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2013 Experience GUIDE

PROVINCIAL HISTORIC SITES Open May 18 - Oct. 11, 2013

L’Anse Amour

Admisson: Adults $6 Seniors, Students


Youth (6-16)


Children (5 and under)


Family Rate


Season Pass


Group Rate


(single entry to all sites for one season) (single entry rate for groups of 10 or more, booked in advance)

Some special events are priced separately.

See the Sites! 11 sites, 11 unique stories. Experience them all... Check to plan your visit. St. John’s

The Commissariat Newman Wine Vaults


Cupids Cove Plantation

Heart’s Content Heart’s Content Cable Station Bonavista

Mockbeggar Plantation Cape Bonavista Lighthouse


Trinity Visitor Centre Hiscock House Mercantile Premises

Boyd’s Cove Beothuk Interpretation Centre L’Anse Amour Point Amour Lighthouse

Boyd’s Cove

Contact: Bonavista

Trinity Heart’s Content Cupids

St. John’s 709.729.0592

The Commissariat King’s Bridge Rd., St. John’s, 709.729.6730. Open 9:30 am - 5 pm 7 days a week.

Christmas at Commissariat Kick off the Christmas season! The house will come alive with the traditions and characters of the 1830s. Start your Christmas the Georgian way... but beware the Christmas fool! Nov 23 & 24

St. John’s was no colonial backwater in 1830. Naval rule was ending but were the people ready to govern themselves? Come find out...

Other Special Experiences • June 22 - 23 Discovery Days • July 19 Chocolate Tasting • Sept 28 - 29 Culture Days

Found it!

Ride the St. John’s Trolley Line! 10 am - 5 pm, Wednesdays to Sundays, June 24 - Sept 2 Skip the hills and ride the bus around downtown St. John’s. You can hop on and hop off to visit attractions along the Trolley route. For more info:, 709.729.0592,

Pirates, port and profit… these walls really are infused with the spirits of old St. John’s.

Water St., St. John’s, 709.729.6730. Open for Special Experiences only.

Newman Wine Vaults

Cupids Cove Plantation Sea Forest Dr., Cupids, 709.596.1906. Open 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

Walking Crout’s Way A guided wilderness hike following the trail Henry Crout cut in 1612. This challenging hike is not for the faint of heart…but the experience will be well worth it! Preregistration required. Aug 18 (weather

400 years ago a small group of English colonists arrived to start a year-round settlement. We are still uncovering the mess they left behind!

depending - check for backup dates)

Other Special Experiences • Opening this summer: New Exhibit at Spracklin House

Heart’s Content Cable Station Route 80, Heart’s Content,709.583.2160. Open 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, 7 days a week.

c. 1920, courtesy of Smithsonian Institution

Cultural Company As telegraph operators moved to stations around the world, they experienced many different cultures. Join us in a celebration of this cultural journey. July 1 In partnership with

A cutting edge technology company sharing information around the globe. It could be Google...but it was actually this Cable Station in the 1870s.

Association for New Canadians

Other Special Experiences • July 27 • Aug 9

Landing the Cable The Night Shift

Mockbeggar Plantation Roper St., Bonavista, 709.468.7300. Open 1 pm - 5 pm, 7 days a week.

Rant & Roar at the Big Store Come on out for an evening of fun at the Big Store – with stories, music, food and a candlelit tour of the nearby Bradley House. Sept 19

In 1948, our politcal fate hung in the balance. Confederation advocate F. Gordon Bradley had a selling job to do. Come join in the discussions.

Other Special Experiences • July 1 • Aug 1 • Dec 2

Canada Day Site at Night Concert Christmas in the Library

In partnership with

Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Cape Shore Road, Bonavista,709.468.7444. Open 9:30 am - 5 pm, 7 days a week.

Stargazing at the Cape Long before lighthouses and other navigational aids, mariners relied on stars. Learn to read the night sky with The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Aug 3 (weather

depending - check for backup dates)

c. 1900, courtesy of Memorial University Archives

This place has attracted sailors for over 500 years. Puffins, whales, and icebergs for thousands more. What will you discover?

Trinity Sites Trinity, Trinity Bay, 709.464.2042. Open 9:30 am - 5 pm, 7 days a week.

After Dark Cozy up under candlelight at the Mercantile Premises, as voices from Trinity’s past come to life. Aug 26

Not a typical outport, Trinity was a hub of merchants and entrepreneurs. Fish turned into goods...will your catch get you through the winter?

Other Special Experiences • Oct 5

Fall Harvest

Beothuk Interpretation Centre Boyd’s Cove,709.656.3114. Open 9:30 am - 5 pm, 7 days a week.

Trail Talks Mi’kmaq interpreter Tyrone Mulrooney reveals the amazing healing powers of the plants and trees along the interpretation centre trail. July 27 & 28

There’s something special about this place. Explore our ongoing connection to the Beothuk and feel their presence.

Other Special Experiences • June 21 • Sept 14

National Aboriginal Day Voices on the Wind

Point Amour Lighthouse L’Anse Amour, Labrador Straits, 709.927.5825. Open 9:30 am - 5 pm, 7 days a week.

Jam & Jammin’ Grab a bucket and join us for a day of berry picking, music and a mug-up. Sept 28

Walking trails, a shipwreck, fossils, icebergs, whales, and the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada. What’s not to love about this place?

Other Special Experiences • Aug 8 Remembering the HMS Raleigh • Sept 27 – 29 Culture Days

wait... there’s more!

sites at night Commissariat by Candlelight

concert series

Unplugged, candlelit and intimate – an unforgettable way to experience our province’s best emerging musicians. Watch and Facebook for dates and tickets! Various dates, June – October.

Aug 26 After Dark, Mercantile Premises, Trinity Aug 3

Stargazing, Cape Bonavista Lighthouse

Aug 9

Night Shift, Heart’s Content Cable Station

Sept 19 Rant & Roar at the Big Store, Mockbeggar Plantation, Bonavista Dec 2

Christmas in the Library, Mockbeggar Plantation

bon appétit Dinner is Served! Upstairs, Downstairs The Commissariat, St. John’s What was dished up on the tables of St. John’s in the 1830s? There’s lighter fare with the cook in the kitchen or a multicourse meal in the dining room. July 23, Aug 27, Sept 24, Oct. 8 $60 Downstairs, $120 Upstairs A Georgian Christmas Feast The Commissariat Get into the spirit of the season with a feast fit for the Assistant Commissary General. You never know, he may even join us! Dates TBA, $150 Public House Dinners Newman Wine Vaults, St. John’s A modern take on a traditional public house meal with a colourful character or two... In partnership with

July 11, Aug 8, $60 For tickets call: 709-765-8483

Get a Taste Wine and Cheese at the Newman Wine Vaults (in partnership with Five Brothers Cheese, Date TBA) Decadent Delights at The Commissariat July 19 Valentine’s at the Vault Feb 14 In partnership with

take it outside Cape Shore Trail, Cape Bonavista Lighthouse An easy 6-km coastal trail follows the Cape Shore Road. Trinity, Trinity Bay Stroll quiet streets to visit all 7 historic sites in the community. Beothuk Interpretation Centre, Boyd’s Cove An easy 1.5-km wooded trail to the archaeology site. The Raleigh Trail, Point Amour Lighthouse An easy 2-km coastal trail to the HMS Raleigh shipwreck site.

Special Outdoor Experiences

Walking Crout’s Way Aug 18 - guided wilderness hike near Cupids Cove Plantation. (Weather depending) Trail Talks July 27 & 28 – Medicinal plant walk along the Beothuk Interpretation Centre trail with Mi’kmaq interpreter Tyrone Mulrooney

Hiking Crout’s Way

kid’s fun New at every site in 2013!


Backpack Challenge

Calling all kids! We have a series of challenges for you, different at each site. Grab a backpack and explore! Ready? Set! GO!

Take Over Day! On September 28th, kids across the province will be in charge. What’s their “take” on our sites and stories? Come, see for yourself!

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Season Pass

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3 1 0 2 s s a P n o s a e S

Available at any site, the 2013 Season Pass offers unlimited admission to all our Sites for the 2013 season. (excludes specially priced events)


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See the Sites!

Winning photo of the 2012 ‘See Yourself at the Sites!’ Contest

Provincial Historic Sites Experience Guide  

A guide to the special experiences happening at Newfoundland and Labrador's Provincial Historic Sites in 2013.