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

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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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  • August 16, 2017
    The Parks Canada visitor centre is wonderfully well integrated in its environment, on the side of mini-colline. The reception is bilingual, even if it is in the North of the island of Newfoundland. More: the guide star is a Canadian-French of origin (it comes from Ottawa), fell in love with an island and then, with the panorama of the L'Anse - aux-Meadows. "It's now at me!", he said with firmness and sharpness. We understand! The site is truly exceptional, with the handle opening on the Gulf and the Atlantic. Landscaping done by Parks Canada outdoors is appropriate. The back porch, there the panorama of the historical site, the Cove and the bog. Former vikings shelters have been reconstituted with bricks of peat, as the Vikings probably built them. Inside the big house, a host and two young assistants, all dressed in time, invite visitors to sit around the fire and listen to their "legendary" stories or simply answer our questions... by developing widely. Inside the home, there are exhibits about the discovery of the site and shop held by Heritage Shop, a not-for-profit organization. The year 1000 Vikings were the first Europeans to visit what is now the Canada: sorry Jacques-Cartier!
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  • August 15, 2017
    The welcome building has a short video worth seeing, some of the archeological dig findings are displayed, a Norse boat with sail replica is displayed, and a gift shop offering Norse/history books and...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The exhibition is very well designed, with a film presentation in English or french and a guided tour of an hour also available in french with a guide dynamic, friendly and knowledgeable which gave us lots of useful insights into the history, archaeology, local botany, Newfoundland life. In homes, youth 'actors' costumes make the Nordic characters alive and show us useful items. Check the difference between the common sleeping room and the adjacent room, for managers and high ranking characters, with "private beds". The explanation boards are well designed. It can be visited with children easily and in addition, there is a small booklet of the "explorers" very well made, with games and educational activities. The walk is easy and very well maintained. This site is much better than the other site fee, more 'commercial' and less educational than Parks Canada site.
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  • July 4, 2017
    Great tour guide. I don't normally like guided tours but this was worth going with the tour. The guide had a wealth of knowledge and was quite enjoyable to listen/ talk with. Fascinating place, I only wish I'd had more time to spend there. You really need at least a half day there to talk with the people reenacting the Vikings.
  • July 8, 2017
    Beyond the excitement of walking in viking lands, you'll be reminded of an important moment in human history - where the traveling people of earth who set out toward the east and the West of Africa finally came together and met on the shores of the North Atlantic, completing humanity's circumnavigation of the world. Great hiking and guided tours, too.
  • July 5, 2017
    Take in the free tour put on by parks Canada... very entertaining, informative and well done. Great set up for causal walk
  • June 27, 2017
    The guide is phenomenal! He grew up playing on this grounds and has wonderful stories to tell!
  • March 6, 2017
    An amazing experience to come to the 'top of the island' and experience the beauty of this place. Getting here is half the fun, and experiencing the viking village recreation is extraordinary. Well worth the drive!

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