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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.

Map of Gros Morne National Park


  • Natural

Community Reviews

Rolf Hicker, Canada 05-Sep-06

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:

Emilia Bautista King, U.S.A. 18-Feb-06

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!

Sheila Ross Canada

Gros Morne National Park by Sheila Ross

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 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

Full name: Gros Morne National Park

Unesco ID: 419

Inscribed: 1987

Type: Natural

Criteria: 7   8  

Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 1987 - Inscribed 


The site has 1 locations.

  • Gros Morne National Park


The site has 11 connections.


  • Boreal Forest / Taiga
  • Bears: American Black Bear, Polar Bear
  • Seals: harbour seal
  • Tectonic processes: Criterion (viii): The rocks of Gros Morne National Park collectively present an internationally significant illustration of the process of continental drift along the eastern coast of North America and contribute greatly to the body of knowledge and understanding of plate tectonics
  • Table Mountain: Has a great table mountain. There are hiking trails up to Table lands.
  • Sea Stacks: There are numerous sea stacks along the shore.


  • Fjords
  • Isostatic Rebound: Western Brook Pond was created by glaciation as a fjord but later rebound lifted the land above sea level and turned it into a freshwater lake

Human Activity

  • Viking settlements: Vikings may have temporarily resided in St Paul's Inlet in the north around 1,000 years ago (AB ev)


  • Paleozoic: "Palaeozoic serpentinized ultra-basic rocks, gabbros, volcanic and Lower Palaeozoic sedimentary rocks" (AB ev)