Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park


Location: Newfoundland Map

Area: 1,805 km2 (697 sq mi)

Official site


Description of Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park is a Canadian park located on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, approximately 700 km west of Saint John. It is named after Gros Morne, the second highest peak of the island. Covering an area of ​​1,805 km2, Gros Morne National Park particularly renowned for the richness of its geology. It has a portion of the ocean floor of the ancient Iapetus Ocean and the exposed terrestrial mantle, making it a good example of plate tectonics. It is also known for the beauty of its glacial valleys, including that of Western Brook Pond.

Inhabited by various tribes for more than 5,000 years, the area of Gros Morne National Park was also one of the first regions of the Americas frequented by Europeans, first by the Vikings in the 10th century and then by Basque, French and English fishermen. Long disputed, the Gros Morne region became English in the early eighteenth century, but the French retained rights to fish and fish drying. It was finally inhabited, from the beginning of the nineteenth century, by a population practicing fishing as well as logging. Gros Morne National Park was created in 1973 as a result of a federal-provincial agreement, which was formalized on October 1, 2005. It was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. The park is visited by approximately 170,000 visitors per year and is administered by Parks Canada Agency.


A UNESCO World Heritage site, Gros Morne National Park protects an area of impressive natural beauty, rural Newfoundland culture, and unique geological wonders. The park's namesake mountain, Gros Morne, is the second highest point in Newfoundland at 806 metres. Its French meaning is "large mountain standing alone," or more literally "great sombre."

It covers an an area of 1,805 km² (697 sq mi).

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.

The park's operating season is from mid-May to mid-October: most facilities are open seven days a week, including holidays. This is the high season, so you should book your accommodation well in advance. The park is open in winter with some activities available in winter. All major travel routes are maintained throughout the year, although temporary closures or warnings may come into effect in the event of adverse weather conditions.

Visitor Centre, Rocky Harbour, ☎ +1 709 458-2417, e-mail:


Fees and permits

These numbers were updated in 2018.

Daily fees
May 16-Oct 31. Adults $9.80, seniors $8.30, families $19.60, children under 18 free.
Nov 1-May 25. Adults $7.80, seniors $6.80, families $15.70, children under 18 free.
Annual passes. Adults $49.00, seniors $41.70, families $98.10, children under 18 free.
Wilderness hiking fees. Long range reservation fee $24.50, Long Range hike $83.40 per person, North Rim hike $68.70 per person, combined Long Range and North Rim hike $122.60 per person.
Parks Canada Passes

The Discovery Pass provides unlimited admission for a full year at over 80 Parks Canada places that typically charge a daily entrance fee It provides faster entry and is valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Prices for 2018 (taxes included):

Family/group (up to 7 people in a vehicle): $136.40
Children and youth (0-17): free
Adult (18-64): $67.70
Senior (65+): $57.90
The Cultural Access Pass: people who have received their Canadian citizenship in the past year can qualify for free entry to some sites.