Take a trip back into Newfoundland’s far distant past and learn about the very first peoples to discover the bounty of this beautiful island.
For more than 50 centuries man has inhabited the Port au Choix Peninsula, a small strip of land on the southwest coast of Newfoundland. Maritime Archaic Tradition, Groswater and Dorset Paleoeskimos, as well as Recent Indians have all made their home on this unassuming outcropping, taking advantage of the rich maritime bounty that provided ample food for their needs and leaving behind physical evidence of their occupation for later visitors to discover and marvel over.
The hundreds of artifacts recovered from archaeological digs across the peninsula reveal how these early peoples lived–what they ate, how they constructed their dwellings, their hunting methods and their spiritual beliefs. Those artifacts are housed at the Port au Choix National Historic Site Visitor Center, where they are displayed and interpreted, granting the visitor a rare, up-close look into the diverse cultures of those who inhabited the peninsula over the past 5500 years.
Here’s just a small sampling of what you’ll see on your visit:
Want to learn more about the scenic Port au Choix Peninsula, its archeological legacy and its uncommon geography? Take a quick Trip Down Port au Choix Lane!