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July 14, 2009 3:43 AM Subscribe
Gros Morne National Park
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, tucked away on the west coast of Newfoundland, has long been a getaway
for both naturalists
and hiking buffs.
[Warning: resizes browser] A panoramic view
of select locations in or near the park.
In 1987, Gros Morne was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
. "The Park is a classic locality for understanding of earth's evolutionary history in terms of evolution of an ocean basin and evolution of a continental margin."
[warning:pdf of unesco's evaluation] In addition to the earth rising from its grave, a significant portion of Newfoundland's research on all things aquatic is done at the Bonne Bay Marine Station.
There is more to Gros Morne than just nature. It is home to the Trails, tales and Tunes festival
and the Gros Morne Theatre Festival
, among others.
Recently, premier Danny Williams (prev)
has proposed that a set of hydro lines running from Labrador's Lower Churchill
plant could run through Gros Morne on their way to the (comparatively) heavily-populated regions of Newfoundland. Opponents are up in arms
, claiming that "the national park could lose its United Nations designation as a World Heritage Site."
. Premier Williams claims that rerouting the lines could cost $100 million, and wants the federal goverment to pitch in.
Disclaimer: through friends & family, I probably know people involved with every business or NL group linked here. That's just how it works in small communities, I'm not shilling.