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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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An interesting find and great education for visitors. The guides at the Viking structure are dressed in period costume with Viking names. My wife is a Shuswap Native American and we were overwhelmed b... read more »
Our tour group's visit to this interesting and fascinating Viking site was made immeasurably more enjoyable and entertaining by the knowledge and passion of our guide, Frederick. The staff, acting in ... read more »
Getting here took much longer to get to than we planned - low speed limits, some rough road, etc meant we got there at nearly closing time. The Viking Trail road route is beautiful and offers some gre... read more »
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.
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.
Been to Denmark. Lots of Vikings in their home, but it's a pretty big feat to cross 6000km to Canada back around 900CE. Very cool that Canada has done something with this cultural site.
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