Established in 1973, Gros Morne National Park covers 1805 km2 and protects ecosystems reprensenting the Western Newfoundland Highlands natural region and an eastern portion of the St. Lawrence Lowlands natural region. The park includes 284 km of diverse coastline, a climate influenced by the Gulf of St. Lawrence, unique and varied geology, and dramatic topography shaped by periods of glaciation over the last 2 million years. Together these factors have created a remarkable diversity of habitats and physical features within the park area, including an arctic-alpine environment on the plateau, boreal forest dominated by balsam fir on the slopes and inland valleys, a large area of serpentine barrens and extensive wetlands. The park’s UNESCO World Heritage Site designation recognizes its exceptional natural beauty and outstanding examples of major stages in the earth’s geological evolution, illustrated by geological formations found within the park.

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