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Review of L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site

L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site
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St. John's, Canada
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“L'Anse aux Meadows - Vikings in North Americaq”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

There is a lot to do on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, and people often think they can make a day trip up from Gros Morne. Don't do it! There is way too much to do and see, and you need at least one or two nights up at the tip to really experience the best of the area.

The primary attraction (with good reason) is the National Historic Site (and World Heritage Site) of L'Anse aux Meadows. This is the only authenticated Norse settlement in North America, and Parks Canada has done a wonderful job interpreting the story of the discovery of the site, the work of Anne Stine Ingstad and Helge Ingstad in the first archaeological digs, and the further work of Birgitta Wallace at the site. You can wander through the low mounds of the original settlement's building outlines, and visit Norse character interpreters in the reconstructed buildings. Check the site to find out about the special events you can participate in to even better understand the experience of these early settlers.

Visited August 2012
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Montreal, Canada
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“Walking in Viking footsteps”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

We arrived in the information center and I was impressed how it considered not just the viking history but the region's history in general. There was even an informative 15 minute film. From there you walk outside and can see where the Viking and Aboriginal huts/homes/workshops once stood. There is also a replica of what the Viking village would look like. We were even able to try the Viking weapons they had in one of the long huts. To get back to the car, we followed the walking path and there were a couple of Icebergs floating about and some otter (we believe they were otters, but could be they are in the same family) swimming close by. In all it was an interactive and educational experience, with a nice hike and some great views! Not to mention well priced for a group of 4!

Visited June 2013
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Cobourg, Canada
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“Lots of history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

This was a very interesting site. The guided tour is well done and gives you a good idea of life in this era.The reproductions are well done .

Visited June 2013
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Pasadena, Texas
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“For the History Lover”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

The Information center was well done with all of the region's history considered, not just the Vikings. There was a guided tour that was also very informative, but my favorite part of the experience was the reconstructed huts. The guide for that portion really knew the fine details of life in what appears to have been a ship repair station. He really brought it to life with some some well made props. No heros, villains, or Hollywood gossip, just a story of how a handful of men fit in to the big picture and how they lived. Truly awesome. As some other comments alude, it was very cold even in late June so dress warm. As a bonus there were Icebergs as big as barges floating nearby.

Visited June 2013
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Simcoe, Canada
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“Canadian Treasure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

Great part of Canadian history. Learned a lot from the centre, guide and the staff in the village. There isn't a whole lot to the site but it is well presented and sholud be a part of any trip to this beautiful part of our country even if I had to wear my toque and gloves in June.

Visited June 2013
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