DescriptionPort au Choix National Historic Site is 15 kilometres (9 mi.) west of the Port Saunders-Port au Choix turnoff from Hwy. 430. In 1967 a local resident excavating for the construction of a new building discovered human bones, tools and weapons. The discovery led to archeological work that uncovered an ancient burial ground in the area. Scientific testing of the bones and artifacts disclosed that the burial ground was in use between 2300 B.C. and 1200 B.C.; it is said to be one of the largest hunter-gatherer burial grounds in North America.
A visitor center has displays and artifacts from the site's resident Maritime Archaic Indians as well as from the Dorset and Groswater Paleoeskimos, other prehistoric groups that lived along the coast. At each of the archeological sites are interpretive panels describing the site's significance. The nearby Point Riche Lighthouse is a popular spot for picnicking and photography.
Site open daily 24 hours. Visitor center open daily 9-5, mid-June to early Sept. Admission to the park is free in 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation. Otherwise, admission $7.80; $6.55 (ages 65+); $3.90 (ages 6-16); $19.60 (family, maximum two adults and five children ages 6-16). For information contact the Superintendent, P.O. Box 140, Port au Choix, NL, Canada A0K 4C0. Phone (709) 861-3522, or (709) 458-2417 off-season.