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The Natural History of Bonne Bay

The Natural History of Bonne Bay is a story more than 1.5 billion years in the making. It is a story of fire and ice, of life and death spanning unimaginable time; a story of seas being born and dying, of continents colliding and mountains being thrust up.


It's also a story of animals evolving, extinctions, life morphing and changing, and new species arriving in both the land and the sea. It's a place that was shaped by ice as the face of North America was carved and shaped into what we see today. 

Established in 1973, Gros Morne National Park protects for all time the ecological integrity of the Western Newfoundland Highlands natural region and an eastern portion of the St. Lawrence Lowlands natural region. 


In 1987, Gros Morne was awarded a UNESCO World Heritage designation for its exceptional natural beauty and outstanding examples of major stages in the earth's geological evolution, illustrated by geological formations found within the Park.  This status may be threatened from time to time by activities which do not support the environmental integrity of the region.

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