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Unique, informative, great presentations

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Reviewed September 30, 2016

We visited in mid September. Lots of tourists but the site accomodates many. For a nominal fee you will see a short film then several knowlegable guides will take you through the original site while giving you the history. The tour takes approximately 1 hour and is very informative . This site completes the circle of mankinds journey from Africa to North America afterwards you are free to roam through the peat homes of a recreated village and imagine life as a Viking or take a hike and enjoy the views. We drove it in 4 hours from Cows Head.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed September 29, 2016

L’Anse aux Meadows Historic Site

Viking Presence 1000 Years Ago

Jean A. Vachon
Ottawa, ON - L’Anse aux Meadows was the highlight of our trip to Newfoundland in September 2016.
Situated at the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, this sight is the first archeological proven evidence of European presence in the Americas.
The sight discovered in 1968 by archeologists Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad who found a cloak pin belonging either to Leif Erickson or one of his men. Myth and legend first guided them to this sight where they found signs of Norse presence.
In 1978, L’Anse aux Meadows was proclaimed by UNESCO as part of World Heritage and recognized as the first and only proven Norse site in America.
Opened from May to October to the public, we went with friends in September.
The information building contains artefacts, souvenirs and a video film reviewing the historic background of L’Anse aux Meadows.
We very much enjoyed the guided visit by Clayton Coldburne of British origin who lives in this now barren region.
“Some ten years ago, he recounts, this northmost peninsula boasted 59 inhabitants. Now we are 19! But I wouldn’t live elsewhere! Here we find peace and quiet in a beautiful setting with all the modern commodities. He then shows us his house where his wife awaits working crafts and living a peaceful solitude. He deplores the fact that there is only tourist work and that his children had to move elsewhere.
Walking along a wooden sidewalk built in the Meadows, he tells us about legends remembering the coming of three different expeditions that took off a thousand years ago from the southern tip of Greenland. The journey took approximately 16 days by ship.
When Leif Erickson first arrived with his men he discovered a forested land with raisin vines. So he called this new land, Vineland.
With his men, he built houses out of wood and peatmoss. One such big building and smaller ones with everyday tools have been reproduced close to the original site for visitors to see.
Furthermore, there are local people personifying Norsemen or Vikings on site to add realism, answer questions and to rectify misconceptions about the Vikings.
We found this visit most interesting and recommend it highly!
It motivated us to visit on the same day, Norsted a few miles away from L’Anse aux Meadows, where a model of a Viking wooden boat built by an American who crossed the ocean from Greenland to L’Anse aux Meadows in the 1960's. The boat and a Norse village open to the public can now be visited and souvenirs bought.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed September 29, 2016

When you go you will be honoured if you get Clayton as your guide to the site - he is fabulous. He has an extreme depth of knowledge which he conveys in a gentle Newfoundland style.
Parks Canada is doing a great job!!

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Chuck B
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Reviewed September 27, 2016

Great interpretative centre gets you ready to visit the Viking archaeological site, discovered in the early 60s and thought to date back to 1000 AD.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed September 23, 2016

If you are a lover of historical sites and you are visiting the west coast of Newfoundland & Labrador the long drive up to L'Anse Aux Meadows is more than worthwhile, it is an experience to visit and take the tour of the Viking Huts. To step back to 1000AD and see the hardships experienced by those navigators and explorers who were first to the shores of North America. The Vikings are not given the due credit they deserve for their courage travelling the North Atlantic in open boats.....if you miss this adventure you surely will regret not making the effort to see a rare sight....

Date of experience: September 2016
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