At the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula lies the first known evidence of European presence in the Americas. Here Norse expeditions sailed from Greenland, building a small encampment of timber-and-sod buildings over 1000 years ago Against a stunning backdrop of rugged cliffs, bog, and coastline, discover the fascinating archaeological remains of the Viking encampment, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. You’ll meet costumed Viking interpreters as you tour the recreated base camp and discover original artifacts from this internationally renowned archaeological find.

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Sagas and shadows

Come face to face with a Viking, as you take part in an evening of Viking myth and storytelling from the Vinland Sagas to ancient folktales, in an intimate, hour-long performance, warmed by the kitchen fire.

The meeting of two worlds tour

Learn how archaeology informs our understanding of the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, as a knowledgeable interpreter guide places the significance of these Norse archeological remains within the story of human movement.

Viking encampment

Discover in the site’s living history program, The Viking Encampment. Norse encampment. You’ll meet Viking characters and step back 1,000 years to experience life and exploration in the Viking Age.

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa and the lockage permit

Your free pass to discovery

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at Parks Canada’s historic canals.

Get your free 2017 seasonal lockage permit

Canada 150

Hours of operation

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 29 May to 11 June 
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 12 June to 21 September
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 22 September to 6 October

 

Fees

Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 709-623-2608 (May-October); 709-458-2417 (November-May)
Email: viking.lam@pc.gc.ca