Province/Territory: Newfoundland and Labrador

Discover The Earth's History at Your Feet

  • 600 million-year-old rock
  • 239 species of bird
  • 60-metre waterfalls

Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its geological significance, Gros Morne helped scientists understand how continents form. Love plate tectonics? Chat with a geologist who has come to this UNESCO World Heritage Site to identify the rock layers exposed by Cambrian Period continental drift.

You can hike across rocky Tablelands that hid under the sea 1200 million years ago and then pause on the grass-covered edge of an Atlantic cliff. Board a boat that travels to the farthest end of a glacially-carved fjord. Taste the spray of a waterfall that is so tall that it turns to mist before it reaches bottom. Walk a boardwalk, hike to sea stack formations, or camp next to mooseprints. Whenever you're ready, turn into town for a neighbourly lobster boil-up.

Why you should visit
  • Stand where magma boiled and continents collided in a UNESCO-preserved World Heritage Site.
  • Walk the eery Tablelands, where the moon-like soil once hid deep in the Earth's mantle.
  • Camp at the foot of a fjord, then board a Bon Tour boat to travel its length the next morning.
  • Descend through lush boreal forest on the Green Gardens trail and identify the calls of swallows, warblers and thrush.
  • Suntan on Shallow Bay surrounded by hardy wildflowers.
  • Sail out with a local fisher to “jig” cod near Western Brook Pond.
  • Crack open a Quidi Vidi lager brewed with 25,000-year-old iceberg water.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go

May to September offer the mildest weather and the best selection of visitor activities near the park.

Arrive in May to catch spring migrations of birds, whales, and icebergs!

In May to June, join the neighbours of nearby villages for events such as the Trails, Tales, and Tunes Festival and the Cow Head Lobster Festival.

Need to know
Getting Here
  • Gros Morne National Park is located on the island of Newfoundland.
  • To arrive on Newfoundland by car, board a ferry from North Sydney, NS to Port aux Basques, NL.
  • To arrive on Newfoundland by air, fly into Deer Lake Regional Airport or St. John's International Airport.
  • To access Gros Morne by car, drive 4 hours from the Port aux Basques ferry terminal, or 7.5 hours from the city of St. John's.
  • To access Gros Morne by bus, taxi, or shuttle, connect from a nearby community.