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COVID-19 Weekly Data Report for May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

Nova Scotia is reporting 1,584 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19, 40 hospitalizations and 13 deaths during the seven-day period ending May 23. The number of new cases – including those linked to long-term care outbreaks – continues to decline, as does the number of new hospitalizations.

“The pandemic isn’t over, but as we make our way out of this latest Omicron wave, I’m optimistic about what summer may hold in Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. “I know we’re all looking forward to reconnecting with friends, family and loved ones. There are ways to do that safely and in a way that protects those at high risk: gather outside when you can, stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines and, if you’re sick, stay home.”

Age continues to be the factor most closely related to severe outcomes from COVID-19:

  • since the beginning of the Omicron waves on December 8, 2021, the median age of lab-confirmed cases is 43, while the median age for hospitalizations and deaths is nearly double, at 71 and 81 respectively
  • the risk of hospitalization is more than 10 times higher for those 70 and older compared to people under 50 and the risk of death is more than 110 times higher
  • of the 13 deaths reported this week, 11 (85 per cent) were in people 70 and older and 7 (54 per cent) were in long-term care.

COVID-19 vaccines provide the best layer of protection against severe outcomes. Most people aged 12 to 69 are well protected by a two-dose primary series plus one booster. Immunity from vaccine wanes more quickly in people 70 and older. People in this age category are also more likely to need hospitalization or to die from COVID-19. For these reasons, a second booster dose of vaccine is recommended for this age group.

To date, 65.6 per cent of Nova Scotians 18 and older have received at least one booster dose and 59,631 people have received a second.

The weekly COVID-19 epidemiologic summary is prepared for the Chief Medical Officer of Health and his team to inform public health’s management of the pandemic. It tracks weekly trends and is focused on monitoring for severe outcomes in key populations. The full report is available here: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/alerts-notices/#epidemiologic-summaries

Quick Facts:

  • the sixth wave of the pandemic started March 1
  • the public dashboard will continue to be updated through the end of June

Additional Resources:

COVID-19 public dashboard: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/204d6ed723244dfbb763ca3f913c5cad

Book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment: https://novascotia.flow.canimmunize.ca/en/9874123-19-7418965

Information on testing, including where to get a rapid testing kit: https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirustesting

Report a positive COVID-19 test to be linked to public health support, including virtual care and treatment for those who are eligible: https://c19hc.nshealth.ca/self-report/

Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

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COVID-19 Regulations Suspended as of June 1, 2022

May 26, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccine Regulations under the Health Protection and Promotion Act which came into effect in December 2021, will be suspended as of June 1, 2022. These regulations required employees and service providers of certain businesses, facilities and organizations to be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical exemption. Given the current epidemiology of the province, a decision has been made not to extend them at this time.

The regulations were developed for those working with vulnerable populations within sectors such as personal care homes, assisted living facilities, home care, charitable organizations providing services to persons in need, private health clinics, private schools, post-secondary institutions, fire departments, ambulance providers, businesses employing regulated health professionals, organizations providing child care services, and organizations providing therapeutic, supportive and residential services to children, youth and families.

Also today, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is announcing the suspension of the mandatory vaccination policy for public service employees on June 1. This policy was one of the tools that assisted with continued safety in the workplace, as well as offered additional health protection for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians given the evidence of the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine.

While the regulations and the mandatory vaccination policy for public services employees will be suspended on June 1, Public Health will continue to monitor the epidemiology of the province and, as with any public health measure, these may be reinstated at any time deemed necessary in the future for the protection of the people of the province.

Quotes
“Throughout the pandemic, we have been guided by Public Health advice aimed at protecting the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador. While these regulations for employees and service providers of specified businesses will end based on our current situation, we will continue to monitor the situation carefully. If our situation down the road suggests we need to enforce these regulations again, we will reinstate them to protect our vulnerable populations.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

“Thank you to all public service employees and all unions for their cooperation and diligence during the pandemic. Your professionalism and support helped ensure safe working conditions and limited the spread of COVID-19.”
Honourable Siobhan Coady
Deputy Premier and President of Treasury Board

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Media contacts
Nancy Hollett
Health and Community Services
709-729-6554, 327-7878
[email protected]

Victoria Barbour
Treasury Board Secretariat
709-729-4087, 327-6152
[email protected]

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Provincial Government Invests in Restorative Justice Initiative

May 26, 2022

Today, the Honourable John Hogan, QC, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General and the Honourable Tom Osborne, Minister of Education announced $600,000 in funding to a restorative justice initiative led by Relationships First: Restorative Justice Education Consortium-NL.

Relationships First: Restorative Justice Education Consortium-NL, which is chaired by Dr. Dorothy Vaandering and Dr. Rose Ricciardelli, aims to nurture and support relational organizational cultures where children, youth, and adults alike thrive.

The funding, provided by Justice and Public Safety, will go toward hiring two Restorative Justice Coordinators, one for justice and community, and one for education, who will work to infuse Indigenous leadership of restorative justice into all facets of society.

The restorative justice movement is deeply rooted in teachings and traditions from Indigenous peoples of North America and beyond. Restorative justice aims to repair harm and rebuild relationships within communities.

Quotes
“We recognize government has a role to play in restorative justice and are pleased to offer funding to this group to continue their important work. As a government, we must always be seeking alternatives to the established way of dealing with societal issues, including justice reforms. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with this group to advance a restorative approach in our justice system.”
Honourable John Hogan
Minister of Justice and Public Safety

“Restorative justice is something we are looking to expand more into our K-12 school system. The Department of Education’s current mandate includes working with the expertise established at Memorial University to enhance teacher training in restorative justice principles and work to implement these principles into all our province’s schools. I am very much looking forward to the guidance this group will provide ensuring our policies, procedures and programming reflect a restorative justice lens.”
Honourable Tom Osborne
Minister of Education

“The restorative justice movement has roots in Indigenous peacemaking. Therefore, I am pleased to see the Consortium intends to collaborate with Indigenous communities and seek the wisdom of elders with respect to restorative justice. Reconciliation is complex and Relationships First is discovering a bridging role toward Reconciliation. It’s our hope that harms may be healed and replaced with harmony.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation
Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs

“Relationships and interconnectedness are at the heart of restorative justice. When these break down, everyone and everything is impacted. We are grateful for funding that will allow us to collectively rediscover that before harm can be addressed, we need to understand how it came to be. Leaders and elders from the Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit communities understand this at their core. With their invaluable guidance, we are excited that Relationships First will be working together with so many to amplify the principles and practices of restorative justice for the well-being of everyone in this province.”
Dr. Dorothy Vaandering
Professor, Faculty of Education
Director, Relationships First: Restorative Justice in Education Consortium-NL

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Media contacts
Emily Jane-Gillingham
Justice and Public Safety
709-729-5524, 730-4607
[email protected]

Tina Coffey
Education
709-729-1906, 687-9903
[email protected]

Allan Bock
Office of Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation
709-896-7935, 709-899-6446
[email protected]

Dave Sorensen
Memorial University
709-864-2143, 709-685-7134
[email protected]

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Support for New Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre Initiative

May 26, 2022

Invest Nova Scotia is supporting the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre as it creates opportunities for neighbours in Halifax’s north end to better connect and share with one another.

The Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre will receive $1.2 million for its new Every One Every Day Kjipuktuk/Halifax initiative, which aims to bring people together through activities designed and led by residents.

“We are thrilled to support Every One Every Day, an initiative that will create dynamic spaces where local residents can truly learn from one another and build relationships, particularly between Indigenous Peoples and other Nova Scotians,” said Susan Corkum-Greek, Minister of Economic Development. “With inclusivity and reconciliation at the forefront, this initiative will help connect communities, amplify voices and bring vibrance to our neighbourhoods.”

Every One Every Day Kjipuktuk/Halifax will launch on June 10 with a series of public events and activities.

Quotes:

Invest Nova Scotia is excited to support the incredible work being done by the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre. The launch of Every One Every Day Kjipuktuk/Halifax will bring together people of diverse backgrounds and create an inspired sense of community in north end Halifax. It is an innovative approach to community development, and Invest Nova Scotia is excited to have invested in their future success. Graham Eisenhauer, Chair, Invest Nova Scotia

The Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Society is thrilled that Invest N.S. recognizes the importance of the work we are undertaking to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together. We are excited to see new relationships grow based on the values of Truth and Reconciliation. Pamela Glode Desrochers, Executive Director, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre

Every One Every Day Kjipuktuk/Halifax is an exciting initiative by the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre that will create opportunities to build relationships between Indigenous Peoples and other Nova Scotians, and allow residents of Kjipuktuk/Halifax to learn from and celebrate one another. This is important work centred on the values of Truth and Reconciliation. Karla MacFarlane, Minister of L’nu Affairs

Additional Resources:

Every One Every Day Kjipuktuk/Halifax initiative: https://www.halifaxiseveryone.ca/

The Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre: https://mymnfc.com/

Invest Nova Scotia: https://novascotia.ca/invest-nova-scotia

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Indigenous Women’s Pop-Up Market Draws Steady Long-Weekend Foot Traffic In Moncton – Huddle.Today

“We wanted to travel around the province and this was our next stop,” said Natasha Martin-Mitchell, development officer for indigenous women entrepreneurs.

Martin-Mitchell said the first event was held at the Fredericton Inn in March.

She said another pop-up shop is planned for Bathurst in September–and another in Edmundston, in December.

The pop-up shop events are an in-person extension of Nujintuisga’tijig E’pijig, a sales platform initiative for products made by Indigenous women, launched by Women in Business New Brunswick.

Martin-Mitchell expressed relief to finally be able to start hosting in-person events again, coming off a long couple of years of pandemic-related restrictions.

Read More: https://huddle.today/2022/05/26/indigenous-womens-pop-up-market-draws-steady-long-weekend-foot-traffic/

Premium Brands Holdings Corporation Announces $150 Million Financing Of Convertible Unsecured Subordinated Debentures To Fund Future Acquisitions And For General Corporate Purposes

VANCOUVER, B.C., May 24, 2022. Premium Brands Holdings Corporation (“Premium Brands” or the “Company”) (TSX: PBH), a leading producer, marketer and distributor of branded specialty food products, is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters co-led by National Bank Financial Inc., BMO Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets, and Scotiabank (collectively, the “Underwriters”), pursuant to which the Company will issue on a “bought-deal” basis, subject to regulatory approval, $150,000,000 aggregate principal amount of convertible unsecured subordinated debentures (the “Debentures”) at a price of $1,000 per Debenture (the “Offering”). The Company has also granted the Underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional $ 22,500,000 aggregate principal amount of Debentures, on the same terms, exercisable in whole or in part at any time for a period of up to 30 days following closing of the Offering, to cover over-allotments, if any. If the over-allotment option is exercised in full, the total gross proceeds to be raised under the Offering will be $172,500,000.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the Offering to reduce existing indebtedness under its senior revolving credit facility, thereby increasing the amount available to be drawn, as required, to fund future potential strategic acquisitions and capital projects, which may arise, and for general corporate purposes.

The Debentures will bear interest from the date of issue at 5.40% per annum, payable semi-annually in arrears on September 30 and March 31 each year, commencing March 31, 2023, and will have a maturity date of September 30, 2029 (the “Maturity Date”).

The Debentures will be convertible at the holder’s option at any time prior to the close of business on the earlier of the Maturity Date and the business day immediately preceding the date specified by the Company for redemption of the Debentures into common shares of the Company (“Common Shares”) at a conversion price of $160.25 per Common Share, being a conversion rate of 6.2402 Common Shares for each $1,000 principal amount of Debentures.

Closing of the Offering is expected to occur on or about June 13, 2022. The Offering is subject to normal regulatory approvals, including approval of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The Debentures will be offered in each of the provinces and territories of Canada by way of a short form prospectus, and by way of private placement in the United States to “qualified institutional buyers” pursuant to Rule 144A or in such a manner as to not require registration under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

ABOUT PREMIUM BRANDS

Premium Brands owns a broad range of leading specialty food manufacturing and differentiated food distribution businesses with operations across Canada and the United States.

For further information, please contact George Paleologou, President and CEO or Will Kalutycz, CFO at (604) 656-3100. premiumbrandsholdings.com

The securities to be offered have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under any state securities laws, and may not be offered, sold, directly or indirectly, or delivered within the United States of America and its territories and possessions or to, or for the account or benefit of, United States persons except in certain transactions exempt from the registration requirements of such Act. This release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy such securities in the United States, Canada or in any other jurisdiction where such offer is unlawful.

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Samqwan/Samaqan+Sage Newsletter • PSpring 2022 (Issue 6) – AFNWA

Leading progress, innovation, and a long-term solution for water and wastewater management for Atlantic First Nations communities.

The Atlantic First Nations Water Authority (AFNWA) is a not-for-profit, pan-Wabanaki Territory water utility that is owned and operated by First Nations, for First Nations. Our goal is to provide clean drinking water and safe wastewater services to participating First Nations communities.

AFNWA will be responsible for the operation, maintenance, and capital upgrades of all water and wastewater assets in each participating First Nations community. We are committed to helping build stronger First Nations communities in Atlantic Canada, and supporting long-term planning initiatives.

World Water Day was March 22 nd and we celebrated together with community water operators at our latest Operators Workshop. AFNWA noted the continued attendance of Dale Ward, the only Indigenous woman who is currently serving her community as a water operator in Atlantic Canada. AFNWA plans to develop initiatives that will direct women and girls to pursue studies and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The next Operators Workshop will be in June with details to come.

Read More: https://www.afnwa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/AFNWA_Newsletter_Issue-6_Spring_2022.pdf

Public Notice – Valentine Gold Project – Public Comments Invited on the draft Environmental Assessment Report and potential conditions

May 25, 2022 — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) is conducting a federal environmental assessment of the proposed Valentine Gold Project, an open-pit gold mine located in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the draft Environmental Assessment Report that includes the Agency’s conclusions and recommendations regarding the potential environmental effects of the project and their significance, the proposed mitigation measures, and the follow-up program.

The Agency also invites comments on the potential environmental assessment conditions for the project. Final conditions would become legally-binding on the proponent if the project is allowed to proceed.

How can I participate?

Comments should be submitted online by visiting the project home page on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 80169). The draft Report and potential conditions are also available on the Registry. Participants who wish to provide their input in a different format, or schedule an online meeting, can contact the Agency by writing to [email protected]

Written comments in either official language will be accepted until June 24, 2022. All comments received will be published online as part of the project file.

Will there be more opportunities to participate?

This project has benefited from several public and Indigenous engagement opportunities. This is the final public comment period in the process.

Follow us on Twitter: @IAAC_AEIC #ValentineGold

What is the proposed project?

Marathon Gold Corporation is proposing the construction, operation, decommissioning, and reclamation of an open-pit gold mine located at Valentine Lake, approximately 60 kilometres southwest of Millertown in Newfoundland and Labrador. As proposed, the Valentine Gold Project would include two open pits, disposal piles, crushing and stockpiling areas, site infrastructure, a tailings management facility, and mine site haul and access roads. Production capacity is estimated at 10,960 tonnes of ore per day, with an operation life of 13 years.

For media inquiries, contact the Agency’s media relations team by writing to [email protected], or by calling 343-549-3870.

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Government of Canada Commemorates the National Historic Significance of the Ancient Mehtawtik Village

From: Parks Canada

May 25, 2022

The ancient village of Mehtawtik (Meductic) was the principal settlement of the Wəlastəkokewiyik from before the 17th century. It was located on the west bank of the Wəlastəkw (Saint John River) at the mouth of Hay Creek, west of the Eel River in what is now New Brunswick.

Today, Jenica Atwin, Member of Parliament for Fredericton, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, commemorated the national historic significance of Mehtawtik Village with a special ceremony to unveil a replacement plaque overlooking the site of the ancient village of Mehtawtik at 957, Route 165, Hay Settlement in New Brunswick. MP Atwin was joined by Chief Tim Paul of Woodstock First Nation and His Worship Arthur Slipp, Mayor of Woodstock. The site was initially commemorated in the early 1920s but the plaque disappeared in 2011.

Mehtawtik was valued by the Wəlastəkokewiyik for excellent hunting and fishing in the vicinity as well as its fertile soil. In the spring, the Wəlastəkokewiyik would regularly visit the area to plant corn, returning later in the year to harvest the crops. For families who gathered here, the harvest was an occasion for social, cultural, and spiritual activities.

During the colonial wars in the 17th century, the Wəlastəkokewiyik allied with the French and built a fortified earthworks at Mehtawtik for defense and protection. In the 1780s, the region fell under British control and Loyalists moved in, forcing the Wəlastəkokewiyik to leave and seek refuge elsewhere. Many were compelled to settle on a reserve in Lower Woodstock in 1851, even though they still considered Mehtawtik to be their home.

The Government of Canada, through the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC), recognizes significant people, places, and events that shaped our country as one way of helping Canadians and youth connect with their past. The commemoration process is largely driven by public nominations. To date, more than 2,200 designations have been made.

The Government of Canada is committed to connecting Canadians to the significant people, places, and events that shaped our country’s history and to implementing the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Parks Canada is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous peoples to recognize, commemorate, and share Indigenous histories. Working together with more than 300 Indigenous communities across Canada, Parks Canada and Indigenous peoples are partners in conserving, restoring, and presenting Canada’s natural and cultural heritage.

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Quotes

“The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on a recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. On behalf of the Government of Canada, we remember the national historic significance of Mehtawtik Village. National historic designations commemorate positive and negative aspects of Canada’s history and prompt us to reflect on the sometimes painful and challenging moments that define Canada today. By sharing these stories with Canadians, we hope to foster better understanding of the decisions and events that built Canada as a country.”

Ms. Jenica Atwin
Member of Parliament for Fredericton

Quick facts

  • The village was surrounded on three sides by lowlands, which filled with water every spring, and defined on the last remaining side by the Wəlastəkw. The location of the former village site has been under the waters of the Mactaquac Hydroelectric Dam since 1968 when the area of the Wəlastəkw (Saint John River) valley was flooded.
  • The HSMBC commemorative plaque has been installed at a location overlooking the site of the ancient village of Mehtawtik. The Woodstock First Nation Chief and Council chose the location of the plaque and collaborated with Parks Canada on the preparation of the plaque text.
  • When this national historic site was designated in 1924, it was known as Fort Meductic. The name was later changed to Meductic Village-Fort Meductic and more recently to Mehtawtik (Meductic) Village. This followed a request from the Woodstock First Nation for the designation name to be changed and for the use of Wəlastəkokewiyik spelling, according to the Teeter orthography.
  • Replacing the plaque presented an opportunity to revisit the location, review the plaque text for style and accuracy, and add a third language to the plaque, the Wəlastəkokewiyik language using the Teeter orthography.
  • Parks Canada is committed to working collaboratively with Indigenous communities and honouring their contributions to our shared heritage, history and future.
  • Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding the national historic significance of places, people and events that have marked Canada’s history.
  • To date, based on recommendations from the HSMBC, the Government of Canada has designated over 2,200 national historic sites, events, and persons. Each of these designations contributes its own unique story to the greater story of Canada, and helps us better understand our country and our identity.
  • The vast majority of nominations brought forward for the consideration of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada originate from members of the public. For more information on the Board and how to submit a nomination, please visit Parks Canada’s website: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/culture/clmhc-hsmbc.

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Contacts

Kaitlin Power
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
819-230-1557
[email protected]

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
855-862-1812
[email protected]

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Parks Canada sites in western Newfoundland and southern Labrador officially kick off 2022 summer visitor season

From: Parks Canada

May 25, 2022

The network of protected areas administered by Parks Canada is a gateway to nature, history, and 450 000 km² of memories from coast to coast to coast.

Gros Morne National Park, and Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay national historic sites are pleased to welcome visitors for the 2022 visitor season. Gros Morne National Park is open year-round with the various visitor facilities and campgrounds opening at different times. We encourage visitors to check out the website for Gros Morne National Park for more details. Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay national historic sites all open on June 1, 2022.

Gros Morne National Park:

•           Choose your own adventure in Gros Morne! There are hiking trails for all levels and opportunities to explore the geological wonders that make this landscape a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

•           Learn about the culture and traditions of the Mi’kmaq people of central Newfoundland at Miawpukek: The Middle River exhibit at the Discovery Centre in Woody Point.

•           While construction work is underway on the new Gros Morne Visitor Centre, Parks Canada is pleased to

welcome visitors to the temporary visitor centre location on the Rocky Harbour waterfront, at 31 Main St North.

Port aux Choix National Historic Site:

•           Discover the mysteries and remarkable ingenuity of four ancient cultures that once inhabited Port au Choix. Visitors can tour the Visitor Centre exhibits.

•           Hike the limestone barrens and coastlines to view the Sacred Burial Ground, ancient settlements, and rare arctic wildflowers.

•           At the Point Riche Lighthouse, view (from a distance) the caribou herd that frequent the site each year.

•           The Seal for All Seasons program will return in 2022.

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site:

•           Discover the fascinating archaeological remains of the only known Viking settlement in North America.  Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site, discover original artifacts at the Visitor Centre exhibits, watch the film, take in a guided tour of the archaeological site, and meet the interpreters at the Viking Encampment living history program. Keep your camera close, as moose, whales, and unique vegetation can all be discovered from the scenic trails that hug the coastline.

•           The Test of Tykir escape room is re-opening this season. Are you ready to prove yourself as a clever member of Leif Eriksson’s crew? Reservations are recommended. You can find further information on the website.

•           Our evening program, Sagas and Shadows, returns this season to L’Anse aux Meadows. Gather around the skáli (“kitchen”) in one of the reconstructed sod buildings and prepare for an evening of heroic and tragic tales from the Viking Sagas.Reservations are recommended. You can find further information on the website.

Red Bay National Historic Site

•           Visitors can discover the incredible history of Red Bay from our knowledgeable interpreters and the exhibits at the Visitor Interpretation Centre.

•           Saddle Island, a short (4-5 min) boat ride away in Red Bay Harbour, takes visitors back in time to a place where Basque whalers once ran a massive operation. A trail winding around the island takes the visitor through a series of archeological sites which dot the landscape. We have recently installed a new floating dock and a new bathroom facility on Saddle Island to make your visit more accessible and comfortable.

•           Check out the new storytelling program on Saddle Island in July and August called Away with the Whalers. Visitors can experience the culture of the Basque whalers who had established a port at Red Bay in the 16th century. Reservations are recommended. You can find further information on the website.

Gros Morne National Park, and Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay national historic sites provide the perfect setting for memorable and safe experiences. Whether they’re looking for adventure, fun for the whole family, a chance to explore nature and history, or a break from the everyday, there are countless unique experiences to suit every visitor’s needs.

The health and safety of visitors and employees are of the utmost importance and Parks Canada continues to follow the advice, guidance, and requirements of public health authorities and experts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Parks Canada website provides detailed information on what visitors can expect, how to prepare for a visit, and what services may be available. Visitors are asked to plan ahead by checking the website before they travel, to respect the guidance of public health experts, and to follow all signage and direction from Parks Canada employees.

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Quotes

“As Canadians, we are fortunate to live in a country with such diverse landscapes and rich history. Every one of the protected areas within the Parks Canada network of sites is a perfect gateway to discovering, learning about, and connecting with natural and cultural heritage. As summer approaches, I encourage all Canadians to get out and explore locations such as Gros Morne National Park, and Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay National Historic Sites, as they walk in the footsteps of history and enjoy the important physical and mental benefits of being outdoors.”

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

“Parks Canada prides itself on providing visitors with high quality and meaningful experiences across the country. The Parks Canada team works extremely hard to ensure that each and every person leaves with memories that will last a lifetime. We are excited to welcome new and returning visitors back to Gros Morne National Park and Port au Choix, L’Anse aux Meadows, and Red Bay National Historic Sites this season, to help them create new memories and discover everything that these treasured places have to offer.”

Ron Hallman
President and Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada

Quick facts

  • Gros Morne National Park consists of 1,805 square kilometres of wilderness on Newfoundland’s west coast. Its natural beauty and a unique, geological showcase earned Gros Morne UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987. It stretches inland from the Gulf of St. Lawrence coastline through lowlands where waterways meander towards the Long Range Mountains and Tablelands.
  • Indigenous peoples have lived all over Newfoundland and Labrador since time in memorial. On the west side of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, at Port au Choix National Historic Site, you’ll find the crossroads of 6000 years of human history. The sea’s bounty drew Maritime Archaic people, the Dorset people, the Groswater people and recent Indigenous people here long before Europeans arrived.
  • At L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site – 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.
  • In 2013, Red Bay National Historic Site, the most complete example of early industrial-scale whaling in the world, was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for its outstanding universal value. During the mid-16th century, large numbers of right and bowhead whales drew whalers from the Basque region of Spain and France to the Strait of Belle Isle, where they established a major whaling port at Red Bay.
  • The Parks Canada Discovery Pass provides unlimited admission for a full year to over 80 destinations across the country. Visitors can purchase their Parks Canada Discovery Passes online, on-site, and at partner retailer locations across the country.

Associated links

Contacts

Kaitlin Power
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
819-230-1557
[email protected]

Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency
855-862-1812
[email protected]

Ellen Gormley
A/Public Relations and Communications Officer
Western Newfoundland and Labrador Field Unit
709-458-8627
[email protected]

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