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L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site

Route 430, L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland and Labrador A0K 2X0, Canada
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Moncton, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

The history at this place is incredible. The tourist center is very informative. This is the first place that Europeans settle in North America. Sure they didn't stay, but they left enough behind to prove that they made it successfully.

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Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The site surpassed all expectations. The history and artifacts are well presented and the reconstructed sod buildings are desolate and evocative, allowing you to immerse yourself in the experience and imagine what it was like for those early explorers to be standing in that same spot a thousand years ago. Despite all that, the real highlight for our family was... More

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Cambridge, Ontario
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This site was very impressive!! Weather in early July of 2013 was excellent. Don't expect to see an array of old buildings... remember these ruins are over 1000 years old dating to around 995 to 1005 (ish). Remnants of old walls that have an estimated R value of 100. Today you are doing good with an r value of 25.... More

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Corozal Town, Belize
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14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

If it is windy you might be rather windblown after this visit. The site itself is very open and exposed - you have to wonder how the folks survived in ancient times - maybe there were more trees. Anyway the museum at the entrance is a must to visit before going onto the grounds. The displays are somewhat hands-on and... More

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Cowansville, Quebec, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Pretty nice, great historical site. Staff is super nice and really informative. Stayed locally at a bed and breakfast. It was real cheap and homey. Had breakfast with the older couple like i was family. Awesome.

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Dryden
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

weather was very windy but we made our way down to the site anyway. Seen a moose. Dressed in Viking armour and took photos. Actors were very knowledgable.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My wife and I visited this site in August. The tours given by the guide was informative and helpful but I was really impressed by the staff dressed in Viking Costume and by the encouragement to handle the replicas--the tools and weapons that would have been used by the Norse visitors. I think kids of all ages would enjoy it.... More

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112 reviews 112 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Again, the weather was very windy, but we toured the remains of a Norse settlement, and then took shelter in a replica chief's house. We learned that Norsemen were traders while Vikings were raiders. The artifacts and presentation by live actors was impressive.

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Sydney, Australia
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

A thoughtful presentation of North America's oldest European settlement - by far. It's not Disneyland but Parks Canada has done enough so that you don't need too much imagination to get a feel for what it was like here a millennium ago. Even without the reconstructions it's quite amazing how much has survived of the buildings that were just made... More

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Victoria, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Just a few stones, a hut, and a few actors. Was really looking forward to it but was quite disappointed. Not worth the long drive to get there, unless you are also going to catch a whale/iceberg tour in the area.

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