The Discovery Center
The Discovery Center
4.5
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boltuprightCanada
Vancouver, Canada596 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Cynderella43
Fort Lauderdale, Florida506 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
We stopped here as part of our bus tour. It is a beautiful building filled with lots of great information and brochures, clean washrooms, beautiful views, and some nice displays. Staff was friendly and helpful.

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Written August 30, 2017
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Drew W
New Jersey103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We watched an interesting documentary about the geology of the region and the formation of the tablelands. We looked at a number of exhibits. We spoke to a gentleman with a collection of rocks from around the area. All were well worthwhile. Afterward, we went up to the top-level observation deck, which had excellent views of the bay, the surrounding mountains and the tablelands. It was a good visit.
Written August 22, 2019
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Jessica M
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We stopped at the Discovery Center on our way to the Tablelands trail. It is a clean center and showcases the geology of the area very well. We purchased homemade sandwiches at the cafe. Clean washrooms available.
We missed the guided tour of the Tablelands trail but we were offered to take a tablet with a downloaded tour video/text on it. Basically we carried it on the tour and when we reached certain GPS locations on the trail the tablet would play a short video to describe that area. We really liked this and there was no charge to loan the tablet.
Written August 7, 2018
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Derek v
77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
Housed in a building that would be OK for Bill Gates, the Discovery Centre is typically Canadian federal government: spare no expense.

There’s a snack bar, a gift shop, a balcony with the best view of the Tablelands, and guides who are knowledgeable enough to engage you in a lengthy conversation about the ecological history of the Grand Banks.

There’s Wifi, trails to explore, and enough brochures and child-friendly stuff to keep a family edged for the entire day.
Written June 5, 2018
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francetraveller2007
Toronto117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
The staff were friendly and helpful. The Discovery Center is very close to the Tablelands Hike. They offer iPads to guide the Tablelands Hike and I strongly recommend it. The iPad is cued to GPS points which are very accurate. As opposed to many hikes and trails you are encouraged to go off the trail and examine rocks and flora. The Discovery Center also has lots of information about the geography and geology of the park.
Written June 15, 2017
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arivallis
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
This is a fantastic place with incredible staff; visited at the end of my trip, so I was able to appreciate learning about all of the plants, animals and geology I'd seen throughout the park. They have a wildlife sightings book at the desk which is fun to flip through and contribute to.

Clean, bright building with incredible, interactive and interesting exhibits. You can learn about Newfoundland, the park, and Parks Canada as a whole. Plenty of maps and tourism info available. Park passes available here. One staff member was extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna, they had a spread of dried plants and berries on hand, which after a week of hiking in the park were fun to identify. Center also has a gift shop, art gallery, washrooms, plenty of parking, wifi and exceptional views of Gros Morne mountain, Bonne Bay and Tablelands. It highly exceeded my expectations! Great work, Parks Canada.
Written September 6, 2016
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Joyce J
Kaneohe, HI10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Friends
I visited Gros Morne, and most of the rest of Newfoundland, way back in the 80's and again in 2015. Gros Morne was one of the highlights of both trips. In fact I enjoyed it so much the first time that I made sure that I spent an extra day or two the second time around. So it was that I was at last able to see the Tablelands.
The geography of Gros Morne dictates that very soon after entering the park one comes to a fork. The right hand fork leads to the majority of the park and then further up the peninsula as far as St. Anthony. If you're short on time then that is the route that you will probably take. Taking the left hand fork brings you to the Tablelands, one of the few places on earth where you can walk on Peridotite. Peridotite, in case you don't know, is the predominant rock in the earth's mantle, but is vary rare on the earth's surface.
On the way to the Tablelands we stopped of at the Discovery Center. We arrived early and we had about 45 minutes until it opened. It was cold so we huddled in the car. After a while a few employees started arriving. One of them spotted us, came over and asked if we wanted to come inside. As it turned out he was one of the maintenance people. He showed us around, told us a lot of interesting stuff and then let us browse until the rest of the staff showed up.
The Discovery Center was very informative and I would heartily recommend it. But the staff, most especially the gentleman who let us in early, just blew us away. Newfoundland has great scenery, but the people are outstanding.
Written February 25, 2016
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Benno
Vancouver, Canada30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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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