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Gros Morne National Park
City: Corner Brook State: Newfoundland Country: Canada
Gros Morne National Park is a world heritage site located on the west coast of Newfoundland. At 1,805 km2 (697 sq mi) , it is the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada (surpassed by the Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve at 9,600 km2/3,700 sq mi). The park takes its name from Newfoundland's second-highest mountain peak (at 2,644 ft/806 m) located within the park. Its French meaning is "large mountain standing alone," or more literally "great sombre." Gros Morne is a member of the Long Range Mountains, an outlying range of the Appalachian Mountains, stretching the length of the island's west coast. It is the eroded remnants of a mountain range formed 1.2 billion years ago. Gros Morne National Park is an area of extraordinary natural beauty. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 not only for its visual impact but also because its topography reveals the major stages of the evolutionary history of the planet. Possibly its most spectacular feature is Western Brook Pond, a 30 km (19 mi) long fjord-like structure formed by the same glacial action that produced Norway's fjords. Western Brook Pond, however, was later cut off from the ocean, and is filled with pure, fresh, dark-blue water that cascades from the plateau above it. Pissing Mare Falls, the highest falls in eastern North America, flow into it.Another unique feature, known as the Tablelands, is a 600 m (1,950 ft) high plateau made of rock from the earth's mantle that was forced to the surface hundreds of millions of years ago. It is a mysterious and barren area, hardly able to support plant life. Elsewhere the park has a wide variety of habitat from coastal lowlands to wooded mountains, supporting 14 species of land mammal, including black bear, lynx, caribou and arctic hare.
Climate | When to Visit
The entry is payable in between the months of May to October.
Visit during: January to December
Directions | How to Reach
By a combination of plane, ferry, car or bus from Corner Brook.
miscellaneous | Important Information
Fascinating boat trips are available -enjoy the stunning coastline and, if you are very lucky, spot a whale. Also enjoy the rhododendrons in spring and the autumn colours.