Monday, August 21, 2023

St. Anthony Newfoundland

Our first stop in Canada on our way back to Boston was at St. Anthony Newfoundland. It's definitely a small Canadian town with only a bit over 2,000 people. One of the best known tourist attractions in the area is the re-creation of a Norse village at L'Anse aux Meadows. The original village dates back to 1,000 years ago and may have been a base camp for Norse exploration of North America, including possibly by Leif Erikson. It was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 1978.

We thought about visiting L'Anse aux Meadows, which is a 40 minute drive from where the cruise ship tenders dock, but all of the onboard excursions were booked. Being such a small town there are limited options when a large cruise ship stops. Instead we ended up taking a nice walk to Fox Point Lighthouse. The lighthouse is visible from where the cruise ship anchored, as shown in the upper left of the picture below.

On the way to the lighthouse is a trail called Dare Devil Trail. It's 400 steps up a wooden staircase to the top of Fishing Point Head. On our ship 400 steps would be the equivalent of climbing 25 decks. It certainly wasn't an easy climb up the hill, but the view made it worth the effort.

Near the lighthouse is a small store, the Fishing Point Emporium, with a free (donation or purchase appreciated) museum. Included in the museum was the polar bear shown below. Luckily, being stuffed, it didn't move too fast.

Click this link or one of the pictures above to see more pictures in the St. Anthony Newfoundland photo album.

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