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. Make L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site a centerpiece of your L'Anse aux Meadows vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our L'Anse aux Meadows trip itinerary maker tool.
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  • We really enjoyed the people who worked as living historians throughout the area. The main building offers all sorts of interesting information. It takes a couple of hours for this experience. 
    We really enjoyed the people who worked as living historians throughout the area. The main building offers all sorts of interesting information. It takes a couple of hours for this experience.  more »
  • Interesting depiction of what the Viking settlement would likely have looked like. The Parks Canada staff were helpful and informative. It really is a little out of the way but definitely worth the....  more
    Interesting depiction of what the Viking settlement would likely have looked like. The Parks Canada staff were helpful and informative. It really is a little out of the way but definitely worth the....  more »
  • Very informative tour, explaing how the vikings lived, complete with period attire. The hike around the site was well worth it too, with great views. Long picturesque drive to get there from Hawkes.....  more
    Very informative tour, explaing how the vikings lived, complete with period attire. The hike around the site was well worth it too, with great views. Long picturesque drive to get there from Hawkes.....  more »
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  • A wonderful piece of history. We stayed overnight in a cabin in Raleigh, a short drive away from the site. Highly recommend you overnight close. Our guide, Betty, was great, however, she spoke a bit too much about the vegetation. The history here proves beyond a doubt that Europeans were in North America long before Columbus. Parks Canada has done a great job in replicating what the site may have looked like. A must see on your visit to NL.
  • It was a little disappointing to have a tour here and all you have to look at is mounds of grass. Our guide was very good explaining about the site and they have built a replica building as to what they think the Norse buildings looked like. But still...if they had actually excavated a bit of a real building so you could actually see the real thing it would have been a bit more authentic.
  • The staff is amazing! Dont think they get too many kids visiting but they were so great with our girls. The hike along the coast line is also beautiful. Definitely recommend this place!
  • Yet again, we'll done Parks Canada! Fascinating history, knowledgeable guides, informative visitors centre, and well maintained paths and trails. Really enjoyed the path, takes at least an hour if you take your time and take photos. You could probably do it in 30 minutes if you walk quickly. You can see bakeapples along the way, as well as partridgeberries and Pitcher plants. Beautiful vistas and a nice rocky beach. At least half the path is boardwalk and there are numerous info boards along the way. In the Visitors Centre there is a small gift shop, and a short video in a small theater we found actually very interesting and nicely summarized how the Norse people arrived here. It's a a hundred meters from the parking lot to the centre but they have a free wheelchair you can borrow. The Viking recreated village is even further, but again if you have a handicap parking pass you can park much closer by taking another (restricted) access road (zoom in on Google maps). There is an off-road wheelchair by the washrooms you can borrow.
  • The wind is cold, dress warm. If you in the area, it is worth seeing. If you were like us, and drive from Rocky harbour to see the village, I would not do that again. It’s a 15 minute viewing for a 4 hour drive one way.

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