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Pissing Mare Falls

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 49.7106 N 57.6607 W
No:466        (list of all attractions)
Category:Waterfalls
Values:Geology, Visual
Rank:5
Address:North America, Canada, Newfoundland, Gros Morne National Park, at the eastern end of Western Brook Pond
Total height:343 m
Drops:1 + section of steep flow
Width:2 - 3 m
Stream:Burnt Woods Brook
UNESCO World Heritage status:Part of "Gros Marne National Park", 1987, No.419.
Pissing Mare Falls, as seen over the Western Brook Pond, Newfoundland in Canada
Pissing Mare Falls, as seen over the Western Brook Pond / Aconcagua, / CC BY-SA 3.0

One of the tallest waterfalls in eastern North America is Pissing Mare Falls in Gros Morne National Park, Canada. This waterfall is 343 m tall.

Pissing Mare Falls, Newfoundland in Canada
Pissing Mare Falls in August - dry period of the year / Chris Gushue, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Western Brook Pond

Waterfall is located at Western Brook Pond - one of the most beautiful places in Eastern Canada. This spectacular lake is surrounded by nearly vertical cliffs, which are up to 600 m high. This is former sea fjord which was formed by the force of glaciers. Earlier it was inundated, similar to fjords in Norway. After the heavy glacier melted away, land rised up and the entrance part of fjord rose above the sea level, turning the sea bay into lake with unusually clean water.

Pissing Mare Falls, Newfoundland in Canada
Pissing Mare Falls / D. Gordon E. Robertson, / CC BY-SA 3.0

Description of waterfall

There are many waterfalls around Western Brook Pond and some eyewitnesses consider that some are even more impressive than Pissing Mare Fall. Nevertheless the later is the best known local waterfall.

Pissing Mare Fall consists of two parts. Most impressive is the upper part of falls - approxmately 250 m tall vertical leap. When a strong wind is blowing, water is carried away or even thrown upwards.

In the lower part of falls consists of very steep section, where water flows down along cliff towards Western Brook Pond.

In summer the fall is not too impressive - there is not much water in it, especially in dry periods. But in spring it should be very impressive. But most tourists come here in vacation period - summer, thus it is hard to find images from other seasons of the year.

Western Brook Pond with Pissing Mare Falls, Newfoundland in Canada
Western Brook Pond. Pissing Mare Fall are seen as a thin white line over the cliffs in the left side of image / VisitGrosMorne, / CC BY 2.0

Name of waterfall

The intriguing name of waterfall is a traditional name of Newfoundlanders: small ponds above the fjords with trickles of water falling down towards the fjords here are called piss-a-mare. (2)

This is not the only waterfall with such name: some 150 km to the east, at the end of Badger Bay is found another beautiful waterfall - approximately 30 m tall Pissamare Falls.

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