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Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Canada, is a unique place where one can get a rare glimpse into the process of continental drift. It is the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada after Torngat Mountains National Park. Gros Morne is one of the few places on earth where the deep ocean crust and rocks from the earth's mantle are exposed. In addition to these geological features, the national park itself is a place of beautiful landscape, with coastal lowland vistas, alpine plateaus, fjords, glacial valleys, cliffs, waterfalls and pristine lakes.

Gros Morne National Park was established as a reserve in 1973. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 11 session of the World Heritage Committee which met at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 7-11 December, 1987.

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Gros Morne National Park, Canada
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Gros Morne National Park, Canada
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What to See in Gros Morne National Park

One of the attractions of Gros Morne National Park is the scenic vistas. Visitors travelling through the national park come across a wide variety of soil. The soil at Silver Mountain and St Paul's Inlet is composed of stoney sandy loam while sedimentary rocks and some dolomite limestone is found at North Lake.

Western Brook Pond is a freshwater fjord in Gros Morne National Park. It was created by glaciers during the Ice Age. The water of the fjord has the highest purity rating available. The highest waterfall in North America is also located in the national park, called Pissing Mare Falls.

The forest in Gros Morne National Park includes stunted and twisted spruce and balsam fir trees. Their gnarled appearance is caused by the boisterous wind battering them from the sea. In areas with mixed sedimentary rock, one find yellow birch densely growing there.

A trail through the park was named James Callaghan Trail, after the British prime minister who visited Canada in 1976, but did not actually walk the trail.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 49 36 45 W 57 31 53 in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador
Inscription Year: 1987
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, VIII

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Visiting Gros Morne National Park

Your base for visiting this World Heritage Site is XXX. From there, you can make the arrangement, either on your own or through a travel agency, to go to Gros Morne National Park. As part of the preparations, here's a list of hotels in XXX with online booking facility.

Getting there

You can go to Gros Morne National Park by flight. The airport is at Deer Lake, 32 km from part entrance. The best way to move about is to rent a car upon arriving at the airport.

Local Tours of Canada

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