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L'Anse aux Meadows

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, L'Anse aux Meadows ('Jellyfish Cove') is a fascinating archaeological site located on the northernmost tip of the island of Newfoundland. Discovered in 1960, on a windswept, rugged coastline, the architectural remains found at L'Anse aux Meadows have been identified as belonging to an 11th century Viking settlement - the only Viking settlement in North America (with the exception of Greenland), and quite possibly, the area referred to as Vinland in the Norse sagas. Modern-day visitors to L'Anse aux Meadows will be delighted to find that Parks Canada have succeeded in transforming the ruins into a fun, interactive and deeply educational tour site: visitors can enter the reconstructed Viking Longhouse and try on a battle helmet and handle a sword, while costumed 'interpreters' are on hand, ready and eager to engage you in conversation about Norse traditions and mythology. Although quite an effort to reach - 270 miles (about 433km) north of Deerfield, along the Viking Trail (Route 403) - there is plenty to see and do along the way (including the spectacular Gros Morne National Park), making L'Anse aux Meadows the perfect road trip destination for visitors to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Address: Route 435, Division No. 9, Newfoundland and Labrador

Website: www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/nl/meadows/index.aspx

Telephone: (709) 623-2608

Opening times: Open daily between 1 June and 8 October, from 9am to 6pm

Admission: C$11.70 (adults), C$5.80 (youths). Other concessions are available