The French Shore Interpretation Centre in Conche, NL will provide you with an orientation to the region and its layered history. Captivating images and artifacts tell the story of the cod fishery from the early French sailors and continue with today’s outport of Irish and English Newfoundlanders.
In 2009, a 227 foot tapestry was completed, which tells the story of the French Shore in textile form. The tapestry is loosely based on the famous Bayeux Tapestry of France which was stitched in 1087 and tells the story of the Battle of Hastings and the Norman conquest of England in 1066. This unique piece of artwork is on display in Conche and a must visit when visiting the French Shore and exploring the Great Northern Peninsula and Southern Labrador.
The exhibition continues with temporary textile exhibits and a museum dedicated to the French, English and Irish settlers. While on tour you can also learn the art of the tapestry by learning the Bayeux stitch.
Visit the full size replica of a small French boat, called a chaloupe used by both French and Basque fishers. While in Conche, you may wish to visit a number of authentic historic sites that include, the Stairs, French Oven, Archaeological sites, Casey Store or wonder throughout our communities.
From 1504 to 1904, intrepid French fishers braved the North Atlantic each spring to fish and prepare cod in our spectacular harbours, lending their name to the French Shore. They left behind their cannons, shipwrecks and haunting wooden crosses reminding us of the haunting dangers they faced.French Shore Historical Society
A “Doily a Day” showcases locally crafted pieces through textile art. On display at the French Shore Interpretation Centre this season only.
Visit the Guardian Gift Shop for unique handmade items, artwork and souvenirs of Conche, NL
Our artisans will make unique tapestry pieces for your home or office. Please contact us for a quote and more information.
Visit the French Shore Communities:
- Hours of Operation:
- Monday to Friday
- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- (year round)
Saturday and Sunday
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(June to August)
Guided Tours: 1 PM Daily
- Adult $8, senior $5, youth (12-18) $3, child free.
- Payment Options
- Wheelchair Accessible
French Shore Historical Society
P.O. Box 29, Conche, NL A0K 1Y0