfoundland’s Viking Trail


Trout River is a tiny fishing village about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Woody Point, picturesque and quiet “as though time has stood still,” says my travel companion.

Down a steep, narrow hill at the end of the road, it stretches out along the sea with a fine, long beach at the foot of the headland and, at the other end of town, a sheltered harbor from which an active fishery operates. The Seaside Restaurant at the beach is a fine place for lunch.

Between Trout River and Woody Point is the beautiful, barren landscape of the Tablelands, an area of “complex geology and stunning scenery,” as described by Tourism Newfoundland and Labrador. The Tablelands is a mountain of flat-topped rock usually found only in the Earth’s mantle and is truly awe-inspiring whether you simply drive through or stop for a short walk or a long hike.

All of the Viking Trail, in fact, is awe-inspiring. As the tourism officials say: “Getting here is the easy part. It’s the leaving that’s difficult.”

If You Go

Newfoundland and Labrador (the two areas form one province):www.newfoundlandandlabrador.com

Gros Morne National Park

Woody Point

Trout River

Vivian Macdonald is a Canadian freelance travel writer based in Stratford, Ontario.