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Welcome to L'Anse aux Meadows

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.

Information & Facts

Route 435, Division No. 9, Newfoundland and Labrador
C$11.70 (adults), C$5.80 (youths). Other concessions are available
The official languages are English and French (predominantly in Quebec).

The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud, larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian dollars.

Opening Times
Open daily between 1 June and 8 October, from 9am to 6pm
Canada covers six time zones, from GMT 8 in the west to GMT -3.5 in the east.

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