Parks Canada

Parks Canada

October 01, 2005 08:30 ET

Canada National Parks Act to Apply in Gros Morne National Park of Canada

ROCKY HARBOUR, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 1, 2005) - The Honourable Stephane Dion, Minister of Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, is pleased to announce the inclusion of Gros Morne National Park under the Canada National Parks Act (CNPA). As of Oct. 1, the cultural and natural resources of Gros Morne National Park will enjoy a level of protection that is consistent with all other national parks in the country.

"As a result of this action another significant step has also been taken in completing the national park system. It is an important accomplishment that we are proud to celebrate with all Canadians," said Minister Dion. "Bringing Gros Morne under the authority of the CNPA was a commitment the Government of Canada made in the 1973 Federal/Provincial Agreement that established the park."

"Over the years, we have watched Gros Morne become an internationally recognized tourism destination - one that is promoted as a significant icon in the provincial tourism industry," said the Honourable Gerry Byrne, M.P. for Humber-St.Barbe-Baie Verte. "The high standards of protection afforded by the CNPA will help the national park to sustain its success as an important regional economic generator."

In the past, Gros Morne National Park's resources were protected using a variety of applicable federal and provincial legislation. It is therefore expected that applying the consolidated regulations of the CNPA will serve to simplify the management of the national park.

The Parks Canada Agency's goal has always been to ensure a smooth transition to the CNPA. Visitors will notice very little difference, and residents should find that the new regulations closely mirror those they have been used to all along.

Commitments outlined under the Federal-Provincial Park Establishment Agreement that permit eligible residents to engage in the domestic harvesting of timber and snowshoe hare, and to snowmobile, will continue to be recognized.

Parks Canada has worked closely with the park users and residents to address any changes. During public consultations held on fishing regulations in January 2004, for example, the Agency highlighted that recreational fishing would now fall under national park regulations and that permits will be necessary to fish for both trout and salmon on scheduled waters.

Working with a community committee, Parks Canada is planning a series of celebrations with local residents to mark the introduction of the CNPA. Evening events are being planned in three locations of the national park region in late October.

The spirit of the Act will provide greater protection for Gros Morne National Park for generations to come. The CNPA, assented in 2000, states "The national parks of Canada are hereby dedicated to the people of Canada for their benefit, education and enjoyment, subject to this Act and the regulations, and the parks shall be maintained and made use of so as to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations..."

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Brigitte Caron
    Press Secretary
    (819) 997-1441
    Parks Canada, Western Newfoundland and Labrador Field Unit
    Jane Brewer
    Communications Officer
    (709) 458-2417