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May – October
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At Boyd’s Cove (Route 340 from Lewisporte or Route 331 from the Gander Bay Junction)
Follow the clearly marked signs for the Beothuk Interpretation Centre which is well worth a visit.
The Beothuk dwelled along the coast line of Notre Dame Bay and the Boyd’s Cove Beothuk Intrepretation Centre today marks the site of significant archeological findings. It is a provincial historic site worth a visit.
Discovered in 1981 through an archaeological survey, the site is a testament to the Beothuk First Nation that occupied it from 1650-1720.
Walk down a groomed trail past the captivating outlines of several Beothuk houses and as you do you’ll be drawn into imagining life in their thriving village 300 years ago. Tour the interpretation centre where exhibits and artifacts from the site foster an appreciation for these now-extinct people. The interpretive display is based on recent archaeological research at a large Beothuk village circa 1650-1720.
The exhibit area is broken into two main areas: archaeological information and Beothuck culture. The archaeological section consists of information boards depicting the discovery of the Boyd’s Cove site and the archaeological excavations, and showcases various artifacts excavated from the site including projectile points.
Likewise, based on the archaeological evidence, the Beothuk culture exhibit focuses on the diet, spirituality and manufacturing of tools and house. At the rear of the building, a walking trail links the Centre to the area on which the archaeological excavations occurred. Visitors may also view the various flora and fauna that inhabit the area.
Follow the 1.5 km groomed walking trail that links the interpretation centre with the living site and catch a glimpse of “The Spirit of the Beothuk”, a bronze statue designed by renowned artist Gerald Squires.