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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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Ottawa, Canada
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91 reviews 91 reviews
52 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

WE last visited this site in 1976, long before it became a World Heritage site. We were delighted with the visitor centre and the reconstructed homes. We were equally delighted to discover the actual outlines of the original structures on our walk back to the visitors centre. It was also delightful to find that there was a way that my... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This was our "star destination," and yes, it is a long way to come (made enjoyable by the unique and breath-taking scenery), but well, well worth the visit. The guide we had was Clayton, who as others have noted, really made the tour fascinating by his insights of having grown up next door when the site was being researched. I... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

There has been an definite effort to create something to visit, with an informative visitor centre and recreation of a few Viking buildings along with occupants. Unfortunately the 'occupants' couldn't tell me why they had a big butter churner or onions, neither of which I expected to see in a Viking settlement.. Not sure its worth the drive from Gros... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

There's no other word to describe it. It may look small, but it's packed with incredible detail. Make sure to walk the 2 . 2 km trail - and realize that it's all sub-arctic tundra.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The site is fascinting and the presentation is excellent. Our tour guide was excellent!!! (He lives in the village and has been working for the parc since the 1970s.) His first-hand accounts added personality and context to an otherwise barren scene. Fortunately, the site leaves much to the imagination of the visitor. Don't miss the film inside that explains the... More

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The discovery by archaeologists of the ruins at L'Anse aux Meadows coincided with my reading a grade school text book that told about Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky. The story entranced me and this summer, I finally got to see the site. It was everything I hoped for. The interpretation center shows a movie that explains the significance... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What a wonderful experience this was for us. The knowledge of the tour guide (and I recommend everyone participate in one of the guided tours) was extensive and made the visit much more enjoyable. While the highlight may be the visit to the reconstructed Viking buildings, seeing the actual archeological site and learning what was discovered there was an incredible... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

It was amazing to look out over the harbour and imagine back 1,000 years to the viking visitors that made this land home for a few seasons. The re-enactors did a great job of explaining life in the recreated great hut. A bonus was a couple long walking trails along the coast.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We brought along our Parks Canada Discovery Pass (bought in Alberta and good for one year at all Parks Canada sites)so admission to the historical site was free. We were staying in St. Anthony so about a 30 minute, very picturesque drive to the Meadows. We got there just in time to participate in an interpretive tour of the site...very... More

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Toronto, Canada
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57 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The re-enactors on the rebuild longhouses makes it great opportunity for kids to learn the Vikings' culture and way of life. The archaeological part of the site is very hard to understand although we took the guided tour, and the kids were impatient which made it even harder to enjoy. There is a very nice program of story telling in... More

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