TRAVELING THE VIKING TRAIL
Nfld: Nobody gives out bumper stickers that read I've
Driven the Viking Trail and I think they should. Not
because it takes any particular skill or daring to follow
the 295 mile (475km) highway between Deer Lake and
St Anthony, but to spread the word about the rugged
beauty, the friendly people, the festivals, feasts and
crafts, and 'Good Time' entertainment to be
experienced on this northern peninsula. And let's not
forget the history. Evidence of Europeans in North America doesn't go back much further than this
province's northern tip, settled by Vikings around the year 1,000.
It is a drive that tugs at the emotions. The natural beauty is almost painful in its purity, causing
motorists to pull over often and stare at lush headlands and flowered meadows; the weathered
docks and bobbing boats in an ever-changing light, the majestic ice sculptures floating offshore like
phantom ships from some fairy-tale planet.
This 1400 word article traces the trail and historic places, including a stay at an outstanding B
& B and ending with:
FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Viking Trail Tourism Association
P.O. Box 251, 83-93 West Street St. Anthony, NF, Canada
A0K 4T0 tel (709) 454-8888 or at www.vikingtrail.org
For Tickle Inn tel (709) 452-4321 in summer, (709) 739-5503 at other times.