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L’Anse aux Meadows is backyard playground for Parks Canada interpreter

This article is one in a series of stories called Viking Voyage from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, reporter Mary MacKay as she visits Viking sites and reports on sailor Geoff Ralling’s voyage retracing the seaward steps the Norsemen took 1,000 years ago. Click here for more on MacKay's adventure.

• In the past four to five thousand years, many people have lived at L’Anse aux Meadows, N.L.; some stayed longer than others. Among these people was a small group of Norse sailors. The remains of their camp, discovered in 1960 by Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad, is the oldest known European settlement of the New World.

• From now until July 31, L’Anse aux Meadows is the site of the Westward Viking Festival — A real Taste of Vinland.

• A news release urges people to come experience life as a Viking by immersing yourself in every day Viking life in the Viking encampment program, or take in one of the many site programs of Viking age skills. For information call 709-623-2608.

Organizations: Parks Canada

Geographic location: L’Anse, Newfoundland, Vinland

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