Daily Archives: July 15, 2011

I AM A Viking at L’Anse Aux Meadows World UNESCO Heritage Site

L’Anse Aux Meadows World UNESCO Heritage Site attracts some 30,000 people annually! More than 1,000 years ago, the Vikings were the first Europeans to re-discover North America. They established a settlement and the mounds where their dwellings and outer buildings were placed still remain today.


I had the opportunity to watch a viking make a nail with a new apprentice from Germany! This little chap was quite the helper and was rewarded with the handmade nail for all his efforts as a memento.

L’Anse Aux Meadows World UNESCO Heritage Site is managed by Parks Canada, offering a quality experience. Be sure to visit the newly renovated interpretation centre and find out more about living like a Viking.

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Christopher C. Mitchelmore

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“The Peak of Your Newfoundland Experience” – Fishing Point, St. Anthony, NL

Fishing Point in the scenic seaside Town of St. Anthony, NL is a destination! It is the meeting place for many residents, local rural settlers and even an abundance of tourist. In comparison, it is the Signal Hill of the Great Northern Peninsula. However, I believe the view is much better as one can often catch a glimpse of an iceberg, whale, sea-bird, fishing vessel or even a viking!

A photo montage of my last visit on June 18, 2011:

From the rugged coastline…

The beacon that shines…

The Great Viking Feast – Dinner Theatre at Leifsburdir. The only sod covered restaurant in North America. Food served by the Vikings!

Walking Trails, Nature and Wildlife.

The Lightkeeper’s Restaurant & Fishing Point Emporium. Great food with an exceptional view. The Emporium has a large offering for those wishing to take away a piece of the rock. There is also a viewing area of local textile wildlife.

Snow at Fishing Point on June 18, 2011! It has been a cold cold summer thus far.

Northland Discovery Boat Tours departs for the giant iceberg just off the bight!

Fishing Point, St. Anthony, NL has so much to offer. It should not be missed on your visit of the Great Northern Peninsula.

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Christopher C. Mitchelmore

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News Release: The French Shore Historical Society To Launch The Centre For Textile Art

More developments in Conche, NL according to News Release:

P.O. Box 29, Conche, NL  A0K 1Y0

Tele:  709-622-3500   Fax:  709-622-3510

E-mail:  frenchshorehs@nf.aibn.com


For Immediate Release             Contact:  Joan Simmonds/Colleen McLean 709-622-3500



CONCHE, NL    ———-     On July 26, 2011 the French Shore Historical Society will officially open a Centre for Textile Art.  The purpose of the Centre will be to encourage the art of handmade textile crafts and to promote the art and history of textile-based traditions, especially of the Northern Peninsula. The Centre will focus on the historical textile development of northern Newfoundland by acquiring, preserving and making accessible a research collection of textiles and relevant documents. It will sponsor exhibitions, conferences, symposia, oral history projects, publications, fellowships and grant funded initiatives.

Since its founding in 2000, the French Shore Historical Society has showcased textile work by craftspeople in the region, including exhibitions of hooked rugs, knitting, embroidery, and included textile objects in its permanent exhibit. It has sponsored several workshops on textile art and in 2009 added the unique French Shore Tapestry, embroidered by women from Conche, as a major part of its exhibit.

In 2010, as a foundation for developing the centre, a research project was undertaken by the French Shore Historical Society in partnership with the Port au Choix – St. Anthony Regional Council of the Rural Secretariat.  The purpose of the research was to document the traditional craft skills on the Great Northern Peninsula, with particular attention to crafts using or creating textiles. An inventory of the research, done by Memorial University student Lisa Wilson, can be accessed by visiting the MUN Digital Archives Initiatives. 

In the Fall of 2010 a steering committee was created and consists of:

Anne Manual – Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

Barb Hunt- Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook

Brenda Stratton – Dept. of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development

Candace Cochrane – Quebec Labrador Foundation

Denise White – Dept. of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development

Gerry Pocius – Memorial University of Newfoundland

Joan Simmonds – French Shore Historical Society

Lisa Wilson – MUN Research Student

Nina Mitchelmore – Regional Planner for Rural Secretariat

Susan Furneaux – College of the North Atlantic

The French Shore Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded to preserve  the natural and cultural heritage of the communities of Conche , Croque, Grand Oies/St. Julien’s and Main Brook on the Northeast coast of Newfoundland.   The FSHS has successfully managed many projects which have created great economic benefits, employment opportunities, and great tourism potential on the Great Northern Peninsula.

The Opening will be a Basket Weaving Workshop with Helga Gillard .  Funding was provided by the International Grenfell Association through fundraising efforts of the French Shore Historical Society.










Iceberg & Whale Watching Tour on French Shore

Scenic Pursuit Boat Tours of Bide Arm (Roddickton-Bide Arm), NL are now operating for the 2011 Season. 


Adults 18 and over $50 per person

Youth 13 to 17 $25 per person

Child 5 to 12 years $20 per person

Child 2 to 4 years $10 per person

Infants FREE

10% Senior’s

Groups 31 or more $ 35 per person

The Scenic Pursuit is also Available for Party Rentals on water call for details

709-457-2706 or 709-457-7678

Tours will start at 9 am and end at 8 pm. Please call for booking. Groups are welcome! Charters available! We love animals so Pets are welcome at owner’s responsibility.Kennel will be provided on request

Scenic Pursuit Daily Schedule:

Leaving 9:00 A.M.

Leaving 1:00 P.M.

Leaving 4:00 P.M.

 Depending on the exciting sites – the schedule is subject to minor changes

Scenic Pursuit Rates Sign new5

Visit their website at www.scenicpursuit.com. An opportunity to experience Canada Bay while you tour the North Eastern Heritage Corridor of the Great Northern Peninsula.

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Christopher C. Mitchelmore

Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Wild Mussels from the Strait of Belle Isle

I enjoy a pot of delicious mussels at home from time to time. There is something quite awesome about being able to walk just two minutes and be on the beach. It is even better when  the tide is low, allowing you the pleasure to move about the rocks and find wild mussels growing.

I remember once picking mussels with my father in my community of Green Island Cove. He had taken a rake and we were both wearing our long rubber boots. It was near the cemetary, with the water quite deep.  So my father plopped me up on an ice pan to put the mussels he scrapped off the ocean floor into a 5 gallon bucket. We had some very large mussels, much larger than the ones in the image below.

Make a memory when you come to the Great Northern Peninsula – Experience a Mussel Boil by picking your own wild mussels! If you would like to add to the authenticity, use a Salt Beef Bucket to empty your shells.

Dig in & take a walk on the wild side!

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Christopher C. Mitchelmore


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