L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site, L'Anse aux Meadows

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Historic Site
Learn about pre-Columbian European cultures in the Americas at L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site, a World Heritage Site. Thought to date back to the year 1000 CE, the ruins of the Norse or Viking settlement have been widely accepted as proof of European cultures crossing the Atlantic and contacting indigenous peoples before the times of Columbus. Reconstructions in some of the village's buildings, such as the grass-covered sod longhouse, give a sense of daily life in the settlement. For L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site and beyond, use our L'Anse aux Meadows trip itinerary builder to get the most from your L'Anse aux Meadows vacation.
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  • The place is out of the ordinary with the people dressed in period clothing. The gift shop had allot of items and there was a great movie explaining how the Norsemen came to Canada and dealings with t...  more »
  • I love the stories of the Vikings and am fascinated to think these intrepid explorers came to North America...and as far south as Newfoundland. We drove north from Gros Morne National Park in a drivin...  more »
  • Visited in early September and just getting time to review this part of a wonderful trip. Arrived at L'Anse Aux Meadows fairly early in the morning. Did not take most of the guided tour but drifted in...  more »
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  • Parks Canada did a good job with this interpretive centre. The local Newfie staff is entertaining as usual. Dress for the wind in L'ans aux Meadows, it didn't stop the whole time we were there. We had trouble hearing the guided tour because the group was so large. The recreations of the house structures are interesting. The boardwalk network is also very well done. There are some talented carpenters in Newfoundland.
  • This is got to my most favourite Park Canada site yet. It's very well maintained. The guide did a thin telling the story, explained the excavation, and the layout of the site. Everyone enjoyed it.
  • Excellent guides! Very knowledgeable. Several interpreters were in full character, which was fun. Great interpretive signs that explain the importance of the site without romanticizing viking life. Lovely trail around the property. Be sure to watch the 15 min intro movie- it helps orient the site in history. I also enjoyed the special evening program: Sagas & Shadows (norse tales told around a warming fire).
  • Neat little site depicting the Viking settlement. There is a 15 minute video which was very informative and recommend seeing. You can visit the partially rebuilt settlement which some actors to represent how people lived back then. Downside is that it is way out of the way from anything else in NL.
  • Really well done historic site by Parks Canada. Clayton Colbourne was a very knowledgeable guide who has lived and worked near the site for many years. Well worth the trip.