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“wish i'd had more time to explore”

Port au Choix National Historic Site of Canada
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

during a recent trip to newfoundland with family and friends, we were fortunate to stay in lodging on the port au choix peninsula with easy access to the national historic site. when we arrived the first evening, we only had time to stop by the visitor's center and take a quick drive over to the point riche lighthouse.

the facilities at the visitor's center were clean and the staff was friendly. (there is a nominal entry fee for this attraction, but i am unsure as to the specific amount, as i'd purchased the 7-day "viking trail pass" for our vehicle earlier in the day at gros morne national park, which saved us a tidy sum over the entry fees for our party of three between the three parks/historic sites we we planning to visit during our three day stay on the island.) the octagonal wooden lighthouse was built in 1892, two years after the original lighthouse on the site burned down. i was disappointed to find that you could not actually go into the lighthouse, but there are certainly plenty of other things to explore at the site.

due to our late arrival the first night, i had to wait until the next evening to see what the other side of the peninsula had to offer. again that evening, we returned to the area with little time to sightsee before sunset, but i still had time to strike out on my own (my travel companions are not "outdoorsy" in the least) and walk over to barbace cove, where there is a restored french oven and chaloupe, the latter of which was built in 2004 by a basque maritime association. in addition to viewing these items, one of my main reasons for going on a short evening hike was to try to spot some of the local wildlife. (my trip had been frustrating moose- and caribou- free.) i did not see any this evening, but was lucky enough to run into a grazing caribou over in the "phillip's garden" area the next morning.

though port au choix is a little out of the way, it is certainly worth a visit. an hour or two will suffice if you're not a fan of hiking, but if you'd like to spend time soaking up the scenery and exploring the trails, it might be wise to plan a daylong visit. (as a bonus, fantastic food and lodging can both be found in town.)

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

There was a lot of hard work for the family who fished this area for many years. Conditions were harsh and hard labour was the order of the day. It is interesting to see the meagre living conditions of the family and the cod fishing proecess they went through during the spring and summer months. Well-informed interpreters can answer questions and the seaside is beautiful

Thank Audrey S
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

If you are heading north on the Viking Trail be sure to stop by the NHS, as it provides a good overview of the five different known settlements along the coast. We enjoyed the twelve minute introductory film as well as the exhibits. You have a chance to touch various pelts including caribou, beaver, seal and fox.

The Phillip's Garden trail is very beautiful. It was a wet, cold day so we just walked the shorter part to the dig site but the arctic tundra-type beauty can be appreciated in any weather. I'm guessing the longer trail from the VC would have been even more scenic.

Thank WeVentureForth
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

A first rate facility, excellent and friendly staff. Reasonably priced. Great walking trails. Rich in historical value. Well organized inside and out, don't pass it by!

Thank Terrance H
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We were with a wild flower society group, and walked a magnificent trail which started across from the Visitor Centre, over limestone gravel (not very pretty, but fascinating ecology for botanists!) Over the 4 km or so loop that we followed we also experienced lush woods, limestone cliffs that were used as tombs hidden in the trees, wonderful views from the top of the hill, and a great assortment of plants. A beautiful varied walk.

Thank my0b
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