Cupids Cove Plantation
Cupids, Newfoundland and Labrador, approx 1
hour from St. John's.
How much time do you have?
1-2 hours: Tour the archaeological dig site at
Cupids Cove Plantation Provincial Historic Site, and take a look
round the exhibits at the Cupids
- Tour the Cupids Legacy Centre to get a background to the
story of John's Guy's colony.
- Walk along the waterfront to the Cupids Cove Plantation
Provincial Historic Site - the archaeology dig site to see the
cobblestone floors and foundations of buildings the colonists built
400 years ago. Talk to an archaeologist here about what they're
finding this summer.
- Stay in Cupids for lunch. Go to one of the town's restaurants
or take a picnic down to the waterfront.
- Walk one of the many trails around Cupids - trails that the
colonists would have walked 400 years ago: up Spectacle Head, or to
Burnt Head. Along the Burnt Head Trail, look for the foundations of
homes whose residents resettled in the 20th century. You'll find trail maps at the Cupids Legacy Centre.
- Spend the morning in Cupids learning all about Canada's first
English settlers at the Cupids Legacy Centre and the archaeology dig
site at Cupids Cove Plantation Provincial Historic Site.
- Eat lunch in either Cupids or Brigus, 10 minutes away. Both
communities have excellent restaurants serving local fare.
- Spend the afternoon strolling around the canals of Brigus - a
town famous for being the home of some of the province's most
successful 19th century sealing captains - and the beautiful
Victorian homes they built. Visit Hawthorne Cottage National Historic Site - the
former home of polar explorer Bob Bartlett.
Looking for something more in depth?
Two-day tour - a must for archaeology and history
Retrace the footsteps of some of Canada's first English settlers
and go much farther back - to people who thrived here 3,000 years
- Begin at Cupids. Spend the day at the Cupids
Legacy Centre, the Cupids Cove Plantation Provincial Historic
Site and hike one of the trails around the community.
- Head up to Bay Roberts. In the 1913 era Cable Building, interactive exhibits highlight
the merchant story of the area. Don't miss the Christopher Pratt
Art Gallery, also located in this building.
- Drive to the community of Dildo (across to the Trinity Bay side of the
peninsula on Route 73). Here you can visit the Dildo and Area
Interpretation Centre. See artifacts excavated from Dildo Island
which were made by people hunting and gathering in this area 3,000
years ago. Dildo Island was designated in 2010 as a Place of
Provincial Significance. Find out more on the Provincial Historic
Commemorations site. At the Interpretation Centre, ask about
the 2 km walk to Anderson's Cove, where more artifacts have been
- Stop into the Heart's Content Cable Station
Provincial Historic Site to see the cable that joined Europe
and North America in 1866.
- Drive to New Perlican - settled in 1675 - and visit the
Fred Grant Memorial Building to see some of the 12,000 17th century
artifacts recovered from excavations at the Hefford
- Go to the Wooden Boat Museum to see a boat builder at
- Keep going up to the tip of the peninsula to see the unique
rock walls which early settlers used to divide up argicultural land
in Grates Cove - now designated as a National
For more about the area's rich history and archaeology go to the
Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation
More to do around
Cupids and along the Baccalieu Trail