2 Days on the south side of Woody Point
and then onward to Vinland.
It would probably require a month or more to explore everything this area of Newfoundland & Labrador has to offer. What is provided here are merely suggestions on what can be done in 2 days while staying with us, at the Rooms at Woody Point.
A more comprehensive list of attractions, events, and travel information are provided in the links at the bottom of this page
Once you are in Deer Lake, getting to Woody Point is relatively easy. Route 430 branches north off the TCH, bringing you to the town of Wiltondale.
From Wiltondale take Route 431 to Woody Point. The highway is well maintained and will take you through forested valleys with plenty of opportunity to get out and stretch your legs. Drive carefully and please keep an eye out for wildlife, particularly moose. Take your time and enjoy the journey -
we'll be here when you arrive.
For those renting a car at Deer Lake Regional Airport, be sure to book in advance as the Summer demand often exceeds the supply.
The Rooms at Woody Point is located at 11 Parsons Lane. Upon arriving in Woody Point simply go straight after the first STOP sign and turn left before the second STOP sign. Follow the signs up the hill and you'll find us. If you should happen to lose your way, don't worry. You're not lost, you're in Newfoundland! We're only a phone call away (709.638.0545).
Check in time is 3 pm. Once you've arrived at the Rooms at Woody Point and settled into your suite, there's plenty of time to take in some of what this pretty little town has to offer. Just 'down over the hill' is Woody Point's historic downtown. This was once a vital centre along the French Shore of Newfoundland (as this area was known prior to 1904). Stroll along the small streets and peruse the assortment of shops that line the waterfront. There's plenty to see, do, and eat along the way, culminating in a photo op at our iconic lighthouse. The view from here is spectacular and if you're lucky you can spot a pod of whales, porpoises, or a nesting pair of bald eagles before returning to your suite, overlooking it all.
Enjoy an evening sunset from your own deck before taking in the nightlife of the town. A quick jot down the hill will bring you back to the waterfront where you can experience a surprisingly ample supply of local culture and entertainment.
• Trail to Curzon Village (easy hike)
• Trail behind the Discovery Centre (moderate hike)
• Old Graveyard (next door)
• Woody Point Lighthouse
A passenger ferry between Woody Point and Norris Point is operated by BonTours. This 15 minute boat road is an excellent way to see Bonne Bay.
Wake up to the spectacular vista that is Woody Point and Bonne Bay. The view from your deck is guaranteed to inspire. For those looking to get into the full swing of things Parks Canada offers a guided walk of the Tablelands at 10 am. It is well worth it! If you leave The Rooms at 9:30 am you have plenty of time to drive to the base (towards Trout River) and get sorted out for the 10 am start. The hike itself is approximately 2 hours, taking you through an awesome landscape of alpine tundra and geological wonder.
Afterwards, drive on to Trout River. The drive takes you through a Mars-like countryside that culminates in the charming little town of Trout River. The Seaside Restaurant is a great place to stop for lunch. Afterwards stroll the boardwalk and the beach or head on into Trout River Pond to trek the back of the Tablelands. This is a hiker's paradise, with plenty of trails ranging from Easy to Demanding. Please judge yourself accordingly.
Upon returning to the Rooms at Woody Point, sit on your own private deck and relax. An evening stroll or a walk downtown for dinner is a perfect way to end a day. You never know what you'll find on a Summer night in Woody Point. Gros Morne Summer Music and the Writers at Woody Point are scheduled events but the Royal Canadian Legion and Merchant's Warehouse offer ongoing entertainment.
Woody Point is an active fishing community with a busy fish plant and wharf area. Please take care along Main Street as traffic can get a little congested (by rural Newfoundland standards). There are a number of vantage points to get a glimpse of this aspect of the commercial fishery - a vital part of our province's economy.
We hope that 2 days with us will inspire you to come back for more. There's a multitude of things to do and experience throughout the area, and the greater Gros Morne region is packed with opportunities for sightseeing and adventure. The Northern Peninsula is at your doorstep and Vinland (L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site) is a few hours away, with so much to see and do in between.
Things to Do
• Take the Emcat for a tour around Bonne Bay
• Hike Gros Morne Mountain (very challenging)
• Take a drive along the coastline
Plenty of information can be found on the Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism site, as well as Parks Canada. For a more custom-made itinerary, be sure to let us know what you're hoping to experience (see and do) and we'll do our best to point you in the right direction.