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Port au Choix National Historic Site

Port au Choix National Historic Site – Archaeological remnants of 4,500 years of human history makes Port au Choix a natural choice for a Canadian national historic site. Here you can interpret the daily life of this human history and discover our story through artifacts and records of archaeology. Its existence underlines the town’s importance in not only Canada’s timeline of human inhabitance but our world itself.

 

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Maritime Archaic Cemetery – One of the largest and most important of its kind in the world, the cemetery is ancient hallowed ground holding some 117 souls dating back thousands of years. One of the oldest is of a boy dating back nearly 50 centuries.

 

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Fernalds Braya – One of the rarest vegetative species in the world, it grows in only this place on the planet. It is a protected species whose existence is threatened by time and man-made factors. It is a thing of beauty that colors this rugged part of our province.

 

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Point Riche Lighthouse – This octagonal “pepperpot” style lighthouse stands alone as a handsome reminder of our history at sea. It is a wooden construction erected in 1892 on the same spot as an even earlier light. Along with several more up the coast, it continues to provide guidance for seafarers in the area

 

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French Bread Oven – Join us to learn about the way of life of French Fisherman. A reconstructed traditional stone bread oven produces delicious breads that can be enjoyed with local jams during the summer. It is a taste of life going back some 300 years.

 

French Rooms Cultural Center – Visit the French Rooms Cultural Center to learn about our more recent history.  View artifacts from the French Fishery, watch a video of a house being floated into town during the Resettlement Period and enjoy hearing about the history of the Point Riche Lighthouse.

 

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Fossils – The fossil record in the Port au Choix area is quite well-documented and truly amazing. Prehistoric land and marine animals appear frozen in time in and on the rocks to the enjoyment of all ages.