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Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park
Photo by Michael Novins
The Gros Morne National Park has been designated a WHS because of its role in evolutionary history and its scenic quality. Here the continental margin of North America was effected by tectonic plate movements. Unique features like mantle and crust sequences, the presence of xonotlite, and the best known collection of graptolites in the world can be seen.

The park is located at the west coast of Newfoundland, and is named after Newfoundland's second-highest mountain peak (at 2,644 ft/806 m) located within the park. The landscape holds many rock formations, fjords and waterfalls.


Rolf Hicker (Canada):
As a travel photographer I have seen lots of National Parks, but Gros Morne National Park is still one of my favourites. Western Brook Pond is spectactular as well as the Tablelands. I have put a page together of Images from the Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland which you may see here:
Date posted: September 2006
Emilia Bautista King (U.S.A.):
You cannot appreciate how massive this place is until you've been there. I had a wonderful dinner at the quaint Seaside Restaurant (best partridgeberry pie) and tried to call Rocky Harbour within the park for my next night's accommodations, only to realize that it was long distance! The campgrounds are well-kept. Seeing a moose for the first time at Rocky Harbour was unforgettable!
Date posted: February 2006
Sheila Ross (Canada):
This glorious site needs a photo to accompany these well-earned rave reviews. I agree that the highlights are Western Brook Pond (as photographed - the boat tour is a must) and the Tablelands, where the rocks of the exposed mantle render the soil inhospitable to plants. The contrast between the barren, gold-hued hills of the Tablelands and the heavily-treed cliffs of the rest of the park is really quite startling.

The West coast of Newfoundland is still quite undiscovered and has lots of affordable accommodation, and camping is a worthwhile option as well. The park is huge - prepare to spend a few days at least, and to be driving a fair amount. We found Rocky Harbour to be the ideal base, right in the middle and quite scenic in its own right. While you're in the area I highly recommend taking a trip up to L'Anse Aux Meadows and stopping at Arches Provincial Park and the Port-au-Choix site as well.
Kelly K. Henry (USA):
Just visited in May, 2004. More moose than humans. Breathtaking waterfalls and lakes and stunning snow topped mountains. Rocky Harbor has some good hotels all with spectacular sunsets. Don't miss the Western Brook Pond trip and a hike among the rocks from the earth's mantle.
Jennifer (USA):
Too true, do not go to this spectacular park or you will suffer the same fate as I! Gros Morne has broken my heart. I cried as I left and now find the landscape of my home ridiculously disappointing and bland. My only wish is to return to NFLD to see the fjord once more, but I think that now I am doomed to return again and again. One more time will not be enough, and I was there in May, not summer at all!
Dave (USA):
This place is hideously disappointing and unattractive. Please don't tell anybody else about it. It would be a shame if the secret got out about the breathtaking fjords, tundra, and coastal lowlands. Please, don't tell anybody about this park. I don't want it to become crowded when I visit there every year from 1700 miles away.

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Site info

Gros Morne National Park
Country: Canada
Inscribed: 1987
Natural Heritage
Criteria:  (7) (8)
Category: Geological formation, Glaciation

Site history:
1987 Inscribed
Reasons for inscription

Site links

Official website:
»Parks Canada

In the news:
» Artists want buffer around Gros Morne park (13-01-2015).
» Plans for controversial oil exploration near Gros Morne National Park (20-05-2013).
» Alternate route for hydroelectric transmission lines around Gros Morne National Park needed to preserve its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site (12-07-2009).

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» Trip to Gros Morne.
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