The “Blow Me Down Mountains” as they appeared on James Cook’s Chart of the West Coast of Newfoundland published in 1768 after his survey of 1767, were so named because “WSW and SW winds blow here sometimes with great Violence Occasioned by the nature of the land, there being a Valley of low land between this Harbour and Coal River [Serpentine River] which is bounded on each side with high hills, this causeth these winds to blow very strong over the low land.”  The mountains rise to a height of 750 meters (2461 feet) at Round Hill and cover approximately 200 square kilometers.  They are bounded by the Bay of Islands and Humber Arm, including the communities of Frenchman’s Cove, John’s Beach and Benoit’s Cove, in the north, York and Lark Harbours in the west, Serpentine River and Lake in the south, and rolling hills, forests and towns of Mount Moriah and Corner Brook to the east.

The Blow Me Down Mountains are the second (from south) of the four glacier-carved massifs that together form the Bay of Islands Ophiolite Complex.  Two are located on the south side of the Bay of Islands while two are located to the north.  They are composed primarily of metamorphic rocks from the earth’s mantle and ocean crust that were forced to the surface by tectonic forces during the closing of the Iapetus Ocean more than 470 million years ago from the Upper Cambrian to Lower Ordovician geologic periods.  Some regions contain sheeted dykes and pillow lava, the remains of ancient volcanic activity.

2012 IATNL Blow Me Down Mountain Hike

We very much welcome the increasing levels of support for Global Geoparks within UNESCO, we acknowledge the results of the consultations made by the Working Group on Geoparks formed following the decision of the 191st Executive Board meeting and expect that the present strong relationship between the Global Geoparks and UNESCO will be strengthened through the establishment of UNESCO Global Geoparks during the 38th General Conference.

We very much welcome the increasing levels of support for Global Geoparks within UNESCO, we acknowledge the results of the consultations made by the Working .very much welcome the increasing levels of support for Global Geoparks within UNESCO, we acknowledge the results of the consultations made by the Working Group on Geoparks formed following the decision of the 191st Executive Board meeting and expect that the present strong.

We very much welcome the increasing levels of support for Global Geoparks within UNESCO, we acknowledge the results of the consultations made by the Working Group on Geoparks formed following the decision of the 191st Executive Board meeting and expect that the present strong relationship between the Global Geoparks and UNESCO will be strengthened through the establishment of UNESCO Global Geoparks during the 38th General Conference.

We very much welcome the increasing levels of support for Global Geoparks within UNESCO, we acknowledge the results of the consultations made by the Working Group on Geoparks formed following the decision of the 191st Executive Board meeting and expect that the present strong relationship between the Global Geoparks and UNESCO will be strengthened through the establishment of UNESCO Global Geoparks during the 38th General Conference.

We very much welcome the increasing levels of support for Global Geoparks within UNESCO, we acknowledge the results of the consultations made by the Working .very much welcome the increasing levels of support for Global Geoparks within UNESCO, we acknowledge the results of the consultations made by the Working Group on Geoparks formed following the decision of the 191st Executive Board meeting and expect that the present strong.

We very much welcome the increasing levels of support for Global Geoparks within UNESCO, we acknowledge the results of the consultations made by the Working Group on Geoparks formed following the decision of the 191st Executive Board meeting and expect that the present strong relationship between the Global Geoparks and UNESCO will be strengthened through the establishment of UNESCO Global Geoparks during the 38th General Conference.

We very much welcome the increasing levels of support for Global Geoparks within UNESCO, we acknowledge the results of the consultations made by the Working Group on Geoparks formed following the decision of the 191st Executive Board meeting and expect that the present strong relationship between the Global Geoparks and UNESCO will be strengthened through the establishment of UNESCO Global Geoparks during the 38th General Conference.

We very much welcome the increasing levels of support for Global Geoparks within UNESCO, we acknowledge the results of the consultations made by the Working .very much welcome the increasing levels of support for Global Geoparks within UNESCO, we acknowledge the results of the consultations made by the Working Group on Geoparks formed following the decision of the 191st Executive Board meeting and expect that the present strong.

We very much welcome the increasing levels of support for Global Geoparks within UNESCO, we acknowledge the results of the consultations made by the Working Group on Geoparks formed following the decision of the 191st Executive Board meeting and expect that the present strong relationship between the Global Geoparks and UNESCO will be strengthened through the establishment of UNESCO Global Geoparks during the 38th General Conference.