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Port au Choix National Historic Site of Canada

Port au Choix National Historic Site Port au Choix National Historic Site
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Get outside!

Port au Choix has hiking trails. Venture out into the limestone barrens and immerse yourself in the ancient landscape of the Maritime Archaic Tradition and Paleoeskimos.

Ancient Cultures, Bountiful Seas

The program is presented on Thursday’s 12:00 – 2:00 pm. July 3rd. to August 28th. The fee is $4.25 per person

Walk back in time with a Mi’kmaq Elder and learn why for the past 6000 years so many cultures chose Port au Choix as their home. Pick up a bagged lunch at one of the local eateries in town and meet Elder Kevin Barnes at the Phillip’s Garden trail head. On the 1km. walk into Phillip’s Garden, a 2000-year old ancient Dorset Paleoeskimo site, discover the plants that grow along the trail and their medicinal properties. Gather on the beach from where Dorset hunters landed their seals each spring for over 700 years. Enjoy your lunch, learn a traditional craft and maybe catch a glimpse of fishermen hauling in their daily catch – the continuation of the rich human story of Port au Choix! Pick up your tickets at the Parks Canada Visitor Reception Centre. For reservations email: or Telephone (709)861-3522.


The Port au Choix Archaeology Project

In Partnership with Port au Choix National Historic Site Invites the people of Port au Choix and its visitors to attend a celebration of the life of Dr. Priscilla Renouf

Saturday July 19, 2014

  • 2:00PM at Parks Canada Visitor Centre: Dr. Patty Wells will present a talk on the late Priscilla Renouf, reviewing her personal and professional life in Port au Choix. This event will be followed by a reception with refreshments
  • Sunday July 20, 2014

  • 2:00 PM: a walking tour of Phillip’s Garden and adjacent archaeological sites with DR. Wells. Hear about Priscilla Renouf’s 30 year project in Port au Choix and the result of her extensive research.
  • In the event of poor weather Dr. Wells will be available for tours in the Parks Canada Visitor Centre and will answer your questions on the ancient history of this extraordinary region.