Some Newfoundland, Labrador Parks Canada Sites Kick Off 2022 Summer Visitor Season

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Areas overseen by Parks Canada are a gateway to nature, history, and 450 000 km² of memories from coast to coast to coast, according to a press release.

Gros Morne National Park, Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay national historic sites are pleased to welcome visitors for the 2022 visitor season.

Gros Morne National Park is open year-round with the various visitor facilities and campgrounds opening at different times. Meanwhile, Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay national historic sites all open on June 1, 2022.

When in Gros Morne National Park, visitors can find hiking trails for all levels and opportunities to explore the geological wonders that make this landscape a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They can also learn about the culture and traditions of the Mi’kmaq people of central Newfoundland at Miawpukek: The Middle River exhibit at the Discovery Centre in Woody Point.

While construction work is underway on the new Gros Morne Visitor Centre, Parks Canada is pleased to welcome visitors to the temporary visitor center located on the Rocky Harbour waterfront, at 31 Main St North.

In Port aux Choix National Historic Site, visitors can tour the Visitor Centre exhibits where they can discover the mysteries and remarkable ingenuity of four ancient cultures that once inhabited Port au Choix.

They can also hike the limestone barrens and coastlines to view the Sacred Burial Ground, ancient settlements, and rare arctic wildflowers.

At the Point Riche Lighthouse, visitors to the area can view (from a distance) the caribou herd that frequents the site each year.

Visitors going to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site can discover the fascinating archaeological remains of the only known Viking settlement in North America.  Furthermore, they can explore the UNESCO World Heritage site, discover original artifacts at the Visitor Centre exhibits, watch the film, take in a guided tour of the archaeological site, and meet the interpreters at the Viking Encampment living history program. They are advised to keep their camera close, as moose, whales, and unique vegetation can all be discovered from the scenic trails that hug the coastline.

For thrill-seekers, the Test of Tykir escape room is re-opening this season and so will the Sagas and Shadows. 

When going to Red Bay National Historic Site, visitors can discover the incredible history of Red Bay from knowledgeable interpreters and the exhibits at the Visitor Interpretation Centre.

Just a short boat ride away in Red Bay Harbour, Saddle Island takes visitors back in time to a place where Basque whalers once ran a massive operation. A trail winding around the island takes the visitor through a series of archeological sites which dot the landscape. Parks Canada recently installed a new floating dock and a new bathroom facility on Saddle Island to make visits more accessible and comfortable.

Thye can also check out the new storytelling program on Saddle Island in July and August called “Away with the Whalers”. Visitors can experience the culture of the Basque whalers who had established a port at Red Bay in the 16th century. Reservations are recommended. 

“As Canadians, we are fortunate to live in a country with such diverse landscapes and rich history . . . As summer approaches, I encourage all Canadians to get out and explore locations such as Gros Morne National Park, and Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay National Historic Sites, as they walk in the footsteps of history and enjoy the important physical and mental benefits of being outdoors,” Honourable Steven Guilbeault said in the press release. He is the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

Gros Morne National Park, Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay national historic sites provide the perfect setting for memorable and safe experiences. Whether they’re looking for adventure, fun for the whole family, a chance to explore nature and history, or a break from the every day, there are countless unique experiences to suit every visitor’s needs.

The health and safety of visitors and employees are of the utmost importance and Parks Canada continues to follow the advice, guidance, and requirements of public health authorities and experts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit, and what services may be available. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the website before they travel, to respect the guidance of public health experts, and to follow all signage and direction from Parks Canada employees.

Featured image from Parks Canada photographer Guillaume Paquette-Jetten.

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