The Discovery Center
The Discovery Center
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Bonnie Y
4 contributions
Sep. 2022
Wonderful staff await you to answer any and all questions you may have about the park. This is where we found out about the guided tour to Tablelands-and it was a highlight of our trip to the park.
Written September 14, 2022
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada875 contributions
Jun. 2022
Apparently the main visitor centre closed for renovations, and so this stands as the visitor centre for the 2022 season with a second site at Rocky Harbour as a temporary visitor centre while the main one is being renovated.

The Discovery Centre hosts an exhibit of the geological significance of the park, explained through different sectors such as Gros Morne Mountain, Long Range Mountains, Tablelands, Green Gardens, and Green Point. Seeing this exhibit inspired me to visit each of those sections and that was a great way to introduce curious adventurers to the park.

Just outside of the main exhibit area is the indigenous exhibit along the information centre where people can simply tear off a map of the park and book guided hikes and programs.

The ground floor hosts the washrooms, the second floor hosts the exhibits, the gift shop, the information centre and the cafe. The upper floors feature the viewpoint of Bonne Bay, a saltwater fjord. One can also view Gros Morne Mountain to the left, looking distinct. Also to the right are the Tablelands.

The Discovery Centre is also the base of the Lookout Hills Trail. Sadly when we visited, the trail still has a snowpack and we're unprepared for it. Well luckily there are a lot more trails to compensate for missing out on the Lookout Trail.
Written July 1, 2022
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boltuprightCanada
Vancouver, Canada647 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Friends
Excellent exhibits and films that give you a great understanding of the history and geology of the area. Highly recommended as a first stop on your visit to Gros Morne. Plan to spend at least an hour.
Written June 19, 2022
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JFLeBlanc
Moncton, Canada3,400 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Couples
Came here to visit and for some information by staff members. Centre is very nice, clean, well displayed and welcoming. Staff members were great to deal with.
Written September 4, 2021
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Benno
Vancouver, Canada30 contributions
Aug. 2021
Parks Canada are to be congratulated. They do a great job everywhere but this new Discovery center is brilliant. With modern animated videos and displays they clearly explain what is so unique about the geology of the area.
Great for kids
I strongly suggest you go here first before doing any hikes - particularly the Tablelands Walk (easy) as it explains what you will be seeing. The Lookout Walk behind the Discovery Centre is an excellent way to start the day
Written August 22, 2021
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Liza M
5 contributions
Sep. 2019
The Discovery Center is really well done! Excellent displays, videos and a fantastic view of the surrounding area! There is also a small cafe, gift shop and a play area for children. Lots of thought went into the design and layout!
Written September 22, 2019
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RickMcH
Alliston, Canada50 contributions
Sep. 2019
A fascinating discovery the earths evolution and the unique rock formations here. We learned a bunch about how our world has changed.
Written September 22, 2019
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Margaret D
Winnipeg, Canada58 contributions
Sep. 2019 • Couples
First day in Gros Morne presented us with rain so we visited the centre for info on Day hikes for the next few days. Very helpful staff person showed us options.Also referred us to a film on Gros Morne and Info panel and film on geology and rock formations.
Written September 20, 2019
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tenntraveller70
Tullahoma, TN533 contributions
Sep. 2019
The focus of the Discovery Center is telling the geological history of the park but it offers much more---well-informed staff, clean washrooms, a small cafe for light meals, and a gift/book store.
If you want to understand something of the natural history of what you see in the park the Discovery Center is a must.
Written September 19, 2019
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Jakeez
Simcoe, Canada119 contributions
Sep. 2019 • Couples
Helpful stop to get our bearings on trails to explore and educate ourselves on the geology of the area.

Nice gift shop and cafe. Hadn’t planned on staying for lunch but affordable price and yummy soup consumed while overlooking the valley.... a great way to fuel up before exploring.

Borrowed tablet from info desk to have self guided tour at no cost above park pass and able to return after hours if not finished exploring before the centre closes
Written September 18, 2019
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