Terry French. — File photo
Provincial historic sites throughout Newfoundland and Labrador are open to the public for the 2013 season, beginning Saturday.
The sites provide visitors the opportunity to learn about the province’s culture and heritage.
“Our Provincial Historic Sites offer an interactive history lesson on the many influences that have shaped who we are today as a people, including the lives of the Beothuks and the history of lighthouses,” Terry French, minister of tourism, culture and recreation, said in a news release. “You can experience Christmas in the Library at Mockbeggar; Voices on the Wind at the Beothuk Interpretation Centre; Jam and Jammin at Point Amour; or Cultural Company at Heart’s Content, to name a few. I invite visitors from home and abroad to explore our unique culture and heritage.”
Provincial Historic Sites include: the Commissariat House and the Newman Wine Vaults in St. John’s, as well as the Colonial Building (which is currently closed for renovations); the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse and Mockbeggar Plantation in Bonavista; Hiscock House Visitor Centre, and the Mercantile Premises in Trinity; the Heart’s Content Cable Station; the Beothuk Interpretation Centre in Boyd’s Cove; the Cupids Cove Plantation; and, Point Amour Lighthouse in Labrador.
Residents and visitors are invited to check out the provincial historic sites demonstrations series in July and August, including a new culinary series at Commissariat House and Newman Wine Vaults, a concert series at Commissariat House and Mockbeggar Plantation, as well as "See the Sites at Night" series at Hiscock House and the Mercantile Premises in Trinity, Mockbeggar Plantation, Heart’s Content Cable Station, Cape Bonavista lighthouse and the Newman Wine Vaults.
The provincial government has also announced that visitor information centres around the province opened today.
The centres provide information to the travelling public such as directions, advice and local knowledge, and also assist with booking reservations.
Provincial visitor information centres are located in Port aux Basques, on the Deer Lake Highway, Notre Dame, Clarenville, Whitbourne, and Argentia. The Argentia location is currently undergoing renovations and an update on its opening will be provided at a later date.
There are two other visitor information centres in the province that are operated in conjunction with a regional authority and/or municipality. The Deer Lake Airport visitor information centre is operated in partnership with the Deer Lake Regional Airport Authority. The St. John’s Airport visitor information centre is operated in partnership with the St. John’s International Airport Authority and the City of St. John’s, and is open year-round.