Northern Newfoundland and L’Anse aux Meadows


At the north end of Newfoundland is a remote town, St. Anthony. It was originally settled by French and Basque fishermen in the early 16th century. By the time explorer Jacques Cartier arrived in 1534 it had been named Saint Anthony Haven. Depending on who you ask, Saint Anthony is referred to as the patron saint of lost things, travelers (especially over the ocean) and fishermen.
St. Anthony, NLAfter a stop at the Cape Fox Lighthouse and for lunch of fish cakes at the Lightkeepers I walk out onto a lookout and admire the partridgeberries (lingonberries) along the clifftop. The crop is thick here and I’m tempted to pick some for jam but don’t. Blueberries will have been my only harvest this year.
Fall berries at St. Anthony, NL
Just north of the town on the northernmost end of Newfoundland is L’Anse aux Meadows, a Norsemen (formerly known as Vikings) settlement discovered in the 1960s.
L'Anse aux Meadows, NL
There is a visitor center up on the hill overlooking the archaeological dig and the reconstruction of the village out on the shore below. You can walk down a long boardwalk across the bog and to the buildings where actors recreate the life those Norsemen made for themselves.
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The are doors along the long house that open into large rooms. The sod walls are 6 feet thick and the roof is 1 foot thick, keeping out the brutal wind and cold.
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There is a blacksmith workshop, a food storage building, other workshops and tents and a fence surrounding it all. The long house served as the main housing. a small fire burns in each of the 4 large rooms and its cozy inside, and quiet. Tools, foods and textiles complete the scene.
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To the ends of the earth, or at least North America, for this one…..and worth every mile.

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