Gros Morne National Park

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Just a half-hour drive outside of town, you'll find one of Eastern Canada's largest and most scenic parks. Gros Morne National Park is named after the Gros Morne mountain peak found within - the second highest mountain in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Here, visitors can experience the best of nature - from waterfalls to beaches, to wildlife spotting, fishing inlets and mountainous cliffs.

Gros Morne is also the perfect spot to learn about plate tectonics or the process by which massive continental plates have shifted over millions of years to form the Earth's landscape. In the park's Western Brook Pond, visitors can see the igneous rock which has hardened on the earth's surface - the result of magma filling the gap between plates millions of years ago. Glaciers formed and the sea that once ran between the plates was replaced by the Appalachian Mountains (of which Gros Morne is considered an outlying member). Millions of years later, after the ice had melted, fossils were found from nearly every stage of the Earth's evolution.