L'Anse aux Meadows at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland was the site of the first European settlement in North America.
Vikings, led by Leif Eriksson, wintered at a settlement called Straumfiord near present-day l'Anse aux Meadows about one thousand years ago. Eriksson's family and other colonists visited the camp and explored the region as far as southwest of New Brunswick but returned to Greenland after ten years due to conflicts with Aboriginal people.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
In 1978, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added l'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site to its World Heritage List. The list recognizes natural and cultural places of outstanding universal importance. To date, over 900 properties have been identified as having outstanding universal value, including:
- The Galapagos Islands, in Ecuador
- The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, in Peru
- Paris — the Banks of the Seine, in France
- The Acropolis, in Greece
- Stonehenge, in the United Kingdom
- The Great Barrier Reef, in Australia
L'Anse aux Meadows is one of only 17 World Heritage sites located in Canada.
Parks Canada : L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site of Canada
Recreation of Viking Settlement
Visitors to l'Anse aux Meadows can learn about the Norse Settlement by touring the visitor centre and seeing the many artifacts excavated from the site. The actual site of the settlement can be viewed as well as recreations of the sod houses. When walking the trails today, it is not difficult to imagine the isolation that the Vikings must have felt a millennium ago.
The bay at l'Anse aux Meadows
Millennium Stamp Formats
1. Millennium Collection Album
The 68 Millennium stamps were first issued in a hardbound book, Canada Post The Millennium Collection : Expressions of a People, on September 15, 1999. The stamps were printed perforated with two stamps per page.
The L'Anse aux Meadows and Pier 21 stamps were printed on the same page.
Canada Post Corporation re-issued the Millennium stamps in panes of 4 stamps (recognized by stamp catalogues) issued over a three month period from December 17, 1999 to March 17, 2000. The souvenir sheet with the L'Anse aux Meadows stamp was released on February 17, 2000.