Northern Newfoundland and the Strait of Belle Isle is the symbolic meeting place of one of human history's most important events - the first contact of people whose earliest ancestors took divergent eastern and western paths out of Africa. They finally met up after thousands of years of migration in this northeast corner of Canada around the year 1000 AD.

Travel the map of this historic region and learn about the places crisscrossed by aboriginal peoples, Viking mariners, European explorers and fishermen, traders and trappers, battling navies, and settlers who left their mark on this northeastern gateway to North America and the rich waters that bump its shores. We call this meeting ground the Land of First Contact