The health and safety of Canadians, visitors and Parks Canada team members is our top priority. In June and July, some Parks Canada places began a safe, gradual reopening of outdoor areas, some camping services, and some indoor areas at national historic sites.

We are only opening places and activities where risks can be managed, according to the advice of public health experts. For your safety, at all times, avoid all places and areas that are closed.

Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.

We continue to deliver services critical for Canadians, including highway maintenance, fire response, dam operations and water management on historic waterways, and avalanche control, among others.

Update for July 30, 2020 - Non-medical masks and face coverings

We strongly encourage all visitors to wear a non-medical mask or face covering when visiting indoor public spaces at any Parks Canada place. When you visit a Parks Canada place, you may see signs reminding you that this is what we recommend.

An indoor public space is any space with walls and a roof that can be accessed by the members of the public.

If a Parks Canada place is within a jurisdiction where wearing a non-medical mask or face covering is mandatory, visitors will be asked to follow this requirement.

Important information about your visit to Gros Morne National Park

To help Canadians gain access to the health and wellness benefits that come from being outdoors and in nature, a number of Parks Canada places began gradually restoring visitor access and visitor services June 1, 2020. Initial access has been focused on autonomous day use of trails, grounds, and other outdoor settings.

Parks Canada looks forward to safely welcoming visitors to the Discovery Centre as of July 24 and the Visitor Centre as of July 27, where they can also learn about Gros Morne National Park.

The resumption of operations has also included the continuation of critical services and the gradual resumption of some key field-based ecological and cultural protection activities.

The health and safety of visitors, employees and all Canadians is of the utmost importance and Parks Canada will follow the advice and guidance of public health authorities in resuming visitor access and services. Only places and activities where health and safety risks can be mitigated will be available for visitation.

What’s open (updated: July 22)
  • Trails:
    • Old Mail Road
    • Steve’s Trail
    • Coastal Trail
    • Berry Head Pond Trail
    • Mattie Mitchell Trail
    • South East Brook Falls Trail
    • Tablelands Trail
    • Green Gardens (temporarily closed for construction until Aug 8)
    • Trout River Pond Trail
    • Snug Harbour
    • Bakers Brook Falls Trail
    • Berry Hill Trail
    • Berry Hill Pond Trail
    • Western Brook Pond Trail
    • Gros Morne Mountain Trail
    • Stuckless Pond Trail
    • Lomond River Trail
    • The Lookout Trail 

 

  • Facilities:
    • Visitor Center (Route 430) open as of July 27, 2020, visitor reception services and gift store.
    • Discovery Center (route 431) open as of July 24, 2020, visitor reception services, interpretive exhibit and café (take-out only).
    • Both locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for visitor information and pass purchase. Gift stores at both centres will be open.

 

  • Day Use Areas:
    • Shallow Bay
      • Shelters and washrooms OPEN
      • Beach access OPEN
    • Western Brook
      • Including beach access trail.
      • Shelters and washrooms CLOSED.
    • Bakers Brook
      • Shelters will be CLOSED.
    • McKenzies
      • Shelters and washrooms OPEN.
    • South East Hills
      • Shelters and washroom OPEN
    • Trout River Pond
      • Shelters and washrooms OPEN
      • Boat launch and beach access OPEN

  • Green spaces:
    • South Gateway
    • Broom Point
    • Green Point geological site
    • Lobster Cove Head 
  • Campgrounds:
    • Green Point
    • Berry Hill
    • Trout River 
    • Shallow Bay
    • Primitive camping
What’s closed (updated: July 22)
  • Trails:
    • Stanleyville Trail (closed for 2020)
    • Long Range Traverse (closed for 2020)
    • Northern Traverse (closed for 2020)
  • Day Use Areas:
    • Millbrook
    • Lomond (closed for 2020)
  • Facilities:
    • Broom Point Fishing Premises (closed for 2020)
    • Lobster Cove Head Lighthouse (closed for 2020)
    • Gros Morne Swimming Pool Recreation Complex (closed for 2020)
  • Campgrounds:
    • Lomond (closed for 2020)
    • No backcountry (Longrange traverse) camping (closed for 2020)
Camping (updated: July 22)
Tenting has been permitted since July 6 and washroom and shelter facilities have reopened. Please refer to our camping page for more details.

Open 

  • Berry Hill
  • Green Point
  • Green Gardens (primitive camping)
  • Snug Harbour (primitive camping)
  • Ferry Gulch (primitive camping)
  • Stanlyville (primitive camping - access by water only)
  • Shallow Bay
  • Trout River
Your safety when visiting
Parks Canada looks forward to safely welcoming visitors to the Discovery Centre and Visitor Centre where they can learn about Gros Morne National Park. Visiting Parks Canada places is different in 2020 and ensuring safe and enjoyable visits to Gros Morne National Park requires shared effort. Be prepared to follow public health guidelines: 
  • Practice proper hand washing hygiene.
  • Maintain physical distance measures of two metres (six feet) between yourself and others.
  • Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask when they cannot maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (six feet).
  • Do not visit the park if you are sick. Do not visit the park if you were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Bring your own COVID-19 hygiene kit: Hand soap/sanitizer, disinfectant spray/wipes, mask, and picnic blanket/table cloth.

Parks Canada is asking Canadians to be cautious when visiting Gros Morne National Park and to respect any closures that are in place. Anyone participating in recreational activities should take care to avoid injury and/or getting lost to help minimize the demands placed on search and rescue teams and on the health care system

Stay informed