Best Places to Snowshoe in Newfoundland & Labrador
Posted by Crescent Moon on Feb 26th 2021
Spectacular landscapes (and seascapes), plenty of snow, long winters: Those are some key ingredients for snowshoeing awesomeness, and Newfoundland and Labrador most definitely check the boxes. Here on the far eastern fringe of Canada, you can explore the northernmost highlands of the Appalachians and stirring fjords on the island of Newfoundland, or trek into the vast Canadian Shield wilds of Labrador, which stretches from boreal forest to rolling tundra and Arctic mountains.
You can, needless to say, give your Crescent Moon snowshoes quite the workout in this alluring northland—from cliffy seacoast to taiga wilds. Here’s a quick tour of some prime destinations for at least getting a taste of what Newfoundland and Labrador offer the winter warrior!
Snowshoe Gros Morne National Park
One of the crown jewels of eastern Canada, Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park, covers nearly 700 square miles of rugged splendor, including the Long Range Mountains’ grand heights—the far northern extension of the Appalachians—and the otherworldly spaces of the Tablelands. Some good options for snowshoeing explorations include the Coastal Trail along the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the short walk through fir and birch to Southeast Brook Falls, an impressive cascade down a granite face. Prime panoramas await you from the top of 1,328-foot Partridgeberry Hill—which made our Crescent Moon roundup of the best winter snowshoe views in Canada—while you can goggle at up-close, frosted looks at the Long Range heights on the hike to the base of 2,644-foot Gros Morne, the second-highest peak in the range.
Pippy Park Snowshoe Trails
The provincial capital of St. John’s is a fantastic city—and one reason is the vast urban park it contains in its bounds. The 3,400 or so acres of Pippy Park harbor an excellent trail network that leads snowshoers through quiet woods and meadows a stone’s throw from urbanity. The Three Pond Barrens area in the greenspace’s northern backlands offers a classic adventure—and decent chances of spotting a moose or two. The Pippy Park Winter Activity Centre provides a welcome hub for snowshoers and other winter recreationists.
Snowshoe Adventures at The Spout
The wave-powered plume of the Spout is one of the scenic highlights of the fabulous East Coast Trail, a nearly 200-mile-long network of paths on the Avalon Peninsula that links Topsail Beach, Cape St. Francis, and Cappahayden. The official East Coast Trail access is via the Spout Path, but in winter, a shorter, alternative, unmarked route to this high-spraying landmark becomes possible between the Southern Shore Highway and the coastline. Armed with a good map, compass, and GPS, snowshoers can strike eastward from Middle Pond and cross a wintry upland of forest, barrens, and swamps, then drop down to the Spout along the frosty seashore. Mid- to late winter is the prime window for this trek, as the cross-country travel’s aided by a heavier snowpack and well-frozen-over creeks and wetlands.
Labrador West Trails
Labrador City and Wabush’s adjacent towns—anchors of what’s called “Labrador West”—serve as springboards for some easily accessible snowshoeing adventures in the province’s colossal mainland domain. Popular options include the Tanya Lake Trail in Labrador City and the slightly longer Jean Lake Trail in Wabush. Armed with the requisite pass, meanwhile, you can snowshoe along some of the nearby Menihek Nordic Trails, which offer beautiful taiga circuits in the Wapusakatto Mountains.
Dive Into the Heart of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Winter Wonders With Crescent Moon
Bear in mind the above destinations are just the gateway to what Newfoundland and Labrador have to offer the snowshoer: a taster course, if you will, that might well inspire future trip-planning for more ambitious adventures on, say, the snowed-over East Coast Trail or remoter Labrador backcountry (of which there’s plenty!).
Whether you’re opting for the easy and lightweight feel of our Eva and Luna foam snowshoes along packed roads or trails, or your plan is tackling deeper snow or rougher cross-country circuits in our All-Terrain or Backcountry aluminum snowshoes, Crescent Moon gives you the top-quality, industry-leading equipment you need to tackle Newfoundland and Labrador’s winter landscapes.