Green Point Geological Site
A short pathway leads to the shoreline for close up views of the rocks or follow the cliff top pathway to a spectacular view over the point. Explore Green Point’s seaside cliffs, a beautiful and intriguing sequence of layered rocks. Almost 500 million years ago, these rocks formed on the bottom of an ancient ocean. Here geologists discovered fossils that define the boundary between the Cambrian and Ordovician periods and makes Green Point a world geological benchmark. Located off route 430, 500 m north of the Green Point campground. Best visited at low tide. For your safety, watch for falling rocks and stay back from the cliff edge.
How do you want to experience Green Point?
Stroll through millions of years of Earth’s history and explore a cool sequence of layered rocks…a place of hidden fossils and destroyed oceans! Meet a Parks Canada guide who will help you explore this geological site of world significance!
The Story in Stone
The rocks of Gros Morne National Park and adjacent parts of western Newfoundland are world-renowned for the light they shed on the geological evolution of ancient mountain belts. The geology of the park illustrates the concept of plate tectonics, one of the most important ideas in modern science.
This is one of the main reasons why Gros Morne National Park has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization).