Government of Canada investing $10 million in Gros Morne National Park’s Visitor Centre 

News release

Major campground and trail revitalization project completions also announced

August 4, 2021  Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada protects Canada’s natural and cultural treasures and is proud to contribute to the country’s world-class tourism offer. As cornerstones of Canada’s tourism industry, Parks Canada administered places are committed to providing visitors with high quality and meaningful visitor experiences and supporting tourism in communities across the country.

Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced a $10 million federal infrastructure investment to fully renew the Gros Morne National Park Visitor Centre. As part of the announcement, the completion of over $4 million in visitor facility improvement projects in the national park was also celebrated.

The Gros Morne National Park Visitor Centre is one of the main visitor hubs in the national park, providing welcome to tens of thousands of visitors annually from around the globe to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The investment will support a major renovation and expansion of the facility, resulting in improved visitor experiences, new interpretive designs, and expanded and accessible infrastructure. The Visitor Centre is one of the last major pieces of infrastructure in Gros Morne National Park to be revitalized as part of the Government of Canada’s federal infrastructure investments in Parks Canada administer places.  

Parks Canada has also completed, or is nearing completion on, significant improvements to several other visitor facilities for the national park. This includes the completion of work to revitalize three of the park’s most iconic trails: Gros Morne Mountain Trail, Green Gardens, and The Lookout. Work to upgrade the services at all of its campgrounds is being completed this year, including the upgraded Lomond Campground and Day-use area and wharf, with newly renovated kitchen shelter, showers and washrooms. Similar work will be ongoing throughout this season at the Trout River Campground. New semi-serviced sites (water and electrical hookups) are available at the Shallow Bay Campground. Work was completed previously at the park’s other two campgrounds, Green Point and Berry Hill.

Investments in visitor infrastructure – such as trails, visitor centres and campgrounds, as well as highways and bridges – will ensure the quality and reliability of visitor facilities and continue to allow Canadians to connect with nature.

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Artist rendering of new Gros Morne National Park Visitor Information Centre. Credit: Parks Canada

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is investing $10 million to support the renewal of the Visitor Information Centre in Gros Morne National Park is significant to all enclave communities, the local economies, and the tourism industry on the province’s west coast. This $10 million investment is in addition to just over $4 million in campground and trail renewal projects that are coming to completion this year. These investments are part of the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada. With this latest announcement, the Government of Canada has now invested over $147 million in federal infrastructure work at Parks Canada sites in Western Newfoundland and Labrador. These substantial investments will ensure this park continues to offer a sustainable, safe, and breathtaking experience to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and visitors from all around the globe for decades to come.”

Gudie Hutchings
Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains and
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

Quick facts

  • Gros Morne National Park consists of 1,805 square kilometres of wilderness on Newfoundland’s west coast. Its natural beauty and a unique, geological showcase earned Gros Morne UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987. It stretches inland from the Gulf of St. Lawrence coastline through lowlands where waterways meander towards the Long Range Mountains and Tablelands. 

  • The Government of Canada is investing $147 million in Gros Morne National Park as part of the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada. Through infrastructure investments, Parks Canada is protecting and conserving national treasures, while supporting local economies and contributing to growth in the tourism sector.

  • The Visitor Centre project will take approximately two years to complete. Visitor information services in that area of the park will be located temporary locations throughout the main visitor season. This year, visitor reception for the north side of Gros Morne is available at the Gros Morne Swimming Pool. 

  • Parks Canada is working with partners in the Gros Morne National Park region on the Gros Morne Tourism Regional Implementation Project (GMTRIP), a project dedicated to building cooperation among partners with the goal of strengthening the regional tourism industry and achieving sustainable long-term economic growth.

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Contacts

Joanna Sivasankaran
Press Secretary      
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
819-790-1907
joanna.sivasankaran@ec.gc.ca

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
855-862-1812
pc.media@pc.gc.ca

Greg Knott
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Western Newfoundland and Labrador Field Unit
709-458-8591
gregory.knott@canada.ca

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