L'anse Aux Meadows, Canada

Introduction to L'anse Aux Meadows, Canada

L’anse Aux Meadows is a remarkable archaeological wonder. Discovered in the sixties, the intriguing Viking artefacts and structures found here have attracted keen explorers for decades. 

Discovered on the beautiful Canadian island of Newfoundland, the fascinating, UNESCO-listed L’anse Aux Meadows archaeological site is a ‘must-visit’ for any keen explorer. Dating back to the 11th century and harbouring connections to the mysterious Viking colony of Vinland, L’anse Aux Meadows is said to be the first and only settlement established by the Vikings in North America, and is remarkably similar to sites found in Norse Greenland and Iceland. The site is also the earliest evidence of a European settlement in the New World. It’s no wonder people have been drawn to L’anse Aux Meadows since it was discovered in the sixties!

As well as several remarkable artefacts and interesting structures, you will also find wonderful walking trails at this Canadian National Historic Site too. Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings and enjoy views of Newfoundland’s rugged cliffs and beautifully untouched coastline on a relaxing stroll. 

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Doctor to the North

  • Discover the life and times of Dr. Grenfell
  • Learn about his life-long work to aid the people of this isolated coast
  • Visit Fishing Point Lookout and keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins

 

Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 4 HOURS
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included

Discover the story of Dr. Wilfred Grenfell, doctor and pioneer, and explore the scenic fishing communities of northern Newfoundland.

The tale of Dr. Wilfred Grenfell is one of the most compelling stories of the north. He was renowned for bringing medicine and education to the Inuit and poor European settlers along the harsh Labrador Coast. His adventures were required reading in Eastern Canada, and taught school children how to survive while adrift on an ice pan.

You begin with an approximate 45-minute drive to the Grenfell Interpretation Centre in St. Anthony. Keep your eyes peeled for moose and icebergs as you travel along the scenic coastal highway through small fishing communities.

The Grenfell Interpretation Centre depicts the life and times of Dr. Grenfell through a gallery of interpretive paneling and displays. They tell the story of the truly inspirational Dr. Grenfell, the young English doctor who in 1892 visited Newfoundland and founded the Grenfell Mission. Amongst the displays you will see the old instruments used for surgery a century ago and artefacts gathered from a life of arctic adventure and global philanthropy. From battling influenza plagues, socialising with Kings and Presidents, avoiding marauding polar bears to setting the standards for northern fashions, the life of Dr. Grenfell touched the world in many ways.

Continuing, you have a short transfer to the home of Dr. Grenfell, which he shared with his wife Anne and their three children. Gain an insight into the day-to-day life of an early 20th-century, small town Doctor and pioneer.

Re-boarding your tour transport you will have an approximate ten minute drive to Fishing Point Lookout. Considered a famous whale and dolphin watching lookout, the stop is also home to a hiking trail and a small wildlife exhibit. Enjoy a short stop here to capture the memorable views before continuing to your concluding stop at the small town shopping centre.

Your tour concludes back at the pier.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CANADA CRUISES 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, approximately two kilometres (one mile) over both level and uneven terrain. It is not recommended for wheelchair users or for guests with limited mobility. There are approximately 40 steps in total to negotiate. Comfortable layered clothing, weather-appropriate outerwear and sturdy walking shoes are recommended. This tour will use a local school bus as transportation. 

 


Explore the North Coast

 

  • Enjoy a boat trip along the scenic coastline of Newfoundland
  • Keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins frequenting these waters
  • Have your camera to hand 

 

Price£70.00 - £85.00
DurationAPPROX 4 1/2 HOURS
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

The northern tip of Newfoundland is well known for its sea cliffs, sea life and dramatic icebergs. From June to early September is the height of the whale season so typically there are dozens of humpback whales and dolphins plus the occasional minke, fin whale and orca to spot!

You will join the Alcock family for an exploration of the coast on their 47 passenger Cape Islander – a style of fishing boat with a single keel and flat bottom. Your guides will regale tales from the land of Vikings, moose, salmon and caribou whilst enjoying an up-close look at an enchanting and dramatic piece of coastline.

Departing the quayside by school bus, you will have an approximate 55 minute scenic drive to St. Anthony. Your boat trip, which will last just over two hours, will see you sailing off the dramatic coastline near fishing point. Icebergs, seals, sea turtles and a variety of seabirds are a few of the things you may spot but dolphins and humpback whales will certainly be the highlight – whatever you may spot, travelling out on this rich piece of ocean is always an adventure!

THIS TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CANADA CRUISES 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there is an approximate 50 metre (150 metre) walk from where the school bus will stop to reach the boat. The walk will be over uneven ground and wooden docks, which may be slippery if wet. The boat will be both boarded and disembarked via three steps down from the pier. The boat has an outside deck with standing only, and an inside deck with seating. There are ten steps to reach the upper deck. The boat will have toilets on board. Whilst there will be no commentary over the loud speaker during your sailing the guide will do their best to point out sights of interest. Please come dressed for the weather on the day. We cannot guarantee the sighting of any wildlife, marine life or icebergs. This tour may be cancelled at short notice should there be adverse weather conditions.

 


The Viking Experience

  • Discover how Vikings lived as you visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Learn to throw an axe, spin yarn or take a pottery lesson
  • View archaeological dig sites and a recreated longhouse

 

Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Wander the new world home of Leif Ericson and learn about the Norse that explored North America over ten centuries ago.

Departing from the quayside, you will have an approximate ten minute drive aboard a local school bus before you reach the Norse site discovered in 1960 by Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad. L’Anse aux Meadows was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 and is the first authenticated Norse settlement in North America.

Visit the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre for an overview of the site before following the site trails to the archaeological dig sites and the recreated longhouse where you can discover what life was like for the Viking encampment in 1000 AD.

A short drive from the Parks Canada site takes you to Norstead, the recreated Norse Village. Admire the replica of the Viking Knarr Snorri, a boat that sailed from Greenland to L’Anse aux Meadows and named for the first European child born in North America.  Learn to throw an axe, spin yarn or take a pottery lesson.

Following your tour of the village, re-board your school bus for the return drive to the pier.

THIS TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017 CANADA CRUISES 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, approximately two kilometres (one mile) in total. The walking will be over hilly, grassy and uneven ground and there will be a few steps to negotiate from the Parks Canada Interpretation Centre to the trails.  We do not recommend this tour to wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility. Comfortable layered clothing, weather-appropriate outerwear and sturdy walking shoes are recommended. A school bus will be used as your transportation.

 


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