Two Quintessential Newfoundland Experiences

I’ve already talked about one of the best places to go in Newfoundland (Gros Morne National Park), but there are two other incredible attractions that can’t be missed:

See how the vikings lived

One thing my family definitely wanted to visit on our trip was L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. In the town of Port au Choix, about two hours from Gros Morne National Park, you can visit the historic site as well as Norstead Viking Village. They’re right on the edge of the province so in addition to their historical value, the ocean views are incredible!

L’Anse aux Meadows is a reconstructed Viking village showing where real Vikings lived. There’s also an archaeological site where you can see what artifacts they’ve discovered from the past. I feel like I would enjoy this more now, since 10 year old me had an even shorter attention span, but even then it was a fascinating insight into Viking life hundreds of years ago.

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Norstead Viking Village is a far more kitschy and kid-oriented Viking attraction, but that doesn’t make it any less fun! I couldn’t find many pictures, but you can watch battle recreations, buy “authentic” viking goods, talk to “Vikings” in period costume, and even try on helmets and mail.

See below…I hope that axe was dull, because I still wouldn’t trust myself with that thing.

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See the unique birds of NFLD

As someone who has developed a complete phobia of birds in the past few years (it’s ridiculous, my head goes all fuzzy and I get very panicky every time a bird comes near me), it’s interesting to remember how cool I thought both of these places were.

Cape St. Mary’s is a bit of a long drive, but the experience of getting close to Bird Rock is worth it. I think the birds are Northern Gannetts, and I have no idea how many there were but I would definitely say thousands! It’s very loud with the squawking, and the scenery is great too.

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We also went on a puffin boat tour, and I must say puffins are possibly the cutest birds in the world. I might not even be scared of them now! I can’t remember what tour we used, but it was just the four of us on a boat, gallivanting through the waves and watching hundreds of puffins swim and ‘fly’.

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Have you ever seen these quintessential Newfoundland experiences? Is there anything else you would add?

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