Port Au Choix
A visit to Port au Choix (pronounced port-a-schwa) requires a short, 13km (8-mile) detour off the Viking Trail, about 193km (120 miles) north of Gros Morne's northern section (but it will take you something like 5 hours to get there from Gros Morne). The road travels out to a knobby peninsula that's home to a sizable fishing fleet. The windswept landscape overlooking the sea here is low, flat, grassy, and speckled with simple homes.
L'Anse aux Meadows
Newfoundland's northernmost tip is not only exceptionally remote and dramatic, it's also one of the most historically significant archaeological sites in the world. A Viking encampment dating from A.D. 1000 was discovered here in 1960, and has been thoroughly documented by archaeologists since. An especially well-conceived and managed national historic site probes this earliest chapter in European expansion, and an afternoon spent here will definitely fire your imagination.
The seaport town of St. Anthony was first noted by the famed explorer Jacques Cartier, who came across a settlement of French and Basque fishermen here in 1534 (the town's name might have come from them, not him).
Today, with just 2,700 residents (and dropping), St. Anthony is nevertheless the northern peninsula's largest town and its undisputed commercial center. It's the place to restock with basic supplies or secure a motel room for day trips to L'Anse aux Meadows , which is about 48km (30 miles) north of here, or to grab a boat tour of the surrounding waters -- part of what's known locally as Iceberg Alley. There are also a few historical attractions in the town to waylay you a bit longer.
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