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  • Port au Choix interpretive site
    Port au Choix interpretive site
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  • Point Riche lighthouse, Port au Choix
    Point Riche lighthouse, Port au Choix
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  • Parks Canada Interpretive Centre
    Parks Canada Interpretive Centre
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    by Redlats Updated Oct 27, 2004

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    The interpretive centre is a building which contains artifacts from the archaelological digs and exhibits from the different prehistoric cultures found in the area. We also saw films showing how someone in town (in 1967) was excavating for a basement and discovered he was on top of an ancient burial ground.

    It appears that these different ancient cultures would come to the Port au Choix area to fish or hunt seals and camp on the beach for hundreds of years. Over thousands of years, weather patterns change and sea level changes, resulting in distinctive sites from the different beach locations.

    Whilest we were taking in all this history, it quit raining, so we decided to go on another hike to some caves that were used as tombs by past cultures. Again 3/4 hr into the hike, it starts raining buckets again, and we decide to call it quits on the hiking. We hiked back to the centre in pouring rain again, and changed into dry clothes again (which was stretching our vacation availability of warm clothes).

    Fees to tour the interpretive centre in 2004 are $5.75Cdn per adult. Our historic pass worked for this too.

    Parks Canada Interpretive Centre
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    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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    by Redlats Updated Oct 12, 2004

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    The first thing you should do if visiting Port au Choix is visit the interpretive centre to get an overview and to find out the various archeaological sites in the area.

    We did not do this, but attempted one of the hikes that left from the town of Port au Choix nearby. We did this as it was threatening rain (Newfoundland [NL] seems to get the tailends of all the hurricanes that hit Florida - once they reach NL, they become all-day rain/wind storms).

    Halfway through our hike to the Point Riche lighthouse, we got rained out at Phillip's Garden. We arrived back at our car soaked to the skin after walking an hour in a downpour. We changed into dry clothes in a picnic shelter and drove to the interpretive site.

    Apoplogies for the quality of the picture - best I could do in the rain. If it wasn't so wet, it would be interesting to imagine what life on the beach would have been like 3000 or 4000 years ago.

    Phillip's Garden in the pouring rain
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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Hiking and Walking

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    by Redlats Written Oct 12, 2004

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    As we were leaving the Interpretive Centre, we found we could drive to the Point Riche lighthouse (built 1892), so we did.

    This lighthouse is quite alone! On a rainy day in September there was nobody there but us, the clouds and the seagulls -- almost eerie.

    Aside - we saw a lot of lighthouses on this vacation, and took pictures of about 1/3 of them. One could plan a lighthouse tour of the Maritimes if you wish. I bet it would take months to visit all the various lighthouses.

    Point Riche lighthouse, Port au Choix
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    • Beaches

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