L’Anse aux Meadows,
One of the attractions of this restaurant on the harborfront is that you can pick your own lobster from a crate. Other seafood on the menu includes fresh mussels, crab, and shrimp from the area; from the land there's sometimes caribou. The wine list and spirits list is extensive and smartly selected. The paintings, jewelry, and carvings on display are for sale, and in July and August there's live traditional music on Tuesday and Friday.
L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site
Around the year 1000, Vikings from Greenland and Iceland founded the first European settlement in North America, near the northern tip of Newfoundland. They arrived in the New World 500 years before Columbus but stayed only a few years and were forgotten for centuries. It was only in 1960 that the Norwegian team of Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad discovered the remains of the Viking settlement's long sod huts. Today L'Anse aux Meadows is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Parks Canada has a fine visitor center and has reconstructed some of the huts to give you a sense of centuries past. An interpretation program introduces you to the food, clothing, and way of life of that time.
Two kilometers (1 mile) east of L'Anse aux Meadows is Norstead, a reconstruction of an 11th-century Viking port, with a chieftain's hall, church, and ax-throwing arena. Interpreters in period dress answer questions as they go about their Viking business.