As public and private entities alike batten down their respective hatches in advance of the remnants of Hurricane Dorian to western Newfoundland this weekend, Parks Canada has announced the temporary closure of some of its sites in the region.
Parks Canada advised visitors that all of its facilities at Gros Morne National Park, and the National Historic Sites at Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay will be shut down Sunday in anticipation of the major storm event.
The agency said In a press release issued Friday, it is carefully monitoring the situation and sites are expected to reopen Monday, unless significant damage occurs. The closures will remain in place until conditions are safe, and will be reassessed as the situation progresses.
As a precaution, all camping accommodations, visitor services, trails, and activities in Gros Morne National Park, and the National Historic Sites at Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay will close Saturday, starting at 5 p.m.
Guests with existing reservations have been contacted and will be refunded their accommodation fee.
Visitors are asked to contact these Parks Canada sites directly before visiting:
- Gros Morne National Park – 709-458-2417
- Port au Choix National Historic Site – 709-861-3522
- L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site – 709-623-2608
- Red Bay National Historic Site – 709-920-2142
The provincial government, meanwhile, encouraged campers in provincial parks to secure all personal property on their campsites to prepare for adverse weather conditions.