Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay National Historic Sites are pleased to offer Free Admission Day on July 7

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Youth, families, and visitors are invited to enjoy their local Parks Canada’s places

July 3, 2018    Port au Choix, NL       Parks Canada Agency

The Government is celebrating families and the importance of our protected areas with free admission to Parks Canada’s places for youth 17 and under, starting in 2018 and beyond. This year, Parks Canada is also pleased to offer free admission or lockage for one day at Parks Canada’s places across the country. This is a special thank you to the millions of Canadians who celebrated Canada 150 with Parks Canada in 2017 when more Canadians than ever before had amazing experiences at Parks Canada’s places.

Free admission day is site-specific and the date is determined by each national park or historic site. It is important to note that only admission is free on free admission day. Fees for recreational services and goods such as camping and firewood, boat launches, transportation, or special tours remain.On Saturday, July 7th, Parks Canada managed National Historic Sites in Western Newfoundland and Labrador will be celebrating Canada’s Historic Places Day as well as Free Day!In addition to free admission, Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay National Historic Sites will offer special events and programming:Port au Choix National Historic Site

  • From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a variety of activities will take place on site, including; Indigenous games, tours of the visitor centre, and some delicious food to celebrate the national historic site. Visitors will also have a chance to win some prizes for learning about the history of the site by playing, “Wheel of Facts”.

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Iron Smelt – Come witness Ragnar Red Beard, the L’Anse aux Meadows blacksmith, smelt iron. A demonstration of the smelting process will occur between 4 -7 p.m.

Red Bay National Historic Site and UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Check out the program, “Digging Through Time” on Saddle Island at 10 a.m., and a new walking tour, “History Bytes” at the interpretation centre at 2 p.m.
  • Sample some delicious Basque food at the Waterfront building at 3:30 p.m.

Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world. Through its broad network of national parks, marine conservation areas, and national historic sites, Parks Canada connects Canadians with their heritage.


National parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas represent the very best that Canada has to offer. They and tell the stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay National Historic Sites are national treasures, and on Free Admission Day, I invite Canadian families, youth, and visitors to our country to explore it and connect with Canada’s nature and history.

The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Parks Canada’s national historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history.
  • When Basque cod fishermen reported large numbers of right whales in the Strait of Belle Isle, whaling expeditions were outfitted to sail to Labrador. By the mid-16th century, at least a dozen whale oil rendering stations were located in Red Bay. Nowhere else in the world will you find a more complete example of early industrial-scale whaling than at Red Bay National Historic Site, designated a Wold Heritage Site in 2013.
  • Port au Choix has been inhabited by four ancient cultures for thousands of years, including the Maritime Archaic, Dorset, and Groswater Peoples and the ancestors of the Beothuks.  Discover one of North America’s most fascinating archaeological finds amid a rugged coastline of unique limestone barrens, forests, and bays at Port au Choix National Historic Site.
  • At the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula lies L’Anse aux Meadows, the first known evidence of European presence in the America’s. Here Norse expeditions sailed from Greenland, building a small encampment of timber-and-sod buildings over 1000 years ago. L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site marks 40 years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018.
  • As reiterated in Budget 2018, the Government of Canada is pleased to offer free admission to all Parks Canada’s places for youth aged 17 and under in 2018 and beyond.

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Greg Knott
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Western Newfoundland and Labrador Field Unit
Parks Canada

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency


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