Gros Morne National Park of Canada
Areas Closed to Snowmobile Operators
Map, illustrating in red, areas which are closed to snowmobile operator
© Parks Canada
Description of Closed Areas
Stanford River-Lower Head: This is the best example of a
sand dune ecosystem in the park and it includes an inter-tidal sandy beach.
Also, the limestone cliffs at Lower head are exceptional fossil sites. From
Lower Head to the park boundary, there’s an undisturbed coastal tuckamore
Stearin and Belldowns Islands: These islands are important
nesting areas for common and arctic terns as well as other seabirds such as
eider ducks, gulls, and kittiwakes. They are the only significant coastal
islands in the park.
St. Pauls Inlet Salt Marsh: This area is made up of a
unique, fairly undisturbed salt marsh. It protects a number of rare wetland
plants and is also an important habitat for shore birds, or
Frontal Slope of Western Brook Pond: This area has plant
communities that are made up of arctic-alpine plants not usually seen in
lowland areas of the park.
Killdevil: Rare plant communities live on the cliffs near
the summit of Killdevil. The lower slope contains white birch and a heath
shrub community that is the result of fire. Fire origin forests like this
are rare in the park.
Heather Pond: Heather Pond is the best example of a large,
deep (113 metres), fishless, alpine lake in the park. Also found here is the
only known population in eastern North America of the rare plant, the
Big Level: This barren is a traditional caribou calving
ground and contains important habitat for rock ptarmigan and arctic hare.
The area has large snow beds which have rare plant communities and a large
area of patterned sedge fens, a peat-land vegetation type found on
poorly-drained, gently-sloped sites of the alpine plateau.
Tablelands: The Tablelands are an internationally
significant geological feature. It is one of the reasons that Gros Morne is
designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its unusual geology results in some
unique and rare plant life and it’s also the only known nesting area of
significance for Greater Yellowlegs.
Non-motorized recreational areas: We also need to ensure
that Gros Morne’s other winter enthusiasts can find the wilderness
experience they are looking for. Areas that were traditionally used by
backcountry skiers and snowshoers were set aside as non-motorized
recreational areas to ensure they can find solitude and undisturbed snow.
These areas include: Burridges Gulch–Clifty Pond, and Gros Morne
Mountain–Crow Gulch–Big Hill.
Cross Country Ski trails: Ski trails can be found at Trout
River Day Use Area, Lomond–Wigwam Stuckless, Visitor Centre, Berry Hill
Campground and Shallow Bay Campground. Machines destroy the set tracks and
pose safety concerns for other users.