The Rest is History

Basilica of St. John the Baptist - With its twin 43-metre-high towers and location on the high hill on the northern side of the harbour, the Basilica has long been the dominant feature of the St. John’s skyline. Begun in 1841 and completed in 1850, the Military Road structure was consecrated as a cathedral in 1855. At that time, it was the […]
Moravian Missions - In the 1700’s, Moravian Missionaries brought education and religion to the people of the wild, unknown lands of Labrador.  It is said that the first attempt was made to establish a Moravian Mission in Makkovik, a community located on the north coast of Labrador.  If you’re lucky enough to visit this magical place, don’t miss […]
Celebrate the Grenfell Legend - In 1892, a British doctor named Wilfred Grenfell arrived in St. Anthony, where he commenced building a medical system that has grown to serve the entire region of Northern Newfoundland and coastal Labrador. During his time, Dr. Grenfell’s adventures and accomplishments were renowned throughout the world. An interpretation centre allows guests to walk in the […]
Prehistoric Preservation - Take a cruise back in time – way back – with a visit to Port au Choix National Historic Site located on the west side of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula. Port au Choix has been populated for more than 4,500 years, due in part to the area’s rich marine resources. Declared a National Historic Site […]
La Prohibition - The islands of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon were vital for the international alcohol trade during the Prohibition era. Look for traces of Al Capone and Bill McCoy during a guided walking tour. Relive the life of a bootlegger with a visit to the Heritage Museum which holds a nice collection of objects collected over many years.
Early New World Settlers - The coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador are steeped in history. About 1,000 years ago, Leif Erickson founded the earliest known European settlement in the New World at the L’Anse aux Meadows UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over 400 years ago, the Basques established the world’s first large scale whaling enterprise in Red Bay, Labrador making it […]
Step Back in Time - Ile aux Marins is a charming island facing Saint-Pierre. Only ten minutes by passenger ferry, this beautiful island serves as a unique testimony of the fishermen’s past. In the 1960’s the last permanent residents left, but heritage groups have given life back to the island with help from the French and local governments. Take a […]
Explorers and Colonists - Military enthusiasts will feel truly at home cruising the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador. At Castle Hill National Historic Site in Placentia, 17th-century fortification remains are all that’s left of the once-robust French presence in the region. While there, visit closeby Ship Harbour where a monument stands commemorating the drafting of the Atlantic Charter in […]
L’Anse aux Meadows UNESCO World Heritage Site - The only known Viking settlement in the New World, the archaeological remains at L’Anse aux Meadows were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Norse history, artifacts, and lifestyle are all on display. Discover your inner Viking by listening to stories as told by traditionally-dressed interpreters in reconstructed sod huts. The scenic community of […]
Signal Hill National Historic Site - This historic site celebrates the rich communications and military history of Signal Hill and sits amidst a spectacular view of St. John’s and the sea. Signal Hill was where Guglielmo Marconi received the first wireless message in 1901, as well as the site of harbour defences for St. John’s from the 18th century to the […]
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