St.Anthony and l'Anse aux Meadows
St. Anthony: More than four centuries old, St. Anthony has become one of the most popular historic and cultural destinations in Newfoundland. Jacques Cartier gave it its name in the form of "St. Anthony Haven" in 1534. At that time the area was already seasonally inhabited by Biscayan (Basque) and French fishermen. During the 18th century the fishermen of Poole from Dorset, England also frequented the harbour, and a permanent settlement was established in 1815 after the Napoleonic War. Modern development of the town is credited to the arrival of Sir Wilfred Grenfell in 1892. Using St. Anthony as a base for his medical operation, Grenfell and the "Grenfell Mission" became internationally renowned for the great impact it had on communities on the Great Northern Peninsula and the Labrador coast.
L'Anse aux Meadows: AN UNESCO World Heritage Site, L'Anse Aux Meadows is believed to be the site of a Viking colony led by Lief Eriksson around the year 1000 A.D. Our visit of this historic site will begin at the Interpretation Centre where you will learn the story of the hearty Viking adventurers who braved the North Atlantic Ocean in their small boats. Next you will visit the grassy field where the Norse Vikings first settled in the New World. A reconstruction of a sod village full of workshops and living quarters allows you experience life, as it must have been 1000 years before Columbus.
Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This area can be quite cool even in summer so you will want to bring a heavy sweater or windbreaker.