From R-L: Darren, Ross and the writer go on an exploratory mission to Gros Morne National Park to see what the potential is for fatbiking. We are happy to report the news is all good. (a Darroch W photo)
We stayed at Old Lincoln Cabins, seen here. We arrived to 30 cm of fresh powder on top of the 400+ cm that had fallen in previous months.
On Day 1 we left from Rocky Harbour and headed up the town’s water supply road, following a fresh snowmobile track. We were soon rewarded with great views of Gros Morne. We had to turn back at this pond as we lost the track due to drifting.
Pro tip: Replacing lost fluids after a ride is critical.
Ross demonstrates proper fluid replacement for those of you new to this sport.
Daytime highs were in the minus teens while we were there. We woke up to -26C one morning.
Fatbikers are a cultured lot; we attended this artsy evening of poetry and music at the old cottage hospital in Norris Point.
This is Tom Dawe reading some of his poetry – I liked him a lot. The highlight of the evening, without a doubt, were Sherman Downey & Matthew Byrne. Yes, that is an old hospital ward room we are in.
Day 2 we left right from our cabin and headed to a feature called The Sinkhole. We followed high traffic snowmobile trails.
The sections through the trees were lovely.
Some of the open areas were a bit more difficult, even for our motorized friends.
Ross looking boss.
Lots and lots and lots of snow.
We made it to the warm-up hut at the turnoff to The Sinkhole but couldn’t get any further due to drifting. We were quite a hit with the snowmobile crowd.
Day 3, our last day, was the best by far. Here we are driving in to Rocky Harbour to meet up with Darrock W who works for Parks Canada and is an old roadie aquaintence of mine from “back in the day”. We brought a fatbike for him and in return he guided us on an excellent ride, cooked us moose burgers and had a great selection of beer waiting at his house.
Gros Morne to my right, primo trail to my left. Happy.
We had some blue sky and light winds to start the day.
The descent into Bakers Brook Pond was an absolute scream! (a Darroch W photo)
Some friends of Darroch’s had the cabin at Bakers Brook booked, so we stopped there for lunch.
On our way out.
This was our route, 30 km total, starting and ending at the Visitors Centre in Rocky Harbour. That is Gros Morne in the upper right and Bakers Brook Pond in upper left. (a Darroch W image)
- we stayed at Old Lincoln Cabins. 4 nights cost us $225 each, taxes in.
- we would stay there again – the owners, Luann and Carter, went out of their way to be helpful. There is a barn with a woodstove to store bikes in and an outdoor hot tub. Coyle’s general store is one minute away. The only minor complaints were no cell service there and a weak Wi-Fi signal.
- we ate a great meal at The Jackladder, just 10 minutes from where we stayed.
- having some local knowledge from Darroch was invaluable. Thanks again from all of us.
- we barely scratched the surface of what is possible in Gros Morne. Given that it is the only national park in Canada that allows snowmobiles it stands to reason that it will have the greatest potential for fatbiking of any national park.