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Steve and Sally drove the Viking Trail (Highway 430) in Western Newfoundland.  The route  follows the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and goes through Deer Lake, Gros Morne National Park to L'Anse aux Meadows and St. Anthony's.   Both Gros Morne National Park and L'Anse aux Meadows are UNESCO World Heritage sites.  The Viking Trail is also the jumping off point to go to Labrador.   At St. Barbe, you take a ferry over to the Labrador.

A boat house in L'Anse aux Meadows.   Steve was quite intrigued by the interesting dialect they found in this area.   He said that the locals add "h" to many of their words so their accents are very thick and at times you thought you were hearing a foreign language.  Steve said that he was amazed at  how hard the life is for the people who call Newfoundland their home.

L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic site was where Viking Leif Erickson founded the first European settlement in North America 1,000 years ago.    Steve took this photo of a Viking building.  The site was discovered in 1960 by George Decker, a local fisherman and was uncovered by archaelogist's  Helge  and Anne Ingstad.  Uncovered were the remains of three dwellings, four workshops, and an iron working smithy and artifacts of Norse origin.   Guides entertained them with demonstrations and stories of life at this location.  A mile from the site is Norstead Village, a living history attraction that represents a Viking port of trade.  

Trawlers and early morning mist at St. Anthony's.  Later in the day, they took a 2.5 boat tour to look for icebergs, humpbacks and dolphins in the North Atlantic Sea.  Steve described their tour as a  "Pukearama".

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