The Viking Trail to the Big Land of Labrador; Take To The Highway


Canada – L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

My northernmost point on the island of Newfoundland is L’Anse aux Meadows, UNESCO World Heritage site at the end of The Viking Trail.

If one is to write an honest blog, it sometimes means confessing to one’s ignorance.  Prior to my visit to L’Anse aux Meadows, my knowledge of Leif Erikson was relegated to high school history class when Leif was used as an example of a “patronym,” the naming convention of a person’s surname being based on the given name of one’s father.  Leif Erikson was “Erik’s son,” son of “Eric the Red,” who was credited with discovering Greenland.

If I knew before today, I forgot….Leif Erikson actually landed on North American shores 500 years before Christopher Columbus.

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